Recommended books: Grief Recovery

Karen Kingston • Aug 25, 2014, updated 3 May 2022

Some of the most difficult things to sort through and let go of when clutter clearing are items that remind you of someone who has died. I come across this frequently when working with clients who have clutter, so am very happy to have discovered a series of books by John W. James and Russell Friedman that I can wholeheartedly recommend:

  • The Grief Recovery Handbook
  • Moving On
  • When Children Grieve


I've also written a number of articles on this topic myself...

The Grief Recovery Method

Death is a part of life, and grief is a normal and natural response to the loss of a loved one. But no one teaches us how to grieve. We’re told that time heals, but frankly, it doesn’t. The best most people can do is learn to live with their grief by stuffing it down in one way or another. Years later, it’s still there, buried deep inside. 

After a bereavement

Sorting through the belongings of someone who has died is so final. It means facing the fact that the person has really gone. Yet sooner or later, it needs to be done, and there are some things you can do that will help. 
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Moving on after the death of a pet

How we deal with loss as a child forms the way we deal with it as adults, and according to John W. James and Russell Friedman of the Grief Recovery Institute, children have a natural ability to deal with this unless taught otherwise.
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Where's the best place to store ashes?

If ashes are kept too long, stagnant energy can accumulate around them. And if the grieving process is not complete, both the ashes and the container they are kept in can become imprinted with layers of sadness, which in turn can prolong the grieving. It’s not a happy state of affairs. So what is the best thing to do?
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