5 Books to Read When Preparing for the Death of a Parent

While nearly everyone expects to lose one or both parents during their lifetime, very few people are prepared for the traumatic physical and emotional effects of not only the loss itself, but the days and months leading up to your loved one’s final moments. Despite the commonality of this life experience, there are few resources available to give you the guidance you need to navigate these days with courage and comfort. We hope these uplifting, practical reads can help you grieve in a healthy way, care for yourself throughout the process, and give your loved one the comfort they need in their final days.


# 1 – “How to Survive the Death of a Parent” by Lois F. Akner and Catherine Whitney

This book provides comfort through the diverse experiences and stories of others, affirming that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. This promising perspective gives the reader permission to experience the myriad of intense emotions that accompany the loss of a parent.


#2 – “It’s OK That You’re Not Okay: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand” by Megan Devine

Author Megan Devine explores how counseling and advice can make it harder to grieve appropriately. She provides insights on how to manage stress and physical symptoms after losing a parent and how to comfort others going through the same thing.


#3 – “Walking with Families Through the Dying Process” by Patricia Robertson

With five-star reviews from readers, “Walking with Families Through the Dying Process” can help you understand what to expect through each end-of-life phase, allowing you to prepare mentally and physically. This book prepares the reader to handle some of these most challenging days of your life with poise and without fear.


#4 – “Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity” by Debra Umberson

Losing a parent leaves many adult children asking, “Now what?” Few people recognize the key role their parents play in their own identity. This book, based on ground-breaking research in death and dying, focuses on the true turning point that losing a parent becomes in your life.


#5 – “How to Talk with Sick, Dying, and Grieving People: When There are No Magic Words to Say” by Patrick Riecke

Sometimes the most important component of the grieving process is knowing you did enough at the end. This book by Patrick Riecke can assist you in finding the right words when facing one of the most sensitive situations you’ll ever face.

To learn more about how you can prepare for what’s next, visit Mountain View Funeral Home today. Our experienced, compassionate staff specialize in end-of-life preparations and peaceful celebrations of life.

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