Understanding Your Grief Series – For Mourners



Understanding Your Grief – Second Edition
One of North America’s leading grief educators, Dr. Alan Wolfelt has written many books about healing in grief. This book is his most comprehensive, covering the essential lessons that mourners have taught him in his three decades of working with the bereaved. In compassionate, down-to-earth language, Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones—or trail markers—that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual signs for mourners to look for on their journey through grief.

This second edition maintains the content of the first edition but builds on it by adding concise wisdom on new topics such as the myth of closure, complicated and traumatic grief, grief overload, unmourned grief, loneliness, the power of ritual, and more.

The Understanding Your Grief Journal – Second Edition

This journal is a companion workbook to Dr. Wolfelt’s Understanding Your Grief. Designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journaling, this compassionate book interfaces with the ten essential touchstones. Throughout, journalers are asked specific questions about their own unique grief journeys as they relate to the touchstones and are provided with writing space for the many questions asked.

365 Days of Understanding Your Grief 

After a significant loss, grief is an everyday experience. This companion book to Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s bestseller Understanding Your Grief parses his essential guidance into small, daily doses.

Bit by bit, these one-page-a-day readings will help you feel supported and muster the courage and hope you need to make it through the day.

Order all three resources at a special, discounted rate.


The Ten Essential Touchstones:

  1. Open to the presence of your loss.
  2. Dispel misconceptions about grief.
  3. Embrace the uniqueness of your grief.
  4. Explore what you might experience.
  5. Understand the six needs of mourning.
  6. Recognize you are not crazy.
  7. Nurture yourself. 8. Reach out for help.
  8. Seek reconciliation, not resolution.
  9. Appreciate your transformation.

Think of your grief as a wilderness—a vast, inhospitable forest. You must journey through this wilderness. To find your way out, you must become acquainted with its terrain and learn to follow the sometimes hard-to-find trail that leads to healing. In the wilderness of your grief, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know you are on the right path. When you learn to identify and rely on the touchstones, you will find your way to hope and healing. The companion journal is a wonderful mourning tool and safe place for those in grief. It also makes an ideal grief support group workbook.

Additional Information

Weight2.5 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5 × 3 in
Weight2.5 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5 × 3 in

ISBN: 978-1-61722-307-5 | 978-1-61722-309-9 | 978-1-61722-299-3

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback

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