Can Books Ease The pain Of Grief?

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Any avid reader will attest to the emotional high that occurs when reading a book that beautifully describes their exact predicament. Whether you’re an adolescent averse to adulthood, a nerdy hopeless romantic with the worst of luck or a woman caught in a stifling marriage, there is a book out there that can give your life perspective. Whether or not a book can single-handedly tackle a person’s depression is difficult to determine, but positive thinking has been proven to help.

If a shift in thoughts can aid in alleviating depression, then why shouldn’t books be a part of that process? Of course, the concept of reading to cure certain mental ailments is nothing new. Libraries were described as “healing places for the soul” in ancient Greece, and WWII soldiers read while recuperating. Still, The School of Life may be the first organization to charge a fee (if a small one) for literary prescriptions.

There are a few books though, worth mentioning that are sure to ease the pain of grief!

The Goldfinch By Donna Tartt

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Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a novel that begins with a young boy losing his mother, so while there’s nothing escapist about the story that unfolds, its grip is utterly unremitting. If ever there’s a book to draw you out of yourself and remind you of the special pleasure of reading, this is it. As Tartt’s young protagonist stumbles motherless through the rest of his childhood, you’ll also be reminded of how lucky your own child is to have you. You may feel like you’ve been failing these past few months, but ultimately, having known that deep bond with your twin sister will make you better able to be the loving – and, yes, cheerful – mother that your child deserves. When you’re feeling a little stronger, try to remember the words of playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder: “The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude”.

A Grief Observed By C.S. Lewis

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One place to start might be C.S Lewis’s A Grief Observed, whose opening words will give you permission to be afraid. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”, he writes. The book is strung together from reflections on the loss of his wife, American poet Joy Davidman, who died of cancer just four years into their marriage. Though best remembered for children’s classics like The Lion, theWitch and the Wardrobe, Lewis was among other things a lay theologian, and coming from a devout Christian, his book was shocking to some. How could a person of faith feel such utter despair? He is still a believer in the book, it’s just that he is appalled by God’s cruelty. Regardless of your own beliefs, it’s Lewis’acknowledgement of his bewilderment that makes the book so comforting.

Source:- BBC Culture

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