When we lose someone close to us, it can feel like our entire universe is collapsing. How are we supposed to move forward? What could life possibly look like without them?
While the world seems darkest in the midst of grief, there is still light to be found—especially in the wisdom and compassion of others. So if a recent loss has left you shaken, take a peek at the five heartfelt books below.
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Finding the Words: Working Through Profound Loss with Hope and Purpose
By Colin Campbell
Full of practical advice on how to survive in the aftermath of loss, Finding the Words teaches readers how to actively reach out to their community, perform mourning rituals, and find ways to express their grief, so they can live more fully while also holding their loved ones close. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Colin Campbell, in the Next Big Idea App
What Looks Like Bravery: An Epic Journey Through Loss to Love
By Laurel Braitman
From northern New Mexico and western Alaska to her own Tinder app, a bestselling author learns the hard way that no achievement, no matter how shiny, can protect her from pain, and works to transform guilt and regret into gold. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Laurel Braitman, in the Next Big Idea App
Three Roads Back: How Emerson, Thoreau, and William James Responded to the Greatest Losses of Their Lives
By Robert D. Richardson
From their acclaimed biographer, a final, powerful book about how Emerson, Thoreau, and William James forged resilience from devastating loss, changing the course of American thought. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by philosopher John Kaag, in the Next Big Idea App
Grief Is Love: Living with Loss
By Marisa Renee Lee
A trusted grief expert explores what comes after death, and shows us that if we are able to own and honor what we’ve lost, we can experience a beautiful and joyful life in the midst of grief. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Marisa Renee Lee, in the Next Big Idea App
The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss
By Mary-Frances O’Connor
A renowned grief expert and neuroscientist shares surprising discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mary-Frances O’Connor, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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