People rely on funeral homes as places to help with preparations when someone they love passes away.

But funeral homes are also places of compassion and caring. At Mountain View Funeral Home, we understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. And, for us, it is more than just helping someone with the logistics of planning a funeral. We are also here for support in times of need, no matter what kind of support is needed.

With this in mind, we want to continue to offer help even after you no longer need our services. We know that grieving can take a long time, and it can be helpful to have some additional resources to help with the process.

When suffering from grief, it can sometimes feel like you are alone in your feelings…that no one else can fully understand what you’re going through. Support groups can certainly help in this area. But you can also find comfort when reading books that deal with the loss of someone special. For this reason, we have compiled a list of books that you may find helpful.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion tells the author’s personal and painful story of losing her husband and watching her daughter become increasingly ill…all in the same year. Didion shares her experiences on grief, the strong connection between marriage and family, and the meaning behind losing someone you love. This book provides empathy for those dealing with loss and reminds readers that they are not alone in their grief.

The Greatest People I Never Knew by Eric Daniels provides a real life perspective from the author, a funeral director who includes thirteen touching essays about some of the people he cared for in his funeral service. While he never knew them, Daniels describes how he’s “come to understand and value the lives of those he tended to in death.” His poignant stories are gentle reminders to appreciate the blessings we receive each day.

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis is a collection of letters that honestly discusses the emotions of angst, confusion, and doubt that can surround death. Lewis wrote these letters after losing his wife and questions his faith, humanity, and the abruptness of loss. Even if you don’t share Lewis’s religious beliefs, the emotions he expresses in his letters are universal and relatable to anyone dealing with loss.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom offers readers incredible insight into life’s lessons when you’re struggling to understand loss and death. It is the author’s account of the advice and wisdom he received from his college professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, in the final days of Morrie’s life.

We hope that you will find this list of books helpful. Should you require any other assistance, please contact us at Mountain View Funeral Home. We are here to help.