Day 6 of #captureyourgrief is books. What have books done for me? Everything. What books helped me? All of them did. Each one gave me something that I needed at the time. I didn't want to read all about grief, so I mixed it up a lot. I did read Heaven is for Real, that is one that the hospital gave us and I found a lot of hope in that one. I also am always reading through Empty Cradle, Broken Heart. That one is hard to read all at once, because some of the stuff I can relate to, and other things I can't. Everyone grieves differently and there is no wrong way, but it's good for me to read all of the stories because it opens my mind and my heart even more. Another great one is Rare Bird, that one I've blogged about and was so hard to read, but so so good.
There are many more books on grieving and pregnancy/baby/child loss that I want to read, but I try to space them out. The heart can only handle so much sad. The point is, books can be very helpful when you are hurt or sad or going through loss, if only to allow you some respite from your own heart and mind. There is a book out there for everything that you are going through, whether it's fiction or non-fiction, it doesn't even have to be related to your situation! I reread Eat, Pray, Love and that was the first book that made me laugh again! I love E. Gilbert's crazy adventures and life changing experiences., she gave me hope.
Books are one of my favorite things in the whole world, and I consider many of the characters I read about my actual friends. I can't thank authors and books and characters enough for helping me through my tough time. It may seem silly, but I don't care. Books are part of the reason I am who I am today, even more so now after our loss...they had a part in saving me these past few months. And they will continue to have a part in my life until I die, shaping me and helping me and changing me with each one I read.
Thank you, dear books!
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." Mason Cooley.