I lead a grief recovery group each year and have used and recommended Dr. Wright's book, Experiencing Grief, to all participants in the class. It is excellent in its ministry to those who are grieving the death of someone they loved.
I'm in favor of useful tools folks can use to work their way through grief. This book is a great example. Couple it with the little book, "Good Grief" & you have an excellent road map to help you through the pain of loss.
I am a pastor, and gave away several copies to some folk who have recently lost loved ones. The readings have generated good conversations, and have proven helpful in guiding folks in grief through their individual grief journeys.
"Experiencing Grief" was very encouraging. Mr. Wright speaks from his own personal experiences as a caregiver, and also about losing a spouse. I appreciated the explanation of emotions that happen during grief... that it is a process (a journey). He gives permission to take the time you need to go through this journey, but always moving forward. He also covers the emotions of those who have lost a spouse suddenly. Unless you've experienced this type of grief, it's not possible to comfort another. I have given this booklet to friends who have lost their spouses. It is an easy read, not overwhelming, and was very helpful.
5 months ago I endured a significant loss and as you can imagine, I am having a hard time. I did not give the word "grief" to the process I am going through until recently and realized that what I was going through would occur over a protracted period of time. This book helps to let you know a few things; that you are normal and not loosing your mind, that this is a normal process given a loss, each person grieves in different ways and lengths of time and the characteristics of the process. While it's focus is the death of a loved one, the concepts apply to any loss. My advice to anyone grieving is to allow it to occur; don't put on a happy face or act like there is nothing wrong to make others around you comfortable. You will hurt and it will ebb and flow but over time it will become less intense and you will move toward wellness. God bless....