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Continuing the series, stories to ease the loss of a loved one. Bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.


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Continuing the series, stories to ease the loss of a loved one. Bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

30 review for Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    For many years I’ve always had a serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One, on my pile of books; spooning up one or two a day. They’re just the right size to be savored each morning. The stories often inspire me, remind me to be thankful for my blessings, appreciate my life, spark memories, and are a good jump start to a positive attitude for the day. This recent assortment was no exception, but did take me a bit longer to read than so For many years I’ve always had a serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories About Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One, on my pile of books; spooning up one or two a day. They’re just the right size to be savored each morning. The stories often inspire me, remind me to be thankful for my blessings, appreciate my life, spark memories, and are a good jump start to a positive attitude for the day. This recent assortment was no exception, but did take me a bit longer to read than some of the others. Sometimes days would go by before I’d read the next offering. Perhaps it was the nature of the stories gathered here that caused me to take my time to absorb. I have my favorites in the Chicken Soup series. Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is definitely in the top five. Starting with this quote: “the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart.” Helen Keller to its very end, it was a touching, sometimes heart-wrenching, surprisingly heart-warming journey. Instead of sharing the stories that will remain with me; I’d suggest you sample these on your own, taking what you need. Grieving is so personal. What comforted me might not be the same for you. If you are grieving or in need a way to help you through the process, Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul might be helpful. It provided an outlet for me to open up my heart to recent losses. It was a blend of sadness, comfort, humor and healing; a testament that life can and does continue, differently but living just he same!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chana

    I read this shortly after my son died in Nov. of 2004. Not sure what I got out of it then except understanding that others were going through the same nightmare. This time around I cried a lot, probably did the first time too. I appreciated the time the book afforded me to concentrate on my son. I am always somewhat emotionally unstable with the grief, but I am not always consciously thinking of my loss. Focusing my mind on my loss was probably the best benefit from the book. Nothing will ever f I read this shortly after my son died in Nov. of 2004. Not sure what I got out of it then except understanding that others were going through the same nightmare. This time around I cried a lot, probably did the first time too. I appreciated the time the book afforded me to concentrate on my son. I am always somewhat emotionally unstable with the grief, but I am not always consciously thinking of my loss. Focusing my mind on my loss was probably the best benefit from the book. Nothing will ever fix me, I'm pretty reconciled to that, but if I am going to be emotionally off anyway I might as well give some real thought to the pain. The stories were moving of course. I tagged a couple of favorites: "Trailing Clouds of Glory" by Paul D. Wood, "Missing Pa" by Ann Hood; and I like this quote from "Lilyfish" by Bill Heavey, "This is the world, I realized for the millionth time, and its unfathomable mystery, always and never the same, composed in roughly equal parts of suffering and wonder, unmoved by either, endlessly rolling away." I'm very sorry for those who are bereaved, and even more sorry for those whose bereavement is written and their pain waits to come to be.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lory

    You never "overcome" the loss. This little tome helps you to realize that you are not alone. Others survive, and you will too. You never "overcome" the loss. This little tome helps you to realize that you are not alone. Others survive, and you will too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Helms

    I read this a couple of months after my son moved to Heaven... this book really ministered to me...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amritha Ram

    This is not the book I expected to end my 2020 with, at all. Losing someone dear to you makes you look around you to find something that makes you feel better - anything. To me that thing is usually words, and I turned to reading and writing more than ever to ease my mind. I used to be obsessed with the Chicken Soup books as a teenager, because it always evoked a sense of empathy in me, knowing the kinds of stories other people - real people somewhere in the world - were living. Going back to thes This is not the book I expected to end my 2020 with, at all. Losing someone dear to you makes you look around you to find something that makes you feel better - anything. To me that thing is usually words, and I turned to reading and writing more than ever to ease my mind. I used to be obsessed with the Chicken Soup books as a teenager, because it always evoked a sense of empathy in me, knowing the kinds of stories other people - real people somewhere in the world - were living. Going back to these books as an adult is kind of harder - I'm noticing the writing is not sophisticated, and the stories too brief to really evoke serious emotion. Most of the stories in this book didn't work for me for that reason, it was a bit too romanticized. That being said, I did appreciate one or two - the one with the dragonflies, and the other with the rainbow. I find myself too, seeing elements in daily life that remind me of the person I lost, and projecting onto those things thoughts that I feel like they may be trying to convey to me without words. While I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as a "good book", sometimes it might just help to know you aren't alone in grief. Every story basically served as one data point to the fact that this terrible feeling is not unique to us alone, and that at some point, someone else has felt something similar, and that they have reached a stage where it no longer feels that lonesome and terrible, and that's probably what I needed more than the words in the story themselves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    This one took me awhile to finish, because many of the stories were so poignant and emotional I could only do a few at a time. I thought the selection of stories was excellent for this topic; the ones about the children dying were particularly heart wrenching and I often wondered how those parents had the strength to go on. But they did, and shared their stories to help others.. I normally read the dog and cat chicken soup books, but I’m glad I ventured out if my normal genre. While I experience This one took me awhile to finish, because many of the stories were so poignant and emotional I could only do a few at a time. I thought the selection of stories was excellent for this topic; the ones about the children dying were particularly heart wrenching and I often wondered how those parents had the strength to go on. But they did, and shared their stories to help others.. I normally read the dog and cat chicken soup books, but I’m glad I ventured out if my normal genre. While I experienced many losses over the years I read this at a time when there have been no recent ones; I’m not sure I could gave gotten thru it otherwise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    $1.49 I decided to start reading this book now in light of the tragedy that took place in Newton, Connecticut last Friday. I remember reading on Facebook that someone had suggested doing 26 (28 including the mother and shooter) random acts of kindness as a way to remember those lives that were lost. I haven't forgotten this promise to myself, and by beginning this book, I have at last thought of 1. This may take a while but that's okay, but it should be fun to be on the lookout for little things $1.49 I decided to start reading this book now in light of the tragedy that took place in Newton, Connecticut last Friday. I remember reading on Facebook that someone had suggested doing 26 (28 including the mother and shooter) random acts of kindness as a way to remember those lives that were lost. I haven't forgotten this promise to myself, and by beginning this book, I have at last thought of 1. This may take a while but that's okay, but it should be fun to be on the lookout for little things that might brighten someone's day. I think I read this book a few years ago, but I am not the same person I was then. I've lost many people over the years, but the dearest one, my dad, passed away since I read this, as well as my Lucky. There are so many stories in here that remind me of various people who have come and gone out of my life, and while at times I got a little teary-eyed, I still appreciated this collection of stories. There is such a variety about all the different losses folks have shared and suffered through, and I would recommend this to anyone who has lost someone on especially if you don't know what to say or do when someone else is going through grief. There is a good chapter in here that recommends being there, along with other things, including what Not to say. I was nodding my head all the way through it because someone was very insightful. As I read the stories, I can only hope that some of the family members of the victims in Newton, Connecticut will share their stories one day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (miss_kellysbookishcorner)

    3 stars Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is a collection of stories about loss and grief from different contributors. It deals with different kinds of loss, but the main focus is on the love and hope in the face of death. I read this compilation of stories following the loss of my best friend and boyfriend earlier this year. While these stories are basic, they have the heartwarming power to help those grieving the lost of a loved one. They allowed me to acknowledge that I am not alone, and that 3 stars Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is a collection of stories about loss and grief from different contributors. It deals with different kinds of loss, but the main focus is on the love and hope in the face of death. I read this compilation of stories following the loss of my best friend and boyfriend earlier this year. While these stories are basic, they have the heartwarming power to help those grieving the lost of a loved one. They allowed me to acknowledge that I am not alone, and that there is happiness to be found down the road, that our love for one another will always be there. One story in particular stuck with me in particular. It made me realize if I could go back in time knowing this pain would come, and that his life would be cut short, would I still choose his presence in my life. And the answer is yes. The answer will always be yes. Fours years of Geoff is infinitely better than none. I would recommend this to those who are facing the loss of a loved one. This isn't a book that will explain or help guide you through your grief, but it will definitely give you hope. The stories are definitely emotional, but they will also make you smile through the tears.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I’ve read this book twice. The first time in 2002. You never get over the loss of losing your parents this book helps you see others experiences and perspectives. You feel relatable, not isolated. I am working through immense and intense grief. This book helped me find some comfort during a very difficult time in my life. If you are grieving for the loss of a loved one, this book may bring you tranquility.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Needed this when it found me. It was good to read what others have gone through loss. My heart has never gone so dark as when I loss some very special people,but in 2019 I lost my rock, my mentor ,the best Dad ever. Will ALWAYS miss you Dad LG♥️♥️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    Not what I expected The stories oh this book I found hard to keep my attention. They were short but still not ones I was pulled into

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim Miller-Davis

    I knew that many of the stories in here would be trite, but I didn’t really care. I just wanted to read other people’s stories of loss as a way of feeling less alone. My biggest gripe with this volume is the choice the editors made regarding its opening section, “Final Gifts,” a compilation of stories in which the deceased leaves a meaningful sign or symbol that provides great comfort to the bereaved. Starting with these stories carries the very real potential of alienating the exact readers for I knew that many of the stories in here would be trite, but I didn’t really care. I just wanted to read other people’s stories of loss as a way of feeling less alone. My biggest gripe with this volume is the choice the editors made regarding its opening section, “Final Gifts,” a compilation of stories in which the deceased leaves a meaningful sign or symbol that provides great comfort to the bereaved. Starting with these stories carries the very real potential of alienating the exact readers for whom the book is purportedly designed. Sickeningly-sweet sentimentality aside, the tone of the opening section is self-righteous and offensive. Most of us who are in the initial throes of grief are not at the point in which the ecstatic identification of deep meaning is possible. Furthermore, many of these amazing epiphanic moments happened at the precise moment of death. For those readers whose loss came without any kind of notice, this is not helpful. At best, the editors’ decision to lead with these accounts indicates a lack of insight; at worst, it shows a complete lack of empathy. This section could have and should have been included somewhere later in the collection. Editorial organization aside, the stories themselves were decent. Many of them were trite and insipid, but some of were authentic and comforting. Having said that, none of them reached the level of those contained in MODERN LOSS (a compilation of well-written narratives many of which were designed for a more intellectually-contemplative and erudite audience). Still, I feel that I benefitted from reading this collection—if nothing else, the opening sequence provides me with a good example of poor audience awareness to share with students.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trisha DeBoer

    Overall, I liked this book. It can be a good tool for people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. I am not one to say that peoples' reflections about loss are wrong, but sometimes they just weren't for me, partially because they involved a lot of "pop theology" that is heard in email forwards and the like all the time. Also, I was looking more for a book that discussed grief surrounding non-death losses. Grief is more than dealing with the death of a loved one. Grief surround Overall, I liked this book. It can be a good tool for people who have experienced the death of someone close to them. I am not one to say that peoples' reflections about loss are wrong, but sometimes they just weren't for me, partially because they involved a lot of "pop theology" that is heard in email forwards and the like all the time. Also, I was looking more for a book that discussed grief surrounding non-death losses. Grief is more than dealing with the death of a loved one. Grief surrounds people in divorce, dealing with the cognitive decline of a parent or other loved one, the loss of independence or mobility, the loss of a job, and even the "happy" experiences of life. That being said, I still thought this was a good book. I read it fairly quickly, and in the future, may read it a bit more slowly in order to process a bit more. Theology aside, sometimes a person just needs to hear they are not alone in grief.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Henness B.

    I started reading this book after my grandpa suddenly passed away in January of this year. I was very close to him and he worried a lot about me especially when my cancer returned last october when i was 15. This book helped me realize that he is not gone he is just living in a different place. I didn't think my grandpa was around anymore because I never felt him after he passed. But when I read this book I realized it might take a few months before you feel your loved ones spirit. Now I feel my I started reading this book after my grandpa suddenly passed away in January of this year. I was very close to him and he worried a lot about me especially when my cancer returned last october when i was 15. This book helped me realize that he is not gone he is just living in a different place. I didn't think my grandpa was around anymore because I never felt him after he passed. But when I read this book I realized it might take a few months before you feel your loved ones spirit. Now I feel my grandpa around me a lot. I like how this book doesn't try to be your counselor. People just tell you their heartfelt experiences and either you relate to them or enjoy them or both. I promise anyone who reads this book will love it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dini Bachtiar

    this book was given to me from a dear friend. Reading through it helped me cope with my feelings of grief i had denied after the pasing of my dear husband. I now understand that it's ok to feel like someone's just pulled the rug from under you, and that the soul needs to make peace with the mind and body. It has helped me realize that I'm not alone in this process and that one day, the time will come for me to look back at memories without pain, but with smiles. this book was given to me from a dear friend. Reading through it helped me cope with my feelings of grief i had denied after the pasing of my dear husband. I now understand that it's ok to feel like someone's just pulled the rug from under you, and that the soul needs to make peace with the mind and body. It has helped me realize that I'm not alone in this process and that one day, the time will come for me to look back at memories without pain, but with smiles.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I am still in the process of reading this book... but my review todate is an excellant one! I read this when I am feeling the losses I have gone through this past year. It helps me to see what I have gone through (and continue to go through) that there are others out there that have been through it all and even more so. This book is an inspiration for a grieving soul!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    "When someone dies, you don't get over it by forgetting; you get over it by remembering, and you are aware that no person is ever truly lost or gone once they have been in our life and loved us, as we have loved them." --Leslie Marmon Silko ""Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." --Rossiter Worthington Raymond "When someone dies, you don't get over it by forgetting; you get over it by remembering, and you are aware that no person is ever truly lost or gone once they have been in our life and loved us, as we have loved them." --Leslie Marmon Silko ""Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." --Rossiter Worthington Raymond

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Fordhamses

    While I've lost many fam members close to me, I still felt that I shouldn't bother w this because I'm not yet grieving. My best friend (of 21 years) has several terminal illnesses and has a prognosis of less than a year. After reading this, I understand that I absolutely am grieving already. And I know I'll read it again when she's gone, but for now, it helped me prepare for what's to come. While I've lost many fam members close to me, I still felt that I shouldn't bother w this because I'm not yet grieving. My best friend (of 21 years) has several terminal illnesses and has a prognosis of less than a year. After reading this, I understand that I absolutely am grieving already. And I know I'll read it again when she's gone, but for now, it helped me prepare for what's to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book is full of stories from families that lost a loved one. I have read a lot of books that show what people have done to make their loved one live on..or cope with the loss. I also feel hope that this road although it feels lonely sometimes, we are not alone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Priceless. A collection of both secular and not so secular grief stories. I read this cover to cover, not able to put it down. Highly recommend for any person, religious or not, who's going through the loss of a loved one or knows someone who is. Priceless. A collection of both secular and not so secular grief stories. I read this cover to cover, not able to put it down. Highly recommend for any person, religious or not, who's going through the loss of a loved one or knows someone who is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A nice read when thinking about the loss of my mom, and others I have loss over the years. I've gone back to this book several times over the past couple of years. Now I'm done with the book and ready to move forward. A nice read when thinking about the loss of my mom, and others I have loss over the years. I've gone back to this book several times over the past couple of years. Now I'm done with the book and ready to move forward.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Huot

    I have yet to find a version in this series that I don't like, and this one surely didn't disappoint. A few stories were so good that I used them as part of my review for my YouTube talk show (and mentioned the author's names of course). I have yet to find a version in this series that I don't like, and this one surely didn't disappoint. A few stories were so good that I used them as part of my review for my YouTube talk show (and mentioned the author's names of course).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I read many of these with tears rolling down my face. But that felt comfortable. Like I was sharing my own losses with others. That I wasn't alone. And that my own way of coping isn't so different to other people's methods. Reassuring I read many of these with tears rolling down my face. But that felt comfortable. Like I was sharing my own losses with others. That I wasn't alone. And that my own way of coping isn't so different to other people's methods. Reassuring

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I learnes SO much from this book. The stories in are TRULY amazing! Makes you think about why we are really here.... A+++++++++++++

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I picked up this book to read after my grandfather suddenly passed away. His passing hit me hard. This book was a real comfort to me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megawaty

    i love this book, it's the best chicken soup i ever read..... i love this book, it's the best chicken soup i ever read.....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book has helped me tremendously with losing my mom. Its amazing. I love it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Genesa Richards-Wiech

    There were alot of stories in here that I could relate to.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I started reading this book, because i lost my father and every now and again i miss him and i read this book to help me out....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Nelson

    I inherited this one, so obviously it came at the most appropriate time, but I can't say it did much for me. I inherited this one, so obviously it came at the most appropriate time, but I can't say it did much for me.

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