Books/writing on death, loss and grief.
I lost my girlfriend of 5 years to a freak car accident last weekend. The accident was completely random, and I'm an atheist, so there's really know no one to blame, get angry at, ask why, pray to, etc-- just a horrible void that I'll need to learn to fill over the coming weeks, months and years.
I have a strong support network of friends and family (and have read the recent post about liqourice's loss
). I feel like I'm as prepared as I can be to grieve and mourn (which means, of course, that I'm completely, utterly unprepared).
I read pretty constantly, and am looking for good things to read when the mood strikes-- I've tried, and neither the latest issues of Maxim or the Economist are quite cutting it right now.
Last week (before), I happened to read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which fits more or less perfectly with what I'm thinking, but I'm really interested in any recommendations for fiction/non-fiction/classics/philosophy. They don't necessarily need to be completely secular, but I am an atheist, so if the driving point is that people go to a better place, or that god has a plan, it probably won't work. Self-help recommendations are ok and appreciated, but not really what I’m looking for.
For what it’s worth, I’m 26.