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Recommended Books

Recommended Books

General Adult Grief

(In addition to general adult grief this book list includes gender grief, friend loss, parent loss, grief during the holidays)

  • The Tao of Grieving by Doug Smith
  • Eight Critical Questions for Mourners by Alan Wolfelt
  • Waking Up To This Day by Paula D'Arcy
  • Letting Go with Love: The Grieving Process by Nancy O’Connor
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones by Alan Wolfelt
  • Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • Living When A Loved One Has Died by Earl Grollman
  • Grieving the Death of a Mother by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Healing Your Grieving Soul: 100 Spiritual Practices for Mourners by Alan Wolfelt
  • When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold Kushner
  • Life After Loss by Bob Deits
  • The Healing Journey of Grief by Phil Rich
  • Eight Critical Questions For Mourners… by Alan Wolfelt
  • The Other Side Of Grief by Darcie Sims
  • Footsteps Through Grief by Darcie Sims
  • Hope For The Bereaved: Understanding, Coping and Growing Through Grief by Schoeneck
  • Swallowed By A Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing by Thomas Golden
  • Tear Soup: A Recipe For Healing After Loss (for adults and children) by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen
  • The Next Place (for adults and children) by Warren Hanson
  • A Journey Through Grief: Gentle and Specific Help To Get You Through… by Bozarth
  • How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Has Died by Rando
  • Handling the Holidays by Darcie Sims
  • Healing and Growing Through Grief by O’Toole
  • A Ray of Hope (holidays) by Paul Alexander
  • When A Man Faces Grief by Thomas Golden
  • A Women’s Book of Grieving by Nessa Rapoprt
  • Men Don’t Cry…Women Do (gender grief) by Terry Martin
  • Women In Mourning by Jean Clayton
  • Grieving the Death of a Friend by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Healing A Friends Grieving Heart by Alan Wolfelt
  • Friend Grief: An Absence Called Presence by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Longing For Dad – Father Loss and its Impact by Beth Erickson
  • Losing A Parent – Practical Help by Fiona Marshall
  • On Grieving the Death of a Father by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Living With Grief by Kenneth Doka
  • Guidelines for Life Beyond Loss by Kenneth Doka
  • Don’t Take My Grief Away by Doug Manning
  • Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna by Darcie Sims
  • Healing The Adult Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies by Alan Wolfelt
  • A Time To Grieve: Meditations for Healing… by Staudacher
  • How Will I get Through The Holidays: 12 Ideas… by Miller
  • Remembering With Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year… by Levang and Ilse



Widow, Widower, Partner Grief

  • Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies by Alan Wolfelt
  • It Must Have Been Moonglow by Greene
  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  • A Handbook for Widowers by Ed Ames
  • Gay Widowers by Michael Shernoff
  • Widowed by Dr. Joyce Brothers
  • Getting to the Other Side of Grief by Susan Zonnebelt
  • In Sickness and In Health by Gail Lynch
  • Widow’s Walk by Anne Hosansky
  • Common Threads by Diane Kaimann
  • Doors Close, Doors Open by Morton Liebermen
  • The Death of a Wife: Reflections for a Grieving Wife by Vogt
  • Coping With Life After Your Mate Dies by Cushenbery
  • After He's Gone: A Guide for Widowed & Divorced Women by Jowell & Schwisow



Children and Teen Grief

  • Healing A Teen’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens by Alan Wolfelt
  • Zach and His Dog (story book for ages 4-9) by David Meagher
  • Where Dinosaurs Go To Die (story book for young children) by Brown
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (ages 3-6) by Brown
  • T-Bear The Most Special Bear (story book for young children) by Sandy Hendricks
  • Tear Soup: A Recipe For Healing After Loss (for adults and children) by Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen
  • The Next Place (for adults and children) by Warren Hanson
  • Waterbugs and Dragonflies (ages 3-6) by Stickney
  • I Miss You (ages 3-6) by Thomas
  • Promises (ages 3-6) by Wintrop
  • Ragtail Remembers (ages 6-9) by Duckworthy
  • Gentle Willow: A Story For Children About Dying (ages 6-9) by Mills
  • Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope (ages 6-9) by O’Toole
  • A Quilt For Elisabeth (ages 6-9) by Tiffault
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart For Kids: 100 Practical Ideas (9-12) by Alan Wolfelt
  • Tiger Eyes (ages 13+) by Blume
  • I Will Remember You (ages 13+) by Dower
  • The Grieving Teen (ages 13+) by Fitzgerald
  • When A Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing (ages 13+) by Gootman & Espeland
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parents and Child by Earl Grollman
  • On Children and Death by Ross
  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf (children) by Leo Buscaglia



Parent Grief

  • Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies by Alan Wolfelt
  • Unspeakable Losses (pregnancy loss) by Kluger-Bell
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart (infant loss) by Deborah Davis
  • Miscarriage (Women Sharing from the Heart) by Marie Allen
  • When Hello Means Goodbye (infant loss) by Pat Scwiebert
  • Children Die, Too by Joy and Dr. Johnson
  • Goodbye My Child by Sara Rich Wheeler
  • The Grief of Parents (When A Child Dies) by Margaret Shandor Miles
  • Father’s Grieve Too by Johnson
  • The Death f an Adult Child by Jeanne Webster Blank
  • The Loss That Is Forever by Maxine Harris



Sudden Death Grief

  • Healing Your Traumatized Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Someone You Love Dies A Sudden, Violent Death by Alan Wolfelt
  • Living When A Young Friend Commits Suicide by Grollman & Malikow
  • A Teenagers Book About Suicide by Grollman & Johnson
  • I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye by Brooke Noel
  • Living With Grief After A Sudden Loss by Kenneth Doka
  • A Message of Hope For Surviving the Tragedy of Suicide by Patricia Harness-Overley
  • Suicide Survivors Handbook by Trudy Carlson
  • Understanding Your Suicide Grief by Alan Wolfelt
  • Who Lives Happily Ever After by Sharon Turbull
  • Your Grief: You’re Not Going Crazy by MADD Victim Services
  • No One Should See What I’ve Seen by Centering Corporation
  • When Someone Close To You Has Completed Suicide by Accord
  • Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Lukas



Anticipatory Grief

  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley
  • Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp
  • Graceful Passages: A Companion For Living and Dying by Michael Stillwater and Gary Malkin
  • The Wheel of Life by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Living With Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Questions and Answers on Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Death: the Final Stage of Growth by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Long Goodbye by William Colby
  • Living Fully In The Shadow of Death by Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge



Pet Loss Grief

  • When Only Love Remains by Emily Margaret Stuparyk
  • When Your Pet Dies – Guide to Mourning by Alan Wolfelt
  • For Every Dog An Angel by Christine Davis
  • Children and Pet Loss, A Guide For Helping by Marty Tousley
  • Remembering Rafferty by Joy Johnson
  • Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet by Moria Anderson Allen
  • Saying Good Bye To The Pet You Love by Lorri Greene

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