Grief Book List

May 12, 2021

There are many books out there covering a wide variety of topics about grief and loss. Here are some that we know of that may be helpful to you and your grief.

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General Books on Grief:

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss
Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve by Sandra Gilbert
Don’t Ask for the Dead Man’s Golf Clubs: What to Do and Say (And What Not To) When a Friend Loses a Loved One by Lynn Kelly
Farewell My Friend: A Step-By-Step Guide to Handling a Serious Illness and Even the Death of a Loved One by Beatrice Toney Bailey
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler
Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What To Do With Your and a Loved One’s Personal Possessions by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow by Breeshia Wade
Healing Your Grieving Heart When Someone You Care About Has Alzheimer’s: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt
Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn
How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese A. Rando
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair
I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg
It’s Okay that You’re Not Okay: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine
It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
Losing My Best Friend: Thoughtful support for those affected by dog bereavement or pet loss by Jeannie Wycherley
Loss of a Parent by Theresa Jackson
Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to find Hope while coping with Stress and Grief by Pauline Boss
Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Kirkner
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman
My Children in Heaven: A Story of Grief, Hope, and Love by Roseanne M. Collison
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive by Allison Gilbert
Permission to Mourn:  A New Way to Do Grief by Tom Zuba
Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving: How to Care For and Support the Grieving Heart by Gary Roe
Poems of Mourning by Peter Washington
Prayers for Honoring Grief by Pixie Lighthorse
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.
Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss that Changes Everything by Lucy Hone and Karen Reivich
Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide by Christopher Lukas and Henry M Seiden
Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J.Wray
Spark Seekers: Mourning with Meaning; Living with Light by Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, DMin
The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing by Kevin Young
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
The Dead Moms Club: A Memoir about Death, Grief and Surviving the Mother of All Losses by Kate Spencer
The Longest Lost: Alezheimer’s Disease and Dementia by Hospice Foundation of America and Kenneth J. Doka and Amy S. Tucci
The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller
Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal by Alan Wolfelt
Understanding Guilt During Bereavement by Bob Baugher
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan Wolfelt
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
When Your Soulmate Dies: A Guide to Healing through Heroic Mourning by Alan Wolfelt
Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Live by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg

Specifically For Professional and Volunteer Caregivers:

Catch-Up Mourning by Alan Wolfelt
Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Counselors and Caregivers  by Alan Wolfelt
Grief and the Expressive Arts : Practices for Creating Meaning by Barbara E. Thompson (Editor), Robert A. Neimeyer (Editor)
Lost in the Wilderness of Complicated Grief by Alan Wolfelt
Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How Caregivers Can Companion Traumatized Grievers through Catch-Up Mourning by Alan Wolfelt
The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss by George A. Bonanno
Thoughtful Dementia Care: Understanding the Dementia Experience by Jennifer Ghent-Fuller
When Grief is Complicated: A Model for Therapists to Understand, Identify, and Companion Grievers Lost in the Wilderness of Complicated Grief by Alan Wolfelt

Books for and about Child/Teen Grief:

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernardo
I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Chuck DeKlyen and Pat Schwiebert
Teens Dealing with Death: Stories from my Students by Susan Romero
Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart by Gary Roe
The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens by Alan Wolfelt
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
Weird is Normal When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler