Books for Bereaved Parents

Resources for locating books:
Amazon
Centering
Center for Loss and Life Transition
Abe’s Books (out of print books)

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Our newest recommendations

~ From the Deepest Darkness to the Light of HOPE: Strategies and Solutions to Build Resiliency While Fighting Anxiety, Depression & PTSD by Jennifer Tracy
Walk with Jennifer as she holds nothing back and takes you inside the mind of suicide, grief, depression, and pain. She’ll inspire you to think differently as she shares how her two-year battle with suicide actually PREPARED her to know how to fight for herself and her surviving daughters when her husband and daughter were killed in a car crash.

~ Inside “The Mind” of Suicide– Full Color Workbook Edition by Jennifer Tracy
Jennifer will light the way with Hope for those who are still in the dark, the fury of the storm and those who have survived it. Her comprehensive approach to solving this complex topic is refreshing.

First You Die: Learn to Live After The Death Of Your Child by Marie Levine
After several years of writing a regular column about the despair, anger and confusion she felt after the death of her only child, Marie Levine weaves the story of her own bereavement into a collection of essays, poems and writings that chronicle her own surviving mother’s journey.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine“… the book I’ve been waiting for for 30 years―the one I can recommend to any newly bereaved parent, widow, widower, or adult grieving a death.” ―Donna Schuurman, senior director of advocacy and training at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

~ Children Die, Too by Joy and Marv Johnson
~ Dear Parents: Letters to Bereaved Parents by Joy Johnson
~ Recovering from the Loss of a Child by Katherine Donnelly
~ The Bereaved Parent by Harriett Sarnoff-Schiff
~ For Better or Worse by Maribeth Wilder Doerr (a handbook for couples whose child has died)
~ Single Parent Grief by Sherokee Ilse
Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child by Gary Roe
~ Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers by Carol Henderson

Pre-Natal Losses
~ Miscarriage by Centering Corporation
~ Miscarriage: A Man’s Book by Rick Wheat
~ All Seasons Pass by Martha Manning (grieving a miscarriage)
~ Ectopic Pregnancy Centering Corporation

Infant Death
~ Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis (miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death)
~ Life Touches Life by Lorraine Ash (stillbirth)
~ Healing Together by Marcie Lister and Sandra Lowell (for couples whose baby died)
~ Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse

Adult Child Death
~ Never Too Old for a Lullaby by Juanita White (death of an adult child)
Momma Mockingbird by Sauni Wood (death of an adult child)

Terminal Illness Death
~ Lessons by Susan Abbott

Death of an Only Child or All Children
~ Alive Alone by Kay Bevington (booklet and newsletter)
~ Alive Alone (This is an excellent website)
~ First You Die: Learn to Live After The Death Of Your Child by Marie Levine
~ Parting Is Not Goodbye by Kelly Osmont (teen accident)

Multiple Child Death
Becoming Radiant: A New Way to Do Life following the “death” of a beloved by Tom Zuba
~ Roses in December by Marilyn Willett Heavilin

Grieving Dads
~ Grieving Dads to the Brink and Back by Kelly Farley
~ Grieving Dads website
~ Permission to Mourn by Tom Zuba (two children and his wife)
When There Are No Words: Finding Your Way to Cope with Loss and Grief by Charlie Walton (two sons/accident)
~ Letters to My Son – Turning Loss into Legacy by Mitch Carmody young son’s illness)
~ A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies by Tim Nelson

Homicide
~ Tragedy in Aurora: The Culture of Mass Shootings in America by Tom Diaz (the story of Lonnie and Sandy Phillip’s daughter, Jessica, who was one of twelve people killed in a movie theater. Visit their website Survivors Empowered.
~ No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death by Janice Lord
~ Just Us: Overcoming and Understanding Homicidal Loss and Grief by Wanda Henry-Jenkins
~ What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss by Bill Jenkins & Patricia Cornwell
~ Griefprints by Radha Stern

Drug Overdose
~ Griefland by Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller

Suicide
~ Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing by Sharon Strouse (teen daughter suicide)
~ The Empty Chair–The Journey Of Grief After Suicide by Beryl S. Glover (son and brother suicides)
~ His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel (her son’s death by suicide)
~ A Message of Hope by Pat Overley (son’s death by suicide)
~ Leaving the Hall Light On, A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide by Madeline Sharples
~ Real Men Do Cry by Eric Hipple (A Quarterback’s Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss) (son’s suicide)
~ Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope with the Loss of a Child to Suicide or Drugs by William Feigelman, John Jordan, John McIntosh, and Beverly Feigelman
The Reason – Hope and Help for Those Who Grieve by Sally Grablick (son’s suicide)
~ Once the Storm is Over: From Grieving to Healing After the Suicide of My Daughter by Nina Bingham
~ My Uncle Keith Died by Carol Loehr (offers hope and practical ways to explain suicide to children)
~ Healing The Hurt Spirit: Daily Affirmations For People Who Have Lost A Loved One To Suicide by Catherine Greenleaf
~ Beautiful Disasters: A Family’s Journey Through Teen Depression by Caroline Zahnow )The goal of this book is to make parents and others who come in touch with teens, aware of the signs of depression, grief, and substance abuse so they can perhaps a save a life)
~ Save the Teens: Preventing Suicide, Depression and Addiction by Caroline Zahnow
 

Tragic Accident
~ The Circle of Fire: In the Midst of the Ashes an Ember of Hope Flickered by Justina Page (house fire)
~ The Circle of Fire Companion Study Guide by Justina Page
Remember Lee by Linda Musser (auto accident death)

Grandparent’s Grief
~ For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner
~ When a Grandchild Dies by Nadine Galinsky
~ Grieving Grandparents by Sherokee Ilse and Lori Leininger (after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death)

Facebook support groups for  bereaved parents
Mothers Finding Meaning Again
Grieving The Loss Of A Child Support And Guidance
Grieving Mothers
Grieving Fathers Network
MOTHERS GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A CHILD -GLOBAL ( Child Loss Survivors )
Bereaved Parents support group
Grieving Fathers

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