Recommended Reading

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


General Grief Information
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Hickman
Don‘t Take My Grief Away: How to Walk Through Grief and Learn to Live Again by Doug Manning
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Living When a Loved One Has Died by Earl Grollman
Living with Loss, Healing with Hope: A Jewish Perspective by Earl Grollman
The Good Grief Devotional: 52 Weeks Toward Hope by Pastor Brent D. Christianson
Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss by Ken Doka

Spouses in Grief
Widowed by Dr. Joyce Brothers
Military Widow: A Survival Guide by Joanne Steen Wood
The Day My Husband Left by Nisha Leonard (single parent)
Reflections of a Grieving Spouse: The Unexpected Journey from Loss to Renewed Hope by H. Norman Wright
Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse (Good Grief) by Gary Roe
Comfort for the Grieving Spouse’s Heart: Hope and Healing After Losing Your Partner by Gary Roe
Widowed Without Warning by Joanne Shortley-Lalonde
I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg

Bereaved Adult Children
Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents by Allison Gilbert
When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults by Edward Myers
Never the Same: Coming  to Terms with the Death of a Parent by Donna Schuurman (loss of a parent as a young child)

Bereaved Adult Siblings
Letters to Sara: The Agony of Adult Sibling Loss by Anne McCurry
An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling’s Suicide by Sara Swan Miller
Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust

Survivors of Suicide
Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope by Albert   (father’s death)
After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind by Joseph Richman, Eleanora Betsy Ross
Before Their Time by Mary & Maureen Stimming (adult children’s experiences of parental suicide)
The Empty Chair–The Journey of Grief after Suicide by Beryl S. Glover
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)
Someone I Love Died by Suicide by Doreen Cammarata (helping children cope with a loved one’s death)


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
Roses in December by Marilyn Willett Heavilin
For Better or Worse by Maribeth Wilder Doerr (a handbook for couples whose child has died)
Single Parent Grief by Sherokee Ilse
Lessons by Susan Abbott (terminal illness death)
Remember Lee by Linda Musser (auto accident 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)

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)
A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies by Tim Nelson
Healing Together by Marcie Lister and Sandra Lowell (for couples whose baby died)

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)

Death of an Only Child or All Children
Alive Alone by Kay Bevington (booklet and newsletter)  Alive Alone (This is an excellent website)

Grieving Dads
Grieving Dads to the Brink and Back by Kelly Farley
Grieving Dads website

Military Death
We Regret to Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them by Joanne Steen


Explaining Death to Children
Tell Me, Papa by Joy & Marv Johnson ages 3-8 (explaining death & funerals)
Lean on Me Gently by Doug Manning
Helping Children Cope with Grief by Alan Wolfelt
Grief Comes to Class – An Educator’s Guide by Majel Gliko-Braden
Sibling Grief by Marcia Scherago (a parent’s guide for all age groups)

Books for Children
Sibling Grief – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death (grief experienced by surviving brothers and sisters)
Thank You for Coming to Say Goodbye by Roberts & Johnson age 6-12 (death & funerals)
Timothy Duck by Lynn Blackburn age 6-10 (death of a friend)
Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Edna LeShan ages 8+
Secret Places: The Story of a Child’s Adventure with Grief by James Campbell age 7-10 (father’s death)
I Heard Your Mommy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7
I Heard Your Daddy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7
The Empty Place by Roberta Tremes ages 5-10 (death of a sibling)
No New Baby by Centering Corporation (for young children whose mommy miscarries)
Am I Still a Sister? by Allie Sims ages 6+
Grandpa’s Berries by Julie Dickerson ages 7-10
Green Mittens for Grandma by Bernice Hanks ages 5-9
A Child Remembers by Enid S. Traisman ages 8-12 (journal for children)

For Teens
How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz (ages 7-17)
Facing Change by Donna O’Toole
When a Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman
Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman
When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani
The Last Teenage Suicide by Norman Geller (suicide death of a friend)
Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (journal for teens)
A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman


When Your Friend Gets Cancer by Amy Harwell
When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer’s by Earl Grollman
Caretakers – The Forgotten People by Maita Floyd
What to Do When the Police Leave: A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss by Bill Jenkins
How to Support Someone Who is Grieving
I Don’t Know How to Help Them by Linda Maurer (how to help bereaved parents)
Ask Me…30 Things I Want You to Know by Nan Zastrow (how to be a friend to a survivor of suicide)
Stepping Through the Awkwardness by Marilyn Gryte
How Can I Help by Martha Wegner-Hay (helping parents whose baby died before birth)

Good Grief Series by Gary Roe
Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons (Good Grief Series Book 1)
Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse (Good Grief Series Book 2)
Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving: How to Care For and Support the Grieving Heart (Good Grief Series Book 3)
Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child (Good Grief Series Book 4)
Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart (Good Grief Series Book 5)
Comfort for Grieving Hearts: Hope and Encouragement for Times of Loss (Good Grief Series Book 6)

Suicide Prevention
Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention by Earl Grollman
Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide: Or Even Starts Talking About It by Earl Grollman

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