Helpful Books on Grief

Helping Children Cope

  • Bluebond-Langner, M. The Private Worlds of Dying Children.
  • Cassini, Kathleen & Rogers, Jacqueline. Death and the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Assist Grieving Students.
  • Crase, D.R. & Crase, D. Helping Children Understand Death.
  • Dougy Center. Helping the Grieving Student: A Guide for Teachers.
  • Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Child; A Parent's Guide.
  • Grollman, Earl A. Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child.
  • Grollman, Earl & Johnson, Joy: A Teenager's Book About Suicide.
  • Hipp, Earl. The Caring Circle: Facilitator's Guide to Support Groups (goes with Help for Hard Times under Teen resources).
  • Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth. On Children and Death.
  • O'Toole, Donna. Growing Through Grief: A K-12 Curriculum to Help Young People Through all Kinds of Loss.
  • Schaefer, Dan & Lyons, Christine. How Do We Tell The Children, A Parents Guide To Helping Children Understand And Cope
  • Stevenson, Robert. What Will We Do? Preparing a School Community to Cope with a Crisis. [temporarily out of stock]

When Someone Dies

  • Wolfelt, Alan. Helping Children Cope With Grief.
  • Wolfelt, Alan. Healing a Teen's Grieving Heart.
  • Wolfelt, Alan. Understanding Grief.
  • Alexander, S. Nadia the Willful.
  • Bahr, Mary. If Nathan Were Here.
  • Blackburn, Lynn Bennett. The Class In Room Forty-Fonr: When A Classmate Dies.
  • Blackburn, Lynn Bennett. Timothy Duck: The Story of A Death Of A Friend.
  • Blackburn, Lynn Bennett. I Know I Made it Happen: Children & Guilt.
  • Boritzer, Etan. What is Death?
  • Bosak, Susan. Something to Remember Me By.
  • Boulden, Jim, and Joan. Saying Goodbye: Bereavement Activity Book.
  • Burningham, John. Grandpa.
  • Buscaglia, Leo. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.
  • Clardy, Andrea F. Dusty Was My Friend.
  • Cohn, Janice. I Had a Friend Named Peter.
  • DePaola, Tamie. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs.
  • Dodge, Nancy. Thumpy's Story; A Story of Love and Grief Shared.
  • Fassler, Joan. My Grandpa Died Today.
  • Goldstein, Ray, and Jody. Where's Jess?
  • Green, Phyllis. A New Mother for Martha.
  • Gryte, Marilyn. No New Baby.
  • Hanson, Warren. The Next Place.
  • Hazen, Barbara. Why Did Grandpa Die?
  • Heegaard, Marge. When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief.
  • Heegaard, Marge. When Something Terrible Happens.
  • Smith, Doris.A Taste of Blackberries.
  • Thomas, P. I Miss You.
  • Tiffault, E. A Quilt for Elizabeth.
  • Viorst, J. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.
  • White E.B. Charlottes Web.
  • Williams, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit.
  • Wolfelt, Alan. Sarah's Journey.

The Dying Child

  • Breebaart, Joeri. When I Die Will I get Better?
  • Maple, Marilyn. On the Wings of a Butterfly.
  • Blume, Judy. Tiger Eyes.

For Teenagers

  • Branfield, J. A Fox in the Winter.
  • Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Teen.
  • Goolman, Marilyn E. When A Friend Dies.
  • Gravelle, K. and Haskins, C. Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement.
  • Grollman, Earl A.Straight Talk About Death For Teenagers.
  • Grollman, Earl A. Living When a Young Friend Commits Suicide: Or even starts

Talking about it.

  • Hipp, Earl. Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Grief and Loss
  • Krementz, J. and Knopf, A. How It Feels When a Parent Dies.
  • Mack, S. Janet and Me.
  • O'Toole, Donna. Facing Change.
  • Paterson, K. The Bridge to Terabithia.
  • Scrivani, Mark. When Death Walks In.

Grief Books:

  • Surviving the Death of Your Spouse: A Step-by-Step Workbook, by Deborah S. Levinson
  • Caregiving, by Beth Witrogen McLeod
  • Grief's Courageous Journey: A Workbook, by Sandi Caplan and Gordon Lang
  • Life after Loss: A Practical Guide, by Bob Deits
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Hanson
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart, by Stephen Levine
  • Surviving Grief and Learning to Live Again, by Catherine M. Saunders
  • The Mourning Handbook, by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas, by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Life Lessons, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
  • How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, by Therese A. Rando
  • A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last, by Stephen Levine
  • Letting Go With Love: The Grieving Process, by Nancy O'Connor
  • The Dying Time: Practical Wisdom for the Dying and Their Caregivers, by Joan Furman and David McNabb
  • Companion Through the Darkness: Inner Dialogues on Grief, by Stephanie Ericsson
  • Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life: A Practical Guide, by Jill Brooke
  • A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing, by Carol Staudacher
  • Too Soon Old Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now, by Gordon Livingston
  • Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, by Sameet M. Kumar
  • When your Spouse Dies, by Cathleen L. Curry
  • Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long, by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine
  • Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief, by Martha W. Hickman
  • Gay Widowers: Life After the Death of a Partner, by Michael Shernoff (Editor)
  • A Journey Through Grief: Gentle, Specific Help, by Aila Renee Bozarth
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James and Russell Friedman
  • Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief, by Pauline Boss
  • The Precious Present, by Spencer Johnson
  • Life After Loss: Conquering Grief and Finding Hope, by Raymond A. Moody, Jr. and Dianne Arcangel
  • Writing to Heal the Soul: Transforming Grief and Loss Through Writing, by Susan Zimmerman
  • In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living, by Nancy Cobb
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Seven Choices: Finding Hope after Loss Shatters Your World, by Elizabeth Harper Neeld
  • Grieving the Death of a Mother, by Harold Ivan Smith
  • I'm Grieving As Fast As I Can, by Linda Sones Feinberg
  • Sibling Grief: Healing after the Death of a Sister or Brother, by P. Gill White
  • Good Grief: Healing Through the Shadow of Loss, by Deborah Morris Coryell
  • Grace for Grief: Daily Comfort for Those Who Mourn, by Michael and Brenda Pink
  • Angel Catcher,by Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub
  • When Parents Die by Rebecca Abrams
  • The Healing Power of Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to a New Love, by Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn Stoltzman
  • Loss and Found: How We Survived the Loss of a Young Spouse, by Gary and Kathy Young
  • Books by John Edward
  • Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, by Hope Edelman
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, by Doris Stickney
  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss, by Jerry Sittser
  • No Time For Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death, by Janice Harris Lord
  • I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, PhD
  • Widow to Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
  • Finding Your Way through Grief: A Guide for the First Year by Marty Tousley
  • Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies, by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • How to Survive Your Grief When Someone You Love Has Died by Susan Fuller
  • Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World by Elizabeth Harper Neeld
  • Facing the Ultimate Loss: Confronting the Death of a Child by Robert J. Marx and Susan Wengerhoff Davidson
  • The Ultimate Loss: Coping with the Death of a Child by Joan Bordow
  • Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin
  • A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamieson
  • Love Never Ends by Connie Martin and Barry Dundas
  • Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair by Miriam Greenspan
  • Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) The Grief of Widowhood by Carole Brody Fleet
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller
  • Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything by Judy Brizendine
  • Gaining Traction - Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner by Peggy Panagotacos
  • Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times by Deborah S. Derman
  • Grief Diaries: How to Help The Newly Bereaved by Linda Cheldelin Fell, et al
  • Hope and Healing for Transcending Loss: Daily Meditations for Those Who Are Grieving by Ashley Davis Bush
  • The Tender Scar: Life After the Death of a Spouse by Richard L. Mabry
  • A Gift of Love: A Widow's Memoir by Linda Della Donna
  • Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive by Allison Gilbert
  • Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson
  • Grief Is A Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss by Kenneth J. Doka
  • Grieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey Through Loss by Samuel J. Hodges and Kathy Leonard
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Grief One Day At A Time: 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss by Alan Wolfelt
  • The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide by Brandy Lidbeck
  • Being There for Someone in Grief by Marianna Cacciatori
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • Never Long Enough by Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and Dr. Michelle Sider
  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  • Bearing The Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
  • Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond by Susan Powers
  • Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in The Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O'Malley and Tim Madigan
  • We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults by Heather Servaty-Seib and David Fajgenbaum
  • Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers by Steven Z. Pantilat, MD
  • It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand by Megan Devine
  • One Mindful Day at a Time: 365 Daily Meditations for Living in the Now by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention by Susan Hannifin-MacNab

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