Recommended Reading on Grief and Loss

You may find some of these books helpful.  They should be available at your local library or bookstore.

Grief Digest Magazine-Hope, Information and Support. The Centering Corporation, 7230 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 68134 www.griefdigestmagazine.com

Living with Loss Magazine. Bereavement Publishing Inc., Bereavement Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 101 Eckert, CO 81418 www.bereavementmag.com/

General Readings on Grief

Aleshire, L. (2009). 101 Ways you can help: How to comfort and support those who are grieving. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Becvar, D. S. (2001). In the presence of grief: Helping family members resolve death, dying and bereavement issues. New York: Guilford Press.

Bozarth, A. R. (1994). Life is goodbye, life is hello: Grieving well through all kinds of loss. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Cairns, S. (2009). The end of suffering: Finding purpose in pain. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press.

Clark, P. S., & Kinneberg, J. R. (2013). Life Reflections: Create a Video Heirloom. Parting Thoughts Press

Cowman, L.B. (1996). Streams in the desert. Grand Rapids, MI: The Zondervan Corporation.

Cutler, K. A. (2015). Just Don't Forget Me. Idea Creations Press.

Deits, B. (1992). Life after loss. Tucson, AZ: Fischer Books.

Eldon, K. (2007). Angel catcher: A journal of loss and remembrance. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Grollman, E.A. (1995). Living when a loved one has died (3rd Ed.). Boston: Beacon Press.

Hertzler, J. S. (2010). Seasons of solace: A story of healing through photos and poems. Austin, TX: Synergy Books.

Horsley, H. & Horsley, G. (2007). Teen grief relief: Parenting with understanding, support and guidance. Highland City, FL: Rainbow Books.

Jensen, A. (1995). Healing grief. Richmond, WA: Medic Publishing Co.

Klass, D., Silverman, P., & Nickman, S. (1996). Continuing bonds: New understandings of grief. Bristol, PA: Taylor and Francis.

Lightner, C. & Hathaway, N. (1990). Giving sorrow words. New York: Warner Books.

Manning, D. (1979). Don’t take my grief away: What to do when you lose a loved one. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Marinella, S. (2017). The story you need to tell: Writing to heal from trauma, illness, or loss. Novato, CA: New World Library.

Rando, T. (1988). Grieving: How to go on living when someone you love dies. San Francisco: Lexington Books, Jossey-Bass.

Sandberg, S., & Grant, A. (2017). Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy. New York: Knopf Books.

Schaefer, D. & Lyons, C. (1993). How do we tell the children? New York: Newmarket Press.

Smolowe, J. (2014). Four funerals and a wedding: resilience in a time of grief. Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press.

Staudacher, C. (1994). A time to grieve. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

Tatelbaum, J. (1980). The courage to grieve. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott & Crowell.

Westberg, Granger. (1971). Good grief. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

Sudden Death

Armstrong, C. (2011). Transforming traumatic grief: Six steps to move from grief to peace after the sudden or violent death of a loved one. Tijeras, NM: Artemicia Press.

Iserson, K. (1999). Grave words: Notifying survivors about sudden, unexpected death. Tuscon, AZ: Galen Press.

Jenkins, B. (2001). What to do when the police leave: A guide to the first days to traumatic loss (3rd Ed.). Richmond, VA: WBJ Press.

Lord, J. H. (2014). No time for goodbyes: Coping with sorrow, anger, and injustice after a tragic death. Burnsville, NC: Compassion Press.

Noel, B., & Blair, P. D. (2008). I wasn’t ready to say goodbye: Surviving, coping, and healing after the sudden death of a loved one. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

O’Hara, K. (2006). A grief like no other: Surviving the violent death of someone you love. New York: Marlowe & Company.

O’Rourke, M. (2012). The long goodbye. New York: Riverhead Books.

Vaughn Cole, B., Harvey, J., & Miles, L. (2016) Dealing with sudden and unexpected death: A Handbook for survivors. Available from Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program, 801-585-9522.

Loss of a child

Barkin, C., & Mitchell, E. (2009). Beyond tears: Living after losing a child. New York: St. Martins Griffin.

Bernstein, J. R. (1998). When the bough breaks: Forever after the death of a son or daughter. Kansas City, MO: Andrews & McMeel.

Floyd, G. (2012). A grief unveiled: one fathers journey through the death of a child, fifteen years later. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press.

Gilbert, L. (2011). Journey to the Dance. Dallas, TX: Ramey Writings LLC. 

Grossman, R. (2011). My Shoshana: A father’s journey through loss. Savage, MD: Eschel Books.

Hood, A. (2009). Comfort: A journey through grief. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Knapp, R. J. (1986). Beyond endurance: When a child dies. Westminster, MD: Schocken Books, Random House. 

Lyons, C. (2015). Along came hope: A memoir. Park City, UT: Silver Dollar Press, a division of Lucky Penny Publishing, LLC.

McCracken, A. & Semel, M. (1998). A broken heart still beats: After your child dies. Center City, MN: Hazelden Books.

Parker, A. (2017). An unseen angel: A mother’s story of faith, hope and healing after Sandy Hook. Salt Lake City, UT: Ensign Peak.

Rosof, B.  (1994). The worst loss: How families heal from the death of a child. New York: Henry Holt.

Schiff, H. S. (1988). The bereaved parent. London: Penguin Books.

Loss of a parent

Chethik, N. (2001). FatherLoss. New York: Hyperion Books.

Edelman, H. (2006). Motherless daughters: The legacy of loss. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Mundy, L. (2004). Grieving the loss of a parent. St. Meinrad, IN: One Caring Place Abbey Press.

Loss of a spouse

Braestrup, K. (2007). Here if you need me: A true story. New York, NY: Back Bay Books.

Caine, L. (1988). Being a widow. Bergenfield, NJ: Penguin Publishing. 

Campbell, S. & Silverman, P. (1987). Widower: When men are left alone. Old Tappan, NJ:  Prentice Hall Press.

Christensen, A. (2015). The path of 8: It begins on a mountain, moves around it, and then moves it. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press. 

Feinberg, L. S. (2004). I’m grieving as fast as I can: How young widows and widowers can cope and heal. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press.

Felber, M. (2008). Finding your way after your spouse dies. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press.

Greene, P. (2003). It must have been moonglow: Reflections on the first year of widowhood. New York, NY: Villard Press.

Heinlein, S., Brumett, G., & Tibbals, J. (1997).  When a lifemate dies:  Stories of love, loss and healing.  Minneapolis:  Fairview Press.

Lewis, C. S. (1961). A grief observed. New York: Harper & Row.

Mabry, R. L. (2017). Tender scar: Life after the death of a spouse. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications

Wheeler, B.R. (2012). When a spouse dies: What I didn’t know about helping myself and others through grief. Springville, UT: Plain Sight Publishing.

Loss of a sibling

DeVita-Raeburn, E. (2004). The empty room: Understanding sibling loss. New York, NY: Scribner Publishing.

Books for Children

Blanford, C. (2008). Something happened. (ages 2-6). Hinsdale, IL: Something Happened Handbook.

Buscaglia, L. (1982). Fall of Freddie the Leaf.  (ages 5 - 10). Thoroughfare, NJ: C.B. Slack. 

Clifton, L., & Grifalconi, A. (1988). Everett Anderson’s goodbye. New Yor: Holt. 

Cammarata, D. (2009). Someone I love died by suicide. Jupiter, FL: Limitless Press LLC.

Curtis, J. L., & Cornell, L. (2000). Where Do Balloons Go? New York: HarperCollins.

Edwards, A., Ponciano, L., & Horwitz, J. (2013). The elephant in the room: a children’s book for grief and loss. United States: Amanda Edwards & Leslie Ponciano.

Holmes, M. (1999). Molly’s Mom Died. (ages 5-11). Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation.

Holmes, M. (1999). Sam’s Dad Died. (ages 5-11). Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation.

Kaplow, J. B., Pincus, D., & Spiegel, B. (2007). Samantha Janes missing smile: A story about coping with the loss of a parent. Washington, DC: Magination Press.

Kearst, P. (2000). The invisible string. Camarillo, CA: DeVorse & Company. 

Krementz, J.  (1981). How it feels when a parent dies. (ages 7 - 16). New York: Alfred A Knopf, Inc.

La Tour, K. (1991). For those who live. (sibling grief, ages 8 - 18). Omaha, NE: Centering Corp.

Londner, R., & Junco, M. A. (2013). Stones for Grandpa. Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Pub.

Mellonie, B. & Ingpen, R. Life times: The beautiful way to explain death to children. (1983). (ages 2 +). New York: Bantam Books. 

Olivieri, L. (2010). Where Are You? A Child’s Book About Loss. LaVergne, TN: Lulu Press. 

Plouffe, M. E. (2017). I know it in my heart: Walking through grief with a child: a memoir. Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press.

Reagan, J. (2009). Always my brother. (sibling loss). Gardinner, ME: Tilbury Press. 

Rothman, J. (1996). A birthday present for Daniel. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 

Rubel, B. (2009). But I didn’t say goodbye. Kendall Park, NJ: Griefwork Center, Inc.

Schwiebert, P. & DeKlyen, C. (1999). Tear soup: A recipe for healing after loss.  Portland, OR: Grief Watch.

Scrivani, M. (1996). I heard your daddy died. (ages 2-6). Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation.

Scrivani, M. (1994). I heard your mommy died. (ages 3-7). Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation.

Thomas, P., & Harker, L. (2001). I miss you: A first look at death. Hauppauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series.

Vaughn Cole, B. (2002).  James’ Story:  Helping children cope with loss due to Suicide.  Available from Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program; also available in Spanish 801-585-9522.

Viorst, J., & Blegvad, E. (1988). The tenth good thing about Barney. NY, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Walker, R. J., MD, & Walker, C. J. (2017). Good Night Beautiful Mother. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Wilhelm, H. (2013). I’ll always love you. New York: Dragonfly Books.

Yeomans, E. (2000). Lost and found. (ages 5-9). Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation. 

Books for Teenagers

Buckingham, R. & Huggard, S. (1993). Coping with grief.  New York: Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Geithner, C. (2012). If Only. New York: Scholastic Books.

Gootman, M. E. (2005). When a friend dies: A book for teens about grieving & healing. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit. 

Gravelle, K & Haskins, C. (1989).  Teenagers face to face with bereavement. Englewood, NJ: Julian Messner.

Hughes, L. (2005). You are not alone: Teens talk about life after the loss of a parent. New York: Scholastic Press.

Linn-Gust, M.  (2001). Do they have bad days in heaven?  Surviving the suicide loss of a sibling. New York: Chellehead Works. 

Scrivani, M. (1991). When death walks in. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp. 

Vaughn Cole, B. (2006). But what about me? Loss and teen grief. Available from Caring Connections:  A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program, 801-585-9522.

Wheeler, J. L. (2010). Weird is normal: When teenagers grieve. Naples, FL: Quality of Life Pub.

Suicide

Barrett, T.  (1989).  Life after suicide: A survivor’s grief experience. Oakley, CA: Prairie House.

Baugher, B., & Jordan, J. (2016). After suicide loss: coping with your grief. Newcastle, WA: Caring People Press.

Bolton, I. (1992).  My son…My son: A guide to healing after death, loss or suicide.

Atlanta: Bolton Press.

Chance, S. (1992).  Stronger than death: When suicide touches your life.

New York:  Norton.

Cobain, B. & Larch, J. (2006). Dying to be free: A healing guide for families after suicide. Center City, MN: Hazelden Books. 

Easton, A. L. (2013). Free Fall: One family's journey of surviving the suicide of a loved one and reclaiming life on their own terms. Mountain Moxie Publishing.

Fine, C. (1997).  No time to say good-bye: Surviving the suicide of a loved one. New York: Doubleday 

Hewett, J. H. (1980). After suicide. Philadelphia: Westminster Press. 

Hsu, A. Y. (2017). Grieving a suicide: A loved ones search for comfort, answers, and hope. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Jamison, K. R. (1999).  Night falls fast: Understanding suicide. New York: Knopf.

Jordan, J. & Baugher, B (2016). After suicide loss: Coping with your grief (2nd edition). Caring People Press.

Lesoine, R. E., & Chöphel, M. (2013). Unfinished conversation: healing from suicide and loss: a guided journey. Berkeley, California: Parallax Press.

Marcus, E. (1996).  Why suicide? San Francisco: Harper San Francisco.

Parmley, W. (2014). Hope after suicide: One woman’s journey from darkness to light. Springville, UT: Plain Sight Publishing, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.

Ross, E. B. (1997).  Life after suicide: A ray of hope for those left behind. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. 

Rubel, B. (1999).  But I didn’t say goodbye:  For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors.  Kendall Park, NJ:  Griefwork Center.

Schenke, L. (2013). Without Tim: A son’s fall to suicide, a mothers rise from grief. Place of publication not identified: Tpd Press.

Smosna, N. (2017). Losing My Reflection: A journey through my twin brother's suicide. Createspace independent publishing.

Tervo, R. (2017). Shattered: From grief to joy after my son's suicide. Wandering Poet Publishing. 

Homicide

Baugher, B., & Cox, L. (2015). Coping with traumatic death: Homicide (English ed.) (Caring People Press, Ed.). Caring People Press.

Conrad, B.H. (1998).  When a child has been murdered: Ways you can help the grieving parents. Amityville, New York: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.