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Grief Bibliography

Reading about grief and loss can be a very healing part of bereavement care. Discovering how others have survived the "unsurvivable," as well as gaining a deeper understanding of how grief works, are but two of the many benefits to be gained.

Below is a short list of books that have proven helpful to many who are grieving. New books are coming out every day, so as you journey through grief, keep looking on your favorite web sites and in your favorite bookstores to discover materials that can be of help.

Books for Adults

Final Gifts, by Maggie Callanan & Patrick Kelley

Lessons from the Dying, by Rodney Smith

The Courage To Grieve, by Judy Tatelbaum

Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello, by Alla Renee Bozarth

Motherless Daughters, by Hope Edelman

I Can’t Stop Crying, by John Martin and Frank Ferris

The Grieving Time, by Anne Brooks

What Helped Me When My Loved One Died, by Earl Grollman

A Grace Disguised: How a Soul Grows Through Loss, by Gerald Sittser

How to Survive the Loss of a Love, by Melba Colgrove

Life After Loss, by Bob Deits

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies, by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel

The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child, by Barbara D. Rosof

Books for Children

As parents and caregivers of children, we feel especially compelled to help them when they are grieving. Below are some books that have proven helpful for children in this difficult time. Review them to find the ones that best fit your child and then share them together.

For Younger Children

The Fall of Freddy the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst

The Velveteen Rabbit, by M.W. Bianco

Good-bye Forever, by Jim and Joan Boulden

Saying Good-bye: Activity Book, by Jim Boulden

For Older Children

Rachel and the Upside Down Heart, Eileen Douglas

Facing Change, Donna O’Toole

Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

So Much To Think About, by Fred Rogers

How It Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

For Teenagers

Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement, K. Gravelle and C. Haskins

How It Feels When a Parent Dies, by Jill Kremnentz

Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers, by Earl Grollman

Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird, by J. Little

For Those Who Live (Loss of a Sibling), by Kathy LaTour