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 on grief and loss

Many books about grief and loss are available from the library, online, or through your local bookstore. This is by no means a complete list but is intended to get you started by providing information about books that many people have found helpful. If you find something that is especially meaningful to you, we would appreciate knowing about it so that we can make sure it is included on our list.

For Adults

  • Understanding your Grief by Alan D Wolfelt, PhD
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, MD
  • Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss by Sameet M. Kumar, PhD
  • Healing Through the Dark Emotions by Miriam Greenspan
  • How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese A. Rando
  • Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman
  • Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing by Thomas R. Golden
  • Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child by Earl A. Grollman
  • Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
  • The Path Through Grief by Marguerite Bouvard
  • When the Bough Breaks: Forever after the Death of a Son or Daughter by Judith Bernstein, PhD
  • When There Are No Words: Finding Your Way to Cope with Loss and Grief by Charlie Walton

For Children

  • Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • The Saddest Time by Norma Simon
  • When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegaard

For Adolescents

  • Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss by Enid S. Traisman
  • Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss by Earl Hipp
  • I Will Remember You: What to Do When Someone You Love Dies by Laura Dower
  • You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent by Lynn Hughes