Recommended Reading on Grief and Loss

When you are grieving, or helping another cope with a loss, often the words of others who have experienced similar losses can be comforting. Certainly there is no shortage of information on the topics of grief and loss. Whether you turn to friends and family, a support group, or your local bookstore, acknowledging your need for support and seeking it out is an important step in the grief management process.

A trip to your local bookstore will reveal numerous excellent titles on grief management and how to cope with the loss of a loved one or family member. Here are a few books you may find helpful:

A Grief Observed

by C.S. Lewis

Being a Widow

By Lynn Caine

You Can Help Someone Who’s Grieving: A How-To Healing Handbook

By Victoria Frigo

Mom Minus Dad: The Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent

By Jamieson Haverkampf

The Needs of the Dying: A Guide to Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life’s Final Chapter

By David Kessler

On Grief and Grieving

By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

How Can I Help? How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving

By June Cerza Kolf

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

By Rabbi Harold Kushner

I Know Just How You Feel: Avoiding the Clichés of Grief

By Erin Linn

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

By Pamela D. Blair and Brook Noel

How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies

By Therese A. Rando

What to Do When a Loved One Dies: A Practical and Compassionate Guide to Dealing with Death on Life’s Terms

By Eva Shaw

Companioning the Dying: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

By Alan Wolfelt

Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Families

By Alan Wolfelt

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

By Alan Wolfelt

Understanding Your Suicide Grief Trilogy

By Alan Wolfelt


For Children and Adolescents

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death the Children

By Bryan Mellonie

Where is Grandpa?

By T.A. Barron and Chris Soentpiet

How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children

By Alan Wolfelt

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