Recommended Grief Books
Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese A. Rando
How to Survive Your Grief When Someone You Love Has Died by Susan L. Fuller. Note: Best for the first 3 months following a death. Up to date except for the online resources section.
How We Grieve: Relearning the World by Thomas Attig
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair PhD
Living When a Loved One Has Died by Earl A. Grollman
Living with an Empty Chair by Roberta Temes Ph.D. Note: This looks like it’s out of print but you might be able to find it at your library.
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler. Note: Skip over the 20+ pages on stages. There is no such thing. The rest of it is absolutely right on.
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen. Note: This is beautifully illustrated book for all ages.
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Note: Though this book is about trauma, grief and trauma have much in common. I suggest starting with Part Five: Paths to Recovery on page 203.
The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss by Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dyingby Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine
Loss of a Spouse
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
Widow To Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas For Rebuilding Your Life by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
Widower to Widower: Surviving the End of Your Most Important Relationship by Fred Colby. Note: Recommended by the men in my groups.
For and About Kids and Teens
Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance by Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub
Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss by Enid Samuel Traisman
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD
How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz
I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker
On the Wings of a Butterfly: A Story About Life and Death by Marilyn Maple PhD and Sandy Haight
Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy and R W Alley
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia
The Next Place by Warren Hanson
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, A Coloring Book by Doris Stickney and Robyn Henderson Nordstrom
Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler and Heidi Horsley Psy.D.
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Beyond the Grief
A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
You will be able to find most of these books at your local library. If you choose to buy them from the links on this page, I will receive a small commission.