Recommended Grief Books

General Loss

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 Courage to Grieve: The Classic Guide to Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief by Judy Tatelbaum

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

Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know by Linda Goldman 

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

Part of Me Died Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teenagers by Virginia Lynn Fry

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy and R W Alley

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl A. Grollman

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.

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