Recommended Reading

Children’s Grief (for children)

  • I Know I Made It Happen
  • The Fall of Freddie The Leaf
  • The Secret Places
  • Everett Anderson’s Goodbye
  • Annie and the Sand Dobbies: A Story about Death for Children and Their Parents
  • Losing Uncle Tim
  • Mundy, M. Sad Isn’t Bad
  • The Kids’ Book about Death and Dying: By and for Kids
  • The Jester Has Lost His Jingle
  • Summerland, a Story about Death and Hope
  • Help Me Say Goodbye
  • A Taste of Blackberries
  • The Empty Place
  • The Snowman
  • Healing your Grieving Heart for Kids

Grieving Children (for adult caregivers)

  • Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling
  • Grief in Children
  • The Grieving Child
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child Jackson, Edgar. Telling Children about Death
  • Tell Me, Pap: A Family Book for Children’s Questions About Death and Funerals
  • Keys to Helping Children Deal with Death and Grief
  • Sad But OK: My Daddy Died Today: A Child’s View of Death
  • On Children and Death
  • Rosen, H. Unspoken Grief: Coping With Childhood Sibling Loss
  • How Do We Tell The Children?
  • Sibling Grief: How Parents can Help the Child Whose Brother or Sister has Died
  • Never Too Young To Know
  • Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners
  • A Child’s View of Grief
  • Helping Children Cope with Grief
  • Healing the Bereaved Child
  • Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies

Children’s Grief (Age 2-6)

  • Thumpy’s Story: A Story of Love and Grief Shared by Thumpy, the Bunny
  • Daddy’s Chair
  • I Heard Your Mommy Died
  • I Heard Your Daddy Died
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

Children’s Grief (Age 6-10)

  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • The Brightest Star
  • Geranium Morning
  • A Quilt For Elizabeth

Children’s Grief (Age 10-16)

  • Tiger Eyes
  • Coping with Grief
  • Farley, C. The Garden is Doing Fine
  • Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement
  • Shira: A Legacy of Courage
  • There is a Rainbow Behind Every Dark Cloud
  • How It Feels When a Parent Dies
  • Learning to Say Good-bye: When a Parent Dies
  • There Are Two Kinds of Terrible
  • Bridge to Terabithia

Death of a Sibling or a Friend

  • Dusty Was My Friend: Coming to Terms with Loss
  • I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend
  • When a Friend Dies (for a teenager)
  • Last Week My Brother Anthony Died
  • A Summer to Die (for a teenager)
  • The Empty Place

Am I Still a Big Sister?

  • Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies (for a teenager)

Death of a Spouse Widow

  • Why Her Why Now: A Man’s Journey through Love and Death and Grief
  • I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal
  • When A Life Mate Dies: Stories of Love, Loss and Healing Lewis, C.S. A Grief Observed
  • Doors Open, Doors Close: Widows, Grieving, and Growing
  • Survival Handbook for Widows

Death of a Parent

  • Midlife Orphan: Facing Life’s Changes now that your Parents are Gone
  • The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent
  • Recovering From the Loss of a Parent
  • Losing a Parent: A Personal Guide
  • When Parents Die

Adult Grief

  • How We Grieve: Relearning the World
  • Life is Goodbye. Life is Hello: Grieving Well Through all Losses
  • The Path through Grief: A Practical Guide
  • Grief’s Courageous Journey: A Workbook
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love
  • Living with Grief after Sudden Loss
  • Living When a Loved One Has Died
  • Concerning Death
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook: A Step by Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss
  • On Death and Dying
  • No Time for Goodbyes (Sudden Loss)
  • Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me
  • Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping  Happiness is an Inside Job
  • How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
  • The Healing Journey through Grief: Your Journal for Reflection and Recovery
  • Stepping Stones to Grief Recovery
  • Surviving Grief and Learning to Live Again
  • Hope for the Bereaved
  • Peace, Love & Healing
  • A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing after the Death of a Loved One
  • The Courage to Grieve
  • You Don’t Have to Suffer
  • Good Grief
  • Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal
  • Necessary Losses

Death of a Child

  • A Child Dies: A Portrait of Family Grief
  • When the Bough Breaks: Forever after the Death of a Son or Daughter
  • The Ultimate Loss: Coping with the Death of a Child
  • Children Mourning, Mourning Children
  • Recovering From the Loss of a Child
  • After The Death of a Child: Living With Loss through the Years
  • Beyond Endurance: When a Child Dies
  • Surviving the Death of a Child
  • Parental Loss of a Child
  • The Worst Loss: How Families Heal From the Death of a Child
  • The Bereaved Parent
  • Grieving the Death of a Friend
  • Lament for a Son

Men and Grief

  • A Look in the Mirror: A Handbook for Widowers
  • Widower
  • Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing
  • What Helped Me When My Loved One Died
  • When a Man Faces Grief: When a Man you Know is Grieving
  • Men and Grief: A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One

Holiday Grief

  • Helping the Bereaved
  • Celebrate the Holidays

Grief Periodicals

  • Journeys, Hospice Foundation of America monthly newsletter
  • Thanatos magazine
  • Bereavement Magazine Grief Digest, Centering Corporation
  • Death Studies Journal

Death of a Grandparent

  • Nonna
  • Where the Balloons Go
  • The Garden Angel
  • Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs
  • Grandpa’s Berries
  • Goodbye Grandpa
  • The Butterfly Bush
  • My Granddad Died Today
  • Why Did Grandpa Die? A Book about Death
  • Animal Crackers
  • Saying Good-Bye to Grandma

Professional Reading

  • List Death in the Family
  • Helping the Bereaved: Therapeutic Interventions For Children, Adolescents and Adults
  • Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges and Strategies for Practice
  • Life & Loss
  • Re-Membering Lives
  • The Family in Mourning  Traumatic Grief: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
  • Healing Grief
  • Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief
  • How to Design and Facilitate Grief Support Groups
  • Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss
  • Treatment of Complicated Mourning
  • Families Facing Death: Family Dynamics of Terminal Illness
  • Grief: The Mourning After
  • Shapiro, E.R. Grief as a Family Process: A Development Approach to Clinical Practice
  • Sprang, G. & McNeil, J. The Many Faces of Bereavement: The Nature and Treatment of Natural, Traumatic, and Stigmatized Grief
  • Handbook of Bereavement Research
  • Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family
  • Dying: Facing the Facts
  • How to Start and Lead a Bereavement Support Group Grief
  • Counseling and Grief Therapy

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