Recommended Reading on Grief and Loss

For Adults and Parents

  • Widow to Widow - Ginsburg
  • When God Doesn’t Make Sense - Dobson
  • When A Loved One Dies - Williams
  • Our Greatest Gift - Nouwen
  • A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance - Metzgar
  • Living Through Mourning - Sarnoff-Schiff
  • When Your Spouse Dies - Cathleen L. Curry
  • Where is God When it Hurts - Yancey
  • The Grieving Child - Fitzgerald
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love - Colgrove
  • Up from Grief - Kries
  • Good Grief - Westburg
  • Understand Mourning - Davidson
  • A Grief Observed - Lewis
  • Transcending Loss - Prend
  • Healing After Suicide of a Loved One - Smolin/Guinan
  • The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from Death of a Child - Rosof
  • When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults - Myers
  • Helping children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One, by William C. Kroen, Ph.D., Free Spirit Publishing, www.freespirit.com
  • A Child’s View of Grief by Alan Wolfelt - can be purchased at www.centerforloss.com
  • 35 Ways to Help A Grieving Child  by Dougy Center - can be purchased at www.dougy.org
  • Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt - can be purchased at www.centerforloss.com
  • When A Child You Love Is Grieving by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Grief: A Natural Reaction to Loss by Marge Eaton Heegaard - can be purchased at www.fairviewpress.org
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones by Alan Wolfelt - can be purchased at www.centerforloss.com
  • Andrew, You Died Too Soon: A Family Experience of Grieving and Living Again by Corrine Chilstrom, Augsburg Fortress (1993)
  • A Winding Road: A handbook for those supporting the suicide bereaved, by Michelle Linn-Gust, from save.org
  • But I Didn’t Say Goodbye, by Barbara Rubel, from save.org

For Teens Who Are Grieving

  • When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., Free Spirit Publishing www.freespirit.com, (Ages 11 & up)
  • Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins: A journal for teenagers experiencing a loss, by Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W., Centering Corporation, www.centering.org
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt - can be purchased at www.centerforloss.com
  • When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani - can be purchased at www.centering.org, This has basic grief information for teens)

Fiction Books for teens:

  • A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin, Wrecked by E. R. Frank
  • Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
  • All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
  • The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer

For Children

  • The Next Place - Hanson
  • What’s Heaven - Shriver
  • When Someone Dies - Greenlee
  • Someone I Love Died - Tangvald
  • It Must Hurt a Lot - Sanford
  • How It Feels When a Parent Dies - Krementz
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children - Mellonie/Ingpen
  • Daddy’s Chair by Sandy Lanton, Kar-Ben Copies, Inc. (1991)  (elementary)
  • Samantha’s Smile: A story about coping with the loss of a parent by Julie Kaplow and Donna Pincus, Magination Press 2007 (older elementary)
  • A Story for Hippo: a book about loss by Simon Puttock and Alison Bartlett, Scholastic Press (2001) (early elementary)
  • The Bug Cemetary by Frances Hill, Henry Holt and Co (2002) (early elementary)
  • Someone Special Died by Joan Singleton Prestiner, McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing (2003) (early elementary)
  • When Dinosaurs Die: a guide to understanding death by Laurie Kransy Brown and Marc Brown, Little Brown and Co. (1996) (early and older elementary)
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?  By Trevor Romain, Free Spirit Publishing (1999)  www.freespirit.com, (Ages 5 to 10 years old)
  • After You Lose Someone You Love: Advice and Insight from the Diaries of Three Kids Who’ve Been There As told by Amy, Allie, & David Dennison, Free Spirit Publishing (2005)  www.freespirit.com, (Ages 6-12)
  • Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins: A journal for teenagers experiencing a loss by Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W., Centering corporation, www.centering.org, (Older elementary)
  • The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain, Parenting Press, Incorporated, (Early elementary)
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt - can be purchased at www.centerforloss.com
  • Angel Catcher for Kids by Amy Eldon - can be purchased at www.chroniclebooks.com (This is a guided journal/memory book)
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas - can be purchased at www.baronseduc.com, (Good for kids preschool-elementary) 
  • Lost and Found by Ellen Yeomans - can be purchased at www.centering.org
  • The Memory Box by Kirsten McLaughlin- can be purchased at www.centering.org
  • Someone I Love Died By Suicide by Doreen Cammarata - can be purchased at www.griefguidance.com
  • After A Suicide by Dougy Center - can be purchased at www.dougy.com
  • Geranium Morning by E. Sandy Powell
  • The EMPTY place: A Child’s Guide Through Grief by Roberta Temes, Ph.D., Small Horizons
  • Missing My Best Friend by Norma Thorstad Knapp & Faythe Mills

Books as Commemorative Gifts

  • The Gift of a Memory by Marianne Richmond, Waldmond House Press (2000)
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson, Waldmond House Press (1997)

 

The West Suburban Grief Coalition has a library of books on loss for adults and children. Call 952-374-5049 for more information.