There are a multitude of books and websites dedicated to the topics of loss and grief. Listed below are just some personal favorites. We hope you find them helpful and informative.  

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Al-Chokhachy, Elissa. 2001. How Can I Help, Papa? A Child’s Journey Through Loss and HealingGloucester, MA: Works of Hope Publishing.
{Touching story of a nine-year-old girl coping with the illness and subsequent death of her beloved grandfather}

Bailey, Sue and Carmen Flowers. 2009. Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s No Tomorrow. Kennebunkport, ME: Cider Mill Press.
{A light-hearted but informative book about options for end of life planning}

Boss, Pauline. 2011. Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
{A wonderful book that addresses the “ambiguous losses” that come with loving and losing someone with dementia}

Carney, Karen L. 2001. What IS Cancer Anyway? Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages (Barklay and Eve Series, Book 5). Wethersfield CT: Dragonfly Publishing Company.
{A coloring/workbook for young children explains cancer in direct and age-appropriate ways.Topics include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery}

DePaola, Tomie. 1973. Nana Upstairs & Nana DownstairsPuffin Books.
{A beautiful story of a young boy and his best friend/great-grandmother. When she dies he is heart-broken but draws comfort from the memories of her}

Geithner, Carole. 2012. If Only. NY: Scholastic Press.
{Great fictional story for bereaved teens as it addresses the grief of a 13-year-old girl whose mother died. The author normalizes grief by blending this difficult topic with honesty and humor}

Grollman, Earl A. 2011. Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, 4th ed. Boston: Beacon Press.
{Great book for parents. Grollman discusses how a child’s concept of death evolves as they age.Lots of resources at the end of book}

Grollman, Earl A. 1993. Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers. Boston: Beacon Press.
{A great book that helps us reach out to these “forgotten mourners”}

Guggenheim, Bill. 1996. Hello from Heaven!  Bantam.
{This book explores after-death communication in a variety of forms}

Kushner, Harold S. 1981. When Bad Things Happen to Good People.  Boston: G.K. Hall & Company.
{A great book to help us ponder about the role of suffering in our lives}

Lewis, C.S. 1961. A Grief Observed. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
{The movie Shadowlands is somewhat based on this book. The author describes his unexpected grief reactions after the death of his wife}

Rupp, Joyce. 1988. Praying Our Goodbyes. Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press.
{A wonderful and prayerful book that incorporates Christian spirituality with grief}

Sanders, Catherine M. 1992. Surviving Grief…and Learning to Live Again.  New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
{Anyone who is coping with the death of a loved one will appreciate this book which explores a wide variety of grief reactions}

Schneider, Myra. 2003. Writing My Way Through CancerLondon: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
{Author gives a detailed account of her breast cancer journey and how writing helped her heal. Examples of poems are given as well as specific instructions on how to write poetry about cancer}

Schroedel, Jenny. 2009. Naming the Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant DeathBrewster, MA: Paraclete Press.
{A wonderful and spiritual book with great suggestions for healing rituals and ways to incorporate the loss into life}

Schwiebert, Pat. 2003. We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead. Portland, Oregon: GriefWatch.
{Great book to read with a young child whose sibling died before birth. Well written with appropriate illustrations for a child. Additional notes include ways parents can help their bereaved children}

Schwiebert, Pat and Chuck DeKlyen. 1999. Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss. Portland, Oregon: GriefWatch.
{An appropriate book for older children and adults which uses soup making as a metaphor for the grief journey. This short book has beautiful illustrations and helpful tips and resources at the end}

Viorst, Judith. 1986. Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow. New York: Ballantine Books.
{The author taps into the wide variety of losses that are simply a part of life, even if nobody has died}

Wolfelt, Alan D. 2001. Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas. Colorado: Companion Press.
{Wolfelt reaches out to teens with notes on grief, a review of his six needs of mourners, and literally 100 ways for teens to express their grief}

Wolfelt, Alan D. 1991. A Child’s View of Grief. Colorado: Center for Loss and Life Transition.{Helpful to those who want a better understanding of the unique grief of children}

Zucker, Robert. 2009. The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is SharedNY: St. Martin’s Griffin.
{A terrific book for parents as it addresses their own grief as well as ways to help their child or teen navigate the grief journey. Great list of resources as well}



{free, confidential, state-by-state directory of resources including food, housing, child care, veteran services, counseling, support groups, and disaster relief. Dial 211 anywhere in U.S. Open 24/7}

The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
{excellent resource for Alzheimer’s related information}

Compassionate Friends
{Support for families grieving the death of a child}

The Conversation Project
{step-by-step guide for discussing end-of-life scenarios with a loved one}

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

Gift From Within
{Post-traumatic stress and other trauma resources including a video on finding an effective therapist}

Green Burial Council
{state-by-state listing of green funeral providers, cemeteries, and products}

{Very informative site with blog entries, discussion groups, and a lengthy list of resources including those that relate to pet loss}

{Online adult and children’s support groups}

Home Funeral Directory
{Great resource for family-directed funerals, home funerals, and green options. Lists home funeral guides by states in U.S and some Canadian territories}

Hospice Foundation of America

National Alliance for Grieving Children

New England Pet Hospice
{Hospice services for pets with chronic or life-limiting illnesses}

Open to Hope Foundation
{Online resources for a variety of grief topics}

Parents of Murdered Children

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
{Great resource for those grieving the loss of a military loved one}

When Your Baby Dies
{Good information on how/when to bring stillborn or deceased babies home including what U.S. states allow it}

Videos –

“Til then – YouTube.” YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.
{Animal lovers will appreciate this touching video about the death of a beloved pet. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby!}

Wheeler, Jenny. “Reassuring Grieving Teens – YouTube.” YouTube – Broadcast Yourself.
{This teen discusses her experience with loss and how it led her to write a book}

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.

— Emily Dickinson

did you know...

It’s no coincidence that “bereft” and “theft” sound alike. The bereaved may feel like they have been robbed; something or someone has been taken from them without their permission… leading to feelings of anger or yearning for that which is gone.

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