Grief Bibliography

This list was last reviewed and modified on July 12, 2019.  You'll find the original list, with links to comments from some of our members, here: Grief Bibliography

It has been said that every grief needs a thousand tellings.  When we are stricken with grief over the loss of someone we dearly love, whether that is a special person in our lives or even a treasured companion animal, we each will have our own stories to tell, as well as a need to know the stories of others.

Whether written by experts in grief intervention, or by ordinary people who have found their own way through grief, today there are literally dozens of excellent books on bereavement and loss, and they are readily available to all of us.

To better understand death and dying in general (and pet loss in particular), teachers, helpers, parents and children can also find and read a vast assortment of stories and books written especially for children.

These wonderful sources of hope and healing are as near as the bereavement section of your local library or neighborhood bookstore, or you can browse through some of the hundreds of titles available over the Internet.

I'd also like to share with you an ever-growing list of books specifically recommended by the bereaved themselves to their fellow mourners, all of whom are members of our online Grief Healing Discussion Groups.

For your convenience, you can click on any of the book titles listed below, and you'll be taken directly to Amazon's description and reviews of each book on the list. Note that you are under no obligation to purchase from Amazon, but be aware that doing so via the links on this page will help support the maintenance of our Grief Healing websites. Grief Healing is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

You will find many of these titles in your local public library, or you can ask if your librarian will order them for you.

(Note: If you are looking for books written especially for those who are anticipating or coping with the loss of a cherished companion animal, you'll find a list of those here: Books, Book Excerpts on Pet Loss.)

If you have a book that has spoken to you in a special way or that you found to be particularly helpful, please let me know, so I can add it to the list!

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

A Companion for the Hospice Journey: Thoughts on Life's Tough Decisions by Larry Patten

A Gift of Love: A Widow’s Memoir by Linda Della Donna

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss, by Jerry Sittser

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

A Journey Through Grief: Gentle, Specific Help, by Alla Renee Bozarth

A Place in My Heart: When Our Pets Die by Barbara Karnes

A Tearful Celebration by Dr. James Means

A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing, by Carol Staudacher

A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention by Susan Hannifin-MacNab

A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last, by Stephen Levine

About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos by Ron Morasco and Brian Shuff

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief, by Pauline Boss

Angel Catcher,by Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hahn

Ask George Anderson: What Souls in the Hereafter Can Teach Us About Life by George Anderson

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Dr. Daniel Siegel, MD

Bearing The Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore

Becoming Radiant: A New Way to Do Life Following the Death of a Beloved by Tom Zuba

Being There for Someone in Grief by Marianna Cacciatori

Blessings from the Other Side: Wisdom and Comfort from the Afterlife for This Life, by Sylvia Browne

Books by John Edward

Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

Caregiving, by Beth Witrogen McLeod

Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow, by Karen Casey

Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Hanson

Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times by Deborah S. Derman

Comfort for Grieving Hearts: Hope and Encouragement in Times of Loss by Gary Roe

Companion Through the Darkness: Inner Dialogues on Grief, by Stephanie Ericsson

Conversations with the Other Side by Sylvia Browne

Disaster Falls: A Family Story by Stephane Gerson

Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life: A Practical Guide, by Jill Brooke

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long, MD

Facing the Ultimate Loss: Confronting the Death of a Child by Robert J. Marx and Susan Wengerhoff Davidson

Falling Awake: How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Finding Your Way through Grief: A Guide for the First Year by Marty Tousley

Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long, by Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstine

Gaining Traction - Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner by Peggy Panagotacos

Gay Widowers: Life After the Death of a Partner, by Michael Shernoff (Editor)

Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in The Sorrow of Loss by Patrick O'Malley and Tim Madigan

Getting to the Other Side of Grief by Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. DeVries

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side, by James Van Praagh

Good Grief: Healing Through the Shadow of Loss, by Deborah Morris Coryell

Grace for Grief by Michael and Brenda Pink

Grace for Grief: Daily Comfort for Those Who Mourn, by Michael and Brenda Pink

Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss by Jan Warner

Grief Diaries: How to Help The Newly Bereaved by Linda Cheldelin Fell, et al

Grief Diaries: Loss of Health by Linda Cheldelin Fell

Grief Diaries: Through The Eyes of A Widow​​​​​​​ by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Maryann Mueller

Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of Men by Fell, Jones and Hochhaus


Grief Diaries: Surviving Sudden Loss by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Maryann Mueller

Grief Is A Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss by Kenneth J. Doka

Grief One Day At A Time: 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss by Alan Wolfelt

Grief's Courageous Journey: A Workbook, by Sandi Caplan and Gordon Lang

Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss, by Sameet M. Kumar

Grieving the Death of a Mother, by Harold Ivan Smith

Grieving with Hope: Finding Comfort as You Journey Through Loss by Samuel J. Hodges and Kathy Leonard

Growing Wings: A View from Inside the Cocoon by Kristen Jongen

Happily Even After: A Guide to Getting Through (and Beyond) The Grief of Widowhood by Carole Brody Fleet

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief, by Martha W. Hickman

Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt

Healing the Adult Child's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies, by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD

Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear and Despair by Miriam Greenspan



Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas, by Alan D. Wolfelt

Heart Prayers: Poems, Prayers and Meditations by Peggy A. Haymes

Hello from Heaven, by Bill and Judy Guggenheim

Hope and Healing for Transcending Loss: Daily Meditations for Those Who Are Grieving by Ashley Davis Bush

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 Fuller

I Wasn't Ready To Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, PhD

I Will Always Love You and I Will Always Love You Journal by Melissa Lyons

I'm Grieving As Fast As I Can, by Linda Sones Feinberg

In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living, by Nancy Cobb

It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand by Megan Devine

It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerney Purmont

Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief by Elaine Mansfield

Letting Go With Love: The Grieving Process, by Nancy O'Connor

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief by Jennifer Elison and Chris McGonigle

Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide, by Bob Deits

Life After Loss: Conquering Grief and Finding Hope, by Raymond A. Moody, Jr. and Dianne Arcangel

Life Lessons, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler

Loss and Found: How We Survived the Loss of a Young Spouse, by Gary and Kathy Young

Love Never Ends by Connie Martin and Barry Dundas

Loving from the Outside In, Mourning from the Inside Out by Alan D. Wolfelt

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, by Hope Edelman


Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing (25th Anniversary Edition) 3rd Edition by Rabbi Anne Brener 

My Glimpse of Eternity by Betty Malz

Never Long Enough by Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and Dr. Michelle Sider

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamieson

No Time For Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death, by Janice Harris Lord

Now: Overcoming Crushing Grief by Living in the Present by Jack Cain

On Loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourn With Them by Melissa Dalton-Bradford

On My Own by Diane Rehm

One Mindful Day at a Time: 365 Daily Meditations for Living in the Now by Alan D. Wolfelt 

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy​​​​​​​ by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence by Gail Sheehy

Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive by Allison Gilbert

Permission to Mourn by Tom Zuba

Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Accepting Life's Adversities by Elizabeth Edwards

Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond by Susan Powers

Sacred Grief by Leslee Tessmann

Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World by Elizabeth Harper Neeld

Sibling Grief: Healing after the Death of a Sister or Brother, by P. Gill White

Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle

Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything by Judy Brizendine

Surviving Grief and Learning to Live Again, by Catherine M. Saunders

Surviving the Death of Your Spouse: A Step-by-Step Workbook, by Deborah S. Levinson

Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death, by James Van Praagh

Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marianne Williamson


That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, by Sunita Puri

The Art of Forgiveness, Loving Kindness, and Peace, by Jack Kornfield

The Color of Rain by Michael and Gina Spehn

The Dying Time: Practical Wisdom for the Dying and Their Caregivers, by Joan Furman and David McNabb

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide by Brandy Lidbeck

The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial by Elizabeth Fournier

The Grief Club by Melody Beattie

The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James and Russell Friedman

The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life by Donald L. Rosenstein and Justin M. Yopp

The Healing Power of Love: Transcending the Loss of a Spouse to a New Love, by Gloria Lintermans and Marilyn Stoltzman

The Joke’s Over, You Can Come Back Now: How This Widow Plowed Through Grief and Survived by Laurie Burrows Grad

The Mourning Handbook, by Helen Fitzgerald

The Other Side and Back: A Psychic's Guide to Our World and Beyond, by Sylvia Browne

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle

The Precious Present, by Spencer Johnson

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

The Tender Scar: Life After the Death of a Spouse by Richard L. Mabry

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche

The Ultimate Loss: Coping with the Death of a Child by Joan Bordow


The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver by Donna Thompson and Zachary White

The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

Too Soon Old Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now, by Gordon Livingston

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart by Tara Brach

Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin

Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart, by Stephen Levine

Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness by Terry Wise

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, by Doris Stickney

We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults by Heather Servaty-Seib and David Fajgenbaum

Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers by Steven Z. Pantilat, MD

What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter by by Suzy Hopkins and Hallie Bateman (recommended by Melissa Gouty)

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When GOD Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life by Squire Rushnell

When Parents Die by Rebecca Abrams

When Their World Stops: The Essential Guide to TRULY Helping Anyone in Grief by Anne-Marie Lockmyer

When Your Soulmate Dies: A Guide to Healing Through Heroic Mourning by Alan D. Wolfelt

When your Spouse Dies, by Cathleen L. Curry

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Widow to Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg

Will You Dance? by Annette Childs-Oroz

Writing to Heal the Soul: Transforming Grief and Loss Through Writing, by Susan Zimmerman

You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide for Grief, Healing, and Hope by Debbie Augenthaler



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