Grief is a unique process that impacts each person differently.
The way we grieve is often impacted by our upbringing, our culture, our gender, our support system, our resources, and a laundry list of other factors. There is no “right way” to grieve and there is no time limit on pain. Whether the loss was a person, a pet, a job, an ability, or anything you held dear, grief will find a way to be heard.
The following is a list of books recommended to me by therapists and those who have experienced grief. I hope these resources can help support you or your loved ones through the difficult process of moving through grief and creating the new normal after loss.
I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal (2013) by Linda Feinberg
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pem Chodron
Grieving Mindfully: A Compassionate and Spiritual Guide to Coping with Loss by Sammet M. Kumar
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (2008) by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair
Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey through End-of-Life and Grief by Norine Dresser and Fredda Wasserman
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley.
Grieving the Loss of a Parent
Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity by Debra Umberson.
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman.
How to Survive the Loss of a Parent: A Guide for Adults by Lois F. Akner
Grieving the Loss of a Child
Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child by Ellen Mitchell, Rita Volpe, Ariella Long, Phyllis Levine, Madeline Perri Kasden, Barbara Goldstein, Barbara Eisenberg, Lorenza Colletti, Audrey Cohen, Carol Barkin.
A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies (2000) by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel
Grieving the Loss of a Loved one from Suicide
Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide (Revised Edition) (2007) by Christopher Lukas and Henry M. Seiden
Grieving the Loss of a Loved one from Substance Use
Untimely: Personal stories of loss due to substance abuse by Anna Carvlin.
Grieving the Loss of a Pet
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Russell Friedman, Cole James, and John. W. James.
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. Children’s book comforting for both children and adults.
Gender Specific Books about Grief
The Way Men Heal (2013) by Thomas. R. Golden