Resources and Books for Grief

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.


Grieving Process


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

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

Anticipatory Grief


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


The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents by Alexander Levy.

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

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