Bereavement bibliography

Some parents find it helpful to read about grief. It helps them to understand their grief and connect with others through words. Most of the books in the list below can be found in local libraries and book stores.

Recommended books for adults grieving a child’s death

After the Darkest Hour the Sun Will Shine Again (A Parents Guide to Coping with the Loss of a Child) By Elizabeth Mehren; (New York, NY: Fireside, 1997); ISBN 978-0684811703

A Broken Heart Still Beats (After Your Child Dies) by Ann McCracken, Mary Semel (editors). Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2000. ISBN 978-1568385563

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child, Revised Edition by Ellen Mitchell et al. (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009); ISBN 978-0312545192

Forever Ours by Janis Amatuzio MD; (New World Library, 2007) ISBN 978-1577315995

Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child by David W. Wiersbe. Baker Books, 2011. ISBN 978-0801013812

The Insider’s Guide to Grief by Stacy Remke Lowertown Press 2013. ISBN 978-0989919821

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff; (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. Eerdman Publishing, 1987); ISBN 978-0802802941

No Time for Goodbyes (Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice after a Tragic Death 7th ed) by Janice Harris Lord; (Compassion Press, 2014), ISBN 978-1878321404

Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems; (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995), KY; ISBN 978-0664258313

Swallowed by a Snake (The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing by Thomas R. Golden; (Gaithersburg, MD: Golden Healing Publishing LLC, 2000); ISBN 978-0965464918

The Andrew Poems by Shelly Wagner, (Lubbock TX: Texas Tech University Press, 1994);ISBN 978-0896726574

The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff;(London, UK: Penguin Press, 1978); ISBN 978-0140050431

The Faithful Gardener by Clarissa Pin Estes; (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1995) ISBN 978-0062513809

Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies by James E Miller (Augsberg Press, 1995) ISBN 978-0806682332

Recommended books for grandparents grieving a grandchild’s death (in addition to any of the adult books in the list above)

A Grandparent’s Sorrow by Pat Schwiebert (Grief Watch 2012)  ISBN 978-0961519759

For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner; (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, 1990);  ISBN 978-1561230022

Healing A Grandparent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Pactical Ideas After Your Grandchild Dies By Alan Wolfelt (Companion Press, 2014) ISBN 978-1617221972

Recommended books for parents and caregivers of children and teens who are grieving

Healing the Grieving Child’s Heart: 100 Practical Ideas For Families, Friends and Caregivers, by Alan Wolfelt; (Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press January, 2000); ISBN: 978-1879651181

Healing a Teens’ Grieving Heart by Alan Wolfelt; (Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press, April 2001); ISBN: 978-1879651246

Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa M. Huntley; (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers Revised 2002); ISBN: 0806642653

How Do We Tell the Children? A Step-by-Step Guide for Helping Children Cope When Someone Dies by Dan Schaefer et al; (William Morrow Paperbacks Fourth edition 2010); ISBN: 978-1557044252

Recommended books for children grieving the death of a sibling

A Child Remembers by Enid S. Traisman; (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, 1994); ISBN 1561230693

Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley; (New York, NY: Harper Collins –Trophy, 1992); ISBN 0688115187

If Nathan Were Here by Mary Bahr; (Grand Rapids,MI: Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Co., 2000); ISBN 0802851878

I Miss You by Pat Thomas; (Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2001); ISBN 0764117645

Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie; (Bantam – A division of Random House, New York, NY, 1983); ISBN 0553344021

Lost and Found by Ellen Yeomans; (Omaha, NE:Centering Corporation, 2000); ISBN 1561231290

Rudi’s Pond by Eve Bunting; (New York, NY:Clarion Books, 1999); ISBN 0095890675

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Kesney Brown and Marc Brown; (London, UK: Little, Brown Publishers, 1998); ISBN 0316119555

When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee; (Atlanta,GA: Peachtree Publishers, 1992); ISBN 1561450448

Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree by William Miller; (News York, NY: Lee & Low Books, 1996); ISBN 188000034

Recommended books for teens grieving the death of a sibling

A Child Remembers by Enid S. Traisman: (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, 1994); ISBN: 1561230693

Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance Greene;( London, U.K.: Puffin Press, 1994); ISBN: 0140368507

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1977); ISBN: 0-696-01359-0

Fire in My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Enid S. Traisman; (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, Revised 2003); ISBN: 1-56123-056-1

Flowers for the Ones You’ve Known: Letters from Bereaved Teens by Enid S. Traisman; (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, 1995);ISBN: 1561230693

Healing your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan Wolfelt; (Ft. Collins, CO: Companion Press, 2001); ISBN: 1-879651-23-8

Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss by Earl Hipp; (Center City, MN: Hazelden, 1995); ISBN: 1-56838-085-2

Weird is Normal: When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler; (Naples, FL, Quality of Life Publishing Co. 2010. ISBN 9780981621982)

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romaine (Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press, 1999); ISBN: 1-57542-055-4

When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani (Omaha, NE: Centering Corporation, 1991); ISBN: 156123012x