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Grief Reading List

Grief Reading List
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From pre-school to adulthood, we offer a reading list of grief books for all ages and walks of life. Whether you are a parent who wants to learn how to talk with you’re a child about grief, a therapist who wants to learn about working with clients experiencing grief, or just someone navigating your own grief: there is something for everyone.

Grief Reading for All Ages

  1. Grief is a Mess, Jackie Schuld
  2. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch — A story about a son and his mother, that encompasses life changes and passing on of rituals from one generation to the next.
  3. Tear Soup, Pat Schwiebert — A book for any age that validates and educates on the grief process.

Grief Reading for Adults

  1. We Come Together as One: Helping Families Grieve, Share, and Heal the Kate’s Club Way, Lane Pease Hendricks & Nancy Kriseman — An easy to read guide for any adult raising a grieving child and balancing their own grief.
  2. The Bereaved Parent, Harriet Schiff — This book provides practical supportive advice for bereaved parents and the professionals who work with them.
  3. Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, David Kessler — Finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience.
  4. Finding the Words: How to talk with children and teens about death, suicide, funerals, homicide, cremation, and other end-of-life matters, Alan Wolfelt
  5. Healing a Child’s Grieving Head: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends, and Caregivers How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, Therese Rando
  6. Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss, Bob Dietz
  7. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner
  8. 180 Your Life From Tragedy to Triumph: A Woman’s Grief Guide, Bethany Rutledge & Mishael Porembski — A year-long grief empowerment program written from a Christian perspective by a mother at Kate’s Club.

Grief Reading for Professionals

  1. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: For parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors, Barbara Rubel
  2. The Handbook for Companioning the Mourner Eleven Essential Principles, Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
  3. Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss (Ed. Kenneth Doka and Amy Tucci) Grief After Suicide, Ed. John Jordan and John McIntosh
  4. Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for the Mental Health Practioner, J. Willam Worden

Grief Books for Pre-School and Elementary School

  1. The Invisible String, Patrice Karst — A wonderful story that focuses on how love lives on after death.
  2. Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?, Alex Barber and Elke Barber — Explains death to in easy to understand way to very young children.
  3. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, Tomie De Paola
  4. When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, Laurene and Marc Brown — A comprehensive book, in a cartoon format, which discusses different issues related to death.

Grief Books for Elementary Schoolers

  1. Always and Forever, Alan Durant — A story about losing someone close and how sharing together helps.
  2. The Empty Place: A child’s guide through grief, Roberta Temes — Focuses on sibling loss and the accompanying feelings.
  3. Sad About Sammy, Valette Soppe and Tonya Southwick — A family resource guide for children experiencing sibling loss and grief
  4. Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A story about coping with the loss of a parent, Julie Kaplow and Donna Pincus
  5. The Scar, Charlotte Moundlic — The story of boy who loses his mother. This book captures the loneliness of grief, but provides hope that the deepest wounds heal.

Grief Books for Middle and High School

  1. Daddy’s Climbing Tree, C.S. Adler — An eleven-year-old and her family cope with the death of her father.
  2. Fire in My Head, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss, E.S. Traisman — Intended as a journal for a teenager who has experienced the death of someone they loved.
  3. There Are Two Kinds of Terrible, Peggy Mann — After his beloved mother dies of cancer, a boy must learn to relate to his father who has withdrawn into his own shell of suffering.
  4. Tunnel Vision, Fran Arrick — After a teen dies by suicide his family, friends, girlfriend, and a teacher must deal with their feelings of guilt and bewilderment.