Suggested Readings

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The following books have been found very helpful and resourceful. You can

purchase these books online or at your local bookstore, or you can visit your local library.

Grief and Loss Professionals

How to Go on Living when Someone you Love Dies. Rando. Lexington Books. 1988.
Authority in the field of grief and loss addresses symptoms and resolution of grief.

How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Colgrove, Bloomfield & McWilliams.  Prelude Press. 1993. 
Easy to read, practical advice for coping with loss.

The Journey Through Grief: Reflections on Healing.  Wolfelt. Companion Press, 2003. 
This book is organized around the needs that all mourners face. Each section has a brief, educational explanation of the need followed by inspirational passages.

Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal. Wolfelt, Routledge, 1992
A great book by an expert in the field of grief and loss.  Provides places for you to write, to answer questions and to affirm feelings.


50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light. R. Alcorn, Tyndale House Publishers, 2006.
50-day program that identifies biblical references to life in heaven.

A Grief Observed. C.S. Lewis, HarperCollins, 1961.
C.S. Lewis recounts his grief experiences after the death of his wife.

Grief Expressed: When a Mate Dies. Martha Faber, Lifewords, 1997.
In journal format, with readings on holidays, friends, finding strength and building support.

Through a Season of Grief. B. Dunn and K.Leonard. The Church Initiative Inc., 2004.
Covers a broad range of bereavement issues and span of time. Features insights from respected Christian leaders such as Kay Arthur, Larry Crabb and Jack Hayford.

Personal Accounts

The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion, Knopf, 2005
Explores author’s personal experiences during the first year after the death of  her husband.

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss. H. Edelman, Da Capo Press, 2006.
Bestseller from author who writes from her own experience of loss at age 17, shares stories of others and provides education about the grieving process.

Recovery from Loss: A Personalized Guide to the Grieving Process. L.Tagliaferre & G. L. Harbaugh. Center for Applications of Psychological Type, 2001.
Writing from personal experience and utilizing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, readers receive guidance in healing the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of loss.

Journals and Workbooks

Grief Expressed: When a Mate Dies. Martha Faber, Lifewords, 1997.
In journal format, with readings on holidays, friends, finding strength,and building support.

Healing After Loss, Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. Martha Hickman, Collins, 1999.
Dated meditations that provide strength and comfort for each day of the year.

Mother Loss Workbook, Healing Exercises for Daughters. Hambrook, Eisenberg with Rosenthal. Harper Paperbacks, 1997.
Workbook based on  Edelman's best selling Motherless Daughters. Includes exercises, activities and writing assignments.

Youth Specific Reading

The Fall of Freddy the Leaf. L. Buscaglia. Slack, 1982. 

Lifetimes. Mellonie & Ingpen. Bantam, 1983.

When Dinoaurs Die. K. Brown & M. Brown. Little Brown Young Readers, 1998.

Let’s Talk about Feeling Afraid. Berry. Scholastics, 1995.

Let’s Talk about Feeling Sad. Berry. Scholastics, 1996.

Badger’s Parting Gift. Varley. Mulberry books, 1984.

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney. Viorst. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1971.

Children and Grief:  When a Parent Dies.  Worden, 2001.

The Next Place. Hanson. Waldman House Press,1997.

Children and Trauma: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. C. Monahon. Jossey Bass, 1997.

After a Suicide: An Activity Book for Grieving Kids. Dougy Center for Grieving Children, 2001.

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