Reading List

A good resource for finding books is the Centering Corporation

~~Adult Grief Information~~

General Grief Information
Don’t Take My Grief Away by Doug Manning
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner
Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello by Alla Renee Bozarth
Courage to Grieve by Judy Tatelbaum
No One Should See What I Have Seen by Joy Johnson (in-depth look at dealing with severe trauma)
More Than Surviving: Caring for Yourself While You Grieve by Kelly Osmont
Grief by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson

Just for Men
Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing by Thomas R. Golden
Widower’s Toolbox by G. J. Schaefer
When a Man Faces Grief / A Man You Know Is Grieving by James E. Miller
When Men Grieve: Why Men Grieve Differently and How You Can Help by Elizabeth Levang
Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father’s Lament for His Daughter by Paul W. Nisly
When Goodbye is Forever (a father’s story) by John Bramblett
Into the Valley and Out Again by Richard Edler

Homicidal Bereavement
No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death by Janice Lord
Just Us: Overcoming and Understanding Homicidal Loss and Grief by Wanda Henry-Jenkins
What to Do When the Police Leave by Bill Jenkins, Patricia Cornwell

Spouses in Grief
A Look in the Mirror: A Handbook for Widowers by Ed Ames
Widowed by Dr. Joyce Brothers
Moving to the Center of the Bed by Sheila Weinstein (a good look at widowhood)
Widowed Without Warning by Joanne Shortley-Lalonde
Taking the Trip: A Journey Through Widowhood by Romaine Presnell
I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg
The Wilderness of Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt
Widower’s Toolbox by G.J. Schaefer

Bereaved Adult Children and Siblings
Recovering from the Loss of a Parent by Katherine Donnelly
When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults by Edward Myers
Losing a Parent: Practical Help for You and Other Family Members by Fiona Marshall
Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies by Rev. Richard Gilbert & Darcie D. Sims
Before Their Time edited by Mary & Maureen Stimming (adult children’s experiences of parental suicide)
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman
Recovering from the Death of a Sibling by Katherine Donnelly
Letters to Sara: The Agony of Adult Sibling Loss by Anne McCurry
An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling’s Suicide by Sara Swan Miller, Martin B. Miller (Preface)
Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust

Survivors of Suicide
After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind by Joseph Richman, Eleanora Betsy Ross
This is Survivable – When Someone You Love Completes Suicide by Sondra Sexton-Jones
The Empty Chair–The Journey Of Grief After Suicide by Beryl S. Glover, Glenda Stansbury (Editor)
Survivors of Suicide by Rita Robinson & Phyllis Hart
Before Their Time edited by Mary & Maureen Stimming (adult children’s experiences of parental suicide)
An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling’s Suicide by Sara Swan Miller, Martin B. Miller (Preface)
His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel (her son’s death by suicide)
A Message of Hope by Pat Overley (son’s death by suicide)
Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust
Someone I Love Died By Suicide by Doreen Cammarata (helping children cope with a loved one’s death)

Suicide Prevention
Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention by Earl A. Grollman
A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman

AIDS Death
AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One from AIDS by Katherine Donnelly
Losing Uncle Tim by Mary Kate Jordan (explaining AIDS death to children age 8+)

~~Bereaved Parents~~

General Information
Children Die, Too by Joy and Marv Johnson
Dear Parents: Letters to Bereaved Parents by Joy Johnson
Recovering from the Loss of a Child by Katherine Donnelly
The Bereaved Parent by Harriett Sarnoff-Schiff
Roses In December By Marilyn Willett Heavilin
For Better or Worse by Maribeth Wilder Doerr (handbook for couples whose child has died)
Single Parent Grief by Sherokee Ilse

Father’s Grief
Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father’s Lament for His Daughter by Paul W. Nisly
Into the Valley and Out Again by Richard Edler
When Goodbye is Forever (a father’s story) by John Bramblett

Grandparents’ Grief
For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner
Grieving Grandparents – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

Specific Types of Child’s Death
Who Lives Happily Ever After (violent death) by Sharon Turnbull
When a Child Has Been Murdered by Bonnie Hunt Conrad
Lessons by Susan Abbott (terminal illness death)
Remember Lee by Linda Musser (auto accident death)
Never Too Old for a Lullaby by Juanita White (death of an adult child)
Momma Mockingbird by Sauni Wood (death of an adult child)
My Son, My Son by Iris Bolton (suicide death)
His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel (her son’s death by suicide)
Suicide of a Child by Adina Wrobleski
A Message of Hope by Pat Overley (son’s death by suicide)

Infant Death
When Hello Means Goodbye by Pat Schwiebert, R.N. & Paul Kirk, M.D.
An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart by Christine O’Keeffe Lafser
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis
Newborn Death by Centering Corporation
Healing Together (for couples whose baby died) by M. Lister and S. Lowell
MotherCare by Sherokee Ilse (physical care & beyond after a baby dies)
Another Baby? Maybe… by Sherokee Ilse (pregnancy after loss)
Coming to Term: A Father’s Story of Birth, Loss, and Survival by William H., Jr. Woodwell
When a Baby Dies by The Compassionate Friends
Sibling Grief – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

Pre-Natal Losses
Miscarriage by Centering Corporation
Miscarriage: A Man’s Book by Rick Wheat
All Seasons Pass by Martha Manning
Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse
Unsupported Losses by Sherokee Ilse (ectopic and molar pregnancy)
Ectopic Pregnancy Centering Corporation Resource

Helping Children Cope with Infant Sibling Death
Talking With Children About Perinatal Loss by Bereavement Services Resource
Where’s Jess? A book for Siblings by Ray and Jody Goldstein (death of a young sibling)

Pregnancy After Loss
Another Baby? Maybe. . . by Sherokee Ilse with Maribeth Doerr
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Ann Douglas

Death of an Only Child or All Children
Alive Alone by Kay Bevington (booklet and newsletter)
PO Box 182, Van Wert, OH 45891  Alive Alone website
This is an EXCELLENT web site with much information and recommended books for bereaved parents

We Need Not Walk Alone (magazine) by the Compassionate Friends organization
Now Childless by Kay Bevington & Don Hackett
Parting is Not Goodbye by Kelly Osmont
Saying Olin to Say Goodbye by Don Hackett
Standing Beside You by Linda Mauer
The Secret Wound by Lois Gold

~~Helping Children Grieve~~

Explaining Death to Children
Tell Me, Papa by Joy & Marv Johnson ages 3-8 (explaining death & funerals)
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen age 3-8
I Know I Made It Happen by Lynn Blackburn (helping children understand it was not their fault)
Children Grieve, Too by Joy and Marv Johnson with Jackie Bell & Jan Roberts
Lean on Me Gently by Doug Manning
Helping Children Cope with Grief by Alan Wolfelt
Grief Comes to Class – An Educator’s Guide by Majel Gliko-Braden
Sibling Grief by Marcia Scherago (a parent’s guide for all age groups)
Helping Children Grieve – When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa Huntley

~~Books for Children and Adolescents~~

Young Children and Adolescents
Thank You for Coming to Say Goodbye by Roberts & Johnson age 6-12 (death & funerals)
Timothy Duck by Lynn Blackburn  age 6-10 (death of a friend)
The Snowman by Robin Vogel  ages 5-10 (death of a dad)
A Quilt for Elizabeth by Benette Tiffault ages 8-11 (dad’s death)
Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Edna LeShan ages 8+
Secret Places: The Story of a Child’s Adventure with Grief  by James Campbell age 7-10 (father’s death)
I Heard Your Mommy Died by Mark Scrivani  ages 3-7
I Heard Your Daddy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7
The Empty Place by Roberta Tremes  ages 5-10 (death of a sibling)
No New Baby by Centering Corporation  (for young children whose mommy miscarries)
Am I Still a Sister? by Allie Sims ages 6+
It’s OK: Survival Kit for Bereaved Brothers and Sisters by Thomas Crouthamel, Sr.
Grandpa’s Berries by Julie Dickerson  ages 7-10
Green Mittens for Grandma by Bernice Hanks ages 5-9
A Child Remembers by  ages 8-12 (journal for children)

Teen Grief
How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz  (age 6-18)
Facing Change by Donna O’Toole
When a Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman
Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman
Flowers for the Ones You’ve Known by Centering Corporation (letters from grieving teens)
When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani
The Last Teenage Suicide by Norman Geller (suicide death of a friend)
Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (journal for teens)
In My World by Linda Lazar (journal for teens who are facing a life-threatening illness)
Hurting Yourself: For Teens Who Have Attempted Suicide by Joy Johnson
A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman

Teen Moms
After the Loss of Your Baby by
This Time It’s Me by Janet Sieff (learning you’re pregnant)

Adoption
With Courage and Love by (a birthmother’s journal)
Two Loves for Selena by Laurie Tanner (explaining adoption to children)
Adopting: A Tapestry Guide by Laurie Wallmark (guide to adopting a child)

~~Miscellaneous~~

Given in Love by Maureen Connelly (releasing a baby for adoption)
When Your Friend Gets Cancer by Amy Harwell
When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer’s by Earl Grollman
Caretakers – The Forgotten People by Maita Floyd
How It Feels When Parents Divorce by Jill Krementz (for all ages)
I Have Two Dads by Centering Corporation age 3-8 (divorce)
I Don’t Know How to Help Them by Linda Maurer (how to help bereaved parents)
Coffee and Clomid by Melanie Dillion (infertility)
Remember Rafferty by Joy Johnson for all ages (death of a pet)
My Personal Pet Remembrance Journal by Enid Traisman

~~Where to Find Books~~

Amazon
Abebooks
Compassion Books
Centering Corporation
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