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Albom, Mitch – Have a Little Faitha true story

Albom, Mitch – The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Alexander, Eben – Proof of Heaven, about the author’s (a neurosurgeon) near-death experience.

Backman, Fredrik – A Man Called Ove

Cori, Jasmin Lee – Healing from Trauma – related to PTSD, a survivor’s guide to understanding your symptoms and reclaiming your life

Edelman, Hope – Motherless Daughters – deals with the loss of a mother

Fanslow-Brunjes, CathleenUsing the Power of Hope to Cope With the Dying – how the author developed the”Hope System “ while working as an RN in Hospice.

Frankl, Viktor – Man’s Search for Meaning, the author describes how he survived the death Camps of WW II, having lost his wife and much more.

Glanz, Barbara A. – What Can I Do? – ideas to help those who have experienced loss

Golden, Thomas R. – Swallowed by a Snake – The gift of the masculine side of healing

Hall, Ron and Moore, Denver – Same Kind of Different As Me

Harris, Trudy – Glimpses of Heaven – A collection of true stories from the author’s work in Hospice as an RN

Harvey, Greg – Grieving for Dummies – A series of explanations and exercises to help process grief

Haugk, Kenneth C. – Journeying Through Grief (Four booklet series) – Offers insights into the journey of grief in short chapters

Heisel, Doug – Jesus’ Secret

Hoy, William G. – Road to Emmaus: Pastoral Care With the Dying and Bereaved

James, John W. and Friedman, Russell –The Grief Recovery Handbook The active program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses

Johnson, Bill – When Heaven Invades Earth

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth – Death: The Final Stages of Growth – Addresses the notion of death being a taboo subject and examines the sources of our fears

Lewis, C. S. – A Grief Observed – A stirring account of the author’s suffering alongside his wife while cancer took its toll on her.

Lorenz, P. – Life’s Too Short to Fold Your Underwear

Noel, Brook and Blair, Pamela D. – I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye – Dealing with sudden death

Noel Brook and Blair, Pamela D. – I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye, Workbook – Companion workbook with exercises to process grief

Pearlman; Wortman; Feurer; Farber and Rando – Treating Traumatic Bereavement – A Practitioner’s Guide

Peterson, Cathy – Call Me if You Need Anything and Other Things NOT to Say.

Schloss, Eva and Kent, Evelyn Julia – Eva’s Story – The true story of Eva

Schloss, step-sister to Anne Frank and survivor Auschwitz

Schwiebert, Pat and DeKlyen, Chuck – Tear Soup – Beautifully illustrated; appropriate for adults and children. Explains how each person’s grief is different and how each person has a “recipe” for working through it.

Sittser, Jerry L. – A Grace Disguised – Faith-based – How the soul grows through loss

Smith, Claire Bidwell – After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?

Smith, Claire Bidwell – The Rules of Inheritance A powerful memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself.

Smith, Harold Ivan – When You Don’t Know What to Say – How to help your grieving friends

Sprague, Billy – Letter to a Grieving Heart

Whitmore-Hickman, Martha – Healing After Loss – Formatted as daily meditations, a collection of the author’s reflections as she works through the loss of her daughter

Wilkinson, B. – The Prayer of Jabez

Wofel, Alan D. – Healing a Parent’s Grief – 100 Practical ideas after your child dies

Wolfelt, Alan D., – Healing Your Grieving Heart – Short, manageable exercises for processing grief

Wolfelt, Alan D. – Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids – Same as above for kids

Wolfelt, Alan D. – Healing Your Holiday Grief – Short, manageable exercises for handling grief during the holidays

Worden, William – Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy – Four tasks of grief

Wright, H.N. – Experiencing Grief



Grief Digest – The Centering Corp.,

Living With Loss – Bereavement Publications, Inc.,


Shadowlands – Dramatization of A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.

The Way –A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.


Compassionate Friends – Specifically for the loss of a child –

National Widowers Organization –

What’s Your Grief –

The Dougy Center –

Forest Lawn – Grief resources available online –

Our House – For grieving children and adults –

Parents of Murdered Children –

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) – www.survivorsofsuicide.c

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Alexander, Victoria – Words I Never Thought to Speak – Collection of personal accounts from people who have lost a loved one through suicide.

Bloom, Lois A. – Mourning After Suicide – This 24-page booklet is easy to read and is an excellent introduction for someone newly bereaved.

Bolton, Iris – My Son, My Son – Especially helpful for mothers who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Fine, Carla – No Time to Say Goodbye – The author relates her experience with her husband’s suicide. We learn through her that the dark legacy of suicide can be borne with dignity, forgiveness, and hope.

Glover, Beryl S. – The Empty Chair: The Journey of Grief After Suicide

Jamison, Kay Redfield – Night Falls Fast – This book helps to understand the suicidal mind and to comprehend the profound loss for those left behind

Lidbeck, Brandy – The Gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide – This book offers encouragement and hope to guide survivors through this desperate time.

Lin-Gust, Michelle – Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? – Deals with loss of a sibling to suicide.

Lukas, Christopher and Seiden, Henry M. – Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide – Provides useful strategies and support for those affected by suicide, as well as professionals in the fields of psychology, social work and medicine.

Marcus, Eric – Why Suicide – Without moral judgment, this book offers lucid, thoughtful and comprehensive answers about this complex topic.

Myers, Michael E. and Fine, Carla – Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss –  The authors, one a physician, one a survivor, offer compassionate and practical advice to anyone affected by suicide.

Ross, E. Betsy – After Suicide: A Ray of Hope – An extremely valuable guide for survivors; vivid and compelling.