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Books for Grief

Please keep in mind, what works for one person, may not work for another. Because of this, we encourage you to read book descriptions and reviews for the books you’re interested in.

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General Loss

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Devine

“Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.”

Too often, the journey of grief can focus too much on overcoming it, but that’s not why Devine wrote this book. She debunks the idea of returning to a “normal life” and instead encourages a life alongside grief. Through essays, personal anecdotes, and practical advice, this book is about shifting grief away from a problem to be solved to a natural response to be experienced.

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss, by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

A Recipe for Healing After Loss. After Grandy suffers a loss, she cooks up her own batch of tear soup. Gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Valuable for family members to share. Hardcover. All ages. Also available in Spanish.

Coping With Grief-A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor, by Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

This highly popular, fact-filled, “grief 101” book is written just for the bereaved person who seeks an overview of the bereavement process. Includes descriptions of a grief reaction on even pages and specific suggestions for coping on the odd pages. 

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

This companion workbook to the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s bestseller Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the many facets of your grief through guided journaling. After you read a section in Understanding Your Grief, the journal asks you questions about what you’ve just read. It invites you to consider, clarify, and jot down your thoughts and feelings. 

The Understanding Your Grief Journal, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

This companion workbook to the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt’s bestseller Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the many facets of your grief through guided journaling. After you read a section in Understanding Your Grief, the journal asks you questions about what you’ve just read. It invites you to consider, clarify, and jot down your thoughts and feelings. 

Good Grief, by Granger E. Westberg

Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving something as small as a change in plans to something as traumatic and final as death. 

The Crying Handbook, by Bob Baugher

Are you a crier, a non-crier, or somewhere in between? Have you wondered about the mysterious world of tears? Why do some people cry more than others? 

Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

When you’re grieving, it helps to read stories from other people who have been through the same thing.  Losing a family member or dear friend is a shared human experience.  You’ll find comfort, inspiration and camaraderie in these revealing personal stories from other people who have lost loved ones.  

Grief One Day at a Time: 365 meditations to help you heal after loss, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

After a loved one dies, each day can be a struggle. But each day, you can also find comfort and understanding in this daily companion. With one brief entry for every day of the calendar year, this little book by beloved grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers small, one-day-at-a-time doses of guidance and healing. 

The Depression of Grief: Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Recognizing that depression is a normal and natural component of grief, this compassionate guide helps mourners understand their depression, express it in healing ways, and know when they may be experiencing a more severe or clinical depression that would be eased by professional treatment. It proposes that grieving people do not necessarily need to be diagnosed with depression following the death of a loved one and guides them through exercises to express their depression in healthy ways. 

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, it explains how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of loss, and seek and accept support when a loved one dies. Each book, geared for mourning adults, teens, or children, provides ideas and action-oriented tips that teach the basic principles of grief and healing. These ideas and activities are aimed at reducing the confusion, anxiety, and huge personal void so that living their lives can begin again.

I Remember, I Remember: A Keepsake Journal, by Enid Samuel Traisman

A Keepsake Journal by Enid Traisman. There is space for photos, letters, stories, personal history and goodbyes. There is space for writing about difficult decisions, first venturing out, and hope. This journal can be used as a keepsake for the family to enjoy for generations. 

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, by Joanne Cacciatore
Organized into fifty-two short chapters, 
Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. 

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome., by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as “redefining mourning,” this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics.


Books for Grieving Spouses

Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse, by Gary Roe

Another from grief specialist Gary Roe, Heartbroken is for those suffering the loss of a spouse. In Roe’s deeply personal and easy-to-read book, he takes widowers through the process of grieving a spouse, from managing the roller coaster of emotions, navigating current relationships in the light of loss, and finding necessary support.

Heartbroken is here to remind those who have lost a spouse that while you may feel lonely, you are not alone.

Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir, by Shannon Leone Fowler

Shannon Leone Fowler was backpacking with her fiance, Sean, in Thailand when a box jellyfish, one of the most deadly animals in the world, stung and killed Sean in minutes. The aftermath left Fowler shattered, and she sought to seek solace by traveling the world the way she had hoped to travel with her fiance.

Traveling with Ghosts is one woman’s journey of reflection, recovery, and solace after painful, sudden, loss.

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Offers 100 practical, here-and-now suggestions for helping widowers or widows mourn well so they can go on to live well and love well again. Whether your spouse died recently or long ago, you will find comfort and healing in this compassionate book.

Widow to Widow, by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S.

In this remarkably useful guide, widow, author, and therapist Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers fellow widows — as well as their family and friends — sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband. From learning to travel and eat alone to creating new routines to surviving the holidays and anniversaries that reopen emotional wounds, Ginsburg gives guidance on:

  • Dealing with anger and guilt
  • Maintaining family relationships
  • Dating after widowhood
  • Handling money
  • Responding to others’ support

Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz

Living with Loss offers daily encouragement to individuals and families who have recently lost a loved one. The short entries are easy to read and give realistic, practical advice to guide readers through the day. By providing tools and suggestions that offer hope, optimism, introspection, and self-discovery, this book enables readers to embrace the happy days of life with their loved one and gently guide them through their grief.

A Handbook for Widowers, by Ed Ames

A helpful book for widowers. Talks to men openly and honestly about tears, guilt, feelings of anger, depression,isolation and lonliness. Also talks about your health, your job and other money matters, living alone and what to do with her things.

The Widower’s Toolbox: Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse, by G.J. Schaeffer with Tom Bekkers

There are distinct differences in the manners in which men and women grieve. Men in particular keep grief to themselves, maintain emotional control, and refrain from asking for help. Divided into three parts, “Picking up the Pieces,” “Healing from Within,” and “Giving Back to Others,” The Widower’s Tool Box offers men who have lost their partners a guide to helping identify and resolve the issues overwhelming them and to repairing their lives and moving forward. 

Surviving Widowhood, by Sharon Engram and Lori Rohlinger

You may have lost your husband suddenly, had only a few months to say goodbye, or were a caregiver for several years. And most widows don’t have capacity for a book about moving through the trenches of grief or grappling with day-to-day life. That’s why this mother-daughter author team chose to write short bite-sized devotions of hope from their own journeys through grief.

Daughter Lori’s husband of twenty-one years died of a neurological disorder, and mother Sharon’s husband of sixty years passed away from an unexpected aggressive cancer. 

A Journey Through Widowhood, by Sharon Engram and Lori Rohlinger

A woman’s journal through the grief and healing after the death of her husband. This book is very healing for those who are experiencing the death of a spouse.

Loss of a Child

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back, by Kelly Farley

Author Kelly Farley wrote this book after his two children passed away. The fathers in this collection of stories are all part of “this terrible, terrible club,” that is universal as much as it is devastating. Some fathers fought their demons and found healing; others are still in the process. Discussing thoughts of suicide, homelessness, and self medication, its not for the faint of heart, but it may be worthwhile for those in similar positions.

Grieving Dads is at times gut-wrenching and despairing, but it’s also about surviving one of the most painful losses someone can experience.

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child, by Ellen Mitchell, Rita Volpe, Ariella Long, Phyllis Levine, Madeline Perri Kasden, Barbara Goldstein, Barbara Eisenberg, Lorenza Colletti, Audrey Cohen, and Carol Barkin

Nine mothers share their stories of loss and grief after losing a child. They share what to expect in the first year and beyond, including how devastating trying to answer “How many children do you have” can be. Other stories tackle the difference between mothers and fathers grieving, how it affects surviving children, and how there is no simple answer to “why?”

Loss of a Parent

We Lost Her: Seven young siblings’ emotional and spiritual real-life grief journey after their mother’s tragic death, by Ellen Krohne

We Lost Her is a unique book that takes the reader on a real life, intimate journey of grieving children. Seven siblings, ages seven to seventeen at the time of the tragedy in 1970, relate how they each dealt with the news of their mother’s tragic death. The book chronicles their mourning and how grief impacted their lives both then and now. The story is told through the eyes of Ellen, the third oldest sibling and weaves an intimate tapestry of loss, family grief and pain, self-help, growth and learning.


Finding Your Way After Your Parent Dies: Hope for Grieving Adults, by Richard Gilbert

Rev. Richard Gilbert has created a compassionate guide for those struggling with the loss of a parent. Bringing many years of experience in bereavement counseling, Gilbert sketches out some of the issues that arise in the wake of a parent’s death and offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties. From the disorientation that can come immediately after death to relating to the surviving parent to healing old emotional wounds, the topics dealt with here will be of tremendous help to many.

The Orphaned Adult, by Alexander Levy

 Losing our parents when we ourselves are adults is in the natural order of things, a rite of passage into true adulthood. But whether we lose them suddenly or after a prolonged illness, and whether we were close to or estranged from them, this passage proves inevitably more difficult than we thought it would be. From the recognition of our own mortality and sudden child-like sorrow to a sometimes-subtle change in identity or shift of roles in the surviving family, The Orphaned Adult guides readers through the storm of change this passage brings and anchors them with its compassionate and reassuring wisdom.

Loss of a Sibling

Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies, by T.J. Wray

Based on the author’s own experiences, as well as those of many others, Surviving the Death of a Sibling helps adults who have lost a brother or sister to realize that they are not alone in their struggle. Just as important, it teaches them to understand the unique stages of their grieving process, offering practical and prescriptive advice for dealing with each stage.

Sibling Grief: Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother, by P. Gill White, Ph.D.

P. Gill White, PhD, was only fifteen when her sister Linda made her swear not to tell anyone about the pain she had in her side, fearing it would spoil an upcoming family vacation. Linda died four months later from a rare form of cancer. White and her family never talked about the loss until decades later, when memories began to haunt her.

Sibling Grief is White’s validation of the emotional significance of sibling loss. She draws on both clinical experience and her own deeply personal experience, along with wisdom from hundreds of bereaved siblings, to explain the five healing tasks unique to sibling grief.

Making Lemonade: Choosing a Positive Pathway After Losing Your Sibling, by Zander Sprague

There are many things that you think you might be prepared for in your life, losing your sibling is not one of them. This book will help you choose your own positive pathway to healing and recovery. 

Sudden Loss

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One, by Brook Noel & Pamela Blair, Ph.D.

An exploration on sudden death and the devastating effects it can have, Noel and Blair’s book provides an anchor for those looking to recover and rebuild their lives after losing a loved one unexpectedly.

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

One of America’s most iconic writers tackles two close and sudden moments of tragedy in her life: her husband died of a sudden and fatal coronary. Three months later, her daughter, who previously was on life support after facing septic shock related to pneumonia, underwent a six hour surgery to relieve a massive hematoma.

Military Loss

Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death, by Alan D. Wolfelt and Bonnie Carroll

When a loved one is killed in the line of duty, this book affirms that survivors’ grief is shaped by the unique circumstances of the death. Because military deaths are almost always sudden and violent, the traumatic nature of the loss creates a two-part grief—one focused on the manner in which the person died, the other focused on the long-term repercussions of life without this special person. This guide acknowledges the unique mixture of sadness, pride, anger, and blame that often characterizes grief after a military death, including in the event of a military suicide, and offers ideas for constructively expressing thoughts and feelings. Anyone whose life has been touched by a military death will find compassionate understanding and healing guidance in the pages of this handbook.

Military Widow: A Survival Guide, by Joanne M. Steen and M. Regina Asaro

This survival guide for widows of service personnel, a first-of-its-kind, tackles the unique and complex issues arising from the death of a spouse in the military. It speaks to loss in each of the service branches, across the span of rank and rates, and offers invaluable insights and practical strategies for dealing with this life-altering tragedy. The authors expertly blend personal experience with guidance from leading experts on grief and traumatic loss and translate ten years of lessons learned into an effective guide. Short, easy-to-read chapters provide realistic profiles of widows and their responses to loss and the complications generated in the unique world of the military, as well as insight on how to make difficult decisions and cope with everyday situations.

Empty Branch, by Marilyn Weisenburg

Marilyn’s health was deteriorating, then the week after she lost her career, two soldiers in dress uniform knock on her door telling her the worst news about her son, David, serving in Iraq.

Empty Branch is the story of a mother’s deepest grief, told with raw vulnerability and tenacious faith in the God of Mystery. As Marilyn leans into the language of lament, she finds that a God who is present gives her a wide open space to grieve honestly, and hope and healing emerge from the ashes.

Books for Children

The Sad Dragon: A Dragon Book About Grief and Loss, by Steve Herman

There’s a sad dragon who’s upset, angry, and heartbroken over the loss of a loved one. What do you do? How do you help him cope? This book teaches children about death, grieving, and how to comfort a friend dealing with emotions they may not have words for.

Caterpillars Can’t Talk: A Children’s Story About Love, Loss and Transformation, by Kris Fenton Siwek

While walking in the woods, thinking about his recently deceased dad, a young boy named Andy meets a talking caterpillar named Clyde, who listens as Andy talks about how much he loved his dad and how much he misses him. This book is a tender, gentle way to teach children about loss, grief, and how our friends can make us feel better if we let them.

The Goodbye Book, by Todd Parr

While walking in the woods, thinking about his recently deceased dad, a young boy named Andy meets a talking caterpillar named Clyde, who listens as Andy talks about how much he loved his dad and how much he misses him. This book is a tender, gentle way to teach children about loss, grief, and how our friends can make us feel better if we let them.

Always and Forever, by Debi Gliori and Alan Durant

When Fox dies, the rest of his family are distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they all realize that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

I Miss You: A First Look at Death, by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker

Parents, teachers, and gift givers will find:

  • language that is simple, direct, and easier for younger children to understand
  • information on how to cope with the loss of a loved one
  • a helpful book written by a psychotherapist and counselor
  • a whole series of books for children to explore emotional issues

The A First Look At series promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers, and encourage kids to ask questions and confront social and emotional questions that sometimes present problems. Books feature appealing full-color illustrations on every page plus a page of advice to parents and teachers.

Ida, Always, by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

A beautiful, honest portrait of loss and deep friendship told through the story of two iconic polar bears.

Someone I Love Died, by Christine Harder Tangvald, illustrated by Anne Kennedy

First published in 1988, Someone I Love Died has long comforted the hearts of children 4 to 8 who have lost someone close. It gently leads children through grief with age-appropriate words and solid biblical truth that understands a child’s hurting heart. The added interactive resources ensure this book will become a treasured keepsake. Once complete, children create a memory book of the loved one’s life. And it offers grown-ups a tool that turns what could be a difficult season into a meaningful time of healing.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You, Nancy Tillman

Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.

If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. 
Wherever You Are is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.

What’s Heaven?, by Maria Shriver, illustrated by Sandra Speidel

What should parents say when a loved one dies? Heaven is a difficult subject that always comes up at tough times, and Maria Shriver has written a very special book precisely for these stressful moments. What’s Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven. The many questions in this book are real, coming from Shriver’s own children, nieces, and nephews when her grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy passed away. With 900,000 copies of the book now in print, the loving, confident, and ultimately uplifting answers Shriver provides are helping readers’ families come together, feel closer to one another, and experience peace during the times when they need it most.

Healing Your Grieving Heart For Kids, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Included in the books for teens and kids are age-appropriate activities that teach younger people that their thoughts are not only normal but necessary.

Sad Isn’t Bad, by Michaelene Mundy, illustrated by R. W. Alley

Here is the book that Elf-help fans everywhere were asking for . . . a book to help children grieve in healthy ways. This friendly and loving guide is loaded with positive, life-affirming help to coping with loss as a child.

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?, by Trevor Romain

For any child who has lost a loved one or other special person, What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? is a simple, insightful, and straight from the heart book about what death means and how to cope.

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying, by Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., illustrated by Cary Pillo

Amanda the squirrel is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the tree wizards give advice that help both her and Gentle Willow accept the change that comes with death.

Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement, by Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., illustrated by Cary Pillo

Amanda the squirrel is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the tree wizards give advice that help both her and Gentle Willow accept the change that comes with death.

Aarvy the Aardvark Finds Hope: A Read Aloud Story for People of All Ages About Loving and Losing, Friendship and Hope, by Donna O’toole

A classic Read-Aloud Story for people of all ages about loving & losing, friendship & hope. Aarvy has lost his family and is filled with despair and hopelessness until a true friend helps him learn about the strengths within himself.  Aarvy helps us learn that: Grief is a natural healing process; Grief is emotional physical, spiritual; Grief is highly personal; Grief can connect rather than separate when experienced fully; It is OK to remember; Rituals and imagination assist healing; Friends can hold hope, witness sorrow, and assist healing.

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Brian Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand?
Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. 

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine: Your Activity Book to Help When Someone Has Died, by Diana Crossley and Kate Sheppard

This activity book offers invaluable, practical, and sensitive support for bereaved younger children. Beautifully illustrated, it suggests a helpful series of activities and exercises accompanied by the friendly characters of Bee and Bear. Muddles, Puddles, and Sunshine offers a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. The purpose of this book is to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief. At the same time, the book manages to find a balance between remembering the person who has died and having fun.
For the child, it will become a very special keepsake in the years to come.

When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief, by Marge Heegaard

A practical format for allowing children to understand the concept of death and develop coping skills for life.

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change, by Marge Heegaard

An excellent resource for helping children learn the basic concepts of illness and various age-appropriate ways of coping with it.

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies, by Janis Silverman

An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.

Books for Teens and Young Adults

Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers and Young Adults, by Enid Samuel Traisman

Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins A Journal for Teenagers by Enid Traisman. Teens can write letters, copy down meaningful lyrics, write songs and poems, tell the person who died what they want them to know, finish business and use their creativity to work through the grieving process.

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing, by Marilyn E. Gootman Ed.D.

No one is prepared to lose a friend, and for teenagers, the experience can be particularly devastating. This book answers questions teenagers might have about their grief, like how long will it last and what are they supposed to feel. It also addresses losing close friends versus acquaintances, as well as losing friends to violence or school shootings.

Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement, by Karen Gravelle and Charles Haskins

Young people express feelings of pain, anger, and guilt as they come to terms with the death of a parent, sibling, or close friend.

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Included in the books for teens and kids are age-appropriate activities that teach younger people that their thoughts are not only normal but necessary.

The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens, by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. and Megan E. Wolfelt

In light of how difficult it is just to survive the teenage years, the grieving process can be especially difficult and overwhelming for teenagers. This diary affirms the grieving teen’s journey and offers gentle, healing guidance. In order to sort through their confusing feelings and thoughts, teens are prompted to explore simple, open-ended questions. Teens are encouraged to write what they miss about the person who died, the specific feelings that have been most difficult since the death, or the things they wish they had said to the person before they died.

Faith-Based Books

A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis

A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

A Grace Disguised, by Jerry Sittser

Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will face some kind of loss in life. But we can, if we choose, know the grace that transforms us.

This book plumbs the depths of our sorrows, asks questions many people are afraid to ask, and provides hope in its answers:

  • Will the pain ever subside?
  • Will my life ever be good again?
  • Will the depression ever lift?
  • Will I ever overcome the bitterness I feel?
  • What is God’s plan in all of this?

The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life.

Experiencing Grief, by H. Norman Wright

At one time or another, we will all find ourselves facing a dark journey—the passage through grief. Experiencing Grief is written for a person who is in the wake of despair grief leaves.

Choosing to See: A Journey Of Struggle and Hope, by Mary Beth Chapman

Mary Beth’s story is our story–wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on.

Hope for Hurting Hearts, by Greg Laurie

Life is Fragile. But Hope in Christ Lasts Forever. The Bible calls human life a vapor. A mist. A wisp of fog. A flower that springs up in the morning and fades away by mid-afternoon. We like to think we have years to pursue our goals, raise our families, and make a difference in the world. But we just don t know. The fact is, our stay on earth is really very brief. And when a loved one unexpectedly steps out of this life into eternity, it shakes us to the core. We ask ourselves: Is heaven real? Will I see him will I see her again? Will we be together again? How can I know for sure? In Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie shares candidly about his own heartbreak over the sudden departure of his son Christopher to heaven and offers comfort to bruised hearts and a hope that will sustain us through this life and beyond.

Holiday Grief

Not Just Another Day: Families, Grief and Special Days, by Missy Lowery

This book is for all those families whose hearts are shattered with loss. 

How Will I Get Through the Holidays?, by James E. Miller

This book helps bereaved people understand what is happening to them and what to expect during the emotionally charged holiday times. It offers twelve ideas for navigating through these periods, with many specific suggestions. Included also are thoughtful, time-honored quotations throughout. 


Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide, by Bob Baugher

 Someone you love has been murdered. This book is intended to help you understand some of what to expect after the homicide of a family member or friend. The book is divided into sections which cover the first few days, the first few weeks, the first few months, the first year and beyond.