Grief Support Recommended Reading

Child – During & After End-of-Life Experience

  • My Father's Arms Are A Boat - by Stein Erik Lunde
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children Coloring Book - by Doris Stickney
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages - by Leo Buscaglia
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children – by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

Child – After End-of-Life Experience

  • The Goodbye Book – by Todd Parr (Preschooler)
  • Visiting Feelings - by Lauren Rubenstein (Child & Parent)
  • Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss: Elf-Help Books for Kids - by Michaelene Mundy and R. W. Alley
  • 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child – by The Dougy Center
  • Love You Forever – by Robert Munsch

Teen – During & After End-of-Life Experience

  • Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve – by Jenny Lee Wheeler
  • Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss - by Enid Samuel Traisman

Teen – After End-of-Life Experience

  • Memories Matter: Activities for Grieving Children & Teens Item – by The Dougy Center
  • Helping Teens Cope with Death – by The Dougy Center
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas – by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding, Support, and Guidance - by Gloria Call Horsley and Heidi Horsley

Adult – During End-of-Life Experience

  • Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life - by Ira Byock
  • The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living - by Ira Byock
  • How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter, New Edition Paperback – by Sherwin B. Nuland

Adult – After End-of-Life Experience

  • Good Grief - by Granger E. Westberg
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart – by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Seven Choices: A Pocket Guide: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World - by Elizabeth Harper Neeld
  • The Mourner’s Book of Courage: 30 Days of Engagement – by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief – by Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • A Grief Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss – by Jerry Sittser
  • Without: Poems - by Donald Hall
  • Honoring Grief: Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal – by Alexandra Kennedy

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Grief Support Blog

  • After All That

    After All That

    Genesis Chaplain Lisa Gaston reflects on her own grief journey after losing her mother
    May 26, 2017
  • Where the Grief of Change Finds Help and Hope

    Where the Grief of Change Finds Help and Hope

    As humans, we desire tangible milestones and signs to tell us where the dying person is on their journey.
    April 24, 2017
  • When the Pain Is the Deepest

    When the Pain Is the Deepest

    When the pain is the deepest, the number of words should be the fewest. I am not sure where I first heard this statement, but the concept touched me.
    March 24, 2017