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

  • Now We Weep. But Just For Now.

    Now We Weep. But Just For Now.

    Talking with my own spiritual director taught me that grief’s tears require safe places and safe ears. When sorrow is shared with another, it can be transformed.
    February 28, 2018
  • Helping Others in Their Grief

    Helping Others in Their Grief

    I have learned an important lesson working as a chaplain. We can all provide comfort, care and support for people around us who are hurting and grieving.
    January 19, 2018
  • Using Mindfulness to Help Heal Grief

    Using Mindfulness to Help Heal Grief

    Mindfulness is a form of meditation—settling our nervous system and training the brain to be more focused and less reactive.
    December 26, 2017