Suggested Reading

books on death and grief

For Adults:

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illnesses, By Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D.

Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life, By Ira Byock, M.D.

Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, By Christine Longaker

The Healing Companion, By Jeff Kane MD

When Things Fall Apart, By Pema Chodron

The American Book of Dying; Lessons in Healing Spiritual Pain, By Richard Groves and Henriette Anne Klauser

Living with Life-Threatening Illness: A Guide for Individuals, Families and Caregivers, By K.J. Doka

The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide for Caregivers, By Paula Derr and Maria Meyer

All Kinds of Love: Experiencing Hospice, By Carolyn Jaffe and Carol Ehrlich

The Good Death, By M. Webb

The Hospice Choice: In Pursuit of a Peaceful Death, By M.E. Lattanzi-Licht

Tuesdays with Morrie, By Mitch Albom

She Came to Live Out Loud, By M. MacPherson

Fading Away: The Experience of Transition in Families with Terminal Illness, By B. Davies, et al

The Wheel of Life: A Memoir of Living and Dying, By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Final Gifts, By Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Final Choices – Seeking the Good Death, By Michael Vitez

The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, By L.A. DeSpelder and A.L. Strickland

Midlife Orphan – Facing Life’s Changes Now That Your Parents Are Gone, By Jane Brooks

The Orphaned Adult – Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change After the Death of Our Parents, By Alexander Levy

Life After Loss: A Personal Guide for Dealing with Death, Divorce, Job Change and Relocation, By Robert Deits

How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, By Therese Rando

Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make It Meaningful, By A. D. Prend

Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies, By J. Miller

The Orphaned Adult, By Marc Angel

Swallowed By a Snake – The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing, By Thomas Golden

Heaven is for Real, By Todd Burpo

90 Minutes in Heaven: My True Story, By Don Piper

A Healing Touch, Edited by Richard Russo

Tear Soup, By Pat Schwiebert

House of Light, By Mary Oliver

Continuing Bonds. New Understandings of Grief, by Dennis Klass, Phyllis R. Silverman and Steven Nickman

For Children and Teens:

“Why Do People Die?” Helping Your Child Understand – With Love and Illustrations, By Cynthia MacGregor

Little Tree, By Joyce Mills, Ph.D.

Gentle Willow, By Joyce Mills, Ph.D.

What’s Heaven?, By Maria Shriver

Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals, By Earl Grollman

Helping Children Cope with Grief, By Alan Wolfelt

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, By Earl Grollman

Lifetimes, By M. Bryan and R. Ingpen

Love You, Teddy: A Tail of Loss and Hope, By Virginia Ulch

Mosaic Moon, By Francis, H. Kakagawa

What’s Happening to Grandpa?, By Maria Shriver

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, By Leo Buscaglia

Goodbye Music, By Robert Harris

Healing your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas, By Alan Wolfelt

When Someone VERY Special Dies, By Marge Heegaard


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