Recommended Books

This page is a work in progress……

These are books that I have read and found both informative and helpful on my own grief journey and in my professional life.  This page will eventually become an annotated bibliography (giving a summary of each of the entries) so you will have more information to help you decide if you want to read one!

                                             Autobiographies – Memoirs – Self Help


The Rules of Inheritance      – Claire Bidwell Smith

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

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief                                          -Joanne Cacciatore, PH.D.

After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story     -Michael Hainey

No Time To Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Love One     -Carla Fine

When Breath Becomes Air     -Paul Kalanithi

The Rules Do Not Apply     -Ariel Levy

Slow Motion: A Memoir of A Life Rescued by Tragedy      -Dani Shapiro



Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and                                          How to Make It Meaningful     -Ashely Davis Bush, LICSW

Children Helping Children with Grief: My path to Founding The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Their Families     -Beverly J. Chappell

FatherLoss: How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms with the Deaths of Their Dads                          -Neil Chethik

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

Guiding Your Child Through Grief                                                                                                                        -Mary Ann Emsweiler, M.A.,M.P.S and James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.ED

Bereaved Children And Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals                              -Edited by Dr. Earl A. Grollman

The Loss That Is Forever:                                                                                                                               The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or a Father        -Maxine Harris, PH.D.

You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent     -Lynne B. Hughes, Founder, Comfort Zone Camp

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide     -Kay Redfield Jamison, M.A. PH.D.

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss     -Michael F. Myers, M.D. and Carla Fine

How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies     -Therese A Rando, PH.D.

Surviving Grief…And Learning To Live Again     -Catherine M. Sanders, PH.D.

Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent -Donna Schuurman, PH.D.

Parental Death: The Ultimate Teen Guide     -Michelle Shreeve

Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives     -Phyllis Rolfe Silverman

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children     -Phyllis R. Silverman & Madelyn Kelly



Adolescent Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping                                            David E. Balk & Charles A. Corr, Editors

Handbook of Childhood Death And Bereavement                                                                                  -Charles A. Corr & Donna M. Corr, Editors

Handbook of Adolescent Death and Bereavement                                                                        -Charles A. Corr & Donna M. Corr, Editors

Living With Grief: Children and Adolescents     -Hospice Foundation of America             Edited by Kenneth J. Doka and Amy S. Tucci

Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs                     –William Feigelman, John R. Jordan, John L. McIntosh, Beverly Feigelman

Grief After Suicide; Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors  Edited by John R. Jordan & John L. McIntosh

The Neglected Transition: Building A Relational Home For Children                                     Entering Foster Care      -Monique B. Mitchell

THE GROUP: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life                                                                                  -Donald L Rosenstein & Justin M. Yopp

Grief As A Family Process: A Developmental Approach to Clinical Practice                                               -Ester R. Shapiro

Strengthening Family Resilience     -Froma Walsh

Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies     -J. William Worden

Mass Trauma And Violence: Helping Families and Children Cope                                                         -Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb

Helping Bereaved Children     -Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb