Books to Help with Grief

UW Organ and Tissue Donation suggests the following books as helpful grief resources.


Books for Grieving Adults




The Gift that Heals: Stories of hope, renewal, and transformation through organ and tissue donation 

Reg Green 

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

Brook Noel and Pamela Blair 

Everyday Comfort Meditations for the Season of Grief 

Randy Becton

Healing Your Grieving Hear:t 100 Practical Ideas 

Alan Wolfelt 

The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses 

John W. James and Russell Friedman

Recovering from the Loss of a Sibling: When a Brother or Sister Dies

Katherine Donnelly

For Bereaved Parents


A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

Anne McCracken and Mary Semel

The Bereaved Parent

Harriet Sarnoff Schiff

When The Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter

Judith Bernstein

Love Never Dies: A Mother’s Journey from Loss to Love

Sandy Goodman

Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning

Dennis Apple

Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child

David Wiersbe


 Books for Widows and Widowers




Grief Expressed: When a Mate Dies 

Marta Felber 

How to Survive the Loss of a Love 

Melba Colgrove, Harold Bloomfield and Peter McWilliams 

The Survival Guide for Widows

Betty Jane Wylie

Letters to My Husband 

Fern Field Brooks

Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life 

Genevieve Davis Ginsburg 


Dr. Joyce Brothers 

Being a Widow

Lynn Caine

Widower: When Men are Left Alone

Campbell and Silverman


General Bereavement




Comforting Those Who Grieve: A Guide for Helping Others

Doug Manning

Good Grief 

Granger Westberg

How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies

Teresa Rando

Living When a Loved One Has Died

Earl Grollman

Necessary Losses: The loves, illusions, dependencies, and impossible expectations that all of us have to give up in order to grow  

Judith Viorst

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Schwiebert and Deklyen

10 Good Questions about Life and Death

Christopher Belshaw 


Books for Suicide and Homicide Survivors




After a Murder: A Workbook for Grieving Kids 

Dougy Center 

Coping with Traumatic Death: Homicide 

Bob Baugher 

Healing After the Suicide of A Loved One

Smolin and Guinana 

Homicide Survivors: Misunderstood Grievers 

Judie Bucholz

Mourning after Suicide (Looking Up)

Lois A. Bloom

No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death

Janice H. Lord 

Standing in the Shadow: Help and Encouragement for Suicide Survivors

June Cerza Kolf 

Suicide of a Child

Adina Wrobleski 

My Son… My Son…: A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss, or Suicide

Iris Bolton with Curtis Mitchell


Books for Grieving Children and Teens 



Am I Still a Sister? 

Alice Sims 

Badger's Parting Gifts 

Susan Farley 

Bridge to Terabithia 

Katherine Paterson

Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages

Leo Buscaglis 

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas 

Alan D. Wolfelt

Learning to Say Goodby: When A Parent Dies

Eda LeShan 

Last Week My Brother Anthony Died

Martha Whitmore Hickman 

The Memory Box

Kirsten McLaughlin 

The Memory String

Eve Bunting 

Rachel and the Upside Down Heart

Eileen Douglas 

Remembering Our Baby

Patti Keough

Straight Talk About Death with Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love

Earl A. Grollman 

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

Judith Viorst 

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children

Doris Stickney 

I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend

Janice Cohn

Saying Goodbye to Daddy

Judith Vigna

For Parents of Grieving Children


Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide For Parents and Professionals

Earl Grollman 

How to Live (Almost Happily with a Teenager)

Lois and Joel Davitz 

Unspoken Grief: Coping with Childhood Sibling Loss

Helen Rosen 

Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child

Earl Grollman