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Parent Literature Family Literature Children’s Literature

Miscarriage/Infant Loss Focused-Based Literature Grief Journals

Parent Literaturebook

  • After the Darkest Hour the Sun Will Shine Again (Elizabeth Mehren)
  • Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child (Ellen Mitchell)
  • The Cure for Sorrow (Jan Richardson)
  • Facing the Ultimate Loss: Coping with the Death of a Child (Robert Marx and Susan Wengerhoff Davidson)
  • From Father to Father: Letters From Loss Dad to Loss Dad (Emily R. Long)
  • Free to Grieve: A Mother’s Memoir in Black and White (Teleah Scott-Williams)
  • Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back (Kelly Farley with David DiCola)
  • The Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child (Suzanne Redfern and Susan K. Gilbert)
  • Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok (Megan Devine)
  • Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning (Dennis Apple)
  • Meaningful Moments: Ritual and Reflection When A Child Dies (Rana Limbo & Kathy Kobler)
  • The Paradoxes of Mourning (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • Permission to Mourn (Tom Zuba)
  • Promise Me, Dad (Joe Biden)
  • Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe (Laura Lynne Jackson)
  • Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing (Thomas R. Golden)

Family Literature

Supporting Surviving Children

  • A Child’s View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide (Helen Fitzgerald)
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief (Mary Ann Emswiler and James P. Emswiler)
  • Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • How Do We Tell the Children? A Guide for Helping Children Cope When Someone Dies (Dan Schaefer)
  • A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One (Phyllis R. Silverman/ Madelyn Kelly)
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parents and Child (Earl A. Grollman)


  • For Bereaved Grandparents (Margaret Gerner)
  • Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief (Nina Bennett)
  • Healing a Grandparent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Grandchild Dies (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope (Nadine Galinsky)


  • When Your Friend’s Child Dies: A Guide to Being a Thoughtful and Caring Friend (Julan Grant)

Supporting Those With Special Needs

  • Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn: Practical Rituals for Caregivers (Mark A. Markell)


Children’s Literature


  • A Terrible Thing Happened (Margaret Holmes) 
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts (Susan Varley)
  • I Miss You (Pat Thomas) 
  • Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children (Bryan Mellonie)
  • No New Baby (Marilyn Gryte)
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story for All Ages (Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.)
  • The Goodbye Book (Todd Parr)
  • The Invisible String (Patricia Karst)
  • Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death (Bonnie Zucker)
  • When Dinosaurs Die (Laurie Kesney Brown and Marc Brown)

School Age/Elementary

  • After the Funeral (Jane Loretta Winsch)
  • Beyond the Ridge (Paul Globe)
  • A Child Remembers (Enid S. Traisman)
  • The Empty Place (Roberta Temes)
  • Everett Anderson’s Goodbye (Lucille Clifton)
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying (Joyce C. Mills)
  • The Goodbye Boat (Mary Joslin)
  • Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies (Janis Silverman)
  • Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister (Ellen Yeomans)
  • The Next Place (Warren Hanson)
  • The Purple Balloon (Christopher Raschka)
  • Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss (Pat Schwiebert) 
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Judy Voirst)
  • This Book is for All Kids, but Especially my Sister Libby. Libby Died. (Jack Simon)
  • We Were Gonna Have a Baby But We Had an Angel Instead (Pat Schweibert & Taylor Bills)
  • What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? (Trevor Romaine)
  • When Someone Dies (Sharon Greelee)
  • When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Marge Heegaard)
  • Where Do People Go When they Die? (Mindy Avra Portnoy)

Middle School/Teens/Young Adults

  • All That Remains: Three Stories (Bruce Brooks)
  • Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
  • The Brightest Star (Kathleen Maresh Hemery)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
  • Fire in My Heart, Ice In My Veins (Enid S. Traisman)
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • Help For the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss (Earl Hipp)
  • Helping Teens Cope with Death (The Dougy Center for Grieving Children)
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies (Jill Krementz and Alfred Knopf)
  • Reactions: A Workbook to help young people who are experiencing trauma and grief (Alison Salloum)
  • The Scar (Charlotte Moundlic and Oliver Tallec)
  • The Saddest Time (Norma Simon)
  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers (Earl Grollman)
  • Weird is Normal When Teenages Grieve (Jenny Lee Wheeler)
  • When A Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing (Marilyn Gootman)
  • When Death Walks In (Mark Scrivani)
  • When Someone Very Special dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Marge Heegaard)



  • About What Was Lost (Jessica Berger Gross)
  • Always Within; Grieving the Loss of Your Infant (Melissa Eshleman)
  • An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination (Elizabeth McCracken)
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart (Deborah L. Davis)
  • Free to Grieve: Healing and Encouragement for Those Who Have Suffered Miscarriage and Stillbirth (Maureen Rank)
  • A Gift of Time: Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to be Brief (A.Kuebelbeck, D.L. Davis)
  • Grieving the Child I Never Knew (Kathe Wunnenberg)
  • Help, Comfort, & Hope: After Losing Your Baby in Pregnancy or the First Year (Hannah Lothrop)
  • The Invisible Pregnancy: Give Birth to Healing (Heidi Faith)
  • Parenthood Lost (Michael R. Berman M.D.)
  • Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello (Marcy Rachel and RaeBeth McGee)
  • A Silent Sorrow Pregnancy Loss: Guidance & Support for You and Your Family (Ingrid Kohn & Perry-Lynn Moffitt)
  • Something Happened (Phyllis Childers)
  • Still (Stephanie Paige Cole)
  • Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby’s Brief Life (Amy Kuebelkeck)


Focused-Based Literature


  • Am I Still a Sister? (Alicia Sims)
  • Hannah’s Gift (Maria Housdan)
  • Phoenix Rising (Cynthia Grant)

Car Accident

  • The Empty Place (Roberta Temes)
  • Dusty Was My Friend (Andrea Fleck Clardy)

Military Loss

  • Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death ( Bonnie Carroll and Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.)
  • The Hero in My Pocket (Marlene Lene)


  • Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After Suicide (Beverly Cobain)
  • Finding Peace without All of the Pieces: After A Loved One’s Suicide (LaRita Archibald)

Murder/Violent Death

  • What to do When the Police Leave: A guide to the first days after traumatic loss (Bill Jenkins)
  • No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with sorrow, anger, and injustice after a tragic death (Janice Harris Lord)
  • A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the violent death of someone you love (Kathleen O’Hara)


Grief Journals

  • Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles (Harriet Hodgson)
  • Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies (Janis Silverman)
  • How I Feel: Grief Journal for Kids (Mia Roldan)
  • How to Carry What Can’t Be Fixed: A journal for grief (Megan Devine)
  • The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families (Joanna Rowland)
  • On Coming Alive: Journaling Through Grief (Lexi Behrndt)
  • When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief: Drawing Out Feelings (Marge Heegaard)