Grief-Related Literature

This "Grief-Related Literature" page is dedicated as a tribute in loving memory of
Amanda Camille Williams of Greenville, South Carolina.

Holding Onto Love: Searching for Hope When a Child Dies encourages newly-bereaved parents to try reading a variety of grief-related books by authors who share their coping strategies. Listed below are a number of grief-related works for your consideration:

Allen, Marie and Shelly Marks. Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart, New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993, all rights reserved.

Apple, Dennis L.  Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2008, all rights reserved.

Blank, Jeanne Webster. The Death of an Adult Child: A Book for and about Bereaved Parents, New York, Baywood Publishing Co., 1998, all rights reserved.

Douglas, Carl with Pearl Douglas. Barry Stories: The Spiritual Journey of Parents Who Lost a Son, Phoenix, Arizona, ACW Press, 1999, all rights reserved.

DuBois, Ellen M.  I Never Held You: A Book About Miscarriage, Healing, and Recovery, DLSIJ Press, 2006, all rights reserved.

Eadie, Betty J. Embraced by the Light, New York, A Bantam Book, 1992, all rights reserved.

Edler, Richard. Into the Valley and Out Again: The Story of a Father's Journey, Torrance, California, Merryweather Publishing, 1996, all rights reserved.

Edwards, Elizabeth. Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers, New York, Broadway Books, 2006, all rights reserved.

Fine, Carla. No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, New York, Doubleday, 1997, all rights reserved.

Fitzgerald, Helen. Grieving Child, New York, NY, a Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster, 1992, all rights reserved.

Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends (New York, NY, a Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster, 2000, all rights reserved.

Fitzgerald, Helen.  The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resource Offering Practical and Compassionate Advice on Coping with All Aspects of Death and Dying, New York, NY, a Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster, 1994, all rights reserved.

Grollman, Earl. What Helped Me When My Loved One Died, Copyright © 1981 by Earl Grollman (Reprinted by permission of Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts), all rights reserved.

Gross, Jessica Berger.  About What was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope, New York, A Plume Book, 2007, all rights reserved.

Hood, Ann. The Knitting Circle: A Novel, New York, NY, First published in paperback by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2007, all rights reserved.

Horsley, Dr. Heidi and Dr. Gloria Horsley. Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance, Highland City, Florida, Rainbow Books, Inc., 2007, all rights reserved.

Hsu, Albert Y. Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope, Downers Grove, Illinois, InterVarsity Press, 2002, all rights reserved.

Jackson, Aariane R.  Can You Hear Me Smiling?: A Child Grieves a Sister, Washington, D.C., Child & Family Press, 2004, all rights reserved.

Kohn, Ingrid and Perry-Lynn Moffitt.  A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, New York, Routledge, all rights reserved.

Kushner, Harold S.  When Bad Things Happen to Good People, New York, Avon Books, 1981, all rights reserved.

Manning, Doug, Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me, Oklahoma, In-Sight Books, 2003, all rights reserved.

McClafferty, Carla Killough. Forgiving God, Grand Rapids, MI., Discovery House Publishers, © 1992 by Carla Killough McClafferty, all rights reserved.

McCracken, Anne and Mary Semel.  A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies, Minnesota, Hazelton, 1998, all rights reserved.

Murray, Donald Morison. The Lively Shadow: Living with the Death of a Child, New York, Ballantine Books, 2003, all rights reserved. 

Myers, Michael F. and Carla Fine, Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss, New York, Gotham Books published by the Penquin Group (USA) Inc., 2006, all rights reserved.

O'Connor, Joey. Heaven's Not a Crying Place: Teaching Your Child about Funerals, Death, and the Life Beyond, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Book House Company, 1997, all rights reserved.

O'Hara, M.A., Kathleen. A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love, New York, Marlowe & Company, 2006, all rights reserved.

Rathkey, Julia Wilcox. What Children Need When They Grieve: The Four Essentials: Routine, Love, Honesty, and Security, New York, Three Rivers Press, 2004, all rights reserved.

Roberts, David J. and Linda B. Findlay, Mourning Discoveries: A guide to help families navigate through grief towards healing...During The Holidays, Mourning Discoveries, 2009, all rights reserved. (See also &

Rosof, Barbara.  The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child, New York, Henry Hold & Company, LLC, 1994, all rights reserved.

Ruff, Coralease Cox. Her Light Still Shines, New York, iUniverse Inc., 2008, all rights reserved.

Schoeneck, Therese S.  Hope For Bereaved: Understanding, Coping And Growing Through Grief, Syracuse, New York, Hope for Bereaved, Inc., 2007, all rights reserved.

White, P. Gill.  Sibling Grief: Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother, New York, iUniverse, 2006, all rights reserved.

Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Lament for a Son, Michigan, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987, Reprinted 2001, all rights reserved.

Wray, T.J.  Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies, New York, Three Rivers Press, 2003, all rights reserved.

Sources of Grief-Related Literature

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