Resources for Grieving Adults
"There are three needs of the griever:
To find the words for the loss…
To say the words aloud…
And to know that they have been heard.”
By Victoria Alexander
This Too Shall Pass: A Journey Through Grief to the Other Side by Cathy Bamji
This interactive workbook is designed to hold one's personal journey of healing and self-discovery. Its pages are lined with powerful stories, writing prompts and revealing moments from the author's experience of the illness, loss and memory of her mother.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine
The author's sudden, tragic loss of her life partner led her to help with those who are grieving . . . and maybe also weary of the meaningless platitudes too often shared with those that are hurting after a beloved’s death. Devine also runs the Refuge in Grief website.
I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can by Linda Feinberg (For Young Widowed Persons)
A book for young widows or widowers that highlights the special circumstances of facing an untimely death.
A Man You Know is Grieving by James Miller and Tom Golden
One half of this book is for the bereaved and contains 12 foundational suggestions in short, easy-to-read chapters. The second half is for those who want to assist a man who is grieving.
Swallowed By a Snake by Thomas R. Golden
A book that provides the masculine side of grief and offers healing strategies and new ways to understand the grieving process.
It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood by Phyllis Green
This author shares her experience of grieving the death of her husband after 56 years of marriage.
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations by Martha Whitmore Hickman
This book is a collection of daily meditations comprised of thoughtful words to strengthen, inspire and comfort.
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler
In this groundbreaking and “poignant” (Los Angeles Times) book, David Kessler—praised for his work by Maria Shriver, Marianne Williamson, and Mother Teresa—journeys beyond the classic five stages to discover a sixth stage: meaning.
On Grief and Grieving by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
This book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss.
Touched By Suicide by Michael Myers & Carla Fine
Michael F. Myers, MD, a leading psychiatrist, and Carla Fine, author of the acclaimed No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One, combine their perspectives as a physician and a survivor to offer compassionate and practical advice to anyone affected by suicide.
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
“Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the ‘mad midnight moment,’ A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss.”
Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck Deklyen
In this modern-day fable, a woman who has suffered a terrible loss cooks up a special batch of tear soup, blending the unique ingredients of her life into the grief process. Along the way she dispenses a recipe of sound advice for people who are in mourning.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
The Journey Through Grief by Alan Wolfelt
Alan Wolfelt describes the six mourning needs and offers brief poetic passages related to each need. The book includes place for journaling at the end of each chapter.
"Journeys" Monthly Publication (hospicefoundation.org)
"When it seemed that my whole world was collapsing with the death of my wife of 23 years, it was the warmth and kindness of a (CaringMatters) volunteer that made the difference. I was seen, heard and supported from the first moment of her visit. It is that experience that encouraged me later to seek help from them in my grief, and afterward, to join the organization as a volunteer."