Grief Resources Books

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief  This daily devotional is good for shortened attention spans that can occur after a loss.

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore    Dr. Joanne Cacciatore lost a child, found there was not sufficient support for child loss, got an advanced degree to contribute to the field of loss, and founded MISS Foundation. This book is recommended for anyone to better understand traumatic grief.

It’s OK that You’re not OK by Megan Devine  The author touched on subjects not often tackled in grief. It is a good resource for the griever and the loved ones of those who have experienced profound loss.

The Grief Club by Melody Beattie  The author lost a child and brought to light how important it is to find a good support group.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Victor Frankl  The author was a survivor of Nazi camps and created logotherapy, a counseling theory that focuses on finding meaning, even in the most terrible of circumstances. It is a short read and has countless meaningful passages.

The Alchemy of Grief by Dr. Annamarie Fidel-Rice  This book written by a Grief Counseling class professor, Dr. Annamarie Fidel-Rice, is a beautiful and poetic analogy of grief.

A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention by Susan Hannifin-MacNab  This concise book is packed with resources, stories, and activities.

After the Darkest Hour the Sun will Shine Again: A Parent’s Guide to Coping with the Loss of a Child by Elizabeth Mehren

The short passages were perfect for difficulty focusing in early grief.

GriefLand: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship by Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller

This book is about two moms’ experiences of losing their beautiful young adult children to substance use. It can be strangely comforting to read what you may be going through, and the authors each wrote eloquently.