Essential Books for Your Grief Library and Your Grief Journey

If you’re a mourner who loves to read or if you’re a caregiver wanting to understand grief and mourners better, here are some suggestions for books that are essential for a well-rounded bereavement library.


Dougy Center (The National Center for Grieving Children & Families.) Thirty-five Ways to Help a Grieving Child. Western Lithography, 1999.

Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide. Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Fitzgerald, Helen. The Mourning Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Bereaved. Simon & Schuster, 1994.

James, John W. and Friedman, Russell. When Children Grieve. Harper Collins, 2001.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth & Kessler, David.  On Grief & Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Kusher, Harold S. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Avon, 1982.

Lewis, C.S. A Grief Observed. Bantam Books, 1961.

Manning, Doug. Don’t Take My Grief Away. Harper Collins, 1979.

Neimeyer, Robert.  Lessons Of Loss: A Guide To Coping.  Compassion Books, 2000.

Oates, Wayne E. Your Particular Grief. Westminister Press, 1981.

Parkes, Colin Murray and Weiss, Robert S. Recovery from Bereavement.    Basic Books, 1982.

Parkes, Colin Murray; Laungani, Pittu; & Young, Bill. Death and Bereavement Across Cultures.  Brunner-Routledge, 1997.

Rando, Therese A. How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies. Bantam Books, 1991.

Rando, Therese A. Treatment of Complicated Mourning. Research Press, 1993.

Rush, Terry. God Will Make a Way. Howard Publishing, 1995.

Sittser, Jerry.  A Grace Disguised. Zondervan, 2004.

Sittser, Jerry.  A Grace Revealed.  Zondervan, 2012.

Sunderland, Ron. Getting Through Grief: Caregiving by Congregations. Abingdon Press, 1993.

Westberg, Granger E. Good Grief. Fortress Press, 1962.

Wolfelt, Alan D. Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart. Companion Press, 2001.

Wolfelt, Alan D.  Healing the Bereaved Child.  Companion Press, 1996.

Wolfelt, Alan D.  Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope & Healing Your Heart.   2nd Edition.  Companion Press, 2003.

Wright, H. Norman. Recovering from the Losses of Life. Revell, 1993.

Zonnebelt -Smeenge, Susan and DeVries, Robert. Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of A Spouse. Baker Books, 1998.

Zunin, Dr. Leonard M. & Hilary.  The Art of Condolence.  Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.


Chesser, Barbara Russell.    Because You Care: Practical Ideas for Helping Those Who Grieve. Word Publishing, 1987.

Corr, Charles; Nabe, Clyde; & Corr, Donna.  Death & Dying; Life & Living.  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2003.

Crenshaw, David.     Bereavement: Counseling the Grieving Throughout the Life Cycle. Crossroad Publishing Company, 1996.

Houben, Ligia M.  Counseling Hispanics Through Loss, Grief and Bereavement.  Springer Publishing Company, 2012.

Kelley, Melissa. Grief: Contemporary Theory and The Practice of Ministry.  Fortress Press, 2010.

Richards, M. Gregory. When Someone You Know Is Hurting. Zondervan, 1994.

Worden, J. William.  Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy, Third Edition.  Springer Publishing Company, 2002.


Becton, Randy. Does God Care When We Suffer? Baker Book House, 1988.

Becker, Ernest.  The Denial of Death.  The Free Press, 1973.

Crabb, Larry.     Moving Through Your Problems Toward Finding God. Zondervan, 1993.

Crabb, Larry. Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy. Waterbrook, 2001.

Eareckson Tada, Joni & Estes, Steven. When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty. Zondervan, 1997.

Herman, Doug (with Donna K. Wallace).  What Good Is God?  Finding Faith & Hope In Troubled Times.  Baker Books, 2002.

Hicks, John Mark. Yet Will I Trust Him: Understanding God in a Suffering World. College Press, 1999.

Levine, Amy.  The Funeral is Just the Beginning: Everything You Need to Do When a Loved One Dies. Vienna Woods Media, 2012.

Lewis, C.S. The Problem With Pain. Simon & Schuster, 1964.

Yancey, Philip. Disappointment With God. Zondervan, 1988.

Yancey, Philip. Where Is God When It Hurts? Zondervan, 1977.

Ziglar, Zig. Confessions of a Grieving Christian. Thomas Nelson, 1998.

Compiled by Larry M. Barber, LPC-S, CT author of the grief survival guide “Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise”  available online at Amazon ( ), Barnes & Noble (

The grief survival guide is also available in Spanish as “El Amor Nunca Muere: Aceptando el Dolor con Esperanza y Promesa” 

Both English and Spanish versions are available for Kindle and Nook. Larry is the director of GriefWorks, a free grief support program for children and their families in Dallas TX


About griefminister

Director, GriefWorks & CounselingWorks Licensed Professional Counselor Certified in Thanatology (Study of Death, Dying & Bereavement) by The Association of Death Education and Counseling Grief Therapist, Educator, Consultant Author-"Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise.'
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4 Responses to Essential Books for Your Grief Library and Your Grief Journey

  1. Edu E. Saez says:

    Thanks for the references

    • You’re welcome. I have recently translated my book Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise into Spanish. Would you be willing to review the manuscript?


  2. Thanks for the list. Sittser’s ‘A Grace Disguised’ is what spoke to me the most. I look forward to read some of the others you have listed.

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