Grief Library




Youth & Funerals


The resources in the Youth & Funerals e-book are designed to help you answer the question, “Should my child attend the funeral?” and help families understand the role of funerals and memorialization in the lives of youth.


Free Download: Youth & Funerals


Free Spanish Download: Los Jóvenes y Los Funerales




When a Child Dies


Created with insight and expertise from bereaved parents, along with healthcare and bereavement professionals, this resource helps families understand that funeral service professionals will with them every step of the way to help them planning a meaningful goodbye for their child.


Free Download: When a Child Dies




A Grief Observed


A Grief Observed is a collection of C. S. Lewis's reflections on the experience of bereavement following the death of his wife, Joy Davidman, in 1960.  He writes from a widower's perspective and uses a Christian approach to grief. Famous for writing the The Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis first published it under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk, as Lewis wished to avoid identification as the author. The book is compiled from the four notebooks used by Lewis to vent and explore his grief. 


Amazon: A Grief Observed


Free Download: A Grief Observed PDF

The Year of Magical Thinking


The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, won the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The book recounts Didion's experiences of grief after the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in 2003. Days before his death, their daughter Quintana Roo was hospitalized in New York with pneumonia which developed into septic shock; she was still unconscious when her father died. Didion incorporates medical and psychological research on grief and illness into the book. It is a stunningly written portrait of grief as it happens.


Amazon: The Year of Magical Thinking

Don't Take My Grief Away From Me


Perhaps the best book on grieving available. Nobody addresses the needs of a grieving person like Doug Manning. His warm, conversational style takes the reader through all the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one.


Amazon: Dont Take My Grief Away

I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can


A guide for young widows and widowers through the normal grieving process that highlights the special circumstances of an untimely death. Every young widow or widower should receive a copy of this book.


Amazon: I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal

It's Ok That You're Not Ok


""Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form," says Megan Devine. So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible? It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves.


Amazon: It's Ok That You're Not Ok

Bearing the Unbearable


Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is featured in the 2021 documentary series The Me You Can’t See.


Amazon: Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

The AfterGrief


This is perhaps one of the most important books about grief ever written. The AfterGrief finally dispels the myth that we are all supposed to 'get over' the death of a loved one.


Amazon: The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss

Option B


Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.
We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us make the most of it.


Amazon: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

In Loving Memory


In Loving MemoryIn Loving Memory: A Child's Journey to Understanding a Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process is a story written by funeral director Lacie Brueckner. She has found that most children want to feel included in the funeral too. In this story a young girl named Harper has lost her grandma. Through gentle words and soft illustrations Harper learns what a funeral looks like and how she can participate.


Amazon: In Loving Memory (featuring a burial)


Amazon: In Loving Memory (featuring a cremation)

The Invisible String


The Invisible StringWith over a million copies sold, this reassuring contemporary classic is a great tool for readers of all ages. A mother tells her two children that they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: the invisible string is made of love.


Amazon: The Invisible String.

The Grief Recovery Method


The Grief Recovery MethodThis guide is more like a textbook to educate us about grief. The Grief Recovery Institute's approach to helping grievers deal with the pain of emotional loss is effective and has been researched extensively by Kent State University.


Free Download: The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss

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