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This page contains books for all ages that are recommended for grief, end of life topics, and helping professionals working in this field.

BOOKS

Books For Children

Books For Childre
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by Glenn Ringtved, Charlotte Pardi, et al.

Focus: Death comes to visit grandmother 

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by Britta Teckentrup

Focus: death of a friend and mourning

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by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Focus: A first look at death

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by Kelly Bourne and Aparna Varma

Focus: Emotions 

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by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Focus: Continuing bond or connection

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by Angie Lucas and Birgitta Sif

Focus: Death of mother and the grief after

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by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey

Focus: Emotions

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by Eva Eland

Focus: Emotion 

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by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Focus: Pet Loss

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By Emmi Smid

An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide

Focus: Death and Suicide

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by Mackenzie Porter

 

Focus: Separation

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by Dr. Jillian Roberts and Cindy Revell

 

Focus: Grief 

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by Alan Watts

Focus: Getting into the flow of life

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by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker

Focus: pet loss

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by Oliver Jeffers

Focus: Grief 

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by Cathy Campbell

 

Focus: Grief, Baby Loss 

Books For Youth

Books for youth
Fiction

 

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

by John David Anderson

Focus: End of life and illness.

Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan.

 

King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender

“Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.”

 

When You Trap a Tiger

by Tae Keller

“When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now, the tigers want it back.”

Non-fiction

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love

By Earl A. Grollman

Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart

Gary Roe

Books For Adults

Books for adults
Stories

 

The Boy in the Black Suit

by Jason Reynolds

“Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own.”

 

Early Departures

by Justin A. Reynolds

 

The Astonishing Color of After

by Emily X.R. Pan

“Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.”

 

Dancing at the Pity Party

by Tyler Feder

“Part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life, this debut graphic novel is extraordinarily comforting and engaging.”

Self-Help Non-Fiction

Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

by David Kessler

 

It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

by Megan Devine and Mark Nepo

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss 

by Claire Bidwell Smith

Too Much Loss: Coping with Grief Overload

by Alan D. Wolfelt

The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter

by David Kessler 

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

by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss

by Jan Warner

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

by Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger

The Wilderness of Suicide Grief: Finding Your Way

by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt 

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief

by Martha W. Hickman

Topic: Parents helping Children

When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children 

By Joan Hamilton

 

A Parents Guide to Raising Grieving Children 

By Phyilis Silverman

A Parent's Guide to Managing Childhood Grief: 100 Activities for Coping, Comforting, & Overcoming Sadness, Fear, & Loss

by Katie Lear

Books For Therapists

Books for therapists
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