Our reading list for bereaved parents and children


Processing grief can be a significant challenge to those directly experiencing loss and those around them. While no single text can offer a simple answer, we reached out to our followers and the families we have supported. Here is a list of the books many of them have found helpful.

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Books for Adults


Book Title
Still A Mum: A story of modern grief and life after loss
Meagan Donaldson
The Baby Loss Guide: Practical and compassionate support with a day-by-day resource to navigate the path of grief Zoe Clark-Coates
A Grief Observed CS Lewis
Coping With Grief Mal & Dianne McKissock
They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth Janel C. Atlas
Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman Clarissa Pinkola Estes
All I Know: A memoir of love, loss and life Mary Coustas
Changed Living Stillbirth Liza Jankowski
Rules Not Apply Levy, Ariel
Figment My Imagination McCracken, Elizabeth
Inside Out Moore, Demi
Invisible Earthquake Ndlovu, Malika
Seventeen Brushes O’Farrell, Maggie
Chronology Water Yuknavitch, Lidia
Mackenzies Mission Casella, Rachael
Seaside Towns Jolly, Alice
Any Ordinary Day Sales, Leigh
Your Own Kind of Girl Bowditch, Clare
They Were Still Born Atlas, Janel C.
Linger On Hot Coals Cole Stephanie Paige & Bayly, Catherine
Three Minus One Hanish, Sean & Warner, Brooke
Silent Love Ryan, Adrienne
Beyond Tears Mitchel, Ellen
Miracle Beginnings Bosustow, Raquel
Our Babies Have Died Sands
Pregnancy Loss Surviving Miscarriage Taylor, Zoe
Worse Things Happen at Sea McInnes, Willam and Watts, Sarah
Reality Slap Harris, Ruff
Bearing Unbearable Cacciatore, Joanne
Unspeakable Loss Zenoff, Nisha
Year of Magical Thinking Didion, Joan
Young Widows Book Lloyd, Virginia
Getting Back Life Kosminsky, Phil
How to Go On Living Therese Rando Bantam
Forever Loved Guide Maria Carr and Aisling Pont
Widows Story Joyce Carol Oates
Nothing Was The Same Kay Redfield Jamison
No Time For Goodbyes Janice Harris Lord
My Mother My Father Susan Wyndham
When Things Happen Harold Kushner
Heart of Grief Thomas Attig
Now That The Funeral Is Over Doris Zagdanski
Parents Guide Raising Grieving Children Phyllis Silverman et al
Grieving Teenagers Helen Fitzgerald
Orphaned Adult Alexander Levy
Letting Person You Used to Be Lama Surya Das
Going Pieces Mark Epstein
Bereaved Children Earl Grollman
Talking About Death Earl Grollman
Good Mourning Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn
The Secret Language Laura Lynne Jackson
Bearing Unbearable Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
Finding Meaning David Kessler
Life is Tough Briony Benjamin

Books for Children

The Grief Wave Tracey Moroney
Shelter Sadness Anne Booth
Waiting Wolf Sandra Dieckmann
Beginnings Endings Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
Something Happened Cathy Blanford
We Had An Angel Instead Pat Schwiebert

Last modified: 26/3/24