Top 5 Grief Books for Adults: 18 and Older

  • February 01, 2016
  • Author The Moyer Foundation
  • Topic Childhood Grief
  • Type Article

Talking about and understanding grief can be difficult at any age.  These books have been chosen as the top 5 for adults ages 18 and older based on rater reviews of 4.5 stars or above and availability. They are intended to cover a variety of different situations where a reader may be experiencing grief. We have provided a link to purchase the books on Amazon* but please check your local bookstore if that is easier for you.  

1. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief - Martha Whitmore Hickman : For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.  

2. Tear Soup - Pat Schwiebert

3. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One - Brooke Noel :  I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.  

4. How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies - Therese A. Rando : Mourning the death of a loved one is a process  all of us will go through at one time or another.  But wherever the death is sudden or anticipated,  few of us are prepared for it or for the grief it  brings. There is no right or wrong way to grieve;  each person's response to loss will be different.  Now, in this compassionate, comprehensive guide,  Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., bereavement specialist and  author of Loss And Anticipatory  Grief, leads you gently through the painful but  necessary process of grieving and helps you find  the best way for yourself.  

5. Healing the Adult Sibling's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Brother or Sister Dies - Alan D. Wolfelt Ph.D. : Compassionate and heartfelt, this collection offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling in order to practice self-healing. The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement. Whether a sibling has died as a young or older adult or the death was sudden or anticipated, this resource provides a healthy approach to dealing with the aftermath.  

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