Books On Grief

These books truly helped me process my grief. Memory JAR will include book reviews in our monthly newsletter and blog. Please contact us if you have a recommendation and tell us how the book related to your personal experience

A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed

C.S. Lewis, a Christian apologist, chronicles his grief when his wife, Joy Gresham, died of cancer. It is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

Healing After Loss
by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Healing After Loss

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort. This book has incredible insight, hope, understanding and some new ideas delivered in small doses (the tiny shafts of light in the darkness). The one page entries are easy to read or skip if you need one that will more fit your moment.

Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief
by Sherry Russell
Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief

Based on hundreds of interviews, along with personal experience, the book clarifies how and why grief catapults us into a crisis, threatening our mental, physical, and spiritual health. By understanding the domino effect of loss you can go on to live a life of graciousness and radiance.

On Grief and Grieving
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
On Grief & Grieving

Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of death – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, including sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, isolation, and healing.

Tear Soup
by Pat Schweibert
Tear Soup

Tear soup is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book for adults written about how we each individually grieve loss in our lives.

The Year Of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
The Year of Magical Thinking

This book is a memoir of her husband’s death, her daughter’s illness, and Didion’s efforts to make sense of a time when nothing made sense. This book is about getting a grip and getting on; it’s also a tribute to an extraordinary marriage.

Good Grief
by Granger E. Westberg
Good Grief

Westberg’s gentle wisdom and acute insight into human nature helps grievers understand the ten identifiable stages of grief. Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty.

Surviving the Loss of a Child
by Elizabeth B. Brown
Surviving the Loss of a Child

Written after the loss of the author’s own child, this book offers encouragement and hope to those who may think they will never be able to live fully after such tragedy. Bereaved parents, as well as friends, counselors, pastors, and caregivers, will find this book a source of comfort and discover coping mechanisms as they move through their grief.

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