Books and Resources on Grief



Recommended Books on Grief and Loss


Books Associated with Michael’s Place

In June of 2019, Michael’s Place Program Director, Melissa Fournier, launched Abruptio a very personal collection of intimate poems that reflect the power of grace to transform sorrow into resilience and hope. Fournier also contributed to and edited another book, AFTER Stories about Loss and What Comes Next.  This collection of short stories and poems are designed to share the journey of loss creatively and intimately, offering insight, understanding and hope. Some pieces in the published book are authored by participants in the Michael’s Place Writing through Loss group. Click on the books below for more information.




Books to Read to Children

— Holmes, M. Molly’s Mom Died/Sam’s Dad Died

— Karst, P.  The Invisible String

— Krasny-Brown, L. and M. Brown When Dinosaurs Die

— Mellonie B. and R. Ingpen Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

— Spinelli, E. and J. Dyer Sophie’s Masterpiece

— Thomas, P. I Miss You: A First Look at Death

— Vigna, J. Saying Goodbye to Daddy


Books for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers

— Blume, J. Tiger Eyes

— Doyle, R. Her Mother’s Face

— Greene, C. Beat the Turtle Drum

— Henkes, K. Sun & Spoon


Books for High School Students

— Fitzgerald, H. The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends

— Forman, G. If I Stay

— Green, J. The Fault in Our Stars

— Kuehn, E. After Suicide: Living With the Questions

— Wolfelt, A. Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens


Books for Parents and Caregivers

— Fitzgerald, H. The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide

— Silverman, P. and M. Kelly A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family After the Death of a Loved One

— Wolfelt, A. Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

— Wolfelt, A. Finding the Words: How to Talk With Children and Teens About Death, Suicide, Funerals, Homicide, Cremation and Other End-of-Life Matters