Bibliography of Grief/Loss Books

The Seven Intentions of Mourning: Carrying the Cross of Grief, with Meaning and Hope by John and Sandy O'Shaughnessy

When we unite our suffering with the suffering Christ, we learn that it can be redemptive and fruitful as part of His salvific mission. The Seven Intentions of Mourning are each a conscious choice and together a unique pathway to healing where our grief finds a meaningful expression. Each intention is distinctly positioned to help us carry our cross of grief, as we discover that love endures all and that good can come from bad when there is hope.

Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith by Lorene Hanley Duquin

Grieving with the Help of Your Catholic Faith gives Catholics a meaningful way to help themselves or others through this challenging time. With personal stories, reassuring prayers, and spiritual wisdom, it provides: An understanding of how grief affects the heart, soul, and mind The perspective to sort through difficult physical, emotional, and spiritual feelings.

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

One of North America’s leading grief educators, Dr. Alan Wolfelt has written many books about healing in grief. This book is his most comprehensive, covering the essential lessons that mourners have taught him in his three decades of working with the bereaved. In compassionate, down-to-earth language, Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones—or trail markers—that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual signs for mourners to look for on their journey through grief.

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D Wolfelt PhD

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas offers compassionate advice and simple activities to help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, it explains how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of loss, and seek and accept support when a loved one dies. Geared for mourning adults, teens, or children.  

Healing a Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies by Alan D. Wolfelt PhD

Presenting simple yet highly effective methods for coping and healing, this book provides answers and relief to parents trying to deal with the loss of a child. This compassionate resource will aid parents who have been through the death of a child—whether the passing happened recently or many years ago, whether the child was young or an adult.

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D Wolfelt PhD

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids is for young and middle readers (6-12 years) grieving the death of someone loved. The text is simple and straightforward, teaching children about grief and affirming that their thoughts and feelings are not only normal, but necessary.

For Those Who Grieve (Companion in Faith) by Jeannie Ewing

When we grieve, we all long for light in the dark places. We need a light to warm our hearts when they are chilled by grief. For Those Who Grieve includes 22 brief devotions and prayers, drawing on the saints, Scripture, and modern reflections to encourage readers to turn to God each day and find the light of hope, healing, and wholeness.

From Grief to Grace by Jeannie Ewing

Grief touches all of our lives, but it does not have to paralyze us with fear or inaction. God allows suffering because He knows how powerful it can be to our spiritual lives and to helping us fully embrace His love and mercy. In this insightful and practical book, you'll learn how to live a life of redemptive suffering that will draw you through grief into a state of tenacity, meaning, holiness, and joy.