Recommended Reading

Halo of Love – Recommended Reading

by Peggy Sweeney,  Mortician and Bereavement Educator,
Grimes Funeral Chapels, Kerrville, TX

Adult Grief Information

General Grief Information

Don’t Take My Grief Away by Doug Manning

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

Bereaved Parents

General Information

The Bereaved Parent by Harriett Sarnoff-Schiff

Roses In December By Marilyn Willett Heavilin

For Better or Worse by Maribeth Wilder Doerr (handbook for couples whose child has died)

Single Parent Grief by Sherokee Ilse

Father’s Grief

Into the Valley and Out Again by Richard Edler (unexpected death of a child)

When Goodbye is Forever: Learning to Live Again After the Loss of a Child (a father’s story) by John Bramblett

Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father’s Lament for His Daughter by Paul W. Nisly

Grandparent’s Grief

For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner

Specific Types of Death

Remember Lee by Linda Musser (auto accident death)

Who Lives Happily Ever After by Sharon Turnbull (violent death)

When a Child Has Been Murdered by Bonnie Hunt Conrad

Lessons by Susan Abbott (terminal illness death)

Never Too Old for a Lullaby by Juanita White (death of an adult child)

Momma Mockingbird by Sauni Wood (death of an adult child)

My Son, My Son by Iris Bolton (suicide death)

His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steel (her son’s death by suicide)

Suicide of a Child by Adina Wrobleski

A Message of Hope by Pat Overley (son’s death by suicide)

Infant Death

When Hello Means Goodbye by Pat Schwiebert, R.N. & Paul Kirk, M.D.

An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart by Christine O’Keeffe Lafser

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis

Newborn Death by Centering Corporation

Healing Together (for couples whose baby died) by M. Lister and S. Lowell

Coming to Term: A Father’s Story of Birth, Loss, and Survival by William H., Jr. Woodwell

When a Baby Dies by The Compassionate Friends

Grieving Grandparents – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death’

Pre-Natal Losses

Miscarriage by Centering Corporation

Miscarriage: A Man’s Book by Rick Wheat

All Seasons Pass by Martha Manning

Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse

Ectopic Pregnancy Centering Corporation Resource

Death of an Only Child or All Children

Alive Alone by Kay Bevington (booklet and newsletter)

This is an EXCELLENT web site with much information and recommended books for bereaved parents

Now Childless by Kay Bevington & Don Hackett

Parting is Not Goodbye by Kelly Osmont

Saying Olin to Say Goodbye by Don Hackett

Standing Beside You by Linda Mauer

The Secret Wound by Lois Gold

Grieving Children

Explaining Death to Children

Tell Me, Papa by Joy & Marv Johnson ages 3-8 (explaining death & funerals)

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by B. Mellonie & R. Ingpen age 3-8

I Know I Made It Happen by Lynn Blackburn (helping children understand it was not their fault)

Children Grieve, Too by Joy and Marv Johnson with Jackie Bell & Jan Roberts

Lean on Me Gently by Doug Manning

Helping Children Cope with Grief by Alan Wolfelt

Sibling Grief by Marcia Scherago (a parent’s guide for all age groups)

Helping Children Grieve – When Someone They Love Dies by Theresa Huntley

Books for Children

Thank You for Coming to Say Goodbye by Roberts & Johnson age 6-12 (death & funerals)

Timothy Duck by Lynn Blackburn  age 6-10 (death of a friend)

The Snowman by Robin Vogel  ages 5-10 (death of a dad)

A Quilt for Elizabeth by Benette Tiffault ages 8-11 (dad’s death)

Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Edna LeShan ages 8+

Secret Places: The Story of a Child’s Adventure with Grief by James Campbell age 7-10 (father’s death)

I Heard Your Mommy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7

I Heard Your Daddy Died by Mark Scrivani ages 3-7

The Empty Place by Roberta Tremes  ages 5-10 (death of a sibling)

No New Baby by Centering Corporation  (for young children whose mommy miscarries)

Am I Still a Sister? by Allie Sims ages 6+

Grandpa’s Berries by Julie Dickerson  ages 7-10

Green Mittens for Grandma by Bernice Hanks ages 5-9

A Child Remembers by ages 8-12 (journal for children)

For Teens

How It Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz (age 6-18)

Facing Change by Donna O’Toole

When a Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman

When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani

The Last Teenage Suicide by Norman Geller (suicide death of a friend)

Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (journal for teens)

In My World by Linda Lazar (journal for teens who are facing a life-threatening illness)

Hurting Yourself: For Teens Who Have Attempted Suicide by Joy Johnson

A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman

If you should have trouble finding a book, may I suggest:

Centering Corporation

Omaha. NE   (866) 218-0101
Peggy Sweeney,

Funeral Director/Bereavement Educator
Grimes Funeral Chapels,
Kerrville TX
(830) 257-4544