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2ndcover.gif (80739 bytes)Jenkins, Bill.  What to do When the Police Leave:  A Guide to the First Days of Traumatic Loss.  Third Edition.  WBJ Press:  Richmond, VA, 2001.






coverBozarth, Alla Renee, Ph.D. A Journey Through Grief.  Hazelden: Center City, MN, 1990.

Gentle advice, reflections and inspirational thoughts on grief and grieving.




coverBramblett, John. When Good-Bye is Forever: Learning to Live Again After the Loss of a Child. Ballantine: New York, 1991.

Written following the tragic death of his youngest child. An examination of faith, life, and death by the author, with helpful contributions by his wife and children.



coverBrown, Laurie K. and Marc Brown. When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. Little, Brown and Co.: Boston, 1996.

Dinosaur children learn about death and dying in a gentle and informative manner. Very educational, generously illustrated, and appropriate for elementary and middle school ages.


coverBuscaglia, Leo, Ph.D. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages. Slack: Thorofare, NJ, 1982.

A parable about death which is useful in talking to young children. Suitable for reading to elementary school ages.



coverDobson, James. When God Doesn’t Make Sense. Tyndale: Wheaton, IL, 1993.

A Christian view of tragedy, suffering, and loss.




coverFahy, Mary. The Tree That Survived the Winter. Paulist Press: New York, 1989.

An encouraging parable on the hardships of life and the hope which endures through long, dark, difficult times.  Suitable for children and adults.




coverGraham, Billy. Death and the Life After. Word: Dallas, 1987.

A discussion of the spiritual dimensions of death by one of today’s most trusted theologians and evangelists.




coverGrollman, Earl A. Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Beacon Press: Boston, 1991.

Rabbi Grollman is a highly regarded grief therapist. Of his many books on grief and bereavement, several, like this one, specifically address talking to children and teens about death.



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Holtkamp, Susan, Ph.D. Grieving With Hope.   Franklin-McKinsey, 1995.

A touching resource which honestly addresses the issue of suffering, death, and hope with compassion and sensitivity from a Christian perspective.


coverHickman, Martha Whitmore. Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief. Avon Books: New York, 1994.

A year’s worth of thoughts and meditations on grief and loss.



coverHipp, Earl. Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss. Hazelden: Center City, MN, 1995.

A book specifically for teens discussing issues of grief and loss in a frank and helpful manner.



coverKelley, Patricia. Companion to Grief: Finding Consolation When Someone You Love Has Died. Simon and Schuster: New York, 1997.

A series of helpful letters from the author, who is a grief therapist, to her brother-in-law following the death of his wife.



coverKight, Marsha, ed. Forever Changed: Remembering Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995. Prometheus: New York, 1998.

A compilation of eighty-one letters, stories, and first-person accounts of the Oklahoma City bombing. An inspirational, sobering, and rich testimony to the victims and survivors.



coverKushner, Harold S. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Avon: New York, 1983.

A best-selling book about religion, death, and suffering by Rabbi Kushner for everyone.




coverLewis, C. S. A Grief Observed. Bantam: New York, 1983.

An uncompromisingly honest personal journal examining faith and grief following the death of Lewis’ wife. Published in the early 1960’s, it is one of the first books ever published on grief and bereavement, and is still one of the best. Several editions available.



coverLord, Janice Harris. No Time For Goodbyes. 4th ed. Pathfinder: Ventura, CA, 1991.

This book may be found in your local bookstore and it is also available from MADD. Although its focus is primarily directed towards alcohol-related car crashes and fatalities, it is a must-have book for anyone dealing with grief, traumatic loss, and the justice system.



coverManning, Doug. Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me: How to Walk Through Grief and Learn to Live Again. In-Sight Books: Oklahoma City, OK, 1999. Also reprinted by HarperCollins as: Don’t Take My Grief Away.

An easy to read, practical book on dealing with a death in the family, how to make the necessary decisions, and enduring the natural grief that follows. The author’s remarkable insights and years of ministerial experience, combined with an easy to read style are a welcome feature of his books. Other books and materials for grieving families and caregivers by Doug Manning on grief and bereavement, including some superb materials on helping children and teens, are available from In-Sight Books, P.O. Box 42467, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. The Internet website is


coverMcCracken, Anne and Mary Semel, eds. A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies. Hazelden: Center City, MN, 1998.

A beautiful and extensive collection of short essays and inspirational writings on the loss of a child. A valuable long-term resource for the bereaved parent.



coverMellonie, Bryan and Robert Ingpen. Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children. Bantam: New York, 1983.

Accompanied by exquisite illustrations, the simple story is easily understandable by very young children and early readers.



coverRando, Therese A., Ph.D. How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies. Bantam: New York, 1988.

A thorough examination of the effects of death on a family, this book deals with the many different circumstances and relationships involved in the loss of a loved one. An excellent book with a superb bibliography and list of resources listed by type of loss.


coverSchiff, Harriet Sarnoff. The Bereaved Parent. Penguin: New York, 1978.

A thorough discussion of bereavement and grief written following the death of her son.




coverSilverman, William B. and Kenneth Cinnamon. When Mourning Comes: A Book of Comfort for the Grieving. Jason Aronson, Inc.: Northvale, NJ, 1994.

Wise counsel on dealing with death and grief. The authors are a congregational rabbi and a clinical psychologist, respectively.



coverStaudacher, Carol. Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One. New Harbinger: Oakland, CA, 1987.

An excellent, practical, and thorough book on the effects of grief from various causes. This book may seem overwhelming at first glance, but read chapters 1 and 2 first, then skip to the chapter which most closely deals with your type of loss. Later, you may want to read the rest. Good chapter on the criminal justice system.


coverTatelbaum, Judy. The Courage to Grieve. Harper and Row: New York, 1984.

The author’s brother was killed when she was a teenager. This book is an effort to provide others with a pathway for their grief.



coverViorst, J. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. Athenium: New York, 1971.

A story for children and early readers about a little boy who comes to understand mortality following the death of his cat.



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White, Mary A. Harsh Grief, Gentle Hope. NavPress: Colorado Springs, CO, 1995.

Written following the tragic death of the author’s son, this book documents the events and how the family dealt with their loss.



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Wolfelt, Alan, Ph.D. The Journey Through Grief: Reflections on Healing. Companion Press: Fort Collins, CO, 1997.

A highly acclaimed book on grief and the needs of the grieving. Dr. Wolfelt has written several other helpful books on grief and loss, as well. Contact Bereavement Publications at the address below for a list of available titles and ordering information.


coverWolterstorff, Nicholas. Lament For a Son. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI, 1987.

Personal reflections and journal entries written following the death of the author’s son in a mountain climbing accident.




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