Bereaved Parents

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General Information

~ Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies by Alan Wolfelt
~ About a Blue Angel by Diane Quartly
~ Wailing Wall: A Mother’s Memoir by Deedra Climer Order here
~ {An} Unsinkable Soul: Knocked Down…But Not Out by Margaret Jackson and Antoinette Sykes
~ Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers by Carol Henderson
~ After The Chapters End: Preserving the Too-Short Life of Your Child by Susan T. Hessel
~ Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises To Heal Grief by Sheila Bender
~ Creating a New Normal… After the Death of a Child by Sandy Fox
~ I Have No Intention of Saying Goodbye by Sandy Fox
~ Children Die, Too by Joy Johnson and Marv Johnson
~ Dear Parents: Letters to Bereaved Parents by Joy Johnson
~ Recovering from the Loss of a Child by Katherine Donnelly
~ The Bereaved Parent by Harriett Sarnoff-Schiff
~ Roses In December By Marilyn Willett Heavilin (multiple deaths of children)
~ For Better or Worse by Maribeth Wilder Doerr (handbook for couples)
~ Single Parent Grief by Sherokee Ilse
~ Never Too Old for a Lullaby by Juanita White (death of an adult child)
~ Momma Mockingbird by Sauni Wood (death of an adult child)
~ Meaningful Moments: Ritual & Reflection When a Child Dies by Rana Limbo and Kathie Kobler. Order the book HERE

We Need Not Walk Alone – The national magazine of The Compassionate Friends has been described as “a support group in print,” featuring articles by and for parents, siblings, and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child in their family.

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
~ MotherCare by Sherokee Ilse (physical care & beyond after a baby dies)
~ Another Baby? Maybe… by Sherokee Ilse (pregnancy after loss)
~ Coming to Term: A Father’s Story of Birth, Loss, and Survival by William H. Woodwell
~ When a Baby Dies by the Compassionate Friends
~ Sibling Grief – After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death (grief experienced by surviving brothers and sisters)
~ Grieving Grandparents by Sherokee Isle and Lori Leininger
~ When a Grandchild Dies by Nadine Galinsky ~ Grandparents Cry Twice by Mary Lou Reed
~ Losing Malcolm: A Mother’s Journey Through Grief by Carol Henderson
~ On Loss and Living Onward: Collected Voices for the Grieving and Those Who Would Mourn with Them by Melissa Dalton-Bradford

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
~ Unsupported Losses by Sherokee Ilse (ectopic and molar pregnancy)
~ Ectopic Pregnancy Centering Corporation Resource

Death of an Only Child or All Children
~ Now Childless by Kay Bevington & Don Hackett
~ First You Die by Marie Levine
~ Not So Small a Circle by Rita Stout
~ Parting is Not Goodbye by Kelly Osmont
~ Saying Olin to Say Goodbye by Don Hacket
~ Standing Beside You by Linda Mauer
~ The Secret Wound by Lois Gold
~ A Mosaic Heart: Reshaping the Shards of a Shattered Life by Terry Brady-Jones

Alive Alone by Kay Bevington (booklet and newsletter)
1112 Champaign Drive
Van Wert, OH 45891.
Alive Alone website.

Terminal Illness
~ Lessons by Susan Abbott
~ When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life by Mary Jane Hurley Brant
~ Letters to My Son by Mignonne Breier
~ My Porcelain Doll by Sherry Coombe
~ Healing Improv: A Journey Through Grief to Laughter by Bart Sumner

~ Artful Grief: A Diary of Healing by Sharon Strouse (child suicide)
~ 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)
~ Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide by Madeline Sharples
– My Bright Shining Star: A Mother’s True Story of Brilliance, Love and Suicide by Rhonda Sellers Elkins
~ Once the Storm is Over: From Grieving to Healing after the Suicide of my Daughter
by Nina Bingham

Drug Overdose
~ For the Love of Daniel by Ann Goffe (drug overdose)
~ When a Child Dies from Drugs: Practical Help for Parents in Bereavement by Pat Wittberger and Russ Wittberger
~ Griefland: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship by Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller
~ The Reason by Sally Grablick

Sudden or Violent death
~ A True Story of Overcoming Grief after Losing a Child by John and Deborah Giles
~ Griefprints – A Practical Guide For Supporting A Grieving Person by Radha Stern (son’s murder)
~ A Far Cry…From Home: A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss and Healing…Through the Eyes of an Angel by Sandy Richards (accidental death)
~ Grief: A Mama’s Unwanted Journey by Shelley Ramsey (accidental death)
~ Who Lives Happily Ever After by Sharon Turnbull (violent death)
~ When a Child Has Been Murdered by Bonnie Hunt Conrad
~ Remember Lee by Linda Musser (auto accident death)
~ A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry Sittser (multiple deaths)
~ Heaven’s Child by Caroline Flohr (teen car accident)
~ A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss and Beyond by Jennifer L. Scalise (accidental death)
~ Recapturing the Joy: A Journal for Bereaved Parents by Deb Anthony (accidental death)
~ Journey From Mount Rainier: A Mother’s Chronicle of Grief and Hope by Judith Lingle Ryan (accidental death)
~ In His Hands: A Mother’s Journey through the Grief of Sudden Loss by Jenny Hess (accidental)
~ Amost 18: A Mother’s Journey Through Grief by Paula Marie Osipovitch (accidental death)
~ Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Forgiveness by Scarlett Lewis
~ Stephen’s Moon by Marcia Carter
~ Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning by Dennis L. Apple
~ Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff (accidental death)