Grief Resources

Grief Resources

Resources for Your Spouse

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The Orphaned Adult by Alexander Levy
A first hand account from the author as well as others. If you would like to get a glimpse into the pain of losing your “mommy” and/or “daddy” this is it.

When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults by Edward Myers
A practical guide that helps normalize the intense reaction your spouse may have to the loss of a parent.

Losing A Parent: Practical Help For You And Other Family Members by Fiona Marshall
Offers more perspective on dealing with terminal illness and managing familial tensions after a parent’s death.

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Kübler-Ross was and is still considered the foremost expert on grief. She studied grief and developed the five-stage model. This book is about her own experience of terminal illness and reflections on her life’s work as she faced her own death.

Resources for You

Helping Grieving People: When Tears Are Not Enough: A Handbook for Care Providers by J. Shep Jeffreys
Directed towards professionals working in end-of-life care environments, but contains useful information and suggestions for compassionate treatment of bereaved people.

When Your Spouse Loses A Parent: What to Say & What to Do by Irene Rodway
This book helps you to support your spouse in a right way when your spouse loses a parent

I Never Know What to Say: How To Help Your Family and Friends Cope with Tragedy by Nina Hermann Donnelley
This book is one of the only titles directed at friends and family of bereaved people.

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss by Bob Deits
Considered standard reading by many grief counselors, this book provides concrete suggestions for managing abstract chaos.

The Courage to Grieve: The Classic Guide to Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief
– by Judy Tatelbaum
A more abstract, creative guide to grief that incorporates spirituality.


Books to help you talk to your children

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children
– By Liana Lowenstein
A book of activities to help children deal with grief. Also contains theory to help the parent.

The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief Is Shared
-by Robert Zucker
Suggestions on how your spouse can manage their grief as well the grief your children
might also be experiencing

Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children
-by Linda Goldman
How to help children deal with loss in productive, creative ways.

Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups
– by William C. Kroen
Explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death and specific strategies for each age group.

I Miss You: A First Look at Death (First Look at Books)
– by Pat Thomas (Author), Leslie Harker (Illustrator)
An illustrated book for young children. Explains death in an age appropriate way.

The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide
– by Helen Fitzgerald
Offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Tackles tough topics like murder and suicide.

The Grieving Teen : A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends
– by Helen Fitzgerald
Written for teenagers themselves to read.

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About the Authors:

Irene Rodway, JD is an author, attorney, and long-term-care advocate living in Georgia. After her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dr. Rodway took care of him. Through this heart-breaking experience, she learned firsthand how to navigate the daunting task of how to pay for end of life care. Dr. Rodway decided to use her experience to help others by writing about end-of-life care, death and grief.

Caroline Madden, MFT is a pro-marriage therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She helps adults, both individuals and couples, have more satisfying relationships. For more information, please visit her author website:

More Books By Irene Rodway, JD:
How to Pay for End of Life Care Without Going Bankrupt (February 2015)

More Books By Caroline Madden, MFT:
How to Go From Soul Mates to Roommates in 10 Easy Steps

Fool Me Once: Should I Take My Cheating Husband Back?

When a Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy with Your Wife (January 2015)