Recommended Books and Resources for Those Who Are Grieving


50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn: this devotional on Heaven has 50 thought-provoking meditations that will forever change the way you think about eternity. 

Beyond the Darkness: A Gentle Guide for Living with Grief and Thriving After Loss by Clarissa Moll: a "guidebook" offering hope and practical wisdom for those grieving a loss.

Children and Grief: Helping Your Child Understand Death by Joey O’Connor: resource to help children deal with death, loss and grief.

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop: invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.

Divine Disruption: Holding on to Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart by Dr. Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans & Jonathan Evans: Dr. Evans and his four children share reflections after losing eight loved ones in two years. 

Everyday Comfort Readings for the First Month of Grief by Randy Becton: thirty daily devotions to help readers through their heartache.

Every Moment Holy, Volume II: Death, Grief, and Hope by Douglas McKelvey: brings liturgies and prayers for seasons of dying and grieving.

Experiencing Grief by Norman Wright: a classic book on grief that leads readers through five essential stages of grief.

Five Cries of Grief: One Family’s Journey to Healing by Merton and Irene Strommen: written from a grieving parent’s perspective, provides strength, insight, and renewal for those who are grieving.

God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison: explores how God enters into our sufferings, helping us see God working in our own particular struggles.

Good Grief by Granger E. Westberg: booklet that guides readers through the ten stages of grief.

A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser: shows that it’s how we respond to painful circumstances that allows us to experience growth in the midst of grief.

A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life by Jerry Sittser: a follow-up companion to A Grace Disguised, with reflections on hope, loss, and God's story of redemption.

Heaven by Randy Alcorn: invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it—a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death.

Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn: intended for kids age 8-12, this book is a resource for families, especially those in which the parents have read the adult title and wish to pass on that same level of understanding to their children.

Holding on to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie: excellent book that is biblical, theologically sound, compassionate, and caring.

Hope Is the First Dose: A Treatment Plan for Recovering from Trauma, Tragedy, and Other Massive Things by Dr. Lee Warren: a tender and wise memoir about personal tragedy, grief, and recovery, written by a neurosurgeon. 

Journeying through Griefa set of four short books to share with grieving people throughout the first year after their loss. (Available from

Letter to a Grieving Heart: Comfort and Hope for Those Who Hurt by Billy Sprague: shares words of comfort that carried the author through grief to a place of strength.

Life after Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life after Experiencing Major Loss by Bob Deits: provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. 

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: Facing Death with Courageous Confidence in God by various authors (contributors include John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Randy Alcorn): A collection of writings encouraging believers to face death with a firm and confident belief in the character and promises of God.

The Promise of the New Earth by Randy Alcorn: combines solid biblical teaching gleaned from Randy Alcorn’s best-selling book, Heaven, with beautiful photography to create a gift book to be treasured.

Reflections of a Grieving Spouse: The Unexpected Journey from Loss to Renewed Hope by Norman Wright: help for those who have lost a spouse.

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament by Michael Card: helps readers discover  the lost language of lament.

Seasons of Sorrow: the Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God by Tim Challies: an honest look at grief and fears, faith and hope.

A Simple Gift of Comfort: Healing Words for Difficult Times by Jane Kirkpatrick: offers gentle words of comfort, wisdom, and joy.

Tear Soup by Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills, and Pat Schwiebert: a story picture book, beneficial for both children and adults.

We Shall See God by Randy Alcorn: Randy Alcorn has compiled the most profound spiritual insights on the topic of eternity from Charles Spurgeon's sermons and arranged them into an easily-accessible, highly inspirational format complete with his own comments and devotional thoughts.

When Life Is Changed Forever By the Death of Someone by Rick Taylor: speaks to wounded hearts and offers a hope that life can be lived fully again.

When Life Takes What Matters: Devotions to Comfort You through Crisis and Change by Susan Lenzkes:  helps you see loss from God’s perspective.

When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One: Finding Hope Together by Dave and Nancy Guthrie: guides readers through the challenges of keeping their family together and strong.

GriefShare Resources

Support groups meeting in homes and churches across the country, led by those who've experienced loss and can help you through your grief. To find a grief recovery support group, see their website.

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, Robert W. Kelleman

Surviving the Holidays survival guide

GriefShare also offers daily emails to encourage healing.

Seminar: Taking the Journey of Grief with Hope

Video seminar from Brad Hambrick


I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore: Grief and Loss of Identity

Grief and Depression from Loss of Identity

The big question of grief: Who am I now?

Signs You May Be Losing Your Identity in Christ

Living with Healthy Grief

Christian Death: Mourn or Celebrate?

Who Am I? A New Way to Define Identity

Passages of Scripture that deal with who we are as God’s creations and His children

In the Unwalled City by Robert Cording

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