Recommended Books and Resources for Those Who Are Grieving

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.

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. 

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.

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. Support groups meeting in homes and churches across the country, led by those who've experienced loss and can help you through your grief.

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.


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