Below is a list of child loss books for adults. These books range from understanding grief to self-help resources to memoirs of other parents’ stories of loss. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope it provides you with a place to begin with your search on coping with the death of your child. We have provided a description for each book. Some of these books do not pertain directly to child loss, but are still very relevant; we have noted the distinction in the description.
For your convenience we have included links to each book on Amazon and Walmart, and many of these books can also be found at your local library.
Healing a Parent's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies
Author: Alan Wolfelt
Advice and simple activities to help grieving parents understand and process the loss of a child.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Author: Harold Kushner
The author, a Rabbi and bereaved parent, shares his wisdom to offer comfort to grieving people.
Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back
Author: Kelly Farley
A collection of stories from grieving dads that offer insight from men who have survived the worst possible loss.
*Please note that this book discusses the circumstances surrounding the death of several children, and therefore may be difficult for some parents to read.
It's OK That You're Not OK
Author: Megan Devine
Using stories, research, tips and mindfulness, this book offers a guide through the experience of grief that acknowledges we live in a culture that doesn’t understand grief.
Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing
Author: Thomas Golden
This book acknowledges the uniqueness of a man’s experience of grief, helping guide the reader through understanding grief and finding healing.
After the Flowers Die: A Handbook of Heartache, Hope and Healing after Losing a Child
Author: Melanie Delorme
Written in an A to Z format, this book covers topics many parents experience after the loss of a child, from different emotions to how to celebrate holidays and more.
Ask Me His Name
Author: Elle Wright
This book is one mother’s story of how she navigated the short life of her baby boy and parenthood without a baby to mother.
The Unspeakable Loss
Author: Nisha Zenoff
A guide to hope and healing after the death of a child, written by a bereaved mom who is also a grief counselor and psychotherapist.
On Coming Alive: Journaling Through Grief
Author: Lexi Behrndt
A guided journal with 100 prompts to guide you through the darkness of grief.
Choosing to SEE
Author: Mary Beth Chapman
A mom’s story of the tragic loss of her daughter and the unexpected path that it led her and her family on.
Through the Eyes of a Lion
Author: Levi Lusko
Part memoir, part instructive, the author uses his story of unexpectedly losing his five year old daughter, to give parents the tools to turn their pain into power.
Bearing the Unbearable
Author: Joanne Cacciatore
Through 52 stand alone chapters, the author, a bereavement educator, researcher and counselor, provides support to integrate and honor grief. This book is not specifically about child loss.
The SIDS Survival Guide
Author: Joani Nelson Horchler & Robin Rice Morris
Information and comfort for families who have experienced the loss of a child by SIDS.
Author: Chrissy Goodpaster
One mom’s journey after the stillbirth of her daughter. This book documents her emotions and touches on many aspects of grief, including how it affected her marriage and faith.
Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child
Author: Gary Roe
The author, a hospice chaplain and grief specialist, uses his experience to process the impact a child’s death can have on all aspects of life and how to find healing.
Life After Baby Loss: A Companion and Guide for Parents
Author: Nicole Gaskin
This book offers empathetic support to parents experiencing the loss of a baby, from the initial shock to living with grief to parenting after loss.
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss
Author: Jerry Sittser
The author’s mother, wife, and daughter all died tragically in a car accident. This book details how to find joy, compassion and a deeper appreciation for simple blessings after tragedy.