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Books for Bereaved Parents

Books for bereaved parents can be an enormous source of comfort while you grieve. Although we can’t emphasize enough the importance of community, books have healing power, too. Undoubtedly, there will be times when you prefer the comfort of a book to the company of others. Therefore, we have some suggestions about some titles to explore when you want to process grief on your own.

List of Books for Bereaved Parents & Grief Support

Books for Bereaved Parents On Suffering

For anyone who believes in God, the question of suffering is baffling. Particularly hard hit are bereaved parents who cannot understand the purpose of such incredible pain. For that reason, we suggest several helpful books for bereaved parents that specifically deal with suffering.

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief
Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D and Jeffrey Rubin, Ph.D
This book explores the relationship between love and loss. Undeniably, nothing calls the purpose of pain into question like the death of a loved one. Through sharing stories of personal loss, the authors explore how grief can pave the way to deeper connections and stronger relationships, even in the midst of pain and fear.

Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
Notably, this book has riveted generations of readers with its lessons for spiritual survival in the midst of Nazi death camps. It acknowledges that although we cannot avoid suffering, we can choose how to cope with it. Without question, it is a helpful book for finding meaning in grief and moving forward with renewed purpose.

Books for Bereaved Parents Looking for Purpose

Bereaved parents often ask what the purpose of death is, especially for young children. To that end, we suggest the following books for bereaved parents.

Facing Death and The Life After
Billy Graham
Reverend Billy Graham explores the fear of death, the grieving process, and getting your own affairs in order as preparation for death. Certainly, this practical and inspirational book is a good resource for anyone who wants an honest discussion about a scary subject.
A Grief Observed
C.S. Lewis
Acclaimed writer C.S. Lewis describes his own grieving process, exploring how to reconcile terrible suffering with Christian faith. This classic work is an honest account of suffering the dark nights of the soul that occur after the death of a loved one.

To Keep Faith in the Midst of Grief

In order to heal from the pain of losing a child, it helps for bereaved parents to maintain their faith in God. Here are books for bereaved parents that provide guidance on remaining faithful despite your grief.

Secure in Everlasting Arms
Elisabeth Elliot
Former missionary Elisabeth Elliot describes her reliance on God during her life’s most difficult trials. In detail, she talks about how her faith sustained her through the deaths of two husbands, the dangers of travel, and the uncertainties of being a single parent.

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller explores the troubling question of why God allows pain. To this end, the author gives reassurance there is meaning behind pain and suffering. As a result, this is one of those books for bereaved parents that offer reasons to live during times of emotional chaos.

How To Make Sense of Tragedy

Unquestionably, one of the greatest challenges of losing a child is to make sense of your horrible loss. Despite this seemingly insurmountable trial, there are some helpful books for bereaved parents about this subject.

180 Devotions for When Life Is Hard
Renae Brumbaugh Green
For times when the thought of getting out of bed is difficult, this book brings real solace. Specifically, each entry includes a Bible verse, devotion, and prayer for times when hope seems far away.

A Grace Revealed: How God Redeems the Story of Your Life
Jerry S. Sittser
After losing his daughter, wife, and mother in a car accident, Jerry Sitser asks how, after an unspeakable tragedy, he can simultaneously live in the world while yearning for Heaven. This is one of those books for bereaved parents that gives real hope, showing a way to future happiness.

We Meet Bereaved Parents Where They Are

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Books for Bereaved Parents Who Seek Hope

Without doubt, one of the greatest challenges that bereaved parents face is despair. For the purpose of healing, here are books for bereaved parents that shine a light in the darkness. Additionally, always remember, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”—Psalm 147:3

The Voice of an Angel: A Mother’s Guide to Grief and How to Thrive After the Loss of a Child
Marcy Stone
The prospect of feeling joy may seem absurd after the loss of a child, but it is possible. In this book, you’ll learn that you can and will survive your loss. Furthermore, there will come a day when you open your heart to happiness, making a difference to those who remain and fulfilling your life’s purpose.

Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough
Kay Warren
Author Kay Warren explains how to choose joy, even during the darkest moments in life. Indeed, this book was written after she lost her son to suicide and invites you to consider life unfettered by grief.

Books for Bereaved Parents Specifically for Fathers

Fathers of lost children face a unique challenge. In spite of their grief, men are often expected to remain stoic and strong in the face of incredible pain. Owing to this problem, there are books for bereaved parents that are written specifically for fathers.

Grieving Dads to the Brink and Back
Kelly Farley with David DiCola
A collection of survival stories about bereaved fathers, this is a helpful and honest resource. Along with powerful emotions, this book is filled with advice on how to survive the unthinkable: the loss of a child.

Lament for a Son
Nicholas Wolterstorff
Christian philosopher Nicolas Wolsterstorff discusses his grief after the death of his adult son from a mountain-climbing accident. With attention to the Job-like struggle that a man of faith experiences, this is a helpful resource for grieving fathers.

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