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.
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
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
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.
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
We Are Here to Listen
We want to meet you where you are on your journey.
We’ve Been Where You Are
You may not believe you will walk back into the light, but we can walk with you.
Healing Through Hope
With faith, love, and support you will find yourself healing through this journey.
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
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.
More Books for Bereaved Parents & Grief Support
Bearing the Unbearable Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief
Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
A companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of shared humanity
Facing Death and the Life After
Graham calls for Christians to confront the sobering face of death–realistically, but with the confidence that through Christ the final enemy can be conquered.
Grieving Dads To the Brink and Back
Kelly Farley with David Dicola
Written from a man’s perspective, this book helps a grieving dad know that he is not alone.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
This book has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. We cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Secure in the Everlasting Arms
In a life filled with uncertainty, Elisabeth Elliot clings to the God who never leaves her side
Surviving the Loss of a Child Support for Grieving Parents
Elizabeth B. Brown
Words of healing from someone who has lost their own child.
180 Devotions for When Life is Hard
Renae Brumbaugh Green
Encouragement for a Woman’s Heart
When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One Finding Hope Together
David and Nancy Guthrie
At a time when nobody seems to understand, David and Nancy do. Let them, along with others who’ve walked this road, take your household from hurt to healing.
Child Loss The heartbreak and the Hope
After losing two sons, Hinton wrote this for you to see life from a new perspective that moves far beyond the heartbreak of a child loss into the light of hope.
Written as a tribute to the thousands of donor families around the country that provide the gift of life through the selfless act of organ and tissue donation.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Keller shows there is meaning and reason behind pain and suffering and can be overcome only by understanding our relationship with God.
From Mother to Mother on the Loss of a Child
Emily R. Long
Dozens of mothers put their hearts into words to share with other grieving mothers.
You Are the Mother of all Mothers A Message of Hope for the Grieving Heart
Offers freedom from misplaced blame and is a brave invitation to embrace peace, joy, and wholehearted living once again.
Beyond Tears Living After Losing a Child
Nine mothers whose children died as young adults lend comfort and direction to other bereaved parents in a chorus of supported voices. They share what to expect in the first year and beyond.
90 Minutes in Heaven - A True Story of Death and Life
Don Piper with Cecil Murphy
Offers a glimpse into the very real dimension of God’s reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Life After Losing A Child A Mother’s Grief and Spiritual Journey
Genda Beebout Pyzer
Following the loss of her 16-year-old son Ryan, Glenda began writing a blog to talk about her grief. What developed was a journey through her emotions, memories, and spiritual awakening.
Walking the Small Group Tightrope
Russ Robinson, Bill Donahue
Meeting the challenges every group faces.
A Grace Disguised How the Soul Grows Through Loss
Gerald L Sittser
After losing his mother, wife, and child in a tragic accident, Sittser wrote this book about coming to the end of ourselves so we can come to the beginning of a new life, one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
A Grace Revealed How God Redeems the Story of Your Life
Gerald L Sittser
A Grace Revealed brings the story of Sittser’s family full circle, revealing God’s redeeming work in the midst of circumstances that could easily have destroyed them. As Sittser reminds us, our lives tell a good story after all.
My Dream of Heaven
Rebecca Ruter Springer Biblical
Truths with emotional impressions
The Voice of an Angel
A Mother’s guide to grief and how to thrive after the loss of a child.
When Life Is Changed Forever
Within these helpful pages, the author skillfully offers the sure hope that life can be lived fully again while facing the truth that it can never be the same
Suffering Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
Paul David Tripp
This raw yet hope-filled book will help you cling to God’s promises when trials come and move forward with the hope of the gospel.
Colors of Goodbye
A memoir of holding on, letting go, and reclaiming the joy in the wake of loss.
It’s Okay Not to Be Okay-Moving Forward One Day at a Time
This book will help you overcome your struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. Not self-help. God help.
Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn’t Enough
After losing her son to suicide, Warren wrote this book to send your spiritual roots deep into the soil of God’s love so that you can develop convictions and certainties about Him that will become the source of your strength when happiness isn’t enough.
Granger E. Westberg
A faith-based guide to understanding and healing.
A memoir of loss and love.
Lament for a Son
After losing his son in a mountain climbing accident, he shares the depths of his grief and his faith in his future.
The Unspeakable Loss How Do You Live After a Child Dies?
Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D.
Support, Guidance, and Wisdom from others who have been there.
Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief
The death of someone we love cracks us open inviting us to become the person we were born to be.
Healing through hope