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Grief and Loss

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

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Reading List

Colgove, M., Bloomfield, H. & McWilliams, P. (1993). How to Survive the Loss of a Love. Los Angeles: Prelude Press.

Fine, Carla (1999). No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. New York: Main Street Books.

Goulding, Mary (1996). A Time to Say Good-Bye: Moving Beyond Loss. Watsonville, CA: Papier-Mache Press.

Note: For widows and widowers

Grollman, Earl (1989). Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Boston: Beacon Press

Note: For parents, to help their children deal with death

Greenspan, Miriam (2003). Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Ilse, Sherokee (2002). Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death. Maple Plain, MN: Wintergreen Press.

Larson, Dale G. (1993). The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Rando, Therese (1988). How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies. New York: Bantam.

Schiff, Harriet Sarnoff (1991). The Bereaved Parent. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.

Staudacher, Carol. Men and Grief. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger

Tatelbaum, Judy (1984). The Courage to Grieve: Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief. New York: Harper & Row.

Walter, Carolyn (2003). The Loss of a Life Partner: Narratives of the Bereaved.New York: Columbia University Press

Web Resources

Thorough resouces, including the many following topics:


  • Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths
  • Helping Yourself Live While Dying
  • Advance Directives
  • Relieve Pain Without Medicine
  • Medicare Hospice Benefits
  • Choosing How To End
  • A Dying Person’s Guide To Dying
  • Questions About Generic Drugs
  • Talking With the Special People
  • Nonprescription Pain Relievers
  • What Does Someone Dying Need?


  • Talking To Children About Death
  • Helping Young Surviving Children
  • When a Parent Dies
  • Children and Grief
  • Children's Understanding of Death
  • Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief


  • How To Be a Supportive Caregiver
  • Preparing For Approaching Death
  • Keeping Watch
  • Coping with Caretaker Anxiety
  • Helping a Friend Who Is Dying
  • Hard Choices For Loving People
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Hiring In-home Health
  • When a Coworker Is Dying
  • The Caregiver’s Journey
  • Talking To Children About Death
  • Saying Good-bye


  • A Guide To Grief
  • Helping With the Holidays
  • Hospice Spiritual Readings
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Grief
  • It’s Happening Again
  • Knowledge of the Grief Process
  • Managing Persistent Fears and Anxieties
  • How Do You Know You Are Feeling Better?
  • What We Need During Grief
  • Affirmations
  • The Process of Grieving
  • Healing After a Loss
  • The Final Journey - Hospice Stories

Online Grief Support - A Social Community - Don't Grieve Alone
Online groups tailored for specific sub-types of grief and bereavement. Also includes interactive blog entries.

Online forums for specialized sub-types of grief and bereavement.

Grief Net is an Internet community of persons
dealing with grief, death, and major loss.

Finding A Support Group
Hospice Foundation of America
Tips for finding a grief support group

The Compassionate Friends: Supporting Family After a Child Dies
Find a local chapter, leave a rememberance in the Memorial Book

National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities.

Kid's Aid
Kids Aid is a safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss. It's a place to deal with feelings in our e-mail support group, to share and view artwork and stories, and for parents and kids to ask questions and find answers.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Resources for Grief & Loss

National Widower's Organization
The National Widowers’ Organization provides a virtual toolkit for men coping with the loss of a loved one, a place where men can meet others going through the same transition.

Surviving Suicide Loss
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

How to Write an Obituary

How to Write a Eulogy

Twinless Twins
Twinless Twins Support Group, International (TTSGI) exists to provide a safe and compassionate community for twinless twins to experience healing and understanding. We provide support for twins and other multiples who have lost their twin due to death or estrangement at any age.

One year plan for writing about your grief and healing
One Year of Writing and Healing, a site designed to explore connections between writing and healing--and to facilitate your own exploration. Here, you'll find writing ideas, recommended books, and food for thought, all grounded in a growing body of research on expressive writing and health