Loss and Bereavement Off-Line Resources: For Adults



Widowed Persons Service of the American Association of Retired Persons
(202) 434-2260
This is the nation's largest organization serving newly widowed individuals, and is staffed with widowed volunteers.


Women Work!
(800) 235-2732
This organization provides lists of federally funded programs designed to help homemakers reenter the outside of home work place.


Alderman, Linda (1989)
Why Did Daddy Die?: Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Parent.
Pocket Books. New York, New York.
A wise first-person account with valuable wisdom for parents and relatives of bereaved children.

Arnold, Joan H. and Buschman Gemma, Penelope. (1994)
A Child Dies: A Portrait of Family Grief.
The Charles Press. Philadelphia, Pa.
A compassionate discussion of coping and coming to terms with the death of a child from before birth and on.

Bowlby, John. (1980)
Loss: Sadness and Depression.
Basic Books. New York, New York
A now-classic theoretical discussion of the psychology of loss.

Caine, Lynn. (1990)
Being a Widow.
Penguin Books, New York, New York.
A classic and compassionate description of widowhood which speaks to the heart of the experience, one of the rare books that somehow becomes a best friend.

Caine, Lynn (1974)
William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York, New York.
One of the first first-hand descriptions of modern widowhood, a book which speaks to coping with loneliness and the struggle to rebuild a family and an identity following a significant loss.

Deits, Bob. (1992)
Life After Loss.
Fisher Books. Tucson, Arizona.
Practical and useful book on understanding and recovering from losses of all sorts.

Fitzgerald, Helen. (1994)
The Mourning Handbook.
Simon and Schuster, New York, New York.
A complete discussion of all aspects of mourning written to be user-friendly.

Grahm, Laurie. (1990)
Rebuilding the House.
Penguin Books, New York, New York.
A widow reclaims the house and car loved by her husband and herself, and in so doing narrates the story of her recovery and her marriage.

Harris, Maxine. (1996)
The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father.
Penguin. New York, New York.
This well-written book describes the impact of the early loss of a parent.

Hosansky, Anne. (1993)
Widow's Walk: One Woman's Spiritual and Emotional Journey to a New Life.
Donald I.Fine, Inc. New York, New York.
A compelling description of the author's experience of her husband's dying and the rebuilding of her life.

Johnson, Jay and McGee, Marsha (1991)
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife.
The Charles Press. Philadelphia, Pa.
Presents a good description on how different religions view and handle death and grief.

Kaplan, Louise. (1995)
No Voice is Ever Wholly Lost.
Simon and Schuster. New York, New York.
A beautifully written book exploring separation and loss and the ongoing internal dialogue between parent and child.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth (1995)
Death is of Vital Importance: On Life, Death, and Life After Death.
Station Hill Press. Barrytown, New York.
A discussion of life in the context of death -- an inspiring book.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth (1986)
Death: The Final Stage of Growth.
Touchstone Press. New York, New York.
A poignant description and revisualization of the process of dying.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth (1987)
Working It Through.
Colliers Books. New York, New York.
A description of the heroic work of the individuals in Dr. Kubler-Ross's death and life transition workshops.

Kutcher, Austin et. al. (Eds.) (1990)
For the Bereaved: The Road to Recovery.
The Charles Press. Philadelphia, Pa.
A thorough discussion of all aspects of bereavement from the points of view of doctors, psychiatrists, clergy and rabbis and bereaved individuals.

Leick, Nini and Davidsen-Nielsen, Marianne.(1992)
Healing Pain: Attachment, Loss and Grief Therapy.
Routledge Books. New York, New York.
An insightful, helpful book discussing the tasks of grief work and describing the work of both therapist and bereaved in the recovery process.

Levine, Stephen. (1982)
Who Dies: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying.
Doubleday. New York, New York.
A spiritual (but non-denominational) exploration of death, grief, and life, containing useful meditations for use by the reader.

Lieberman, Morton (1996)
Doors Close, Doors Open: Widows Grieving and Growing.
G.P. Putnam's Sons., New York, New York.
A researched and highly readable and helpful description of the psychological aspects of recovering from grief that highlights the potential for personal growth intrinsic to the experience of widowhood, and helps to revise antiquated views of widowhood.

Neeld, Elizabeth,H. (1990)
Seven Choices: Taking the Steps to a New Life After Losing Someone You Love.
Dell Publishing. New York, New York.
Combines the author's and others' personal stories of loss and recovery including divorce in terms of seven stages leading from the initial shock of loss to re-integration into a new life.

Parkes, Colin and Weiss, Robert (1983)
Recovery from Bereavement.
Basic Books. New York, New York.
An excellent study describing the different patterns of grief including conflicted and chronic grief, and the grief that follows unexpected loss. An important resource for those working with the bereaved.

Rando, Thomas.(1991)
How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies.
Bantam Books. New York, New York.
Discusses all aspects of grief and different bereavement situations in a clear and concise manner.

Rose, Xenia (1991)
Widow's Journey: A Return to the Loving Self.
Henry Holt and Co. New York, New York.
A first person narrative of a grief journey by a psychotherapist and wife of a famous musician who renews her identity and bravely returns to the path of the heart.

Sprang, Ginny and McNeil, John (1995)
The Many Faces of Bereavement: That Nature and Treatment of Natural, Traumatic, and Stigmatized Grief.
Bruner/Mazel. New York, New York.
This book makes the invaluable contribution of describing the variations of grief as they related to the type of death, an important resource for those working with the bereaved.

Viorst, Judith (1992)
Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow.
Fawcett Gold Medal Book. New York, New York.
A thoughtful well written exploration of the developmental losses we all face offering a naturalistic view of grief and how one adapts to loss.

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