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Grief Support Resources

We’re sorry for your loss.

Grief is a normal, universal reaction to loss. You’ve suffered one – and no one else can grieve that loss for you. But Samaritan can stand with you so you don’t have to go through it alone.

We’re here to help you know what to expect from the grieving process. And to share what you have the right to ask for, and receive, from those who care about you.

Samaritan Grief Support Resources

Your Grief Journey – Tips & Things to Keep in Mind

Your Grief Journey – Bill of Rights

Tips for Dealing with Children and Grief

Coping with Holidays Tips

Online Grief Support Resources

Grief Support Podcasts

Online Resources for Grief and Children

Online Resource for the Loss of a Child

Online Resources for Suicide Support

Grief Support Books

Reading List for Adults

This list is only a small selection of books on the subject. Please check with your local library or bookstore for additional readings. Most of the books on this list can be borrowed from your local library or through the South Jersey Regional Library inter-library loan system. The Dewey Decimal code for grief is 155.937.

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner
  • Finding Inner Courage by Mark Nepo
  • Healing After Loss by Martha Hickman
  • The Other Side of Sadness by George Bonanno
  • Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry by Melissa Kelley
  • Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing by Anne Brener (2001)
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul by Jack Canfield
  • Sacred Ceremony: How to Create Ceremonies for Healing, Transitions and Celebrations by Steven Farmer (2002)
  • The Mourning Handbook: a Complete Guide for the Bereaved by Helen Fitzgerald (2002)
  • How to Mend a Broken Heart: Letting Go and Moving On by Aleta Koman (1997)
  • Seven Choices: Taking the Steps to New Life After Losing Someone You Love by Elizabeth Harper  Need (1997)
  • Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna?: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of Grief  by Darcie Sims
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt

Grieving the Loss of a Parent

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman (1994)
The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping With Grief and Change After the Death of Our Parents by Alexander Levy (1999)
When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults by Edward Myers (1997)

Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

On Your Own: A Widow’s Passage to Emotional and Financial Well Being by Alexandra Armstrong and Mary Donohue (1996)
Widower: When Men Are Left Alone by Scott Campbell and Phyllis Silverman (1996)
I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda  Feinberg (1994)

Grieving the Loss of a Child

Give Sorrow Words: A Father’s Passage Through Grief  by Tom Crider (1996)
Recovering from the Loss of a Child  by Katherine Donnelly (1994)
After the Death of a Child: Living with the Loss Through the Years by Ann Finkbeiner (1998)

Grieving the Loss of a Baby

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby  by Deborah Davis (1996)
When A Baby Dies: Answers to Comfort Grieving Parents by Ronald Nash (1999)
A Silent Loss: Pregnancy Loss by Ingrid Kohn, Isabelle Wilkins, & Perry-Lynn Moffitt

Men and Grief

Swallowed by a Snake by Thomas Golden (2000)
Men Coping with Grief by Dale Lund (2000)

Men Don’t Cry: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief by Kenneth Doka (1999)

LGBTQ+ Resources

The Hurry Up Song: A Memoir of Losing My Brother (Living Out) by Clifford Chase & Wayne Koestenbaum
Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms With the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons
Gay Widowers: Life After the Death of a Partner by Michael Shernoff