Recommended Books and Movies

List compiled by the Seasons Hospice Center for Grief Education and Support

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Grief Support Books


  • A Child's View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors, by Alan Wolfelt
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, by Jack Canfield
  • Death Without Denial, Grief Without Apology: A Guide for Facing Death and Loss, by Barbara K. Roberts
  • Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life: A Practical Guide To Reclaiming Happiness After The Death Of A Loved One, by Jill Brooke
  • Fatherless Women, by Clea Simon
  • Helping Adults with Mental Retardation Grieve a Death Loss, by Charlene Luchterhand & Nancy Murphy
  • How Do We Tell the Children? A Step-by-Step Guide for Helping Children Two to Teen Cope When Someone Dies, by Dan Schaefer and Christine Lyons
  • Living When a Loved One Has Died, by Earl Grollman
  • Love Does Not Die - People Do, by Donna Jean Robertson
  • Men and Grief, by Carol Staudacher
  • Surviving Holidays, Birthdays, and Anniversaries, by Brook Noel
  • The Empty Chair, by Susan J. Zonnebelt
  • The Next Place, by Warren Hanson
  • This Time of Caregiving, James E. Miller
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, by Mitch Albom
  • Wednesdays at the Fluff 'n' Fold, by Elizabeth Calbalka
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Ted O'Neal
  • When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults, by Edward Myers

Children and Teens

  • Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope, by Donna O'Toole
  • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, by Jack Canfield
  • Coping With the Death of a Brother or Sister, by Ruth Ann Ruiz
  • Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One, by Ann Smolin
  • Helping Children Grieve & Grow, by Donna O’Toole
  • The 10th Good Thing About Barney, by Judity Viorst
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
  • You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss Of A Parent, by Lynn Hughes


  • At Death's Door: Facing the Terminal Illness of a Loved One (VHS)
  • Beyond Death's Door: Help for the Grieving Process After Someone You Love Has Died (VHS)
  • Corrina, Corrina (DVD)
  • Dying To Live TV Series - Educational Award Winning (DVD)
  • Message in a Bottle (DVD)
  • My Life (DVD)
  • Nothing in Common (DVD)
  • One True Thing (DVD)
  • Ordinary People (DVD)
  • Shadowlands (DVD)
  • Terms of Endearment (DVD)
  • The Sweet Hereafter (DVD)
  • Truly Madly Deeply (DVD)