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For Adults:

A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort.
Ron Wolfson. Combines laws and customs with personal experiences and practical advice.

To Comfort the Bereaved: A Guide for Mourners and Those Who Visit Them.
Aaron Levine.

Death and Bereavement: A Halachic Guide.
Abner Weis

Gesher Hachaim (The Bridge of Life): Life as a Bridge between Past and Future.
Yechiel M. Tucazinsky

Grief In Our Seasons: A Mourner's Kaddish Companion
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky. Offers a comforting link between study and the tradition of saying Kaddish, helping those who are mourning to heal at their own pace and to cherish the memory of their loved ones each and every day.

The Grief Recovery Handbook.
Russell Friedman & John W. James. An action program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses

Healing of the Body, Healing of the Soul: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace in the Psalms.
Simkha Y. Weintraub, Ed.

Heavenly Hurts: Surviving AIDS-Related Deaths and Losses.
Sandra Jacoby Klein

The Kaddish Minyan: The Impact on Ten Lives
Herbert A. Yoskowitz

Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
Simcha Paull Raphael

The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning.
Maurice Lamm. A thorough presentation of laws and customs related to death, funeral, and mourning.

Leon Wieseltier. A narrative of author’s grief during the year following his father's death, delving into a range of texts describing the history and spiritual significance of the mourning prayers.

Debra Orenstein, ed. Jewish women write on life passages and personal milestones, including sections on infertility and early losses, and death and mourning.

Jewish Lights Publishing. Various authors.
Inspirational, informational booklets about challenges to our emotional and spiritual lives and how to deal with them. Such titles as Coping with the Death of a Spouse, Mourning a Miscarriage, Talking to Children about Death and Taking the Time You Need to Mourn Your Loss. Order through http://jewishlights.com.

Longing for Dawn.
Nachman Bulman

Making Sense of Suffering.
Yitzchok Kirzner

The Mitvah of Healing
Hara E. Person, ed.
An anthology of essays, jewish texts, personal stories, meditations and rituals.

Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing.
Anne Brener. Uses the traditional stages of mourning as a basis for spiritual exercises in self healing.

Open Hands: A Jewish Guide on Dying, Death, and Bereavement.
Rami M. Shapiro

The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent.
Marc Angel

Recovering from Your Child's Suicide (pamphlet)
Mort Schrag (sabamortla@aol.com)

Remember My Soul.
Lori Palatnik. What to do in memory of a loved one.

Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew.
Anita Diament

Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child.
Earl Grollman

Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope.
Nina Beth Cardin. A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss.

To Begin Again
Naomi Levy. The journey toward comfort, strength, and faith in difficult times.

Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow: When a Jewish Child Dies (pamphlet)
Mort Schrag (sabamortla@aol.com)

What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death
Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme

When A Brother Or Sister Dies: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Claire Berman. This book includes interviews with psychologists and counselors who specialize in bereavement issues and have worked with some of the adults who tell their stories of loss in these pages. The text addresses the effects and recovery for survivors who lost a sibling to chronic illness, to sudden death, and to suicide. The healing process, from shock to mourning and, ultimately, moving on is described. Natural questions about our own mortality that a sibling's death raises are also addressed. Appendice feature further resources and sources of help, from websites and books to sibling support groups.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Harold Kushner. Classic book to work through loss.

Wrestling with the Angel: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning.
Jack Riemer, ed. A multi-voiced offering of thoughts, feelings and memories.


For Children:

Candle for Grandpa: A Guide to the Jewish Funeral for Children and Parents
David Techner and Judith Hirt-Manheimer

Daddy’s Chair.
Sandy Lanton; Shelly O. Haas, ill. A work of fiction about a boy who loses his Father.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf : A Story of Life for All Ages
Leo Buscaglia. Classic book for children (and adults) dealing with the death of a loved one.

How it Feels When a Parent Dies.
Jill Krementz. Eighteen children tell, in their own words, their feelings and experiences.

When Children Grieve.
Russell Friedman & John W. James. For adults to help children deal with death, divorce, pet loss, moving, and other losses

When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid’s Own Remembering Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyond.
Nechama Liss-Levinson. Grandparent loss workbook.

NOTE: For additional books on bereavement, please contact the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, 415-750-4197 or Claire L. Austin, M.Phil, Imaginative Resources for Children, 310-273-7841.
© 2006 The Jewish Bereavement Project. Designed by Karin Mueller. Supported by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.