Select Books on Grief and Dying
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.
Death and Bereavement: A Halachic Guide.
Gesher Hachaim (The Bridge of Life): Life as a Bridge between Past and
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
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.
Making Sense of Suffering.
The Mitvah of Healing
Hara E. Person, ed.
An anthology of essays, jewish texts, personal stories, meditations
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.
Recovering from Your Child's Suicide (pamphlet)
Mort Schrag (email@example.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
Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child.
Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope.
Nina Beth Cardin. A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and
To Begin Again
Naomi Levy. The journey toward comfort, strength, and faith in difficult
Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow: When a Jewish Child Dies (pamphlet)
Mort Schrag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Candle for Grandpa: A Guide to the Jewish Funeral for Children and Parents
David Techner and Judith Hirt-Manheimer
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.
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.
Nechama Liss-Levinson. Grandparent loss workbook.