Following is a list of books that may be helpful to grieving families in helping to develop an understanding of death

Anatomy of Bereavement

Dr. Beverly Raphael - Basic Books, 1986

This Australian pioneer in the field of loss and grief addresses the diverse causes of grief and the impact on various age groups. Anatomy of Bereavement has become a ‘classic’ of the genre.

Disenfranchised Grief: Recognising Hidden Sorrow

Kenneth J. Doka (Ed.) - Research Press, 1989

This text is a collection of writing from various practitioners looking at the many types of loss which go unrecognised in the wider community, therefore leaving those who grieve experiencing isolation, loneliness and lack of support.

Grief: The Mourning After 2nd Edition

Catherine Sanders - Wiley, 1998

This book offers a clinically-oriented examination of bereavement, focusing on practical aspects of caregiving to those suffering from grief and loss. It is an encouraging and helpful book outlining the process of grief with practical strategies to assist the bereaved.

The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief

Joanne Jozefowski - Jason Aronson, 1999

This book outlines the very positive growth attainable following the loss of someone deeply loved. It is an inspirational book for those who have felt their world has ended. Mental health workers will find it very helpful.

Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy

J.W.Worden - Taylor and Francis, 2010

This text offers counselling techniques and information on specific causes of death such as anticipatory grief and children’s violent death.

On Death and Dying

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - Scribner (reprint) 1997

This short and simple book has been named as one of the most significant studies in the area of psychology of the late 20th century. Dealing with the end of life feelings of terminally ill patients, Kubler-Ross opened up public discussion around what had been treated as a taboo subject.

Nonfinite Grief

Elizabeth J. Bruce and Cynthia L. Schultz – Brookes, 2001

This book by two women based in Victoria, Australia, has become a text of great importance to those who work with individuals and families living with non-ending loss and grief. This book looks at strategies to assist those (for example) that support people living with disabilities.

Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief

Klass, Silverman, Nickman - Taylor and Francis, 1996

This book (with writing by 22 authors) demonstrates that individuals can resolve grief healthily while maintaining bonds of love with the deceased. It therefore challenges many previously proposed theories that there is a need to relinquish or let go of the loved one in order to live a productive life.

Coping with Grief

Mal McKissock - ABC Books 3rd Edition, 1995

This Australian writer has provided us with a wonderful basic book which is small and very accessible. Coping with Greif is an excellent ‘first book’ on loss and grief.


J.Penson - Nelson Thornes Ltd, 1990

Bereavement is a guide for nurses examining ways of helping family members and friends, before during and after the death of a client.

Death and Dying

Allan Kellehear - Oxford University Press, 2000

This book is an interdisciplinary scholarly book on death and dying in Australia.

Living Beyond Loss

Walsh and others - W.W.Norton & Co. Ltd, 2004

Living Beyond Loss explores the impact of loss on family functioning and the reorganisation of roles, relationships and related topics.