Recommended Reading for the Bereaved

When a friend or family member dies, you may not feel ready to talk to anyone about what you’re feeling. Reading about death and grief, whether real or fictional, can help people make better sense of grief and bereavement. The following books are available to order from your local library service.

Copies available from West Sussex Libraries as of Feb 2021 at www.westsussex.gov. uk/libraries
* eBook available ** eAudiobook available

Non-Fiction - Memoirs

Alborn, Mitch - Tuesdays with Morrie: an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson 9780751569575
Aitkenhead, Decca - All at Sea 9780008142155 * **
Barnes, Julian - Levels of Life 9780224098151 *
Beauvoir, Simone De - A Very Easy Death X000028258
Clarke, Rachel - Dear Life, a Doctor's Story of Love and Loss 9781408712528
Coutts, Marion - Iceberg, a Memoir 9781782393504 *
Davies, Hunter - Happy Old Me 9781471173608 *
Dean, Emily - Everyone Died So I Got a Dog 9781473671386
Deraniyagala, Sonali - Wave, life and memories after the tsunami 9781844089079
Didion, Joan - The Year of Magical Thinking 9780007216857 *
Gould, Philip - When I die, lessons from the death zone 9780349139111 Holloway, Richard - Waiting for the Last Bus 9781786890214 *
Kalanithi, Paul - When Breath Becomes Air 9781847923677 *
Lewis, C. S. - Grief Observed 9780571290680 *
Lubbock, Tom - Until Further Notice, I am Alive 9781783781461 Macdonald, Helen - H is for Hawk 9780224097000 *
Melinek, Judy - Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 bodies and the making of a medical examiner 9781476727264
Oates, Joyce Carol - A widow's story, a memoir 9780007388165 Rentzenbrink, Cathy - A Manual for Heartache 9781509824465 *
Rieff, David - Swimming in a sea of death, a son's memoir 9781847080516 Rosenblatt, Roger - Making Toast, a Family Story 9780715639481
Sacks, Oliver - Gratitude 9781509822805
Sheffield, Rob - Love is a mix tape, a memoir 9780749
Taylor, Cory - Dying, a Memoir 9781782119760 *
Non fiction - Bereavement
Clark-Coates, Zoe - The Baby Loss Guide 9781409185437
Clark-Coates, Zoe - Saying Goodbye, a personal story of baby loss

Fiction

Ahern, Cecilia - PS I Love You 9780008331658 * **
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying 9780099479314 *
Faulks, Sebastian - Charlotte Gray 9780099394310 * **
Goldman, Francisco - Say Her Name 9781611856026 *
Hines, Barry - A Kestrel for a Knave 9780241978962 *
Irving, John - A Prayer for Owen Meany 9780552993692 *
Picoult, Jodi - My Sister's Keeper 9781444754346
Porter, Max - Grief is the Thing with Feathers 9780571323760 *
Foer, Jonathan Safran - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 9780241983805 * **
Smart, Elizabeth - By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept 9780586090398 *
Toews, Miriam - A Complicated Kindness 9780571305292*
Tolstoy, Leo - The Death of Ivan Ilyich 9780199669882
Tyler, Anne - The Beginner's Goodbye 9780701187194 * **