Books & Media

These are books, music, movies and podcasts that we have found on grief and bereavement that we love. We will keep updating the list as we come across new material.


Undying: A Love Story – Michel Faber*
Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time – Rob Sheffield*
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion*
Once a Wizard: A Story about Finding a Way Through Loss – Curtis Wiebe*
Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome – Rebecca Soffer*
Unexpecting – Rachel Lewis* (read a preview here)
Confessions of a Funeral Director – Caleb Wilde
The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief – David Kessler
Love, Remember: 40 Poems of Loss, Lament and Hope – Malcolm Guite*
Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy after Loss – Alexis Marie Chute*
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand – Megan Devine, Mark Nepo*
When God Weeps – Joni Earekson Tada and Steven Estes*
The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith – John W. James, Russell Friedman
The Elephant in the Room: A Childrens Book for Grief and Loss – Amanda Edwards, Leslie Ponciano*
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination – Elizabeth McCracken*
I Will Carry You – Angie Smith*
The Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen*
A Brave Lament – Andrew and Christy Bauman*
Praying our Goodbyes – Joyce Rupp*
Resilient Grieving – Lucy Hone*
Anchored – Erin Cushman*
Choosing to See – Mary Beth Chapman*
The Scars that have Shaped Me – Vaneetha Rendall Risner*
Final Gifts – Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley*
The Heart and the Bottle – Oliver Jeffers*
Michael Rosen’s Sad Bok – Michael Rosen*
Bright Hope: 28 Daily Devotions for Grief in Light of the Gospel – Erin Cushman*


You can find all of our favourite grief songs on our Spotify Grief Playlist 2020 or Grief Playlist 2021.
We have also created a Spotify Holiday Grief Playlist 2020

Visiting Hours – Ed Sheeran


The Adam Project
The Starling
Our Friend
Little Women
PS I love you
The Notebook
The Bucket List
Patch Adams
My Sister’s Keeper
We Bought a Zoo
Inside Out
This Is Us (tv series)


Finders Grievers –
Grief Out Loud –
What’s Your Grief –
Grief Works –

*we have copies of these and are willing to lend it to you if you’re interested!