Best Books on Grieving the Loss of a Parent

These are books which we have personally read and believe to be useful and positive, or which have been recommended to us by our network of grief professionals.  We hope you will also let us know about any books which you have found to be of comfort.  You can tell us about them below by filling in the form. 



Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman

This highly recommended book is primarily for daughters who lost their mothers at an early age. The author discusses how losing a mother can affect many different aspects of life.  As she has grown older the author has added to the book, as her experience has revealed more about the long term effects of such a bereavement. 

Below you can also see a workbook which has been written to accompany this book, so that daughters can work through their grief to aid healing.  


A Mother Loss Workbook by Diane Hambrook and Gail Eisenberg

The authors of this helpful workbook were inspired by Hope Edelman's book above to create activities to help with the self-expression of grief. 

We have talked on this site about the importance of working through your grief in whatever way suits your own creativity in Expressing Grief.  No two people will approach this book in the same way, but will be guided and inspired into ways of coping through expressing their feelings in their own individual style. 


The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents by Alexander Levy 

Dr Levy is a psychologist and has tackled a subject which not many have written about - the death of our parents when we are adults.  After all, it is expected and happens to everyone, right?  So we should be able to cope with it. 

Of course we all know it is more complicated than that.  Even as we manage to carry on with our lives, there are many subtle changes that occur.  I (Lesley) was really shocked to discover that I now had to be the responsible one, that I didn't have a parent to validate and help me make major decisions any longer. Everyone will experience the loss of their parents in slightly different ways, and this book helps us to understand what those might be.  

This book has had excellent reviews and it's popularity is perhaps testament to the fact that maybe we don't all acknowledge just how hard it is to lose our parents at whatever age. 


Daddy, This is It - Being with my Dying Dad - Julie Saeger Nierenberg. 

Julie writes about her father's bravery in the face of his own death and how he helps his family come to terms with his dying of cancer.  

You can read Julie's own article on our site about her experiences when she lost her Dad and why she wrote the book.   Or click on the book to go straight to Amazon to see reviews. 

Julie Saeger Nierenberg

Do you have a helpful book on grief to recommend?

If you have read a book about loss of parents which has given you comfort or helped you, we'd be really grateful if you'd tell us about it here. Whether it was autobigraphical, or written by a grief professional, please do share. Don't forget to give us the full title and author of the book and tell us why you found it useful. Many thanks for sharing with us.


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Memorial Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia is one of the earth's oldest plants, with a spectacular flower which dates back 95 million years.  What a beautiful specimen to commemorate a life. 

These trees are grown by the foremost magnolia nursery in the country and they will send a variety most suited to the recipient's climate. 

The flowers in spring will bring joy to the bereaved and help to heal their heart.


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