What are the best books with stories about grief or grieving?

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    #1Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Jacob Knight
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is such an emotional book and I loved the story so much. Great plot and great characters and the twist is so heartbreaking but I understand why."
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    #2The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 


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    Pranav Sengupta
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Little Prince is most certainly one of the best books with stories about grief or grieving. I bought this for my son but found that it was a work I wanted to revisit. It's certainly a classic and one that I could read over and over again. It will go in my library with my favorite books."
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    #3Always Within

    Always Within
    Always Within: Grieving the Loss of Your Infant is written by Melissa Eshleman as a compilation on stories of women who had miscarriages. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2011 by Find Your Way Publishing, Inc.

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    Ann Jin
    Written on April 16, 2018
    ""Always Within" is a good read for those who have lost a child and also for those who know of someone who has lost a child. Melissa has put so much feeling and love into her writing to help those who have gone through the same experiences she has experienced."
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    #4Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is a literary fiction novel published in 2015. This book was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. It tells the story of two siblings dealing with the recent death of their mother.


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    Bella Zhang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a small book that could be read in a short amount of time. It is a story of a man and his children coping with the death of the wife/mother, The story is surrounded with references to the crow. The crow signifies grief. A very good read."
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    #5The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.


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    Vishal Dutta
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Secret Garden was called an instant classic when it was released. This work should be of interest to anyone interested in colonial Britain or death and grieving. It's truly wonderfully written and thoughtful."
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    #6A Grief Observed

    A Grief Observed

    A Grief Observed is a nonfiction theology book by C.S. Lewis which is a volume dedicated to examining his feelings and experiences after the death of his first wife, poet Joy Davidman. It was published in 2015 by HarperOne.


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    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Solid solution is sticks with the topic about the feeling of grieving. Highly rated and reviews by many."
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    #7All the Bright Places

    All the Bright Places
    All the Bright Places is the New York Times' bestselling young adult romance novel written by Jenniver Niven. It is about the suicidal Theodore and his fateful meeting with the grief-stricken Violet. 

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    Anna Ray
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a kind of book that only certain people would find interesting. I did not like it very much because the whole plot evolved around death. I'm a colorful person and like books filled with life. I recommend this kind of book to people who like dark themes."
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    #8Mysterious Acts by My People

    Mysterious Acts by My People

    Mysterious Acts by My People is a book by Valerie Wetlaufer that tells the story of love, grief and exploration through poems. Readers will feel the pain, happiness, and sadness of the writer as they read this book.


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    Philip Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Mysterious Acts by My People is poetry about grief, violence, love, and humor. It's a rather interesting read and is highly rated. It's rather short, under 100 pages, but it's quite entertaining for those who like poetry."
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    #9We Never Left You

    We Never Left You

    We Never Left You is a non-fiction book written by Beth and Rick Olsen wherein they share their thoughts and experience after a tragic accident which killed both of their children. 


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    Adam Hamilton
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I finished the book late in the evening last night. Having walked the journey beside Beth and Rick, it was difficult to relive. The way Beth and Rick approached this tragedy in their lives forever changed my spiritual viewpoint.Their exemplary articulation of the events and experiences still can't do justice to the intensity felt as the Spirit events actually unfolded. If you haven't yet read the book, do so with an open heart and the knowledge that many of us wholeheartedly believe, and are thankful to have been part of this spiritual discovery. We love you Rick, Beth, Jess, Josh, Gabe, Ben, and Grace!"
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    #10Passion Fruit (Asian Pretty Boys)

    Passion Fruit (Asian Pretty Boys)
    Passion Fruit is an interracial romance novel by Imari Jade. It is the third book in the Asian Pretty Boys series and it tells the story of two men, Satoshi and Ichiro, as they both grieve the disappearance of Shaundra Yoshida.


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    Aaron Taylor
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I recently lost my grandfather to diabetes. I was looking for some advice on how to cope with it all. I asked for the best books with stories about grief or grieving. I was told to try Passion Fruit ( Asian Pretty Boys). The name confused me at first, but it was actually a very helpful book."
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    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.

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    Jason Weaver
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Very sad story and a painful. I actually stepped out after a few times of reading and cried outdoors. Very detailed and gets to you in a tough way. It is something that is really great."
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    #12The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's accounts in her life following the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne, and her attempts to make sense of her grief while tending to the severe illness of her adopted daughter, Quintana.


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    Kai Long
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was very well written, although difficult to read on an emotional level. You really feel for the main character, and even if you haven't gone through the same things the sympathy feels more empathetic."
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    #13The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Nathan Soto
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A book about Nazis is so rare that this is a must-read. It's geared toward young adults but it's really good for anyone. It has some odd elements like Jew fighter, but it's still an amazing book. HIghest recommendations. "
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    #14Dear Mrs. Kennedy

    Dear Mrs. Kennedy
    Dear Mrs. Kennedy is a book by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis that tells the story of the letters sent to Mrs. Kennedy when her husband died. This book shows how the nation grieved for their loss and how they rebuild their selves. 


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    Craig Allen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Very huge affection about the letter it makes very good"
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    #15Expecting Sunshine

    Expecting Sunshine

    Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss is a memoir written by Alexis Marie Chute wherein she shares her anticipation and anxiety of expecting a baby as she grieves for her unborn child. 


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    Keith Newman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Got this book when I was pregnant with my second child (probably not the best book to read at the time but it happened). Eye opening read, made me worry a lot, and frankly made me sad. That doesn't mean it's not worth reading, it's a great book, it just had that effect on me. "
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    #16Casting Stones

    Casting Stones

    Casting Stones is a standalone historical fiction novel written by G.M. Barlean which follows the life of James Raven after his wife died leaving him with his infant son. 


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    Raymond Douglas
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Casting Stones if one of the best books i've read about griefing. It really shows you how life is with a husband after the loss of his wife."
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    #17Chasing Redbird

    Chasing Redbird

    Chasing Redbird is a children's book by the renowned author of juvenile fiction, Sharon Creech, first published in  1997 by HarperCollins. It tells the story of Zinny Taylor and her attempts to come to terms with the death of a loved one.


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    #18The Goldfish Went on Vacation

    The Goldfish Went on Vacation

    The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss (and Learning to Tell the Truth about It) is a non-fiction book by Patty Dann. Published in 2007, it tells the story of how Dann and her husband explained the concept of death to their child.


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    Willie Davidson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a very deep book. It was quite sad, but helpful if I ever encounter a grief type situation. "


Best What are the best books with stories about grief or grieving
1Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 41 Paid
2The Little PrinceBooks 37 Paid
3Always WithinBooks 36 Paid
4Grief is the Thing with FeathersBooks 34 Paid
5The Secret GardenBooks 33 Paid
6A Grief ObservedBooks 32 Paid
7All the Bright PlacesBooks 30 Paid
8Mysterious Acts by My PeopleBooks 29 Paid
9We Never Left YouBooks 27 Paid
10Passion Fruit (Asian Pretty Boys)Books 27 Paid

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