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Suggested Reading

We understand the journey that you are on. We have compiled a list of books that our members have suggested.  The selection of books might help one understand the complicated feelings and grief reactions to an overdose death.  Included in the list are books that also offer comfort and hope.

Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief  by Tom Zuba

From Heroin to Hope: Making Sense of the Loss of a Child by Marsha Wiggins

Understanding Your Grief after a Drug-Overdose Death (Words of Hope and Healing) by Alan Wolfelt

Welcome to the Tribe Sorry You’re With Us: Surviving the Traumatic Loss of a Child by SEK

Becoming Radiant: A New Way to Do Life Following the Death of a Beloved by Tom Zuba

The Voice of an Angel: A Mother’s guide to grief and how to thrive after the loss of a child by Marcy Stone

Only Gone from Your Sight: A Love Letter from Heaven by Kate McGahan, LMSW

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

Signs The Secret Language of the Universe by Laura Lynne Jackson

It’s Ok That You’re Not Ok  by Megan Devine

Understanding Addiction: Know Science, No Stigma by Dr. Charles Smith and Dr. Jason Hunt

Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss by Jan Warner

Grief Diaries Surviving Loss by Overdose by Lynda Cheldelin Fell, Shannie Jenkins, Whitney O’Brien

The Grief Chronicles: With You in My Eyes Like Flaming Flowers: A Survivors Guide to Death by Overdose by Marie Minnich

Lukelove. My boy, My grief, My journal: Losing a child to opioids by Sheila Scott

Even if Your Heart Would Listen: Losing My Daughter to Heroin by Elise Schiller

My New Normal: A Mother’s Story of Love and Loss in the Opioid Epidemic by Charla Bocchicchino

Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in the Autism Community by Elizabeth Kunreuther and Ann Palmer

Letters to Kelsea: Life After Death by Tracy Lyn Lawler

Losing Jonathan by Robert and Linda Waxler

Tears to Ink by Fred di Marco

When a Child Dies From Drugs: Practical help for Parents in Bereavement By Pat and Russ Wittberger

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van der Kolk

Healing after Loss Daily Meditations by Martha Hickman

For the Love of Daniel by Ann Goffe

Understanding Guilt During Bereavement by Bob Baugher, PHD

Not in Vain: Mothers Share their Journey through their Child’s Life and Loss to the Drug Pandemic by Bobbie R. Ziemer

Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude: Returning to Hope and Joy from a Shattered Life: Sam’s Story by Kris Francoeur

Letters to Matt by MaryBeth Cichocki, R.N.

Nature Heals: Reconciling Your Grief Through Engaging with the Natural World by Alan D. Wolfelt, PHD

Knock, Knock, It’s Me, Mom: The Awakening of my Spirituality After Losing An Only Child by Carol Cooper

Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child (Good Grief Series) by Gary Roe

The following are books specifically for children, teens and siblings:

The Healing Book: Facing the Death, and Celebrating the Life, of Someone You Love by Ellen Sabin

Someone I Love Died from a Drug Overdose by Melody Ray

The Invisible String by Patricia Karst

Healing the Adult Siblings Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Brother or Sister Dies by Alan Wolfelt

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl A. Grollman

Life After You: What Your Death From Drugs Leaves Behind by Linda Lajterman

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

Reactions: A workbook to help young people who are experiencing trauma and grief by Alison Salloum, BCSW

Something Scary Happened to Me: A workbook for children who have experienced trauma in their lives by Linda Rieger, PHD

How I Feel, A Coloring Book for Grieving Children by Alan D. Wolfelt, PHD

The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families by Joanna Rowland (author) and Thea Baker (Illustrator)

Healing Your Grieving
Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt, PHD