Books on Grief and Prenatal Loss

Helpful Books

On this page you will find a list of books on decision making, grief, and healing following poor prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy interruption.

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If there is a book you found helpful after you ended a wanted pregnancy, email us and let us know about it so we can include it here.

Decision Making After Poor Prenatal Diagnosis

Difficult Decisions For Families Whose Unborn Baby Has a Serious Problem
by Scott Scribner, et al

Precious Lives, Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-Making Guide
by Sherokee Ilse

A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal For Parents Making Difficult Decisions About Babies They Love
edited by Molly A. Minnick, ACSW et al

The Burden of ChoiceCollected Stories from Parents Facing a Diagnosis of Abnormalities During Pregnancy compiled
by Georgina Pearson

Grief & Healing: Specific to Pregnancy Interruption

Our Heartbreaking Choices
edited by Christie Brooks

A Mother’s Dilemma: A Spiritual Search for Meaning Following Pregnancy Interruption After Prenatal Diagnosis
by Wendy Lyon with Molly A. Minnick, ACSW

Abortion: How to Feel Better Afterwards—A Neutral Guide to Recovery
by Jilly Smith

Grief & Healing: General Prenatal Loss

Unspeakable Losses 
by Kim Kluger-Bell

Another Baby? Maybe … questions regarding pregnancy after loss 
by Sherokee Ilse and Maribeth Wilder Doerr

For Better Or Worse: For Couples Whose Child Has Died 
by Maribeth Wilder Doerr.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination a memoir 
by Elizabeth McCracken

A Silent Sorrow—Pregnancy Loss 
by lngrid Kohn, MSW and Perry-Lynn Moffitt with Isabelle A. Wilkins, M.D.

Surviving Pregnancy Loss 
by Rochelle Friedman, M.D. and Bonnie Gradstein

A Guide For Fathers When a Baby Dies 
by Tim Nelson

Empty Cradle, Broken HeartSurviving the Death of Your Baby 
by Deborah L. Davis

Grief Workbooks & Support Group Manuals

Life Line: A Journal for Parents Grieving a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Early Infant Death 
by Joanie Reid

Support Group Manual: A training manual for conducting support programs for parents who have interrupted pregnancies 
by Kathleen J. Delp ACSW and Molly A. Minnick ACSW.

The Art of Helping—What to Say and Do When Someone is Hurting 
by Lauren Briggs

General Grief (Not Specific to Prenatal Loss)

When Things Fall ApartHeart Advice for Difficult Times 
by Pema Chodron

When Bad Things Happen to Good People 
by Harold S. Kushner

The Reality SlapFinding Peace & Fulfillment when Life Hurts 
by Russ Harris

God Said, Ha! a memoir 
by Julia Sweeney

Talking to Children About Abortion or Loss

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children 
by Bryan Mellonie

Sister Apple, Sister Pig 
by Mary Walling Blackburn (instant download)

Where Are You? A Child’s Book About Loss 
by Laura Oliveri

Tear SoupA Recipe for Healing After Loss 
by Pat Schwiebert

We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead 
by Pat Schwiebert

The Fall of Freddie the LeafA Story of Life for All Ages 
by Leo Buscaglia

Pregnancy After Loss (Subsequent Pregnancy)

Celebrating Pregnancy AgainRestoring the lost joys of pregnancy after the loss of a child 
by Franchesca Cox

Trying AgainA Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss 
by Ann Douglas

Pregnancy After a LossA Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death 
by Carol Cirulli Lanham 

Fiction Involving Termination for Medical Reasons

State of Love & Trust 
by Grace Ombry

Red Hook Road 
by Ayelet Waldman

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