Ambiguous Loss & Anticipatory Grief

Ambiguous Loss

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief

By Pauline Boss

This is a great read for anyone who is living with ambiguous loss. Pauline Boss is the leading expert in the field on this topic.

Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief

By Pauline Boss

Pauline Boss is the originator of the term Ambiguous Loss and has written this book to help those loving someone who has dementia.  Read more about Pauline Boss here.

Loss, Trauma, and Resilience

By Pauline Boss

This is a text-book read for professionals working with clients who are grieving an ambiguous loss. Pauline Boss has an on-line curriculum, which is a 15 hour CEU course for professionals using this text as a foundation.

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn To Cope With Grief

By Marge Heegaard

Marge Heegaard has a series of these ‘work book’ style books. I have used these books several times with children who were grieving. They are easy for a parent, grandparent, teacher or professional to use to help a child cope with loss. Centering Corporation, a wonderful grief publishing company and warehouse for grief books, has several of Heegarrd’s books.

Anticipatory Grief

Final Gifts

By Maggie Callanan

This is a wonderful book for those who are experiencing anticipatory grief, which is grief before a loved one’s death. This is a must-have book for families watching a loved one die. It gives you words and practical ideas of how to walk the last days with your dying loved one.

Watch Maggie talk about her book, great tips on some final things dying patients often want and hospice on Prairie Doc.

Companioning the Dying: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

By Greg Yoder

Watching someone who is dying and walking with them through it is humbling and sacred. Greg Yoder writes about his experiences walking with they dying and gives helpful advice and encouragement in this book.  You can read more about it at The Center for Loss & Life Transition.