Death of Spouse/Partner/Ex-Spouse

A Grief Observed

By C.S. Lewis

This is a classic grief book when grieving the death of a spouse. It is C.S. Lewis’s story of loving and grieving the death of his wife, Joy. It talks of the beauty of when you love someone deeply, you will grieve them deeply. I strongly recommend this book to spouses grieving the death of a spouse and to adult children who are trying to understand their parent’s grief.

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There is a movie called, ‘Shadowlands’ that is from A Grief Observed. The movie is very powerful as it carries you through Lewis and Joy’s courtship, marriage, fight with cancer, death and his living after she is gone.

Watch the trailer with Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis: Shadowlands

Get your box of tissues ready. It’s moving, thought-provoking and inspiring.


Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse

By Robert C. De Vries and Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge

This is a unique book with perspectives from both a widow and a widower. It offers practical solutions and ideas from topics on how to talk with your adult children to holiday traditions. This book is a wonderful gift.

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How to Survive the Loss of a Love

By Harold H. Bloomfield, Melba Colgrove, and Peter McWilliams

This is an old book, but it’s message remains true and applicable to those who are grieving the death of a spouse or partner.

When Your Soulmate Dies: A Guide to Healing Through Heroic Mourning 

By Alan Wolfelt

Alan Wolfelt’s books are easy to read and always full of practical ideas and grief education. Find out more about his grief center in Colorado Center for Loss & Life Transition

Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort & Community After Unthinkable Loss

By Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Dr. Ashton writes Life After Suicide to inform, comfort and support others who have experienced the death of an ex-spouse to suicide.