Connect Five Friday – Grief


Friday means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

This week I want to share books on grief, loss, starting over, coping.

I had borrowed a book from the library by Danny Gregory, an artist whose other books I have read. But this was so different – an illustrated memoir about the loss of his wife Patti. Very moving. It got me thinking of books on grief I have read, have on my shelves or want to read.

After my mother died in 2008, a teacher blogger suggested I read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. THis MG novel really was a balm for the soul. And I have since read it several times, including to different classes. It started me seeking books about loss, grief and grieving.

Here are some of those books:

Novels I have read:

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The Dog Year by Ann Garvin -Losing her husband and then caught stealing, Lucy faces a new difficult future


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The Birthday List by Devney Perry -Poppy is determined to complete her husband’s birthday list so that just maybe she can move forward.


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The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros -A last letter from a friend forces Beckett to help the man’s grieving sister.


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The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley -Eva is trying to face down ghosts after her sister dies. My favourite book, and favourite author!


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The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abi Waxman -Lilian finds it difficult to move on after her husband dies, but a job at a garden center offers hope


Books on My TBR Shelves – that I want/plan to Read

Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis A memoir by radio host Erin Davis after their daughter died

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – Memoir written after her husband died

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald -Memoir written after her father died

Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Memoir written after her mother died

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg -Novel about loss and loneliness


Books I Want to Read and plan to order from my local Library

A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory

The Lost Husband by Katherine Center – She has become a favourite author

Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis – A Memoir after the death of his wife

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke


One post I discovered today listed some of these books and others. Check it out here.



2 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – Grief

  1. Thanks for this list. I recently have been reading a lot of books related to grief, and several of those on your list caught my eye. I am also in the middle of a memoir by Julie Yip-Williams called “The Understanding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After”. She writes the most incredible and moving letter to the daughters she is going to leave behind in chapter 2.

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