Reading List

(Reviewed books receive 1 to 4 s.)


Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby*
by Deborah H. Davis, Ph.D
*This book is available for purchase through Heartstrings at a reduced cost.

When the Bough Breaks: The Death of a Child
by S.C. Holtkamp

A Broken Heart Still Beats
by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
by Martha Whitmore Hickman


Loss Specific

Fatal Heart Condition

Losing Malcom ♥♥♥♥
by Carol Henderson

Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby’s Brief Life
by Amy Kuebelbeck


Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream
by Sherokee Ilse and Linda Hammer Burns

When a Baby Dies: The Experience of Late Miscarriage
by Nancy Kohner and Alex Henley


The SIDS Survival Guide
by Joani Nelson Horchler


Stillborn: The Invisible Death
by John DeFrain and Leona Martens


Multiples Specific

A Different Kind of Mother
by Christine Howser (Specific to loss of all)
(Available at

William and Wendell
by Donnali Fifield (Specific to complicated grief issues and loss of all)
(Available at

Coming to Term: A Father’s Story of Birth, Loss and Survival
by William Woodwell (Specific to loss of one twin)

Embracing Laura
by Martha Wegner-Hay (Specific to Selective Reduction)
(Available through Centering Corporation,

The Diary
by Lynne Schulz (Specific to continuing pregnancy after a loss)
(Available at Murraylands)


Decisionmaking and Support After Termination

A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal
by Molly Minnich, A.C.S.W., Kathleen Delp, A.C.S.W., and Mary Ciotti, MD (Order from

Unsupported Losses: Ectopic Pregnancy
Molar Pregnancy and Blighted Ovum
by Sherokee Ilse


Pregnancy After Loss

Motherhood After Miscarriage
by Kathleen Diamond

Another Baby? Maybe…
by Sherokee Ilse and Maribeth Wilder Doerr

Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy
after a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death

by Carol Cirulli Lanham


For Fathers

Strong and Tender: A Guide for the Father Whose Baby Has Died
by Pat Schweibert, R.N.

Noah's Rainbow: A Father's Emotional Journey from the Death of his Son to the Birth of his Daughter
by David Fleming ♥♥♥♥
(This is actually a good book for anyone to read.)


For Grandparents

Forgotten Tears : A Grandmother's Journey Through Grief
by Nina Bennett (Not infant loss specific)


For Children

Sad Isn't Bad
by Michaelene Mundy

When Dinosaurs Die
by Laurie Krasny Brown

Tear Soup
by Pat Schweibert

The Saddest Time
by Norma Simon

I Miss You: A First Look at Death
by Pat Thomas

After the Funeral
by Jane Loretta Winsch


Spiritual (Christianity)

Mommy, Please Don’t Cry
by Linda DeYmaz

By Anne Graham Lotz

Safe in the Arms of God
by John McArthur

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times

by Henri Nouwent

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

by Angie Smith

Psalms of Lament
by Ann Weems



Good Grief (Not infant loss specific)
by Lolly Winston

Little Earthquakes
by Jennifer Weiner


Heartstrings has a Lending Library which includes many of the books listed above. Please give us a call at (336) 335-9931 if you would like to borrow a book. 

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