There are many books and resources on grief, but very few that are specific to your situation. In addition to our own book, The Group (see "Our Book" page), we recommend the following as particularly helpful for widowed parents.


Laughter, Braids and Tears

Bruce Ham

Bruce was one of the members of our original support group. He wrote this book as a gift to his three daughters so that they would know how much their parents loved each other. In it, he poignantly describes the time of her illness and the family’s transition to life without Mom.

Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love

Matt Logelin

This memoir chronicles the author’s amazing story of losing his wife the day after their first child was born, confronting the dizzying and overwhelming reality of a suddenly widowed parent, and finding his way through the sadness.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

After the unexpected death of her husband, Ms. Sandberg, a top executive at Facebook, was left to raise her two children on her own. Option B combines her personal experiences with summaries of relevant research and practical advice for overcoming adversity.

Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss

Jai Pasuch

The author shares her story of caring for her husband during his very public terminal illness, her adjustment to life as a widowed mother, and her search to find happiness again.

It’s Not Raining Daddy, It’s Happy

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Left to raise his two-year-old son after his wife’s sudden death, the author started a blog about his life as a widowed parent. The unexpected success of his blog led to the publication of this book.

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

The Bright Hour

Nina Riggs

Both of these New York Times bestsellers were written by parents prior to their deaths and may be of interest.


The Liz Logelin Foundation was created by her husband, Matt (mentioned above), to provide financial assistance to widowed parents whose children have recently lost a parent.

Soaring Spirits offers an online and in-person community for young widows and widowers, many of whom have children.

While not specific to widowed parents, What's Your Grief includes many resources and practical suggestions for coping with grief. connects people who have suffered adverse circumstances and to offer each other support in the hopes of building resiliency.