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18 Sympathetic Books About Losing Both Parents

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Losing Both Parents. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Midlife Orphan by Jane Brooks

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

Losing both parents isn’t something easy for anyone. Many of us think of the word orphan to refer to a child without parents. However, even self-sufficient adults feel the orphanhood pain when their parents are suddenly gone. It is always good to grieve and make yourself accept the situation to be able to move forward with life. This book will give you a good, positive start to face life’s changes now that your parents have gone and you are all alone. Readers will find this their best book and companion during grieving. You can gift the book to your friends or family members who are mourning the death of both parents to ease the burden on them.

Nobody’s Child Anymore by Barbara Bartocci

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

It is excruciating to lose both parents, and everyone in that situation needs as much support as possible. In this book, Barbara will help you move on as she shares her own experiences of mourning the loss of both parents. She also shares other dozen stories leading us through the four stages experienced by most adults in the same shoes. These are caring for a dying parent, mourning the loss, caring for one parent left behind, and the most important of all, finding new meaning beyond grief.

Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself by Victoria Secunda

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

This book is eloquently written and explores the impact and effects of losing your parents as an adult. It further discusses how the experience affects careers, families, and friends. The book is backed by the author’s original study and multiple compelling case stories. The author addresses various issues and uses the book to offer assurance that one can discover new hope and strength despite the loss.

The Orphaned Adult by Alexander Levy

This product was recommended by Laura Jimenez from Ishine365

This book was tremendously helpful to me. I lost both my parents recently and was really feeling lost at sea. This book helps me a lot, particularly in the way it discusses every aspect of grief and the means to approach them. The author wrote a great explanation of all the feelings associated with the loss of parents. It will assist you to alleviate some of the chaos that comes along with grieving the death of a parent or parents. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone else who is seeking some answers on why you feel the way you feel, after this type of loss or any loss of a close, personal, loved one.

Crying In H Mart By Michelle Zauner

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

As the title implies, this is an honest and occasionally amusing memoir. From childhood to adulthood, Zauner’s relationship with her mother is interwoven with grief. She wrestles with her Korean roots through food and language stories (among other things). A musician (she goes by Japanese Breakfast), Zauner’s talent and lyricism are evident throughout this memoir.

Obit By Victoria Chang

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

OBIT is inspired by obituaries. Chang’s collection covers a wide range of topics. OBIT, written after her mother died, mourns her mother and her father. She writes obituaries for civility, control, and clothing. One of the nice things about this collection is that you can go at your own pace. The poems are short, have a narrative arc, and can be read one at a time. OBIT allows you to grieve in your own time.

Ghost Forest: A Novel By Pik-Shuen Fung

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Ghost Forest is about a woman’s grief over her father’s death. The protagonist wonders how to grieve in a closed family. Her father was frequently absent throughout her childhood, leaving her with more questions than answers. She seeks out stories from her mother and grandmother to help her understand. The novel delves into the cultural context of Chinese Canadian astronaut families as the stories start to come together.

The Rudest Book Ever by Shwetabh Gangwar

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

From talking about the realistic ways of life to guiding for self-improvement, The Rudest Book Ever will take you to a world filled with a lot of emotions that teach you the real aspects of life which you realize or come across when you lose your loved ones. The author Shwetabh Gangwar has tried his best to cover the authentic and more realistic stuff of life which is quite different from the fictional world which we see in movies.

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

The Discomfort of Evening is one of the best and unforgettable books ever written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. It has the ability to bring down the tears from the eyes of its readers. The book is so memorable and filled with shocking incidents that it keeps binding you throughout the reading. The writer has written something exceptional that is rarely seen these days. He has displayed the family’s grief & sad sequences of life which are hard to forget.

The Adult Orphan Club by Flora Baker

This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree

Flora Baker’s parents sadly passed away when she was in her twenties and after a decade of coming to terms with her own grief, she wrote this both which is part memoir and part guide, as she takes us through the journey of grief. It is a book that combines practical advice with her own experiences of what to do before, during, and after such an emotional time. If you’ve lost one or both parents, then this will resonate with you, as it’s written in a practical style that allows a fair amount of distance for those who may still be struggling and are feeling emotional.

Death of a Parent By Dr. Debra Umberson

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

The death of a parent is always heartbreaking; losing both is life-changing. This book sets out in clear and comprehensive terms what the death of a parent means to most adults, how it works as a turning point in our social, emotional, and private lives. The book was published by Dr. Debra Umberson on parental death uses national data.

Loss of a Parent by Theresa Jackson

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This is a delightful masterpiece that addresses the emotional stress of losing both parents through the lenses of the author and the personal experiences of others. The author, Theresa Jackson, combines the most valuable resources, expert guidance, and healing practices to help readers deal with the loss of their parents. In the book, she takes the audience through seven stages of grief. These stages might include one that you might be passing through, which she explains how to deal with them and what to wait for next. In addition, incorporating personal stories of how others manage the death of their parents helps readers feel less isolated, making it a perfect book for anyone who wants to overcome troubles that arise from this kind of loss.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Patrice Karst, the author, claims she got the idea for this book because her kid complained that she had to work when he had to go to preschool. She consoled him by saying that their love produces an invisible cord that connects them no matter how far away they are. Since the book’s release, many people have used it to console children who have lost parents by explaining that they still have a bond even if they can’t see one other.

Always Too Soon By Allison Gilbert

This product was recommended by Nikita Verma from PurpleCrest

It’s a comfort book about how losing your mother and father changes everything. It doesn’t seem to matter if your parents passed away suddenly or over a long period of time, whether you were younger or older, no other milestone creates such an enormous, life-altering shift. It changes your perspective on your career, family, the future, and the way you relate to your own children. This book is a collection of intimate conversations. You’ll find words of comfort and inspiration from Rosanne Cash to Hope Edelman with their honest and raw recollection. It unfolds like a support group, each reader becoming a new member.

Comfort for the Grieving Adult Child’s Heart By Gary Roe

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

This book is a package of some great solutions to the issues created after losing parents. You can understand how to process complicated grief emotions and handle this loss. You will know how to address physical, mental issues, take care of yourself, deal with practical issues like financial problems, and many more.

Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heart By Alan Wolfelt

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

This book provides practical suggestions for an adult child whose parent has died. Tips are easily understandable as given one topic per page format. Languages are easy to understand, and most readers can understand them easily. You will get to write down memories about the unfinished wishes of parents.

Even in Darkness by Morgan Cheek

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Even in Darkness is a grief notebook made for sharing the light amid Darkness. Morgan Cheek, a Christ believer and bereaved mother utilizes a great understanding of the Bible to redirect her grief and suffering and motivates Christians to hold on to their faith during tough times.

Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore

This product was recommended by Alexander Burgemeester from The Narcissistic Life

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, although not specifically about the loss of a parent, delves deep into the connection of a child and a loved one and how to cope with a significant loss. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a professor and someone who has experienced a huge loss and has brought her emotions into the book. This can help the reader to feel a connection which can help with the death of a parent. This book can help you move through the many phases of grief and feel as though someone is there with you, making it a little less unbearable.

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