I purchased a book at Barnes & Noble yesterday entitled Sorry For Your Loss: What People Who Are Grieving Wish You Knew, by Alicia King. I periodically look through grief sections in bookstores or libraries to see if anyone has written anything new that might be particularly helpful for a grieving parent.
This is a great little book. Although not written specifically for bereaved parents, it gives good suggestions for responding to grievers. It only costs $9.99, so not a huge investment is required. Topics cover listening, respecting beliefs, the power of grief, writing a note or communicating a memory…20 specific topics addressed. Very good, basic suggestions. Because this is a small book and an easy read, it can be purchased as a quick reference guide when needed.
Please note I said “reference.” As always, I give one caution. No book is ever an absolute handbook to be followed in every situation. Every suggestion, no matter its source, should be carefully considered within the context of each unique grieving situation and each unique griever.
King, Alicia. Sorry For Your Loss: What People Who Are Grieving Wish You Knew. New York: Turner Publishing Company, 2010.