Partner Loss

For those who have lost a significant other or spouse, here are resources that may offer support and validation.

Books specific to Partner Loss

Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title by Leslie Gray Streeter | An honest account of early widowhood combined with new motherhood, complete with humor in exactly the right places. 

Modern Loss by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner | Collection of essays on all types of loss, but many focus on the loss of a partner 

The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life by Donal Rosenstein and Justin Yopp | Partner loss from a father's perspective 

The Hot Young Widows Club by Nora McInerny | Guidebook for those living with grief and the grief adjacent. Based on Nora's widely popular Ted Talk, We Don't Move On From Grief, We Move Forward With It

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander | A beautifully written and candid look at a woman's love and loss following the sudden death of her husband. 

Wave by Somali Deraniyagala | Somali lost her husband, children and parents in the 2004 Tsunami. A tragic and heartbreaking story, but also a story of resilience in the worst nightmare most of us could ever fathom. 

Books that may also help (that are not specific to partner-loss)

It's OK You're Not OK by Megan Devine | A book that normalizes the grief experience and, most importantly, affirms that whatever you're feeling is completely normal (and there's nothing wrong with you)


Refuge in Grief 

The Unexpected Widow

DC Widow

Nora McInerny Essays

New Moon Mira