25 Essential Books About Death and Grief

If there’s one thing that every human on this earth has in common, it is that, at some point, we will have to deal with death. And while the contours of grief are different in every case, it is a comfort in a wild epoch to know that there are books out there, nonfiction and fiction, memoirs and beyond, that can provide something like comfort and succor. It is also a record of just how many writers make sense of heartbreak by writing through impossible times. Here are 25 books that look straight into the face of death and reveal something new about what it’s like to be alive, saddled with that terrible knowledge that someday, we will die.

H Is For Hawk, Helen McDonald

When McDonald’s father dies, she goes wild: adopting and training a goshawk, she finds herself in the natural world. This is a genre-busting dazzler of a book, worthy of the near-universal accolades that it’s received so far.