Books on Grief by Melissa Fournier

Abruptio A mother’s worst fear is realized at 23 weeks into the pregnancy, and a baby girl is born at the edge of viability. Melissa Fournier shares her profound grief for her daughter’s brief life in these intimate poems that reflect the power of grace to transform sorrow into resilience and hope.

After: Stories About Loss and What Comes Next The true stories and poems collected in this anthology are stories about life after loss—but these stories are of lives changed rather than just diminished. Trauma cleaves the world, but after loss we may also find redemption. This collection is a shared journey about loss—and about the hope we can find, AFTER.


Dr. Rana Awdish — Meet the physician-writer who generously provided the foreword for The Healer’s Burden. Learn more about her critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoir In Shock and her tremendous contribution to the compassionate care movement in healthcare.

Joe Wilder Arts — View the artwork and lifetime achievements of our cover artist, Dr. Joe Wilder. 

Columbia University Narrative Medicine ProgramThe Healer’s Burden was founded on the principles of Narrative Medicine.  Discover more about this interdisciplinary field and the program offerings at Columbia University.

Center to Advance Palliative Care — Emotional PPE:  Find additional resources for improving team health and tools to help clinicians cope with moral distress, grief and trauma.

Melissa Fournier, LMSW — For more information about Melissa’s Michigan-based private practice, follow this link.