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Whether you have lost a spouse, parent, friend, sibling or pet, we have the resources to help you through this difficult time. We also have resources here for suicide, homicide, holidays, special days, helping others, eulogies, journals, illness and dying.

By Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

This highly popular, fact-filled, “grief 101” book is written just for the bereaved person who seeks an overview of the bereavement process. Includes descriptions of a grief reaction on even pages and specific suggestions for coping on the odd pages. The original 58-page book has been expanded to 81 pages, yet is still just $5

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By Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson / A Centering Corporation Resource

Covers feelings, issues, other people, rituals and caring for yourself. “It may seem as if you’ll never be happy again. You may go to a bereavement support group and hear people laugh. You may wonder how anyone can laugh when you’re hurting so badly, but somewhere, way back in your head, there’s a little voice calling your name. It’s saying, ‘You’ll laugh again sometime, too.'”

This book is also available in Spanish

ISBN10: 1-56123-085-5

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-085-3

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By Kelly Osmont Lonigan, BS, MSW /  A Centering Corporation Resource

From the Introduction: People all over the world face losses, some more challenging and life changing than others.  Grief from loss may occur as a result of death, as well as numerous other non-death related losses.  When I refer to loss, it is the kind in which the person grieving has not chosen to give someone or something up.  When a loss occurs in which the person is not the initiator, the helpless feelings can seem frightening, unfamiliar and over-powering.  Two basic fears can surface, the unknown and loss of control.   Author Information: Kelly Osmont, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a specialty in grief and loss.  Ms. Osmont, a popular speaker, trainer and writer on the subject of grief, is the co-author of Parting Is Not Goodbye and What Can I Say and Do?  How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving A  Loss. In her presentations she uses her professional knowledge and skills, along with the insights she has gained from personal experiences.  With all types of audiences, she makes a difference in people’s lives.

ISBN10: 1-56123-004-9 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-004-4

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by PJ Moon

Death and loss in life are fixed realities. Because they are, humans grieve. To grieve is more involved then sorting out thoughts, trying to make sense of what has happened, and coping with the accompanying pain and awkwardness. Rather, there is excavation to do. Some things lie hidden in grief, and only those who take time and make efforts to quarry, mine and search are likely to unearth that which may nurture human maturity. It is that to grieve is not a pointless pursuit. Moreover, to grieve is a mortal’s project that can reveal what ought to be learned upon the burden of loss.

When friends and family begin to lag behind, and the world outside leaves you to sit alone, may this humble book become comforting company on your grieving journey.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Ed Ames

“After my wife, Merideth, died, I did a lot of crying. I’ve got to believe you, too, have shed some tears by now. And, you’re likely to feel like crying even more.”

“Go ahead and cry, and don’t feel guilty about it. Cry when you feel like crying. Yes, even if other people are nearby.”

A helpful book for widowers. Talks to men openly and honestly about tears, guilt, feelings of anger, depression, isolation and loneliness. Also talks about your health, your job and other money matters, living alone and what to do with her things.

ISBN: 978-1561231812

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Complications In Grief and Loss

By Rudy Lerner, MA, LCPC, DAPA

Why does one person experience a loss and can relatively quickly resume a healthy life while another person experiences a similar loss and becomes mired in grief? This book looks at various forms of loss and through vignettes, mixed with theology and a lot of humor, shows that not everything is as it seems. Rudy draws on his more than three decades of experience as a funeral director as well as a licensed clinical professional counselor to peel away the layers of behavior that we develop and use to protect ourselves from feeling the pain of loss.

You Can’t Heal Until You Feel examines some of the ways we learn to cope with loss and how these mechanisms can affect our lives and those of our loved ones. Mourning is a painful process. At times there is the sense of missed love that can never be made right. At other times, the measure of one’s loss is the measure of one’s blessing. We mourn because we miss. In each case, a wise and experienced guide can help us navigate the journey of grief. You Can’t Heal Until You Feel is such a guide.

The author has seen countless people through their time of sorrow. The stories and lessons in these pages distill the wisdom of our tradition, allied to Rudy Lerner’s own deep wisdom. For the mourners and those who help them – that is, at some times, for the whole human family – here is a book that will help you heal.

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Yoga for Grief and Loss–Poses, Meditation, Devotion, Self-Reflection, Selfless Acts, Ritual by Karla Helbert, Foreword by Chinnamasta Stiles.

Just as grief is an experience that affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually, yoga sustains and strengthens us in all of those same areas. This book demonstrates how the principles and practices of yoga can help relieve symptoms of grief allowing those who have experienced loss to move toward wholeness, peace, and feelings of connection with loved ones who have died.

Exploring the six branches of yoga, the book shows how each branch can support us through grief in different ways whether it be the self-reflection of Jnana Yoga, the spiritual devotion of Bhakti Yoga, the meditation of Raja Yoga, or the physical postures of Hatha Yoga. We are shown how to begin and sustain a personal practice, both on and off the yoga mat, which helps us to cope with and move through grief on multiple levels. Expressive and experiential exercises are included to help explore each of the branches of yoga and find ways to put the tenets of each branch into real life practice.

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Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life – challenges, changes, decision-making & relationships

By Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S.

Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life   The death of a husband is devastating, and such a loss prompts a wide range of questions about everything from the big issues to the small details: Will my emotional wounds ever heal?  Will I feel like myself again?  How do I begin to tackle the finances?  Will my friends treat me differently?  Do I need to move out of the house?   Author, therapist, and fellow widow Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers you – as well as your family and friends – sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband.  With testimonies from other widows, Ginsburg walks you through the many challenges, both expected and unexpected, from learning to travel and eat alone to surviving holidays and anniversaries, from starting a community support group to dating again.   An essential resource for a trying period of life, Widow to Widow equips you wit the gentle encouragement and practical strategies you need to start along the path to building a new life.

ISBN10: 0-7382-0996-1 ISBN13: 978-0-7382-0996-8

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By Nan Zastrow/A Centering Corporation Resource

How to be a Friend to a Survivor of Suicide

For most of us called upon to be with a grieving friend, it isn’t the big stuff (a death denying society, etc.) that gets in our way, but the basics.  “What do I say?”  “How can I help?”  “Why did this happen?”  “Can we find common ground?”  Oftentimes, those basics become the barriers that make it easier to either say too little or say too much.  And, at times, simply just to back away.  Nan Zastrow’s son died by suicide.  He was 21 years old.

Nan Zastrow has done some extraordinary work in the field of bereavement, none more touching than this book, her story, her testimony to her son, Chad.  She seldom wavers from her commitment as an advocate and friend for the bereaved.  She writes: “Today, I’m comfortable with being recognized as someone who is willing to talk about suicide and share information based on my own experience.”  Everyone deserves care and support on the grief journey.

“This book brings her story to print with words that leap off the page.  “That’s me!”  She says of herself: “I am most vulnerable.” “I may need you to make notes about all the ‘important things’ I am being told – because minutes from now I will not remember what was said or who told it to me.”  “I am a ‘shell’ of the person you once knew.  My heart is broken, my spirit weak and my life is shattered.”  “In reality, there may be little you can do to help me.  But there is great value in your sustained presence.  When I am most vulnerable, here is what I want you to know…”  What follows are her, “30 things I want you to know.”  You MUST read this book to learn more.  Zastrow speaks frankly, not with bitterness or despair, but with hope.  If your loss is not due to suicide, and you are trying to reach out to someone who is grieving, read this book.  It will guide you on the right path.” – Richard B. Gilbert, PhD, CT Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care

ISBN10: 1-56123-198-3

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-198-0

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A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing.  Compassionate support and practical suggestions to help you understand your grief and being to heal

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When a special pet dies, you may struggle with your grief.  You may be overwhelmed by the depth of your sadness.  But as Dr. Wolfelt explains, your grief is a reflection of the love you had for the animal.  The more profound the attachment, the more profound your grief is likely to be.  This is normal and natural. This compassionate, practical guide helps you understand and express your feelings of loss so that you can begin to heal.  Topics covered include common feelings, euthanasia, helping children, the six needs of mourning, ceremony ideas, and considering a new pet.  Space is provided for you to capture memories of your special companion animal.  Throughout, other pet lovers share their stories of love and loss.

ISBN10: 1-879651-36-X ISBN13: 978-1-879651-36-4

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By James E. Miller

When You’re Ill Or Incapacitated: 12 Things To Remember In Times Of Sickness, Injury, or Disability  –  When You’re The Caregiver: 12 Things To Do If Someone You Care For Is Ill Or Incapacitated

This book is an innovative double book (the other half is for caregivers of those ill or incapacitated). Information is presented in 12 understandable, quickly-read chapters. Chapter titles include: “Everyone on your medical team is of equal importance, but you are more equal than anyone.” “You may find value in asking of this time, ‘What am I being told?’” and “You can use this time for all it’s worth, and it can be worth a great deal.” Used regularly by many hospices and hospitals as well as individuals and families.

Product code is WYIO

ISBN10: 1-885933-21-5 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-21-8

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12 Thoughts to Guide You Through the Days Ahead 

By James E. Miller

“If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry.  Nature herself will teach you in the proper time.” – Michael De Montaigne   What was true 400 years ago for this French writer is true today.  As a culture, however, we are not as close to those lessons as we once were.  As individuals we are not as sure how to die.  When it comes our time, we feel at a loss, asking, “How do we do this?” Jim Miller has created twelve basic, helpful guidelines to assist those who know their time on earth is limited.  This honest, affirming book leads the one who’s dying to understand the importance of meeting the needs of their whole person–body, mind, heart, and soul.

This book is companion to his One You Love Is Dying: 12 Thoughts to Guide You on the Journey.

Product code is WYKO

ISBN10: 1-885933-24-X ISBN13: 978-1-885933-24-9

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Practical Ideas and Inspiration for Healing Grief

By Nan Zastrow

When the Holidays Hurt, the death of someone loved may be the reason associated with the lonesomeness and pain.  Life and holidays, as you once knew them have changed.  Everything that once seemed to support the reason for the season has lost its magic.   No one seems to notice that you are grieving.  What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with decisions and overcome by emotions?  How do you begin to balance the needs of both family and friends and still calm your anxiety?   In this collection of articles and essays, Nan Zastrow writes about managing the traditions.  She explains how to transform the holiday into something that becomes a blend of old and new.  This allows the family to move forward making healing decisions that not only shelter their pain, but allow them to find some joy.

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-520-9

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by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. She and her children were devastated and Sandberg was certain that her life would never have real joy again. Just weeks later, Sandberg faced her first father-child activity without Dave. She came up with a plan for a friend to fill in.  “But I want Dave,” she said. Her friend put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the sh*t out of Option B.”

 

Everyone  experiences some form of Option B. We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do. Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, OPTION B weaves Sandberg’s experiences with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book also features stories of people who have recovered from personal and professional hardships, including illness, injury, divorce, failure, sexual assault and imprisonment. These people did more than bounce back—many of them became stronger.

 

OPTION B offers compelling insights for dealing with hardships in our own lives and helping others in crisis. Exploring the psychology of recovery, Sandberg and Grant give readers a path on how to regain confidence and rediscover  joy.   Since its release earlier this week, OPTION B has won over hearts and minds everywhere and emerged as one of the great books of the year.

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Hardcover with book jacket

Also available in Spanish

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly.  But making soup is different.  Soup making is an art, and you are the artist.  Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you. “What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.” In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of  “tear soup.”  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief: if you are the cook, if your friend is the cook, soup making and time, if a child is the cook, if you are a male chef, if there are two of you cooking.

ISBN10: 0-9615197-6-2

ISBN13: 978-0-9615197-6-6

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Also available in English

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly. But making soup is different. Soup making is an art, and you are the artist. Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you.

“What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.”

In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of  “tear soup.” Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void i her life that was created by her loss.

Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief:

If you are the cook;

If your friend is the cook;

Soup making and time;

If a child is the cook;

If you are a male chef;

If there are two of you cooking.

ISBN10: 0-9724241-6-4

ISBN13: 978-0-9724241-6-5

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When A Man Faces Grief:  12 Practical Ideas to Help You Heal from Loss / A Man You Know Is Grieving:  12 Ideas for Helping Him Heal from Loss

This innovative double book by Thomas R. Golden and James E. Miller is for two related groups of people. One half of this book is for the bereaved and contains 12 foundational suggestions in short, easy-to-read chapters. The second half is for those who want to assist a man who is grieving.

The authors are careful to note that there tends to be a masculine mode of grieving that is distinct from a more feminine mode and that these modes are actually independent of one’s gender. Some women may grieve in the more traditionally masculine way, for example.

The masculine mode tends to connect with grief through action rather than interaction. It often uses fewer words and therefore is less visible. Chapter titles for this first half include “Tap into your grief with actions and rituals,” “Care for those around you,” “Tell your story,” and “Call upon your courage.”

The second half is written for those who want to understand and support those who grieve in a more typically masculine way. Chapter titles include, “Men who are grieving often value their aloneness,” “Men often respond more cognitively to their loss,” and “A good way to help a man heal is to concentrate on your own healing.”

ISBN10: 1-885933-27-4 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-27-0

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2nd Edition

by Harold Ivan Smith

Compassionate care can make a tremendous impact in a child’s life; this is ever truer when the child is grieving. Distinguished grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains how adults can best help children who are mourning the death of a loved one. They need support and time to grieve. With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend who wants to give their support. This new and revised edition will help you help a hurting child grieve through healthy and necessary outlets.

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DVD: Hosts Darcie Sims and Alan Pedersen along with a group of contributors share their journey toward hope. Alan is a nationally known singer, songwriter and speaker on grief and loss. Darcie, one of the foremost authorities in the field of grief and loss shares her wit and wisdom as well as her compassion and understanding, which come from her personal experiences and formal education.

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Second Edition

This classic book about grief was written for two different audiences: those who are actively grieving and those who are concerned about the grieving, wanting to help them. So it’s two books in one; there is no back to this book—only two fronts.

The chapters in What Will Help Me?:  12 Things to Remember When You Have Suffered a Loss are made up of encouraging, validating ideas. Chapter titles include, “By giving your loss expression, you’ll begin to heal,” “Your grieving, timing, and progress in healing are all uniquely yours, and that’s as it should be,” “Sometimes it makes perfect sense to act a little crazy,” and “Not all your questions will have answers, but they’re worth asking anyway.” A confirming affirmation ties all the thoughts together.

The chapters in How Can I Help?:  12 Things to Do When Someone You Know Suffers a Loss are in the form of specific, practical actions one can take as one relates to the bereaved. Ideas include, “Allow the other her or his privacy,” “Trust the other to lead you,” “Journey with the other in the search for meaning,” and “Open yourself to what this experience holds just for you.”

ISBN10: 1-885933-19-3 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-19-5

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We Get It

Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults

Heather L. Servaty-Seib and David C. Fajgenbaum

Grieving college students can often feel isolated and vulnerable, and may feel that no one else ‘gets’ what they are going through. With narratives from students who have lost a loved one and commentary from the authors, this book aims to provide guidance and support for bereaved students, as well as providing tips for those who seek to help them.

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by Tom Golden, LCSW

A concise book that offers insight into the masculine side of healing. Have you ever wondered why men and women seem to heal differently? If so, this is a book for you. It explains how and why men and some women heal in an active mode rather than an interactive one. It offers plenty of examples including Eric Clapton and how he healed after the death of his young son Conor, and Michael Jordan and how he healed after his father’s murder. You will see how these men and many others use action as a means to tell their story. The book offers a section on how to help the men you love and also a section offering therapists clinical ideas for working with men. If you are a man, read this book to affirm your unique way of healing. If you are a woman, read this book to understand the men you love. When we understand each other our relationships flourish.

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Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

A companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

For many people, journaling is an excellent way to do the work of mourning.  While private and independent, journaling is still the outward expression of grief.  And it is through the outward expression of grief that you heal. This companion journal to the popular book Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the ten essential touchstones for finding hope and healing your grieving heart.  Throughout, you will be reminded of the content you have read in the companion book and asked corresponding questions about your unique grief journey.  This compassionate journal provides you with ample space to unburden your heart and soul.   “A journal is a confessor.  It simply listens as you write.  Believe in your ability to set your intention to heal by using the journal as one instrument in your healing.  Good luck and Godspeed.” – Alan Wolfelt

ISBN10: 1-879651-39-4 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-39-5

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Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your often complex -and painful- thoughts and feelings.  This compassionate guide, written by one of North America’s leading grief educators, will help you understand the normal and necessary journey we call grief.   Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual actions for you to take to help yourself heal: Open to the presence of your loss. Dispel misconceptions about grief. Embrace the uniqueness of your grief. Explore your feelings of loss. Recognize you are not crazy. Understand the six needs of mourning. Nurture yourself. Reach out for help. Seek reconciliation, not resolution. Appreciate your transformation.

ISBN10: 1-879651-35-1 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-35-7

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

The first 28 pages of this 53-page book describe the guilt process, including 14 types of guilt that may occur during the bereavement process. The remainder of the book offers 22 suggestions for coping with guilt. This book will not tell you not to feel guilty. It is written to help bereaved people gain insight into their guilt feelings and to begin the process of moving beyond the heavy burden of guilt. Includes short stories.

With 40 contributors who shared their insights into guilt during bereavement, this book covers all of the “if-onlys” and “should’ves.” Includes 14 guilt reactions and 22 specific suggestions for coping with guilt. 53 pages.

ISBN10: 0-963975-1-5

ISBN13: 978-0-9635975-1-9

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D., Carol Hankins & Gary Hankins, Ph.D.

Want to gain insight into the complex world of anger during bereavement? This 52-page book includes an anger-insight survey and examines causes, targets and pre-existing emotional styles related to anger. Fifteen pages are dedicated to strategies for coping with anger.

ISBN10: 0-9635975-3-1

ISBN13: 978-0-9635975-3-3

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by Adam Hamilton

Why do my prayers go unanswered? Why do the innocent suffer? Unraveling the “problem of pain” and clarifying common misconceptions about God, Adam Hamilton concludes that our heavenly Father walks with us when we hurt – and works through us to heal others. A helpful guide for you or a hopeful gift for a hurting friend.

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Transform Your Loss (Spanish)

Una Antología de Fortaleza y Esperanza

by Ligia M. Houben

El tema de las perdidas es algo que nos concierne a todos los seres humanos pero muy pocas veces tenemos la oportunidad de hablar sobre ellas. En Transforma tu perdida encontraras las herramientas necesarias para procesar cualquier tipo de perdida que puedas estar sufriendo, incluyendo la perdida de un ser querido, salud, trabajo, patria, divorcio....Es un libro interactivo con una serie de preguntas que te iran llegando a lo mas hondo de tu ser y te haran ver que no estas solo y que eres capaz de seguir adelante. El libro tambien incluye 60 historias personales de perdidas con un mensaje de esperanza al final de cada historia. Finalmente, la ultima parte del libro contiene los Once Principios para Transformar tu Perdida. Tu puedes lograrlo....tu puedes encontrar la luz al final del tunel....ese es el valor de la esperanza....

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Your Guide to Strength and Hope

By Ligia M. Houben.

If you have ever wondered how to start feeling better after a loss and haven’t found an answer….it may be because you are doing things that are not helping you….or listening to the wrong advices said with the best intentions….give yourself the opportunity NOW and acquire TRANSFORM YOUR LOSS: YOUR GUIDE TO STRENGTH AND HOPE and as you apply the Eleven Principles of Transformation ™ you will discover ways to process your grief and continue living with meaning and purpose, because….there is life after a loss…

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Finding Permission to Grieve

by Doug Manning

The holidays are difficult for anyone on the grief journey. The candles are lit, the houses are decorated and the grieving person struggles to find any joy in the celebrations. Doug gives the reader permission to find their own special way to cope, to remember and to survive the hurdles that the holiday season can present. Buy it for yourself, for a friend or family member or purchase in quantity to give at this year’s memorial service.   Author Information: Doug Manning’s career has included minister, counselor, business executive, author and publisher. He and his wife, Barbara, have been parents to four daughters and long-term caregivers to three parents. After thirty years in the ministry, Doug began a new career in 1982. He now devotes his time to writing, counseling and leading seminars in the areas of grief and elder care.

ISBN10: 1-892785-40-4 ISBN13: 978-1-892785-40-4

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poetry by David Brehmer and drawings by Jeannine Chappell

A collaboration of poetry and art at once deeply personal and universal in its theme and message, This Has Happened details honestly the horror and humor, rage and contemplation, questions and revelations experienced by Jeannine Chappell and David Brehmer in the immediate aftermath of the tragic collision that stole Chappell’s son Alex, and left Brehmer with multiple severe injuries.

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A Book About Recovery Through Friendship

After suffering the devastating loss of her husband to ALS, children’s book author Kathleen Hemery needed to rebuild her life but was unsure of how to begin. They Came Bearing Wine follows the first year after her husband’s death and is a poignant, openly honest, and at times humorous account of this inspirational reentry into the world. This book is a must-read for anyone suffering a loss or for those who want to comfort those who are grieving. Hemery gives us all hope that through friends (and a good bottle of wine) we can overcome the darkest of days. This memoir of recovery also offers practical, applicable advice at the end of each chapter for the bereaved and the friends of the bereaved.

Product Code: TBWB

ISBN: 978-1561232482

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Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse

By Gerald J. Schaefer with Tom Bekkers, MSW, APSW

The death of a spouse has a powerful impact on the widowed partner’s life.  However, there is a very distinct difference in the way males and females mourn the losses of loved ones.  Most men work hard to keep their grief to themselves, maintain stoic emotional control and refrain from asking others for help.  This book is a compassionate guide that equips the nearly half-million widowers who lose their wives annually with the tools to deal effectively with their sorrow and tackle the important tasks and issues surrounding the deaths of spouses.  Author Gerald J Schaefer shares his own personal experiences recovering and nurturing two sons after living through, coping with and ultimately healing from the pain of losing his beloved wife.  Schaefer and expert grief counselor Tom Bekkers provide a take-action approach, reaching out to men in mourning around the globe by presenting over forty activities to pilot widowers through the process of bereavement: Picking Up the Pieces Healing From Within Giving Back to Others Loving Again This insightful, inspiring book channels men’s grief into constructive tasks and supplies the tools that will enable bereaved husbands to recreate fulfilling lives.

ISBN10: 0-88282-345-0 ISBN13: 978-0-88282-345-4

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A Man’s Guide to Healing and Moving Forward in Grief. The Griefcase is an innovative tool for use by anyone who has experienced the deep, traumatic death of someone dearly loved. While written for men, The Griefcase concept can be extremely beneficial for any newly bereaved soul, man or woman.

Inside You Will Find

~ The concept of the Griefcase

~ How to Use the Griefcase

~ Overcoming Male Ego in loss

~ Human Nature/Nurture traits

~ Our need to express emotions

~ The vilest of emotions

~ Your invisible Griefcase

~ The Griefcase of others

~ Taking your Griefcase to work

~ And so much more…

If you lost a loved one, then you have been handed a Griefcase. It is filled with painful, heavy emotions and will be with you for the rest of your life. Use the methods inside to learn how to lighten your burden and your heart to move forward through grief to your New Normal.

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What’s really involved? And what does it mean for your family and future? Tens of millions of Americans have had these questions and more as they prepare for this unsettling yet necessary task.

The Family Caregiver’s Guide by Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA, fills in the gaps, connecting the dots between research and real life. Drawing on the author’s extensive caregiving experience, this book provides strategies to care for your loved one, inside and out, as well as for yourself—including how to use your natural skills in your new role, and which skills you may need to add. You’ll discover how to set up your home for caregiving, including a safety checklist, equipment suggestions, and words you should know. And for those days that are more than a handful, you’ll find positive affirmations, a section on facing and accepting illness, and smart steps at the end of each chapter, in case you need guidance in a hurry. Caregiving has both rewards and challenges. But through it all, you’ll discover what’s most important—that caregiving is love in action.

ISBN: 9781608081264

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Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.  Recognizing that depression is a normal and natural component of grief, this compassionate guide helps mourners understand their depression, express it in healing ways, and know when they may be experiencing a more severe or clinical depression that would be eased by professional treatment. It proposes that grieving people do not necessarily need to be diagnosed with depression following the death of a loved one and guides them through exercises to express their depression in healthy ways. In a society where mourning and melancholia are often ignored, this book gives mourners the supported and reassurance necessary to understand and appreciate that their depression is a regular part of the grieving process...

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The gift of the masculine side of healing

by Thomas R. Golden

2nd Edition

Swallowed by a Snake is a book for men or women about the masculine side of healing from loss.   Discover… New and powerful ways to heal. How the genders differ in their healing. Greater understanding between partners. Examples of successful and unique healing strategies. A path to realize and honor your own uniqueness. New ways to understand your grief. Ways the individual’s loss can impact the entire family. Swallowed by a Snake is meant to be a map and guide through the experience of loss.  It will help you move through the pain of loss and into a place of healing and transformation.   “I find this material interesting and stimulating and feel it will fill a void in the literature about grief and gender differences. The material presents a fresh look into the uniqueness of a man’s grief in a way that both men and women will find extremely helpful.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

ISBN10: 0-9654649-1-1 ISBN13: 978-0-9654649-1-8

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James E. Miller shows you how to make a difference in the lives of others by being present in a way that is healing, nurturing, and potentially even transforming. Seven steps to becoming a healing presence are explained in detail, with concrete suggestions at every turn. This book is full of essential, practical information, applicable to professionals, volunteers, and family members alike.

Being a healing presence to others can become an integral part of your own spiritual development. As you make yourself more available to others, you become more available to yourself, and more authentically yourself. Learning how to relate to others in this gentle, non-judgmental, and respectful way can lead to changes all around you.

Included are pages of interesting quotations from the ages, line drawings, and many practical suggestions useful for both professional and lay caregivers.

ISBN10: 1-885933-32-0

ISBN13: 978-1-885933-32-4

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By Douglas Vincent Wesselman

Cole Seatstone has lost everything; his child, his wife, his will to live. On the brink of suicide, his very survival pivots on the fulcrum of an old, dusty, worn, purple book full of parables, and a young refugee boy who is also teetering on the edge of life. Cole discovers that miracles still happen. Stories still have power. Truth still speaks…These are the Tales of the Master.

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Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother of Sister Dies by T.J. Wray

When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged. Despite the longevity of adult sibling relationships, surviving siblings are often made to feel as if their grief is somehow unwarranted. After all, when an adult sibling dies, he or she often leaves behind parents, a spouse, and even children—all of whom suffer a more socially recognized type of loss. Based on the author’s own experiences, as well as those of many others, Surviving the Death of a Sibling helps adults who have lost a brother or sister to realize that they are not alone in their struggle. Just as important, it teaches them to understand the unique stages of their grieving process, offering practical and prescriptive advice for dealing with each stage. In Surviving the Death of a Sibling, T.J. Wray discusses: • Searching for and finding meaning in your sibling’s passing • Using a grief journal to record your emotions • Choosing a grief partner to help you through tough times • Dealing with insensitive remarks made by others Warm and personal, and a rich source of useful insights and coping strategies, Surviving the Death of a Sibling is a unique addition to the literature of bereavement.

ISBN10: 0-609-80980-6 ISBN13: 978-0-609-80980-8

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for those who are grieving 

by Grief Watch

These support cards can be useful in a number of ways.  For a support group, pass the stack of cards around and have each person randomly pick a card.  They can in turn discuss how that particular question affects their individual life.  Or, as the facilitator, pick out a card yourself to help you direct the conversation.

Come hole-punched and with a key ring

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How to Help Someone Who is Grieving the Death of a Loved One

By Marilyn Gryte / A Centering Corporation Resource

Of course we feel awkward. It is painful to be with those who grieve. Their pain, whether it shows with tears, silence or anger, stirs our sense of helplessness. It’s awkward to not know what to do or say. We’re not sure what will be supportive to them. What will be invasive? We’re embarrassed about our uncertainty. Somehow we presume we ought to know what to do when someone we care about is grieving.

ISBN10: 1-56123-138-X ISBN13: 978-1-56123-138-6

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Stage VII, Death: The Coping Mechanism Of The Health Professional by Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper. This is the final product of my work. It is the final stage of my life, my major growth and my major development. Thus, this is the final step on the HARPER SCHEMATIC COMFORTABILITY SCALE. When I conceptualized the first five stages during my employment at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California I did not know other stages existed. Stages VI and VII emerged as I continued to grow, develop, expanded my knowledge, theoretical and conceptual frames of reference in relation to death, dying and their impact on me and other health professional. Death is one of life’s uncertainties, especially the time and place. The only certainty is that death is a certainty. This final book is about us: Health professionals, our families, our death and our dying, Life, living, death and dying are connected like chains in a barbwire fence. When there is a death in the family the chain is broken, but it will or may come back together in a different form. This I have learned after getting an understanding of the health and social care needs of patients and families and the important role of the health, mental health and social care systems, institutions, care givers and other providers. Thus, the health professional became my foci and my practice wisdom dictated that the health professional had the responsibility of helping to humanize the health, mental health and social care delivery systems. The health care professionals hold the keys for the patients and their families’ last chance to receive love, caring, deep compassion and for the patients to die with dignity and respect.

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By Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA & Lois Krahn, MD

Early grief is a feeling of loss before a loss or dreaded event occurs.  If you’re grieving for a sick loved one, a child in danger, a dear friend, a devoted pet, or global terrorism, this book is for you.  It is a balm for your wounded soul.  The book is filled with healing steps – 114 in all – and they lead you to your healing path.  All of us go through early grief.  Though you can’t avoid it, you can get through it, and create a new and meaningful life.  Along the way, you may find yourself smiling through your tears

ISBN10: 1-59457-932-6 ISBN13: 978-1-59457-932-6

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A Caring Manual for Support Group Leaders

By Eloise Cole and Joy Johnson / A Centering Corporation Resource

This model is designed for a six-week time period.  In other words, the group meets once a week for six weeks.  When groups get stretched out over longer periods of time, participation is often interrupted.  Many people can plan six weeks into their schedules, but beyond that, it may get complicated.  It also means people are not committing to a series of meetings which may never end.   Six Simple Weeks gives you everything you need to know to start a support group.  It includes all the information necessary and a week by week model to get you started.

ISBN10: 1-56123-150-9 ISBN13: 978-1-561236-150-8

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Healing after the death of a sister or brother

by P. Gill White, PhD, Director of The Sibling Connection

P. Gill White, PhD, was only fifteen when her sister Linda made her swear not to tell anyone about the pain she had in her side, fearing it would spoil an upcoming family vacation. Linda died four months later from a rare form of cancer. White and her family never talked about the loss until decades later, when memories began to haunt her. Sibling Grief is White’s validation of the emotional significance of sibling loss. She draws on both clinical experience and her own deeply personal experience, along with wisdom from hundreds of bereaved siblings, to explain the five healing tasks unique to sibling grief. White also describes the dream patterns of bereaved siblings, showing how healing is reflected in the dream state. Throughout, she illustrates the long-lasting connection between siblings-a connection that death itself cannot sever.

ISBN13: 978-1-60528-011-0

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by Harriet Hodgson

Plant Your Seeds of change In 2007 Harriet Hodgson’s elder daughter, father-in-law, brother, and former son-in-law all died. Her daughter, the mother of her twin grandkids, and the twin’s father died in separate car crashes. With hard work, self-examination, and determination Harriet created a new life from the ashes of grief. So many people asked her how she did this that Harriet listed her steps on paper. These steps became a talk and the talk became Seed Time. “If you believe you can change your life it will happen,” she says. This guide contains 80 proactive steps you may take to recover from adversity and grief. Start planting your seeds of change today!

ISBN13:978-1492283072

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By Molly Fumia

Words to help the grieving The loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences we will ever face. This wise and profound book of reflections for the grieving offers a compassionate companion for those who have lost a loved one. Each page offers new words for contemplation, and the book can be read cover to cover or pages chosen at random to find inspiration to make it through another day. Safe Passage guides the reader through the grief process–from the blackest night to the slow, gentle dawn of acceptance, unexpected wisdom, and new possibilities. This is the ideal gift for those coping with bereavement.

ISBN13: 9781573245463

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by Sherry Williams-White

Revised Edition 2011

Here is sound advice to help make sense of confusing holiday feelings after a loved one dies. Special emphasis is given to rituals and ceremonies. Guided journaling exercises help clarify expectations and wishes, and give reminders for self-care.

Paperback, 62 pages

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Beautiful semi-precious polished stones, deeply engraved with comforting and inspirational words. Pocket stones make special gifts of lasting remembrance of loved one ones. They are precious and can be held onto and treasured forever by family and friends left behind.

10 stones come in a soft bag.

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by Gary Roe

Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving is a 2016 USA Best Book Awards Finalist

Loss hurts. It’s tough to go through, and painful to watch. Do you know someone who’s grieving and wish you could help? Are you the one grieving and wonder if what you’re going through is normal? Do you wish those around you understood you better? This book has answers. This practical and easy-to-read book provides the answers you need to make a difference – in your own life and in the lives of others. Award-winning, bestselling author, hospice chaplain, and grief specialist Gary Roe gives you a look at the grieving heart – the thoughts, emotions, and struggles within. If you’re wanting to help someone who’s grieving, you’ll get a glimpse of what’s going on inside them and be better able to love and support them. If you’re in the midst of loss, you’ll see yourself as you read, and be encouraged that you aren’t as weird or crazy as you thought. In Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving, you will learn… – How hurting, grieving people are feeling and thinking. – How to discover what they need and don’t need. – What to say and not to say. – How to be a help and not a hindrance in the grieving process. – How the grief and pain of others can affect you. – How helping others stimulates your own personal growth and healing. – How these skills can enhance all your relationships. This book can help you develop a priceless ability- how to hear the heart of someone who’s hurting. The benefits for them, and for you, can be staggering. Grab your copy today. You can make more of a difference than you dreamed possible.

Here’s what people are saying:

“After my wife died, I wish I’d had copies of this book to pass on to my friends. They meant well; that didn’t make them helpful. Thanks, Gary, for this easy-to-read book.” —Cecil Murphey, New York Times bestselling author of more than 130 books, including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story and 90 Minutes in Heaven.

“This book gives immense hope to the grieving heart and those who want to help. The author’s simple, straightforward, and practical approach is refreshing and healing. I recommend it highly.” – Paul Casale, Licensed Professional Counselor/Marriage & Family Therapist

“Another masterpiece for the bereavement library. A must read for those who authentically want to assist and support those around us who are grieving.”  –Dr. Craig Borchardt, President/CEO Hospice Brazos Valley

“Please Be Patient, I’m Grieving succinctly explains the grieving heart’s thoughts and needs. Thanks for this ‘how to’ Gary!” – Carrie Andree, Licensed Professional Counselor

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by Doug Manning

Third Edition

This new third edition of our Planner combines the previous Funeral and Cremation Planners into one book full of the information families need to make decisions on how to honor and memorialize a loved one for both burial and cremation. This Planner explains the value of viewing, the importance of personalization and participation and how to plan a service that fits your loved one.

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by Doug Manning

These planners provide wonderful comfort and guidance from Doug as he explains the healing value of a funeral, the importance of personalization and participation, and how to plan a funeral that fits you or your loved one. They are great to use as a source of discussion and options for family meetings. We also recommend them for hospices, churches, lay ministry teams, funeral homes, or any one else who is present with families as they plan this final tribute for a loved one.

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By James E. Miller

When you learn someone you love is dying, you enter an experience you’ll never forget.  There are so many things to think about, so many things you’ll feel.  There is so much you have to do and so much you want to do, and at the same time, so much you cannot do.  If you’re like most people, you feel you’re at a huge loss because you haven’t done this work before.  To assist you, Jim Miller has pulled together twelve ideas to help you make the most of this time of caring for another person while you also find ways to care for yourself.  These suggestions come from his own experiences and those of many others.

This book is a companion to another of his writings: When You Know You’re Dying: 12 Thoughts to Guide You Through the Days Ahead.

ISBN10: 1-885933-23-1 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-23-2

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Written especially for the newly bereaved, James E. Miller’s book explains in an easy-to-read manner what may take place during the course of grief. Six short chapters offer encouraging, confirming advice and validation. For example: “You’ll grieve in your own unique way, and a general pattern will emerge as you do so.” Carefully-chosen, hopeful quotations are included throughout.

People are helped. Grievers are validated. Individuals and families are given hope.

This book is widely endorsed by hospices, hospitals, congregations, funeral homes, and counselors. People report reading it time and again.

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One Who Soars bands are a wonderful expression of grief. It is intended for those who are, perhaps, not newly bereaved but who want to tell others that they lost someone they love to death; now their beloved is “one who soars.” The white indicates the journey from the loss into more peaceful remembrance.

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By Missy Lowery Throckmorton / A Centering Corporation Resource

A Note from Missy: Years ago, grief was handled differently than it is today.  For example, not everyone realized then that children also need to work through and integrate grief. One of the most important things I have learned, both from my own family’s experience and from my research and study, is that each child is unique and handles grief in her or his own way.  I have also learned that talking about it helps you heal. This book is for all those families whose hearts are shattered with loss.  This is also for those who try to help them pick up the pieces and mend the holes.

Revised in 2012!!

ISBN10: 1-56123-055-3 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-055-6

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Seventh Edition By Janice Harris Lord

This book gives hope and practical suggestions to survivors grieving the tragic death of a loved one.  Tears will come to your eyes as you read the comments of survivors throughout the book, but many of the tears will honor their insight and courage as they travel their paths toward healing.

“No Time For Goodbyes is designed for anyone who wants the self-affirming skills of full expression for victim survivors.  This is the most significant book I have read on this tragic subject.” – Rabbi Earl Grollman, DD

“As a mother whose daughter was murdered, as a psychiatrist, and as a member of Parents of Murdered Children, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will certainly recommend this book to others.” – Wanda Bincer

“No Time For Goodbyes is an invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.  Every counselor should read it and have copies on an office shelf for desolate survivors.” – Dr. Robert Weiss

ISBN10: 1-878321-30-7 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-30-5

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by Judy Heath, Psychotherapist (LISW-CP)

Revised and Updated Second Edition

"No Time for Tears" is a new kind of guide, rich with information and real-life stories, to help not only people struggling through grief due to the loss of a loved one but also those who counsel them. Psychotherapist Judy Heath draws on her experiences in private practice and in her own life, as well as years of research, to address the misconceptions, myths, and misinformation about grief that still abound today. She notes that while popular scholarship is still commonly rooted in Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's 1960s "five stages of grief" theory, more recent research shows that there are no exact stages of grief and that denial and avoidance are more common threads woven throughout. Heath shows readers that grief is a painful but natural process that our society tends to medicate and hurry people through, leaving them ill-prepared for the roller coaster of emotions, lack of focus, and other feelings they experience. "No Time for Tears" offers practical and useful ways to traverse the pitfalls that may lead to unresolved and lasting grief and to find comfort and peace. Those who counsel the bereaved will find new ways to inspire their practices and many tools to assist those in need. This second edition includes updated information about medication and grief, children and grief, coping after a loved one is murdered, and grief following the events of September 11.

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A Centering Corporation Resource  —  Revised Edition (2015)

If you have been awake all night, if dreams become terrors, if you can’t eat or want to eat all the time, if you feel as if you are encased in plastic, and when your family and persons who love you try to touch  you, you feel nothing; if you wonder what life is all about and whether it’s worth living anymore; your loved ones know you can say, No One Should See What I Have Seen.   If you have experienced terrifying, horrific tragedy, been in war, are a returning solider, witnessed a murder or other violent death, found someone who has completed suicide,  have images of a loved one who died violently or experience fear and/or anger about a horrific event.  This book is for you. . . This book is for all of us.

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By Enid Traisman, MSW

This grief workbook & keepsake journal is recommended for anyone who wants make sense of their grief and to create a keepsake of their beloved pet. It was designed to help sort out feelings through writing about your relationship and your loss. The prompts are meant to help you deal with some of the emotions that need to be addressed so that you can release them. The format enables you to understand your grief with guided, leading sentences, invoking the healing power of writing, and taking an active part in your own recovery and healing at your own pace.

ISBN10: 0-9651131-0-8  ISBN13: 978-0-9651131-0-6

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by Daniel R. Duggan

When men experience a loss, their first step may be to move inward into their solitude, where they can express themselves, confront what has happened, deal with feelings, and begin to sort out their next steps. Typically, this process helps them to eventually move beyond their solitude and into relationship again with the significant people in their lives. This book explores why this process may be important for men, tells stories of men coping with loss, and looks at gender difference in grief and the various doors into the core of grief. In addition, it examines how to be helpful to men working through loss, as well as how men can affirm and understand a way of grieving and healing that fits them. The first three chapters offer some background on the anatomy of grief; the anthropological imprint and grief; and socialization, rituals, and the importance of honoring male grief. Chapter 4 looks at gender difference and coping, and chapter 5 examines eight different doors into the grief process. Chapter 6 explores the role of solitude in grief. Chapter 7 focused on the role of the witness and introduces Stan, a World War II veteran, and his story. Chapter 8 sets out 11 ways to be helpful to men in grief. The final chapter directly address men in grief, outlining what you need to know when you are the man in grief.

ISBN: 9780990825807

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by Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

Twenty years ago eight courageous men came together in the video Men and Their Grief and talked about how they had painfully lost wives, children, siblings, and parents.  Now, we are fortunate enough to get the six original men together for an update of their lives and grief after twenty years.

Running time: 77 minutes

ISBN13: 978-0-9839505-7-8

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

This is a DVD with eight touching views of grief from men who have walked its path.  They talk about how they have painfully lost wives, children, siblings, parents and friends.  Through their sharing we get a better understanding of what to expect as our own grief process unfolds.

Menu Topics Include: Men and Grief Introduction, Society’s Response, Anger, Avoidance vs. Dealing with Grief, Denial and Triggers, Crying, Sexuality, Crisis and Crazies, Similarities and Differences and Credits

Approx. 58 minutes.

See the follow-up DVD: Men and Their Grief: Twenty Years Later

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By Zander Sprague

Second Edition (2013)

There are many things that you think you might be prepared for in your life, losing your sibling is not one of them.  In December of 1996, Zander Sprague’s sister was murdered.  All of a sudden he found himself thrust into a very unfamiliar world.  Even with all the love and support of his friends and family he found that he alone had to choose a positive pathway to healing and recovery. This book is for anyone who has lost a sibling and wants some guidance on how they too can find their own positive pathway.

ISBN13: 978-0-9795030-0-9

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By Fiona Marshall

Whether from a  sudden accident or a slow, terminal illness, the death of a parent is devastating at any age.  Your life is forever changed, and it can be terribly difficult to feel like yourself again. But there is indeed hope.  In Losing a Parent, Fiona Marshall leads you through the process of coping with the loss of a parent – from understanding your immediate reactions to anticipating and recognizing the different stages of grief that follow.  Through personal stories, insightful questions, and helpful exercises, you will learn to evaluate your progress and harness new strength to carry on with life.  This compassionate guide also helps you nurture the relationship with a surviving parent so your bond can emerge healthy and even stronger after your shared loss.  In a time of sorrow and uncertainty, Losing a Parent is an invaluable source of support and encouragement.

ISBN10: 0-7382-0995-3

ISBN13: 978-0-7382-0995-1

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By Alexandra Kennedy, M.A. (LMFCC)

Kennedy shares her own story of facing the loss of a parent and offers innovative strategies for healing and transformation. “The death of a parent is a shattering experience, wounding us and flooding us with powerful forces. The boundaries of our world are torn away, and suddenly life seems bigger than we might have imagined, terrifyingly bigger. A parent’s death can shatter us, leaving lifetime scars, or it can shatter our limits sense of our selves, opening up our world into new dimensions. For the latter to happen we must be willing to take a journey through grief, following what may often seem like a long, dark passage that will, in its own time, open out into vast new worlds.” From Losing a Parent by Alexandra Kennedy

ISBN10: 0-062281445 ISBN13: 978-0-062281449

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By Rachel Blythe Kodanaz

Living with Loss, One Day at a Time offers daily encouragement to individuals and families who have recently lost a loved one.  By providing tools and suggestions that offer hope, optimism, introspection, and self-discovery, this accessible and comforting guide enables readers to embrace the happy and healthy days of life with their loved one while integrating and accepting their loss into everyday life.   As a motivational speaker, author, grief consultant, and facilitator, Rachel Blythe Kodanaz provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss.  Rachel is a columnist for Living With Loss Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America.

ISBN13: 978-1-938486-31-9

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By Earl A. Grollman

Preface to the Third Edition: It is impossible to comprehend the intense anguish of loss–until death comes to someone you love.  With the death of a loved one, you feel that part of you has died, too.  You fear that your pain will last forever.  You ask yourself if you will ever know the meaning of joy again.  Living When a Loved One Has Died is written for you–to help you understand and work through your grief and to pick up the pieces of your unique and valuable life.   I am indebted to the thousands of deeply wounded men, women, and children who have willingly shared their broken hearts with me.  They have been my inspiration.  It is my hope that this new edition will continue to help those in pain.  Grief is a process.  Recovery is now your choice.   “If you’re far away when someone you care about is in mourning, send this book – it’s the next best thing to being there.  And if you doubt whether your being there will do any good, read this book, and you will learn how to become the wise, reassuring, and understanding person a good friend is when a loved one has died.” – Minneapolis Star   “Death is a major fact of life, and Earl Grollman has made it the theme of his widely read books. . . . Here again he writes with a mature wisdom, always directly, simply and honestly. . . . Grollman’s book is ‘inspirational’ in the best sense.” – Publishers Weekly   “Earl Grollman’s writings occupy a special place on my shelves, as they should on the shelves of any clergyman or counselor.  No one does a better job of helping us help the stricken adult or child to cope with grief.” – Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People   Author Information: Rabbi Earl Grollman is an internationally known lecturer, writer, and grief counselor whose work has helped hundreds of thousands of people.  His other books include Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers and the award-winning Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child.

ISBN10: 0-8070-2719-7 ISBN13:978-0-8070-2719-6

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by Amy Zellmer

Winner of the Midwest Book Awards in the “Health” category receiving a silver medal in May 2016.

In February 2014 Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong.

Amy had suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and was about to start a journey unlike anything she had ever experienced. Her life had changed in literally a blink of the eye.

This book is a collection of her short articles, most of which were originally published on The Huffington Post.

Learn about what it means to have a TBI as you read about her struggles and frustrations, like the days she can’t remember how to run the microwave, or how she gets lost driving to familiar places. Understand what it’s like to suffer fatigue and exhaustion after doing a simple task that most take for granted. This book is perfect for TBI survivors, their caregivers, friends and loved ones.

It is a great book for survivors to give to their supporters so that they, too, can understand what those with TBI are dealing with on a daily basis.

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Second Edition

by Dena Rosenbloom, PhD & Mary Beth Williams, PhD with Barbara E. Watkins

Trauma can turn a person’s world upside down– afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This supportive workbook helps trauma survivors find and use crucial skills for coping, self-understanding, and self-care. Even when the worst has happened, this book shows how it is possible to feel good again. Filled with comforting activities, relaxation techniques, self-evaluation questionnaires, and exercises, the workbook explains how and why trauma can throw you for a loop and what survivors can do now to cope. Chapters guide readers step-by-step toward reclaiming a basic sense of safety, self-worth, and control over their lives, as well as the capacity to trust and be close to others. Readers learn how to protect themselves from overwhelming memories and to heal from trauma-related reactions that may be disturbing their day-to-day lives. Written by experts in treating trauma and based on extensive research, the workbook can be used on its own or in conjunction with psychotherapy.

ISBN10: 1-57230-239-9 ISBN13: 978-1-57230-239-6

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by Kelly S. Buckley

We’ve all been faced with moments in life where the rug gets pulled out from beneath our feet. And, sometimes, it is not only the rug that has been removed; the whole darn floor has disappeared too. Just One Little Thing is about one of those life changing groundless moments. The story begins on the 4th of July, when a phone call changes everything in Kelly Buckley’s life. Devastated by the unexpected death of her son Stephen, Kelly started to journal about what goodness still remained in her life in the hopes of finding just one little thing to make it through the day. Gratitude changed everything. By focusing on the blessings found moment by moment, she was able to allow herself to grieve with an open heart, and accept all the wisdom that comes from life’s difficulties.

ISBN: 9781452544779

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by Tony Falzano

Original music that will calm, comfort and nurture you. Beautifully orchestrated, melodic instrumental to lift your heart and soul. A unique listening experience that will be an inspirational companion as you reach for relaxation and hope.

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By Deborah Sigrist, B.S.N., R.N.

From the Introduction: “This booklet is about changes that occur to the whole person as death nears.  It is meant to normalize the dying process, while maintaining the mystery and sacredness of it.  The diagram below is a model of the whole person: the physical, mental, emotional-social, and spiritual dimensions.”

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In Mourning bands are a wonderful expression of grief for the newly bereaved. Many families purchase these to give out at funeral services to family and friends, while others wear theirs privately as an way to tell others of their sorrow. The black indicates the overwhelming sorrow and grief often deeply felt by the bereaved.

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By Enid Samuel Traisman, M.S.W. / A Centering Corporation Resource

This is a beautiful and supportive tool in care and great regard.  There is space for photos, letters, stories, personal history and goodbyes. There is space for writing about difficult decisions, first venturing out and hope. This journal can be used as a keepsake for the family to enjoy for generations.  It may also be used as a personal journey through grief.

ISBN10: 1-56123-048-0 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-048-8

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by John D. Martin and Frank D. Ferris

The death of someone close — a family member, spouse, or partner — can result in feelings of overwhelming grief. At the same time, society unrealistically expects people to recover from grief as quickly as possible. I Can’t Stop Crying looks at grieving as a painful but necessary process. The authors emphasize the importance of giving permission to grieve and suggest steps for rebuilding life without the one who is gone. They also look at how such a loss affects relationships with family and friends, as well as lifestyle, work habits, and hopes for the future. The book includes an appendix with bereavement groups, resources, and other self-help organizations for grievers. With humanity and understanding, this compassionate guide helps readers navigate through one of life’s most difficult experiences, come to terms with loss, and take steps toward rebuilding life without the one who is gone.

ISBN13: 978-0-7710-5461-7

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By James E. Miller

Grief is difficult any time of the year.  It is doubly difficult during the holidays, or during any of those times of commemoration that hold special meaning.  That includes birthdays and anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and any other days that have held significance for you and the one who dies. Gathering ideas from his extensive work with the bereaved, Jim Miller offers a host of suggestions to help people of all ages with the adjustments that must be made.  This assuring, consoling book is both easy to read an sure to help.  Included are quotations from the ages that will validate your feelings and encourage your growth. Whether you give it as a gift to another or to yourself, it will serve as a guide and a companion for years to come.   Author Information: James E. Miller is a writer, photographer, spiritual director, workshop leader, and speaker who creates resources and gives presentations in the areas of loss, transition, caregiving, healing presence, spirituality, and older age.  He is a frequent speaker before many professional groups and at various institutions, often incorporating his own award-winning photography.  He leads workshops and conducts retreats throughout North America.

ISBN10: 1-885933-22-3 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-22-5

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By Nan Zastrow / A Grief Illustrated Press Resource

 

“In a world of sadness and grief, hope is the spark of sanity that allows us to look at something differently and imagine the bright spot.”  Hope.  Did you ever think that a fortune cookie could offer a profound message of comfort, happiness, and peace in a life stressed by grief? Nan uses the simple fortune cookie to weave a modern parable of life and teach the value of attitude and choice in grief work. The fortune cookie demonstrates the concept of HOPE.  Sometimes we are so consumed by our grief that we fail to recognize hope happening in our lives and waiting to be discovered. This book teaches us not to dismiss the small acts of kindness that help us accept that though life may not be the same, it can be good again. Discover what you might be missing!

Nan challenged individuals to participate in a project using the fortune cookie as the “tool.” The project offered Twelve Gifts of Hope that the bereaved can either receive from others or give to themselves. This book documents the proven results. Each of the Twelve Gifts of Hope is outlined in detail with suggestions that will appeal to everyone as they discover the power to heal their own grief.

You will also find alternate suggestions for creating a similar project or you can just experience the peace and joy that others received from their discovery. You do not need to create a project to use the Twelve Gifts of Hope checklist to create personal enthusiasm. You will embrace countless possibilities for finding hope in the suggestions and personal stories; and you will be inspired to always look for the bright spot.

ISBN10: 1-56123-219-2

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-219-2

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from Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care

published by Compassion Press

99 Pages. 3-ring binder

Compiled from many years of practical experience, this manual is inspired and guided by two key concepts: 1. Grief is part of the human condition and natural life cycle. It is not a personal weakness, a mental illness or a punishment. 2. Grievers will eventually reach a place of emotional, physical and spiritual equilibrium. Grief is a process and not an event: it takes time and is survivable.   This manual provides: 1. Information to help find, train and educate facilitators to be able to work with empathy and understanding. 2. Detailed plans for organizing, scheduling, and publicizing a group. 3. In-depth plans for six group sessions. 4. Plans for many types of groups dealing with special losses. 5. Reproducible forms for registering and organizing participants. 6. Reproducible informational handouts for participants 6. Help for dealing with group problems and difficult participants. 7. Bibliography and reference lists.   Compassion Books is pleased to reintroduce this classic manual for organizing grief support groups. It has been fully revised and updated and we believe it is the most comprehensive, thorough, and clearly understandable guide of its kind available. Its 3-ring binder format will facilitate copying handouts and customizing pages.

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published 2016

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, published Transcending Loss in 1997. Since then she has grown her Transcending Loss brand by becoming a sought-after speaker for professional conferences and by reaching out directly to the bereaved through online communities where she has established tens of thousands of followers. In her new book Hope & Healing for Transcending Loss, Bush offers daily readings–bite-sized lifelines and glimpses of hope for those coping with the death of a loved one. The book comprises a brief introduction, a brief conclusion, and 365 daily meditations, plus a few additional pieces for particularly difficult occasions like death date, birth date, anniversary, holidays, and more. Scattered throughout are calming photographs for further contemplation or stillness. Bush’s writings focus on normalizing and validating the incredibly painful process of grieving. She offers a compassionate perspective on staying connected to the deceased, focusing on love, living with gratitude, channeling pain to compassion, transcending loss, making meaning, and living into a new self.

ISBN: 9781573246675

About the Author:  Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW, is a writer, psychotherapist, and armchair sage. She is the author of four self-help books and several articles that have appeared in national media. She has appeared on the Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Fox News, The Iyanla Show, and countless radio programs. She earned a BA from Smith College and an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

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by Jim and Joan Boulden

16 pages

How do you resume life after the death of a loved one? This sensitive, yet realistic, guide uses a workbook format to assist in exploring and processing your personal experience. Using helpful suggestions, illustrations, poetry and quotations to help provide comfort and support to the survivor and to find ways honor the deceased.

You’re encouraged to record your feelings before, during, and after the death of your special person. Sentence completion exercises guide you in expressing difficult emotions toward a healthy and rewarding closure. The theme of the booklet is: The best way to honor the deceased is to care for your own mental, physical and emotional health.

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by Dr. Clarence Tucker / A Centering Corporation Resource

From the Introduction: As you search for relief from the pain and suffering caused by loss there is no better source for help than from those who have experienced or are experiencing grief. The following pages contain many actual quotes directly from those who’ve suffered normal grief experiences.  Most of the ideas, suggestions and thoughts for relief from the anxiety and pain come from the actual experiences of grieving persons. The belief of this book is that you can learn to manage your grief.  If grief is not managed well, you become the victim of grief.   Author Information: Dr. Clarence Tucker has over fifty years in the pastorate with a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Grief and Bereavement from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and a certificate in Thanatology from the National Institute for Death Education and special studies in Grief Counseling. He has given numerous lectures, led workshops conducted numerous Grief Recovery and Support Groups.  Under the Genesis Program he led group therapy sessions at Research Psychiatric Hospital in the out-patient program. Dr. Tucker served as a Hospice Pastor for the Independence Regional Hospital for five years.  Having officiated at over 1,200 funerals he is often consulted as a grief educator, consultant and counselor.

ISBN10: 1-56123-202-5 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-202-4

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by James E. Miller.  Revised Edition.

A step-by-step guide to designing what you’ll do, the time of gathering, poems, leader and people responses, and many other general guidelines.

It’s difficult to deal with the death of someone close any time, but it’s especially difficult to do so during the holidays. With almost no commonly-accepted mourning traditions to help them, the bereaved often feel trapped between the weight of their strong feelings and the reluctance of people around them to discuss their loss.

James E. Miller’s book provides a partial solution to this problem: the creation of educational and inspirational events to help grieving individuals and families prepare for the approaching holidays. This hands-on guide describes various options and offers general guidelines, concrete suggestions, and specific aids for planning and implementing these popular programs.

Topics include defining the needs of your community, coordinating the event, handling marketing, and designing the overall program. Many original and gathered ideas for services of remembrance are provided.

ISBN10: 1-885933-25-8 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-25-6

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By Richard Gilbert

Foreword by Darcie D. Sims

The death of a loved one, of a relationship, of a marriage, of a dream, are experiences of an ending, or many endings, and we are shattered and scattered as we hopelessly try to fit the pieces of our lives back together again.  This book will help guide you.

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-212-3

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by Alan Wolfelt

When someone we love dies, we must express our grief if we are to heal.  In other words, you must mourn.  But knowing what to do with your grief and how to mourn doesn’t always come naturally.  This book offers 100 practical, here-and-now suggestions for helping yourself mourn well so that you can go on to live well and love well again.  Turn to any page and seize the day by taking a small step towards healing.

ISBN10: 1-879651-25-4 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-25-8

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Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through the loss of your sibling

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling. The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement. Whether a sibling has died as a young or older adult or the death was sudden or anticipated, this provides a healthy approach to dealing with the aftermath.

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By Amy Hillyard Jensen

Updated 2013 (Seventh Edition)

Healing Grief is a very basic booklet, packed with helpful information.

The sections include: Shock and disbelief, The First Few Days, Anger, Guilt, Sadness and Depression, Children, Silence, Tears, Marriage and the Death of a Child, Suicide, Faith, Growth, Grief Prolonged, Searching and Yearning, Lamps on the Path, and Other Resources.

Product code is HEGO

ISBN10: 0-934230-48-X

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By Donna O’Toole, M.A.

This little book is a rainbow of hope.  It tells what people experience following any type of grievous loss, how to tell if a person who is hurting is in trouble, where to get help and how to help yourself and others heal and grow.

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by Martha Whitmore Hickman

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Charles Beard

“It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been empty.” – Goethe

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

ISBN10: 0-380-77338-4 ISBN13: 978-0-380-77338-1

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by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Healing a Teen’s Grieving Heart is for adults who want practical, day-to-day “how-tos” for helping the grieving teens in their lives. Some of the ideas teach about teenagers’ unique mourning styles and needs. Other ideas suggest simple activities and tips for relating to and spending time with the grieving teen.

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By Harold Ivan Smith

A mother’s death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. Drawing on his own experience of loss, as well as those of others, Harold Ivan Smith guides readers through their grief, from the process of dying through the acts of remembering and honoring a mother after her death.

“Grieving the Death of a Mother combines tender glimpses, wise counsel, spiritual connection, and permission to find your own way through the issues that surround the death of a mother.  This book will be a friend and will bring families closer together at an often complicated time.” – Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert

“This loving, supportive book is a quilt of comfort – snuggle under and feel the warmth seep through your grief.” – Joy Johnson

“Harold Ivan Smith offers poignant reflections on the complex experience of mother loss, both his own and others.  This book will speak to those who have gone through this loss and help those who are yet to face it.” – J. William Worden

ISBN10: 0-8066-4347-1

ISBN13: 978-0-8066-4347-2

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By Harold Ivan Smith

The death of a friend is one of the most significant but unrecognized experiences of grief in American culture.  In this unique book, Harold Ivan Smith guides the reader to move with rather than against the natural grief process as he explores its many aspects, including the friending, the passing, the burying, the mourning, the remembering, and the reconciling.

“Like a cool hand on a feverish brow, Harold Ivan Smith offers soothing, compassionate words and ‘been there’ wisdom for anyone grieving the death of a friend.  This is a man well acquainted with sorrow, who extends hope and a gentle road map to get you through your own unique grief experience.  A much-needed resource for anyone who has ever said a last good-bye to a friend.” – Liz Curtis Higgs, author of Reflecting His Image

“I have found this book to be remarkably challenging because it so realistically describes how most of us, and mostly men, avoid deep friendships.  It is everywhere evident in this book that the author speaks with indisputable clarity about our need to rethink our own personal reasons for failing to enjoy the real blessings of deeper friendships.”  – Granger Westberg, author of Good Grief

Author Information:

Harold Ivan Smith is well known as a leader of seminars on grief and spirituality.  He is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and has written several other books, including On Grieving the Death of a Father, Death and Grief, Healing through Group Support, and I Wish Someone Understood My Divorce: A Practical Cope-book.  Smith has a doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and leads grief groups at St. Luke’s Hospital.

ISBN10: 0-8066-2842-1

ISBN13: 978-8066-2842-4

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By Radha Stern

Radha Stern is no stranger to grief. In 1996 her twenty-two-year-old son, Christopher, was murdered, and she started down the long road of healing and coming to terms with her loss. While Stern believes that “closure” is a myth, she is living proof that you can gain solace, acceptance, and the strength to reclaim your life even after the most tragic loss. Stern found support from others who had walked the same path, and she quickly realized that everyone grieves differently. “Grief is like fingerprints; everyone grieves in their own way,” she says. Still, one thing that remains constant is that support from family and friends can nurture the healing process, and make the journey less painful. But so few of us know what to do and say in the face of grief. We agonize about saying the “right” thing and then second guess ourselves no matter what we say, struggle to find ways to be of practical help, and worry that our attempts at being supportive are starting to feel like intrusions.

ISBN13: 978-0-9889740-0-5

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A.

Talks about the “firsts” of grief, changes and feeling helpless, then goes into the pain of grief, coping, holidays, hope, saying goodbye, and how our love lives on. Reader friendly and packed with information.

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Adapted from Getting Through Grief, Mask, Inc., and Grief

An eight-page pamphlet about grief and what you can do about it. 10 things to remember while doing grief work.

ISBN: 1561232548

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by R. Glenn Kelly

“AN INSPIRATION FOR EACH DAY OF THE YEAR”

Grief Healings 365 is a daily “devotional” style tool for use in “Moving Forward” in your grief journey. Each day of the month contains a different quote, proverb, poem or renowned selection on surviving loss, with some coming from as far back as Socrates, Moses & Wordsworth.

HOW TO USE GRIEF HEALINGS 365:

You do not need to start Grief Healings 365 from Page One; January First. Instead, begin the month and day you pick up the book. You will find that most pages have room for your own notes or interpretations of the day’s readings, so when you get back to that page a year later, you can witness your progress in moving forward in your journey.

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by Sharon M. Greenlee

A significant and useful self-help tool for the grieving person.  A one of a kind resource for helping professionals.

Each of us will experience grief and loss at one time or another.  Grief recovery is not simply about moving on or getting over the loss of a loved one.  It is learning to integrate the loss of the person back into our lives in a way that honors and heals.  While never easy, some people are able to move through the grieving process and continue living full lives.  Others experience grief-related entanglements that keep them stuck in sorrow and sadness.

This book, based on case studies and real life stories, can help people understand the lingering issues or entanglements that may be preventing them from working through their grief.

ISBN13: 978-1-468030044

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By Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson / A Centering Corporation Resource

SPANISH VERSION

 

Covers feelings, issues, other people, rituals and caring for yourself. "It may seem as if you'll never be happy again. You may go to a bereavement support group and hear people laugh. You may wonder how anyone can laugh when you're hurting so badly, but somewhere, way back in your head, there's a little voice calling your name. It's saying, 'You'll laugh again sometime, too.'"

 

This book also available in English

ISBN10:1-56123-176-2

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-176-8

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By Mary & Herb Montgomery

This compassionate book comforts those who are grieving the death of a pet by acknowledging the need, as well as the right, to grieve the loss of a beloved companion. The authors explain (in 32 well-written pages) the grieving process and suggest outlets for grief. From the product description: Like a comforting hug from someone who understands, Good~bye My Friend includes the stages of grief, grieving in your own way, the angry feelings, outlets for grief, how long will the grieving last, will I see my pet again, helping children deal with pet loss, and more. It has an inscription page and makes a thoughtful gift.

Contents include: I Still Remember, The Pain of Loss, Grieving in Your Own Way, The Stages of Grief, Helping Children Deal with Loss and Should I get Another Pet?

ISBN10: 1-879779-00-5

ISBN13: 978-1-879779-00-6

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A Recipe for Healing After Loss

From Grief Watch

“A universal and timeless story about grief.”

Newly remastered in 2014, this DVD now includes both English and Spanish videos in HD.  Closed captions have been added to the English version.

Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of “tear soup”.  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   The poignant story and engaging illustrations that have made Tear Soup a treasured book for people of all ages are given new life in this video version.  Viewers will find themselves returning again and again to this moving portrayal as part of their ongoing process of healing from grief.  Families, professionals, educators and support groups will all benefit from the insights and comfort provided in this helpful production.

Running Time: 17 minutes

Recommended for all ages

ISBN10: 0-9724241-4-8

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Good Grief
Good Grief

(GGRO)

GGRO

*50th Anniversary Edition!*

By Granger E. Westberg

Timeless wisdom for all who grieve

From the Introduction:

The ten stages of grief described here must be understood to be the normal process through which most people must go as they face up to their loss.  In other words, we will be talking about the road the majority of humans must travel in order to get back into the mainstream of life.

As we look at these ten stages of grief, remember that every person does not necessarily go through all these stages, nor in this order.  Moreover, it is impossible to differentiate clearly between each of these stages, for a person never moves neatly from one stage to the other.

“This gem is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband, and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving.  It is simple but not simplistic.  It is profound but not professorial.  Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty.  This is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason.” – Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D., ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

ISBN10: 0-8006-9781-2

ISBN13: 978-0-8006-9781-5

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4-page handout

Carlene Vester Eneroth’s ideas for coping during the Christmas season. Offers ten important ideas for taking care of yourself during this holiday.

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By Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W.

This is a journal for young adults and teenagers experiencing a loss

New cover has slits to allow the journal writer to add their own favorite photo of their loved one.

Young adults and teens can write letters, copy down meaningful lyrics, write songs and poems, tell the person who died what they want them to know, finish business and use their creativity to work through the grieving process.  Young adults and teens can share their journal entries, thoughts or illustrations with other grieving young adults and teens.

“This Journal is for you.  It is about you and the person who died.  Just reading it will let you know that all your feelings are normal even though some may feel crazy.  Writing in it will help you explore your feelings and encourage you to get them out, which is healthy for you.  Writing in the journal will ensure that you will never forget.”

ISBN10:L 1-56123-056-1 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-056-3

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By Marta Felber

There is nothing you need more than the warm, reassuring voice of one who has traveled this path before. . . and survived after suffering the death of a spouse. In Finding Your Way after Your Spouse Dies, Marta Felber offers just such a voice-caring, hopeful, always pointing ahead to a tomorrow that will be a little easier than today. Having experienced her own spouse’s death, Felber is never glib or simplistic. She knows the grief her readers are feeling and she encourages them to give it full expression. At the same time, she offers sound, practical suggestions on how to navigate difficult days. This book shies away from none of the difficult issues of bereavement. Felber gently urges her readers toward careful, honest examination of the issues they face.

ISBN10: 0-87793-932-2

ISBN13: 978-0-87793-932-0

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By Richard Gilbert

The experience of losing a parent in death is almost universal – and yet many who feel this loss for the first time are surprised at how painful it can be.  Even those well into adulthood are often taken aback by the deep sense of loneliness, the sense of being “orphaned,” that the death of a mother or father can bring.

In Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies, Rev. Richard Gilbert has created compassionate guide for those struggling with the loss of a parent.  Bringing many years of experience in bereavement counseling, Gilbert sketches out some of the issues that arise in the wake of a parent’s death and offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties.  From the disorientation that can come immediately after death to relating to the surviving parent to healing old emotional wounds, the topics dealt with here will be of tremendous help to many.

Combining a warm, empathetic approach with an expertise in grief, Gilbert’s Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies is a resource that will be deeply appreciated by those who have lost a parent and by those ministering to them.

ISBN10: 0-87793-694-3

ISBN13: 978-0-87793-694-7

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From Grief Watch. This soft bag contains 20 small ceramic hearts of varying textures and colors designed to provide an opportunity to express emotions. Pass them around a support group, or share them with a child and ask them to talk about their ‘feeling heart’.

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by Patrick W. Page — A Centering Corporation Resource

Pat Page’s wife died after almost fifty years of marriage. Now he sits and talks with men about everything from dating to cooking to anger, tears and even S-E-X. Essential for all men. “For a while, I was worried about going crazy but my old cronies, upon whom I have leaned a lot, assured me that I was already crazy and not to give that any more thought.”

Grief is a thing you have to go through. You can’t go around it or shortcut it or ignore it. You have to take it right on the chin, or it will sure boomerang on you later. Pat views grief as a job like every other difficult job he’s ever had to do. The world goes right on. Countless others have survived the death of a dear one. So can Pat and so will you.

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by Bob Baugher, Ph. D. and Lew Cox

A 62-page book to be handed to a person whose loved one has been murdered. Covers reactions and suggestions to help families during the first few days, weeks, months, and years. Includes the personal story of the co-author as he coped with the murder of his daughter.

ISBN10: 0-9635975-4-X

ISBN13: 978-0-9635975-4-0

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by Jackie J. Bates, R.N.,CHPN

This book will help you have those important conversations that arise when the end of life is near. Whether you choose to use a hospice team, the questions and information in this book will help you live your last days on your terms and will be a guide for caregivers in carrying out your wishes.

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by Jane Vair Bissler, Ph.D., Sheri L. Goldstrohm, Ph.D. and Phyllis Kosminsky, Ph.D.

Why a coloring book for grief? What does a grieving person need? If you or someone you care about has suffered a significant loss, you probably have an idea of what a grieving person needs: time to remember and mourn the one who has died; the comforting presence of family and friends; rest, nourishment, and spiritual connection – people have different ways of healing, but these are a few of the things that many people find helpful. Grieving for someone you love can be exhausting, and many people who grieve wish that they could find a way to take a breather and quiet their minds. This book was created with that purpose in mind. In its pages you will find images and words collected by three experienced grief therapists – images that you can make your own using whatever coloring tools you like. Research on healing from loss suggests that grievers benefit from being able to move back and forth between focusing on the loss and focusing on things other than the loss – their ongoing relationships, work, leisure activities, and so on. This kind of flexible attention is conducive to healing, and it is what this book is designed to help you achieve. If you have not colored in a while, you may be surprised to discover how quickly your mind and body begin to calm down and relax when you do. So pick up your pencils, markers or crayons, and let the comforts of coloring provide a break on your grief journey.

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Edited by Brad Stetson

Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories reveals in bracing psychological and emotional terms what murder leaves behind. The life-changing grief and staggering personal pain experienced by the loved ones of murder victims is unflinchingly portrayed in this book’s personal essays and interviews, intimate recollections which serve as a sobering and realistic counterpoint to the trivialization and commercialization of murder in American media and popular culture.

The focus throughout the book is on the survival of bereaved parents and other loved ones, and on the heroic choices these anguished people have made to live on in their lives, in the presence of unresolved grief and in some instances unresolved legal cases. Demonstrating the empowering nature of storytelling and personal narrative exposition, this is a book that will press home to the reader the colossal devastation that the murder of a loved one brings to a family. The unique world between these covers is one of searing pain, but also one of love unvanquished. Choosing to Survive conveys the precious value of life, the horror of homicide, and the power of the human spirit.

“As I read Choosing to Survive, I remembered the murder of my son Aaron–but more than that, I was reminded of the strength, faith, goodness and unity in the stories of we who have survived the evil of homicide. I am grateful for this beautiful book and highly recommend it.”

—Kathleen O’Hara, M. A., LPC, author of A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Love

“Losing someone you love is difficult. What can be even more difficult is living a life without them. In Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories, Brad Stetson takes the reader on a journey no one wants to remember, but no one who has experienced it can forget. Sharing stories of anger, disbelief, and searching for justice, we see these survivors show strength, determination, and a desire to honor their loved ones in ways that would surely make their loved ones proud. As a mother of a murdered son, I empathized with those seeking justice. As a recovered survivor, I have become a licensed counselor helping others experiencing loss and grief. Not just a book for those who have experienced the murder of a loved one, Choosing to Survive can help readers become aware and gain understanding of an unthinkable event.”

—Mary Jane Cronin, M. S., LMHC, author of November Mourning and Writing Through Your Grief

ISBN: 978-1-56123-269-7

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The National Bestseller with Real Stories from Real People

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

When our loved ones leave this world, our connection with them does not end and we often receive signs from the other side. These true and touching stories of will amaze and support all readers — religious or secular.

The 101 true and miraculous stories in this book of signs and messages from beyond show that death may take away the physical presence of our loved ones, but not their spirit. This book is for everyone, religious or secular, as regular people share their amazing experiences with the other side.

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

In this book of 101 inspirational stories, contributors share their personal angel experiences of faith, miracles, and answered prayers, which will amaze and inspire you.

Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no earthly explanation for what we experience, and a higher power is clearly at work. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories from people, religious and non-religious, about hope, healing, and help from angels.

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By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace and understanding to those going through the grieving process.

Individual people deal with grief in their own ways and within their own time, but the guidance and support they receive from others is what helps them through it. One of the key messages of Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is that togetherness and sharing are the keys to moving on. In these stories people share their experiences with coping and they share deep memories. Each one has found that putting thoughts and feelings into words is not only cathartic, it allows them to reconnect with their loved one and others. Words of encouragement are plentiful in this edition and they go straight to the heart. Chapters encompass the complete grieving experience and include: Final Gifts, the Power of Support, Coping and Healing, Those We Will Miss, Special Moments, Insights and Lessons, and Living Again.

Readers will be comforted and inspired by the stories of regaining strength and hope, such as holding meaningful services, performing thoughtful deeds and cherishing special memories. Most important, just as the writers have come to appreciate life through the grieving process, readers will discover how to do the same. This soothing bowl of stories is the perfect gift to bring comfort, strength and courage

ISBN10: 1-55874-902-0

ISBN13: 978-1-55874-902-3

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The past is simply part of our story; just not the whole story…On the very day that Nancy Sharp delivered premature twins, she learned that her husband’s brain cancer returned after eighteen months in remission.  Less than three years later, at the age of 37, she became a widow. But while many in that situation would crumble, Nancy had an innate ability to hold life and death in the same moment. She learned to “see beyond the frame’s edge.”  In Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, Nancy shares her unforgettable journey – one that offers enlightened understanding for living life to the fullest.  Her story is a gift to those looking to lift themselves from the embers of loss and adversity through bold living.

Seeking the solace of the Rocky Mountains and a fresh start, Nancy packs up her five year-old twins and leaves Manhattan for Denver, never imagining that she would find love in the pages of a magazine.  But after reading an article on eligible bachelors, Nancy sends an email to Steve Saunders, a popular Denver television anchor turned political candidate as well as a widower who’d lost his wife to cancer, and was raising two sons a decade older than Nancy’s twins. Today they have been married for six years.

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by Kathy Eldon and Amy Eldon Turteltaub

Revised and Updated Edition: A unique and sensitive guide designed to help you overcome the loss of a loved one.

Over the past decade, this classic work has helped thousands find meaningful ways to overcome the despair of losing a loved one. Now, Angel Catcher has been revised and updated to convey its powerful message of hope to a new audience. Featuring brand new illustrations and a fresh updated look, the tasteful pages of this journal guide the user through the process of mourning and onward to a lasting sense of peace in the face of loss.

ISBN10: 0811861724

ISBN13: 978-0811861724

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by Allison Gilbert with Christina Baker Kline

While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering. When author Allison Gilbert lost both parents at age 32, she could not find any books that spoke to her with the same level of compassion and reassurance that she found in the support group she belonged to—so she decided to write one of her own. The result is a sensitive and candid portrayal of loss that brings together experiences from famous and ordinary grief-stricken sons and daughters that explores the regrets, heartache and sometimes, relief, that accompanies pain and healing. Always Too Soon provides a range of intimate conversations with those—famous and not—who have lost both parents, providing readers with a source of comfort and inspiration as they learn to negotiate their new place in the world. Whether you have a familiar name like Yogi Berra, Barbara Ehrenreich, Geraldine Ferraro, or Ice-T or have lost both parents in a traumatic event like the Holocaust or the bombing of the World Trade Center, the grief is equally hard to bear.   Contributors include: Roseann Cash, Hope Edelman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Geraldine Ferraro, Dennis Franz, Yogi Berra, and Ice-T.

ISBN10: 1-58005-176-6 ISBN13: 978-1-58005-176-7

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A Centering Corporation Resource

A blank journal just for you.  It is a safe place for you to express your feelings since the death of someone you love.  You can write down any moments, moods and memories that you feel are important.  We hope this journal will help you find insight, comfort and healing

ISBN10: 1-56123-126-6 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-126-3

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by Ginny Callaway

Next Generation – Winner – Indie Book Awards

“What in the world am I going to say?” This is one of our first thoughts when a friend loses a loved one. Everyone feels unprepared when faced with another’s grief. We want to reach out and be supportive, but we fear saying the wrong thing and making matters worse. A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help gives you the words and actions to reach out and support your friend, with confidence and compassion. Topics include: What NOT to say and why, small things that you can do to make a big difference, how to support a colleague at work, suggested wording for writing a note, how to provide support when you live far away.

Author Ginny Callaway, whose ten-year-old daughter Sara Jane died in a car accident, draws on her own experience and the stories of people she interviewed, whose loved ones died. They have lived through grief and know first hand what comforts and what hurts. Here are the straightforward answers you’ve been looking for.

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by Gary E. Vogel, M.A., N.C.C.

WINNER OF THE MIPA “BEST PROFESSIONAL BOOK” AWARD THE YEAR IT WAS PUBLISHED

Psychotherapist Gary E. Vogel has been on both sides of perinatal loss. After he and his wife experienced a full term stillbirth, he led a support group and then began conducting in-service programs for other professionals. A Caregiver’s Handbook to Perinatal Loss is the perfect book for every caregiver who comes in contact with the bereaved family–all the way from the scheduler at an OB’s office, to the physician, funeral director, clergy, and even the hospital billing department. His writing style is so concise that every page is brimming with constructive suggestions on what to say or do, as well as what not to say or do. We have published this book because we truly believe that every caregiver who really wants to do the very best job they can for the bereaved should know the things that Vogel has to say.

86 pages

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by Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Darcie Sims, Ph.D.

A 62-page book by Bob & Darcie filled with fun facts on crying. Includes research findings on the biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural elements of the crying process. Provides insight into why some people are frequent criers and others are not. Offers suggestions for dealing with crying and includes writings from people who share their crying stories.

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3 films on one DVD - total run time 116 mins.

by Maryann Manelski

for group facilitation and counseling instruction

DVD includes:

The Secret Map of Surviving Loss -- The 60-minute documentary featuring 5 grieving subjects with various losses (parent, spouse, sibling) and narrated by 3 bereavement counselors.  With 8 chapters to coincide with use in an 8-week group (if you choose):

Coping with loss and haunting images

Guilt and Powerlessness

Shock

Secondary Losses

Questions of Identity

Signs and Dreams

Coping with Triggers

Making Meaning

Use with our Free Facilitator’s Workbook to help lighten the load of your group prep!

Good Grieving:  A Guide to Group Facilitation -- A half-hour film discussing the ins and outs of setting up and successfully running a bereavement group with a focus on making sure your group is digging in and bonding as a group.  Comes with Diane Brennan’s Bereavement Group Guide from Life and Loss Mental Health Counseling in New York City.

Chapters include:

Setting Up a Group

Screening Participants

Preparing

Structure & Ritual

Ground Rules

Facilitator Ego

What to Expect Over Time

An Introduction to Group Grieving and Healing -- This film is a tool to help you bring your group attendance up.   It is a platform to help reach clients that often defer group counseling although they could benefit i.e. those unfamiliar with talk therapy and those inhibited about expressing their emotions due to restraints of culture, gender, or age.     We recommend that it be shown as part of an introductory evening/afternoon to your program offerings and that you take questions or go over your offerings/schedule afterwards.

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This is for a one-year subscription of our quarterly magazine, so you get four issues.

Our reader-friendly magazine includes articles from professionals in the bereavement field and from the hearts of our caring contributors.

Grief Digest magazine is a quarterly magazine supporting grieving people, families and caregivers. The Centering Corporation, which is the largest and oldest grief resource center in North America, has created this resource by gathering a remarkable group of writers to aid you in your journey.

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When Kristin Meekhof lost her husband to cancer, she discovered what all widows learn: the moment you lose your partner, you must make crucial decisions that will impact the rest of your life. But where do you begin? This inspiring book shows grieving widows what to expect and how to deal with the challenges of losing a life partner. From immediate issues like finances, estates and medical bills to long-term hurdles such as single parenthood, being a widow in the workplace and navigating social situations by yourself, this book guides widows through the tumultuous and painful first five years to a more hopeful future.

(ISBN 9781492620594; November), Kristin Meekhof and James Windell

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

After someone we love dies, each day can be a struggle. But each day, if we work to embrace our normal and necessary grief and care for ourselves, we will also take one step toward healing.

Those who grieve will find comfort and understanding in this daily companion. With one brief entry for every day of the calendar year, this gem by Dr. Wolfelt offers small, one-day-at-a-time doses of guidance and healing. Each entry includes an inspiring or soothing quite followed by a short discussion of the day’s theme and a succinct meditation.

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