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Tim's Dad
Tim's Dad

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By Ruth Hitchcock

A Story About A Boy Whose Father Dies

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HARD COVER

Rosa Bernardi, an only child living with her Italian immigrant parents in 1960s Chicago, often feels alone, or SOLA, as her parents would say. But after she holds her best friend AnnaMaria’s baby brother for the first time, Rosa is sure that if she prays hard enough, God will send her a brother of her own. When Rosa’s prayers for a sibling are answered, she is overjoyed—until tragedy strikes. Rosa is left feeling more SOLA than ever, and wondering if her broken family will ever be whole again.

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Written and Illustrated by Kristin Diane Lund

There are no words that fully express the depth of love and compassion Kristin shared with others. Her friends often remark how openly Kristin told them she loved them. She never hesitated in showing love of family and friends with a public hug. Kristin radiated love in her smile, every word and action. Her physical life ended far too soon at the age of 20. Her family and friends hope and pray her inspiration will continue to add value to the lives of all that read her writings.

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Relative Grief
Relative Grief

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In this collection of first-hand accounts, parents, grandparents, children, siblings and partners share their experiences of losing close relatives and friends through death from natural causes, genetic conditions, accident, suicide and murder. Looking at death from these different perspectives, it aims to encourage people to understand their own grief and how those closest to them might be affected by what can seem a very private loss.

The introduction examines the short- and long-term effects of recent and past loss, the duration and intensity of mourning, and the difficult and often conflicting feelings and behaviours that accompany it: loneliness, anger, guilt or relief, the birth - or loss of - religious faith, out-of-character behaviour triggered by shock, and `competitive' grief among close relatives and friends.

Relative Grief is of interest to anyone who has been bereaved or supported someone who has. It will also be useful for those working with the bereaved, particularly hospice nurses, social workers, counsellors and therapists.

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By Coralease Cox Ruff, PhD, RN

A bereaved mother and grief educator, Coralease Cox Ruff skillfully combines her daughter’s biography with a grief book to produce Her Light Still Shines, a beautiful tribute to her daughter and an invaluable guide for bereaved parents. This moving story celebrates the life of Candice M. Ruff who profoundly touched many lives in her short 21 years. Her mother lovingly presents the mirrors that form the kaleidoscope of her life by incorporating Candice’s writings and friends’ reflections with Coralease’s own thoughts. Starting from her early memories of Candice as a child and going through to the devastating accident that took away her daughter too soon, Coralease celebrates Candice’s extraordinary life. This written memorial can serve as a model for other bereaved parents and as a compass that identifies landmarks and coping strategies along a mother’s grief journey. With amazing candor, love, and gentleness, Her Light Still Shines, is a beacon to newly bereaved parents. Learn to keep your child’s memory alive on your journey toward healing and feel the warmth of your child’s shining light forever.

ISBN10: 0-5954-8468-9 ISBN13: 978-0-5954-8468-3

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By Gerry Cox, PhD

Chapters include: American Indian Cultural Denigration, Religion and Death, Culture and Health, Burial practices of Navajo, Apache, Hopi, Anasazi, Brule, Shawnee and more. Also includes: Becoming Culturally Aware, American Indian Culture and Working with Dying or Grieving American Indians.

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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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Inside: This is a special time for caring

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By Paul Alexander

This beautifully designed hardcover book features the timeless lyrics of the song with inspirational photos and reflections along with the CD vocal single. A thoughtful gift and keepsake for any time of the year.

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Songs of Love, Life and Loss

By Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander is a singer, songwriter, psychotherapist, author, actor and performing artist who has shared his music and message of hope throughout the United States and Canada.

His recordings are resource tools being utilized by Church Groups, Funeral Homes, Hospices, and Hospitals as well as bereavement support groups and individual caregivers. Paul's contemporary style combined with his compassionate lyrics and compelling vocal delivery touch the heart and soul of the listener and provide healing and upliftment.

Paul's music has been inspired and enriched through his work as a Psychotherapist and Hospice Social Worker.

These songs of love, life and loss were carefully chosen not only to accompany memorial services and support groups but also to uplift and inspire. Each song is a gem that captures the heart and soul of grief as well as the true meaning of life. Gone Too Soon, the title song, was originally written for a TV broadcast to pay tribute to performers who had died. It was used for tributes to Princess Diana and has won an Emmy and was recorded by Michael Jackson.

Paul Alexander recorded this song with the musical writer Larry Grossman, who accompanied Paul with a piano on this very special arrangement. In addition to the title song, Mama A Rainbow and Dance with My Father celebrates and honors our parents. I Hope You Dance and Live Like You Were Dying shine on as words of wisdom with unique vocal performances by Paul. For Good from the musical Wicked and To Where You Are are heart-stirring performances that will bring healing to your spirit.

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by Paul Alexander

This is Christmas CD that brings together songs of the soul and which reflect the true meaning of Christmas. Specially designed to be a musical balm of healing and hope, these songs are carefully picked and recorded for those who are in search of a gentler, kinder Christmas. Featuring unique renditions of special favorites along with Peace Carol, Til the Season Comes Round Again, and There's Still My Joy. A must-have for the season of hope.

Track Listing:

1. Breath of Heaven

2. Mary Did You Know

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

4. O Holy Night

5. Candlelight Carol

6. Peace Carol

7. Merry Christmas With Love

8. A Time Will Come for Singing

9. Til the Season Comes Round Again

10. There's Still My Joy

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by Paul Alexander

A Quiet Place invites the listener to seek the quiet within and rest in a safe place away from the turmoil and rush. Whether as soft background music or as a guide in meditation, you will enjoy peace with this long-playing CD. Ideal for Funeral Chapel Play, Prayer and Meditation, Yoga, Reiki and Massage Accompaniment. Features the selections of A Special Visit, A Healing Time, An Angel Hymn and Rainbow Song. These serve also as a perfect backdrop for reading your own designed guided imagery words to therapy and hospice patients or for staff support meetings or gentle reflections during a service. It can also be used during the actual ritual of candlelights when there is a large group.

Track Listing:

1. A Special Visit (21:58)

2. A Healing Time (24:05)

3. An Angel Hymn (20:21)

4. Rainbow Song (19:53)

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by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Addressing the inevitable grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one, this encouraging and supportive reference provides comfort in the midst of overwhelming sadness. Preventing mourners from becoming tangled in a web of despair, this guide shows how the smallest amount of hope can be nurtured into a confident sense of being, lighting the path towards a future of love, joy, and meaning. Featuring a series of reflective passages and quotations, this handbook makes it possible to roll up one’s sleeves and make healing a reality.

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Penned with a compelling elegance and charm, the "Practical Art of Suicide Assessment" is brimming with clinical wisdom, enlightening case illustrations and a vibrant sense of compassion. Viewed as one of the classics in the field of mental health, and acclaimed by both beginning students and experienced clinicians alike, it describes in a step-by-step fashion exactly how to make a sound suicide assessment. Dr. Shea explores the causes of suicidal ideation as well as the nuances of risk actors, protective factors, and the complexities of the clinical formulation of risk. He skillfully integrates all of this information for the reader by using real-life case examples and addressing daunting clinical challenges head-on such as assessing suicide risk with clients coping with borderline personality disorder or psychotic process. In addition Dr. Shea brings to life the highly acclaimed interview strategy for uncovering suicidal ideation, planning, behavior and intent the "Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE Approach)". Dr. Shea, the originator of the CASE Approach, shows exactly how to creatively and flexibly use its innovative interviewing techniques to match the unique needs of every client. The CASE Approach has been described by the noted suicidologist and past President of the American Association of Suicidology, David Jobes, Ph.D. as follows: "The CASE Approach moves the clinician almost imperceptibly into the secret internal workings of the mind and soul of the patient tormented by suicidal ideation. I believe that the CASE Approach is a remarkable conceptual and clinical contribution to the field of suicidology. It should be taught to any front-line clinician. It has the power to meaningfully save lives." Dr. Shea concludes the book with a no-nonsense approach to documenting a suicide risk assessment that can both help to save a client's life as well as keep the clinician out of court. Respected across the globe, the Practical Art of Suicide Assessment has been translated into languages as diverse as French and Japanese. Mental Health Presses is pleased to re-issue this classic in contemporary suicide prevention (originally published in 2002).

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Tips and Techniques for Professionals

by Stacey Freedenthal

Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s suicidal danger and rebuilding the wish to live. The techniques described in the book can be interspersed into any type of therapy, no matter what the professional’s theoretical orientation is and no matter whether it’s the client’s first, tenth, or one-hundredth session. Clinicians don’t need to read this book in any particular order, or even read all of it. Open the book to any page, and find a useful tip or technique that can be applied immediately.

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by Thomas Attig

In The Heart of Grief, Attig gives us an inspiring and profoundly insightful meditation on the meaning of grief, showing how it can be the path toward a lasting love of those who have died. Recounting dozens of stories of people who have struggled with deaths in their lives, he describes grieving as a transition from loving in presence to loving in separation. The thing we long for most--the return of the one who is missing--is the very thing that we can never have, kindling the intense pain of our loss. But Attig argues that we can, in fact, build an enduring, even reciprocal, love, a love that tempers our pain. He tells stories, for instance, of a young girl taking some of her dead sister's practical advice as she enters high school, a widower realizing how much intimate life with his wife has colored his character, and an athlete drawing inspiration from his dead brother and achieving what they had dreamed of together. Far from forgetting our loved ones, Attig urges us to explore ways in which our memories of the departed can be sustained, our understanding of them enhanced, and their legacies embraced, so they continue to play active roles in our everyday and inner lives.

Groundbreaking and original, inspiring and compassionate, The Heart of Grief offers guidance, comfort, and a new understanding of how we grieve.

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Going on a Journey is a book created to help readers of all ages deal with life's struggles. The woods are a metaphor for the darkness that can surround us in times of sadness and doubt. The story invites readers to travel along at their own pace, while reminding them that, when they are ready, they can reach out for the help they need.

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Featuring more than 225 user-friendly handouts and worksheets, this is an essential resource for clients learning dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, and those who treat them. All of the handouts and worksheets discussed in Marsha M. Linehan's DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, are provided, together with brief introductions to each module written expressly for clients. Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT has been demonstrated effective in treatment of a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. No single skills training program will include all of the handouts and worksheets in this book; clients get quick, easy access to the tools recommended to meet their particular needs. The 8 1/2" x 11" format and spiral binding facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print additional copies of the handouts and worksheets.

Mental health professionals, see also the author's DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, which provides complete instructions for teaching the skills. Also available: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, the authoritative presentation of DBT, and Linehan's instructive skills training videos for clients--Crisis Survival Skills: Part One, Crisis Survival Skills: Part Two, From Suffering to Freedom, This One Moment, and Opposite Action.

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by Eiko Kadono

When Grandma dies, Grandpa is too sad to do anything.  All day long, day after day, he sits by himself in his house.  Then, one day, Grandpa wakes up and decides to try to make the soup his wife used to make for him.  Unexpected visitors, hungry for soup, keep arriving at his door.  Soon, Grandpa discovers that sharing with his new friends is the best cure for his loneliness.

A warm story about loss and friendship.

Color illustrations throughout

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by Stéphane Gerson

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A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away 

On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah’s Green River, Stéphane Gerson’s eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That night, as darkness fell, Stéphane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. “It’s just the three of us now,” Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. “We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.”

Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison’s resolution. At the heart of the book is an unflinching portrait of a marriage tested. Husband and wife grieve in radically different ways that threaten to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds. (“He feels so far,” Stéphane says when Alison shows him a selfie Owen had taken. “He feels so close,” she says.) With beautiful specificity, Stéphane shows how they resist that isolation and reconfigure their marriage from within.

As Stéphane navigates his grief, the memoir expands to explore how society reacts to the death of a child. He depicts the “good death” of his father, which reveals an altogether different perspective on mortality. He excavates the history of the Green River—rife with hazards not mentioned in the rafting company’s brochures. He explores how stories can both memorialize and obscure a person’s life—and how they can rescue us.

Disaster Falls is a powerful account of a life cleaved in two—raw, truthful, and unexpectedly consoling.

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By Cathy Cheshire. I want to drastically improve how the world typically thinks about anybody suffering after the death of a cherished child. Instead of a trauma they will never get over, they can enrich their life with one of the greatest lessons about love after natural grieving. I had a life filled with heartbreak and then my beloved only child died. I relay with painful honesty how I spiraled into a dark relentless depression and then learned to live again in a powerful way surprising even me.

Product code is THAO

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by Thomas Attig, photography by William L. Rathje

Catching Your Breath in Grief ...and grace will lead you home is a one-of-a-kind, heart-to-heart invitation to reflect on essential realities of life, deep human needs in soul and spirit, agonies of loss, and the hope and meaning possible in dark times. Written by Thomas Attig, a leading scholar in the field of death, dying, and bereavement, it is a remarkably accessible, even lyrical, treatment of profound truths from philosophy, depth psychology, and spirituality. Its combination of engaging text and uncannily matched, exquisite photographs is unique.

As the author reflects on aspects of a universal story whose themes thread through the world's great spiritual and religious traditions, he invites readers to join in wondering about their own personal losses, loves, and lives. And he guides them in seeking hopeful paths to walk in the next chapters of their own life stories.

About the Author: THOMAS ATTIG, PhD, is an applied philosopher and author of "How We Grieve: Relearning the World" (revised edition, 2011) and "The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love" (2000), both published by Oxford University Press. A Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Network on Personal Meaning, Tom Attig now lives in Victoria, British Columbia where he continues writing and teaching online. He invites you to visit his website at www.griefsheart.com.

About the Photographer: WILLIAM RATHJE, PhD (1945-2012), was a renowned archaeologist best known for The Garbage Project, using archaeological methods to mine landfills for insight into contemporary culture. His photos appeared in National Geographic, Natural History, and Shambala Sun. He photographed the natural world to provide vivid emotional connections with the assimilation of life's ups and downs. See "Remembering Bill" at www.griefsheart.com.

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Convergence
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10 Things That Remind Me of Lara, by Peter J. Warshaw

This collection of poems is part of the author's journey to survive the loss of his wife to suicide.

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By Patricia Ellen, Ginny Keegan and Frankie Odom 

When illness enters a family, it can be both a difficult time and an opportunity to strengthen family ties. This guidebook from The Center for Grieving Children’s Tender Living Care program shares stories of families and the ways they have found to deal with the ups and downs an illness brings. From the point of diagnosis, this book will help you and your children as you adjust to the changing realities of serious illness. At the end of each chapter are activities that will help you and your family to both explore the feelings that arise during illness and to celebrate family life.

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Second Edition

by Gary Karp

There are 1.7 million regular wheelchair users in the United States. Like anyone else, they work, marry, have children, travel, play sports, and are full members of their community. Life on Wheels makes sure they take full advantage of every available opportunity. It is the A-Z guide for all you need to know about every aspect of living with mobility impairment. This unique book offers an initial road map to the lifelong, complex, and fascinating road of the disability experience. Life on Wheels is primarily a guidebook for those with a mobility disability, offering practical information on how to:

adapt your home

choose a wheelchair

explore your sexuality

take care of your body and much more!

"Gary Karp juggles the information we need to know with a comprehensive guidance and his remarkable sense of humor. This invaluable tool will be used over and over again and is filled with exciting and important new discoveries!" - Peter T. Wilderotter, President & CEO, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

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New York Times bestseller

From acclaimed poet and novelist Jill Bialosky, the New York Times bestselling exploration of her sister’s suicide and the lifelong impact it had on those left behind—“a beautifully composed, deeply reflective work” (Publishers Weekly).

“It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy…It is so easy to achieve.” —Kim’s journal entry, May 3, 1988

On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky’s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she took her mother’s car keys, went into the garage, closed the garage door. She climbed into the car, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Her body was found the next morning by the neighborhood boy her mother hired to cut the grass.

Those are the simple facts, but the act of suicide is anything but simple. For twenty years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by Kim’s suicide. Now, in a remarkable work of literary nonfiction, she re-creates with unsparing honesty her sister’s inner life, the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our own reactions and responses to it—especially the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.

Combining Kim’s diaries with family history and memoir, drawing on the works of doctors and psychologists as well as writers from Melville and Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stevens, Bialosky gives us a stunning exploration of human fragility and strength. She juxtaposes the story of Kim’s death with the challenges of becoming a mother and her own exuberant experience of raising a son. This is a book that explores all aspects of our familial relationships—between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters—but particularly the tender and enduring bonds between sisters.

History of a Suicide brings a crucial and all too rarely discussed subject out of the shadows, and in doing so gives readers the courage to face their own losses, no matter what those may be. This searing and compassionate work reminds us of the preciousness of life and of the ways in which those we love are inextricably bound to us.

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by Sherry A. Phillips with reflections by the Rev. Eugene Blake

Landscape of Loss touches both the emotions and intellect of a grieving person. Sherry Phillips writes about the sudden death of her husband, relating the feelings, struggles, and frustrations she encounters. Rev. Eugene Blake, as a pastor and grief counselor, shares the knowledge gained from study and leading a bereavement support group. This distinctive balance allows the reader to connect with Sherry's feelings and to learn more about the grieving process from Gene's reflections. More than a series of inspirational adages or a steps-to-survival manual, this unique book is a collection of impressions which reassures people they can grow through their grief. Grief should not be avoided. Facing it, expressing feelings, and learning about the nature of grief are essential to survival. The authors' observations of nature and cycles of life are played out in the subtle theme of landscape and are used as a metaphor for spiritual transformation. The chapters are short and could be used a daily devotion. Sherry even writes chapters from the perspectives of her grandchild and mother-in-law, pointing out most deaths involve family members and friends. Although we may feel alone, we don't grieve alone.

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by Claire Ann Stevenson

This unique and beautiful collection of poems, written from the depths of a mother's broken heart, will touch and comfort others suffering the most devastating loss of all, the death of a child.  A year and a half after the tragic loss of her son, poetry started flowing through her. The release of her pain and anguish provided through this amazing outpouring helped facilitate her healing, and is offered here to help others heal.  Giving words to a grief that has no words, she will touch your heart.  Those suffering similar loss will find hope and strength in her poems.

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by Michael F. Myers, MD

Physicians are known to be a group of professionals who are at risk of taking their own lives. In this easy-to-read book, Dr. Michael Myers, a psychiatrist and specialist in physician health, attempts to explain the mystery of why some doctors, despite their calling and the adoration of their families, patients, students and colleagues, perish by suicide. He combines the powerful and gripping insights of dozens of bereaved people whom he interviewed for this project with disguised stories from his decades-long clinical practice to shed some light on this national tragedy.

The stigma attached to mental illness in doctors is ubiquitous and pernicious – and, because untreated illness is one of the major drivers to suicide, Dr. Myers argues that stigma must be fought with urgency and might. He makes across-the-board recommendations in an effort to prevent suicide in physicians and concludes that everyone has a role to play in saving a doctor’s life. This is a book about heartbreak, loss, prevailing, growth, passion and hope. It’s a book for doctors themselves, their families, those who train them, those who treat them and those who care about them.

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I Am a Rose: A Father's Journey CD

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A Little Dog Production

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Wake Up! DVD
Wake Up! DVD

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Peter Alsop with Kidpower and special guest John Ritter

Join Peter and his friend John Ritter at this fun family concert as they mix their silliness with peter's sing-alongs and with the wisdom and skills of Irene van de Zande and Timothy Dunphy from KIDPOWER. A great way to teach child abuse prevention skills to parents and children! The kids and the audience laugh and sing delighted by the power and clarity of the information. This DVD is a MUST for every home with children.

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An Emma Story

By Donna Mebane

People dealing with the death of a loved one especially the unexpected loss of a child, a sibling, or close friend will get a much needed lift from reading Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story because, on the day that Emma did not open her eyes in our world, they popped open bright and shiny in an after-world so credible and comforting that you soon find yourself hoping that it's real. Emma is a popular, spirited 19-year-old on the threshold of her dreams who dies suddenly in her sleep, from no known cause. The family grieves, the community mourns, but tomorrow comes, and Emma awakens in a place she calls AFTER. While it looks a lot like the Midwest hometown she knew BEFORE, she quickly finds that it is ... well ... totally different. She is no expert at first, but Emma soon discovers how to connect with her loved ones and also how to "live" without them. Those left in BEFORE, of course, have no idea that Emma lives on, and they do all the things that grievers do. They plod numbly through the depths of their grief looking for reason in senseless loss, yearning for respite from inconsolable pain, and ineptly going through the meaningless motions of life. But Emma with all of her verve and sass and rule-bending ways figures out how to re-connect. With artful use of Facebook, music, her iPhone, and other handy tools, Emma helps her loved ones get to a better place. Then she can turn to her new acquaintances in AFTER where there is some serious friend-making to do (she hopes ). This Emma story a one-of-a-kind work of reality fiction is a spellbinding account of love and hope put into words, remarkably, by Emma's mother a woman drowning in grief who found no other way to cope with Emma's death than to breathe life back into her and deliver her to a world that sustains her spirit as a living force ... a place where Emma's bright, beautiful star shines on and on.

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By Linda Wimberly

The single "Learning to Love Again" sung by Linda Wimberly and produced by Rising Sun Center for Loss & Renewal

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Especially For You
Especially For You

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Finding a New Purpose After Unspeakable Loss -- 615 pages

Awakening from every parent's worst nightmare, the death of his oldest son in a car crash, journalist and aspiring teacher Ken Brack sets out to find how people rebuild their lives after catastrophic loss. Meeting parents and siblings, students and entrepreneurs from across the country, Brack gathers the wrenching and ultimately uplifting stories of people who grow through extraordinary trials by finding a new purpose. Many of them confront the very forces that tore open their lives, which can exact a heavy cost. Especially For You offers fresh light on our responses to horrific ordeals, driven by an arresting emotional intimacy in the author's narrative voice.

Among the select families Brack follows are two parents whose response to tragedy breaks the silence about sexual assaults on college campuses as they confront a national disgrace. Other complete accounts are gathered for the first time, including those of the brother and friends of a volunteer firefighter who are inspired by his unselfishness to create a day of service and remembrance honoring 9/11 victims. Three brothers from Poland confront their Holocaust memories decades later to reassert their humanity, finding a mashed-up space to reconcile the past. Moving through such trials, many of these people reclaim gifts their loved ones left while discovering a sacred duty. Together they offer hope to others searching for answers.

A hybrid of narrative, reportorial, and creative nonfiction, the book speaks passionately to readers facing loss and to a broader audience moved by stories of compassion, resilience, and our capacity to heal. Six years after losing their son, the author and his wife reach out to other bereaved families, opening a nonprofit with support groups, counseling, and wellness programs that has become a leading resource in southern New England. The couple endures other occasional fractures as he grapples with the cause of their son's death while she manages their nonprofit, Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, in Kingston, Ma. A decade later, Denise Brack decides to make quilts for their two other children from their son Michael's clothes, a creative, restorative step that emerges as a unifying metaphor.

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by Paul Alexander

Butterflies are messengers of joy and life. This song is perfect to enhance BUTTERFLY RELEASE CEREMONIES with an elegantly designed 80-page book featuring the lyrics, inspirational verses and award-winning photos. This inspirational and gift package will bring hope and healing on the gentle wings of the butterfly as it shares the wonders of its transforming beauty. The single CD by ASCAP award winner is haunting and calls us all to find hope in a beautiful memorial ceremony.

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with Paul Alexander

A 40-minute DVD featuring heartwarming and helpful interviews with bereaved parents, and grief support professionals offering wisdom for facing the holidays, anniversaries and special dates. An easy to watch DVD created by Paul Alexander, LCSW, who worked in a children's hospice and as a bereavement specialist, explores twelve points of facing the holidays while being true to one's grief and heart connections. It is used frequently for community and grief support workshops.

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Returning to Life After Caregiving Ends

Paraclete Video

Whether you have cared for your loved one for one year or many, when it ends, it will feel abrupt. The life and routine that have become yours suddenly come to an end with a finality that is painful on many levels. You have become a different person during your caregiving experience, yet you haven't had time to realize who that person is. Your focus was on someone else, and the thought of shifting that focus to yourself – may be scary. However, exploring who you are, now, as well as what you learned about yourself – and about life itself – during your caregiving experience can be an experience full of discovery and adventure...

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A New Beginning – There is a natural sense of loss when the need for our caregiving is over. We face the double sorrow of the death of our loved one as well as the ending of our primary purpose and role in life. It is important to acknowledge our grief and complicated feelings.

A New Normal – Part of the experience of after-caregiving is to find a "new normal." Many factors go into the development of a new identity after the death of a loved one. It is okay to feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and to ask for help in facing the unfamiliar.

New Life Discoveries – As we walk through the process of rebuilding our lives we find that life may turn out to be completely different, new, even exciting. It is important to give ourselves permission to experience these things and be willing to look toward the future.

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