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Grief Books (& Others)

For Bereaved Parents

Many bereaved parents feel very alone. However, you are not alone. We have many books written by bereaved parents for bereaved parents. We hope you find some comfort and some peace in their stories.

My First Christmas by Cathie Gray. If you have ever loss a loved one or know someone that has, you will need this book in your library. With  chapters like: A Quest For A New Normal,

A New Normal for Family and Friends, Men Hurt Too, and most importantly S.O.S. Saving Our Surviving-children, this is a powerfully packed wealth of information that the grieving

should not be found without. Your brokenhearted sorrow-filled individuals will now have a template of consolation and comfort designed to ease their anguish.

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by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel

A remarkable collection of poetry, fiction, and essays compiled by a journalist and a social worker, both of whom have lost a child, this bestselling compilation gets to the heart of this hardest of trials.

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A beautifully written book for all mother’s whose child has died. Angela writes from the heart and lets mothers know that they are not alone in this battle. Every page is filled with support, love and kindness. The illustrations and words in this book make it a must-have for all grieving mothers.

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A Father’s Story of Grief and Hope by Ted L. Wampler

The sudden, violent death of Mary Lee Wampler Hitch shattered the lives of her family. Mary Lee (wife, mother, daughter, sibling, teacher, and so much more) was killed when she lost control of her car on a rainy fall evening in 1995.  The author of Will Our Tears Forever Flow and Mary Lee’s father, Ted Wampler, takes us through his agonizing journey of grief–shock, denial, confusion, anger, guilt, depression, turning point and restoration.  This story is so powerful because the honesty, emotion, and healing process is laid bare in straight, well-written, plain talk.  Will Our Tears Forever Flow will help anyone, in the midst of grief, understand and come to grips with their feelings.  It will also help all of us understand that grief is just around the corner–a phone call away from changing our lives forever.

“We did not have any choice in what happened to us, but we do have a choice in how we use the experience” – Ted L. Wampler

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By Elizabeth Mehren

After Elizabeth Mehren lost her daughter, she set out to write the book she most needed: one that would offer solace, support, and inspiration.  Telling her own story and the stories of other bereaved parents–contemporary and historical–she discovered that this worst grief of all never ends, but that if you’re open to it, it can transform itself.  Above all, it is a journey. This book is both a guide and a meditation.  The author takes us through the process of grieving, from the effects of a child’s death on the parents’ marriage to what to say when someone asks, “Do you have children?”  This book also offers valuable advice for the friends and relatives of bereaved parents.   “After the Darkest Hour answers the most important question a bereaved parent asks: ‘Will I ever get over it?’  And the answer is yes and no.  No, you will never be the same person you were before.  But yes, you do reach the point where remembering does not overwhelm you as it did in the beginning.  You survive to see the day when you can love and laugh and enjoy the sunshine without the feeling that you are betraying your child by doing so.  We heal, but we remember, and living with the memory is part of the healing” – From the Foreword by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, Author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Author Information: Elizabeth Mehren is the mother of Emily Eaton Butterfield, who died on May 17, 1988, and Sam Butterfield, who was born in 1990.  A journalist and the author of Born Too Soon, she lives in the Boston area with her husband, Fox Butterfield.

ISBN10: 0-684-81170-7 ISBN13: 978-0-684-81170-3

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Is there life after death? Do you live after someone’s death? Both of you can, the griever and the deceased. This book will demonstrate that life is eternal and you can choose life after the death of a loved one. Healing and grief journeys will be as distinct as individuals. Death does not end connections with our loved ones. You can choose life after the death of a loved one and learn to live differently.

ISBN: 978-0-595-42864-9

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Artful Grief is a decade long study of loss by an art therapist, in the aftermath of her daughter’s suicide. On October 11, 2001, Sharon received a phone call in the middle of the night from the New York City Police Department telling her that her seventeen year old daughter Kristin, had “fallen” from the roof of her college dormitory. So began her journey into the labyrinth of unspeakable grief. As the first year drew to a close she found no comfort in traditional therapy, and no solace in spoken or written words. In surrender to her inner art therapist’s guidance, she began to create collages. She cut and tore images out of magazines and glued them on various size paper. The paper was a safe and sacred container, receptive to the fullness of emotion, story and paradox. Over time there was transformation and healing. Artful Grief A creative road map through violent dying and grief. A dose of “soul medicine” for survivors. A way to retrieve the pieces of a shattered life, with paper, scissors and glue. A resourceful tool for those suffering with complicated grief and/or PTSD. A place for the unspeakable to be seen and heard. A process to quiet the mind and open the heart. A visual experience of trauma images as illustrations of hope. A sample of prophetic dreams and meditations that are illuminating. A heartfelt sharing of “intimate secrets” for understanding and compassion. A surprising “grief gift” that is inspiring.

ISBN: 9781452568010

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Practical, caring tips for friends, family and caregivers

4-page handout

also available in Spanish

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Carol Barkin, Audrey Cohen, Lorenza Colletti, Barbara Eisenberg, Barbara J. Goldstein, Madelaine (Maddy) Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, and Rita Volpe, as told to Ellen Mitchell

revised edition - with a brand-new chapter written by young adults who lost their siblings

The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. Only those who have lived through it themselves can fully comprehend it.  In Beyond Tears, nine mothers whose children died as young adults lend comfort and direction to other bereaved parents in a chorus of supportive voices.  They candidly share what to expect in the first year and beyond: Once-harmonious relationships can become strained. There is a new definition of what one considers “normal.” The question “How many children do you have?” can be devastating. Mothers and Fathers may grieve and cope differently. Surviving siblings grieve and suffer as well. There simply is no answer to the question “Why?.” The act of sharing in itself is cathartic, and because these mothers lost their children more than seven years ago, they are in a unique position to provide perspective on what newly bereaved parents can expect to feel.  There comes a time when a grieving parent wonders if the cloud will ever lift and life will ever return to normal.  The mothers of Beyond Tears reassure you that the clouds do lessen with time and that you do find a way to survive.  Life will be forever changed, but you can learn to live and even laugh again.

ISBN10: 0-312-54519-3 ISBN13: 978-0-312-54519-2

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by Joy and Marv Johnson -- A Centering Corporation Resource

also available in Spanish

Living after the death of a child is not done according to a fixed pattern of emotions.  The various feelings and experiences are more like changes in weather.  About the time you believe the storm has passed, you find it returning to stir you again.  Some parents have described their grief as coming in waves.  Just when you least expect it, you are struck by the wave and carried along with it.  Grief is something you integrate into your life.  You don’t “get through it” or “get over it.”  You make it a part of you, just as your child will always be a part of you and never forgotten.

ISBN10: 1-56123-029-4 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-029-7

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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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by Sandy Fox

Best Books Award Finalist - USA Book News

A guide to coping and informational skills for bereaved parents, family members, friends, therapists, and grief related organizations.

This book will help the newly bereaved as well as the seasoned griever find their way through the darkness and into the light again to a life full of happiness and new meaning.

• Learn a variety of coping and informational skills to help any bereaved parent as they move through the grief process.

• Read over 80 articles dealing with topics such as anger, journaling, taking care of yourself, making a marriage work, childless issues, preserving a child’s memory, grief triggers, confronting negative statements, workplace grief, signs from our children, the importance of rituals and many more.

• Identify how to get through the various holidays.

• Read 10 inspirational stories that let you see how others cope.

• Go through grief book descriptions and purchase information.

• Delve into the abundant resource section listing many general and specific support groups, websites and chat rooms

Learning to rebuild your life with purpose is what all bereaved parents strive to attain. Using the ideas from those who have been there and readjusting them to fit your own situation can give you the practical and emotional support needed.

ISBN10:1-4502-3094-6 ISBN13: 978-1-4502-3094-0

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A Centering Corporation Resource

This is a support group in book form.  It is a collection of letters from bereaved parents to bereaved parents with other helpful information.  Some of the people who wrote are Sauni Wood, Susan Evans, Karen Fulcher, Martha Clark, Marie Teague, Denise Gleason, Marion Cohen, Darcie Sims, Marilyn Gryte, Sherokee Ilse, Erma Bombeck, Janice Harris Lord, Sister Jane Marie Lamb, Martha Eise, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Earl Grollman, Dean Koontz and Joseph Wambaugh.

Each page will tell you what other bereaved parents and siblings went through and how you can cope.  It is filled with compassion and love.

ISBN10: 1-56123-033-2 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-033-4

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by Marie Levine

After several years of writing a regular column about the despair, anger and confusion she felt after the death of her only child, Marie weaves the story of her own bereavement into a collection of essays, poems and writings that chronicle her own surviving mother’s journey.

“FIRST YOU DIE chronicles a mother’s harrowing and painful journey after the death of her only child and the daily steps of courage and strength it took to begin to live again and realize the incredible healing gift her son left behind.  It is a must read for any parent who has ever lost a part of their soul.” – James Van Praagh, Author of Talking to Heaven

“Clearly a significant addition to the literature of bereavement, particularly for parents whose children have died.  It is very well done and strikes a chord even with those of us who do not share the experience of that most painful loss.” – Michael Wilt, Augsburg Books

“Such deep, unfathomable grief makes poets of us all.  Only the quietly written word wrenched from the depths of the soul, comes close to describing the pain.  We the grieving translate the keening cries and the desperate screams of disbelief into the poetry that consoles us.” – Marie Levine

ISBN10: 1-59457-052-3 ISBN13: 978-1-59457-052-0

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Margaret H. Gerner (a bereaved grandparent)

Original Illustrations by Glenda Dietrich

Grief is the normal reaction to a loss.  Actually, we experience grief throughout our lives.  A pet dies.  A friend moves away.  Our children go off to college.  We lose a job.  We grieve these losses, but we don’t always realize that’s what we are doing.  With a grandchild’s death, we face one of life’s most painful griefs.

ISBN10: 1-56123-002-2 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-002-0

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Maribeth Wilder Doerr

When my first son was a stillborn, my husband and I traveled very different paths in our grief process, both of us alone, uncommunicative, afraid.  No one explained to us that we would embark upon a long journey of sadness.  In fact, we were not even told it was normal to grieve, and it certainly did not occur to us that we would each handle our loss very differently. Grief is a long, hard road.  I hope that in reading this book you will find the strength to assign your marriage the highest priority and become closer in the process.

ISBN10: 1-56123-053-7 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-053-2

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by Ann Goffe

The Power of Love … And the Possibility of Happy Endings

Daniel was a charismatic bundle of walking contradictions. Socially anxious, widely popular, he lived with the sensitivity of an angel, and the self-destructiveness of a demon. By his early teenage years, he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, ADD and alcohol dependency. By his late teens, he was a high school dropout and an opiate addict. At the same time, he was beloved and revered by his community of peers. To the world, he bore all the trappings of failure. But to his close-knit, far-flung friends he was a star and a legend; an irresistible, unforgettable, irreplaceable friend. Daniel died at age 23 from a drug overdose. For the Love of Daniel is an account of his life--a roller coaster ride of sadness and joy, heartache and solace, laughter, tears, tumult and rest. It is also a careful account of Daniel’s afterlife, and the chain of extraordinary events that moved the hearts and consciousness of those who grieved him. Most of the book is a love story, Daniel’s testament to the unalterable immense power of love, which offers even ultimate human tragedies a softer landing, the possibility of a happy ending.

ISBN13: 978-0-9888319-7-1

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By Kelly Farley with David DiCola

A collection of candid stories from grieving dads who were interviewed over a two-year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, “this terrible, terrible club,” which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale. They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty. Men that have shared their deepest and darkest moments. Moments that included thoughts of suicide, self-medication and homelessness. Some of these men have found their way back from the brink while others are still standing there, stuck in their pain. The core message of Grieving Dads is “you’re not alone.” It is a message that desperately needs to be delivered to grieving dads who often grieve in silence due to society’s expectations. As any grieving parent will tell you, there are no words to describe the hell one experiences after the death of a child. Many men have no clue how to deal with or understand the myriad emotional, mental, and physical responses experienced after the death of a child. Stories appearing in the book have been carefully selected to represent a cross-section of fathers, as well as a diverse portrayal of loss. This approach helps reflect the full spectrum of grief, from the early days of shock and trauma to the long view after living with loss for many years. Any bereaved father will find brotherhood in these pages, and will feel that someone understands them. While there is plenty of raw emotion in this book—the stories are not exercises in self-pity nor are they studies in grief. They are survival stories instead. Some are testimonies to hope. Some are gut-wrenching accounts of overwhelming despair. But all of them are real-life stories from real-life grieving dads, and they show that even if one reaches his physical and emotional bottom, it is possible (although not easy) to live through that pain and find one’s way to the other side of grief. Most dads in this book found themselves in a state of physical, mental, and emotional collapse after the death of their child. As if the losses alone weren’t enough to drive these men to the brink, most try to deal with their grief according to the conventional wisdom so many men are brought up with, which perversely, increases their suffering all the more. We all know the party line about how men are “supposed” to deal with loss or even disappointment: toughen up, get back to work, take it like a man, support your wife, don’t talk about your emotions, don’t lose control, and if you must cry—by all means do so in private.

ISBN10: 0-985205-18-0 ISBN13: 978-0-985205-18-8

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

The unthinkable has happened: your child has died.  The normal circle of life has been broken and you have outlived your child.  How do you go on?  What can you do with your pain?  Where do you turn?  What do other grieving parents do not only survive, but over time and with the support of others, to live and love fully again? This book offers 100 practical ideas that have helped other grieving parents understand and reconcile their grief.  Common challenges for grieving parents, such as dealing with marital stress, helping surviving siblings, dealing with hurtful advice and exploring feelings of guilt, are also addressed.  Whether your child was young or an adult, whether your loss was recent or many years ago, this compassionate and easy-to-use resource will be a source of comfort and healing. From the Foreword by Andrea Gambill, Editor of Bereavement magazine: “Access to this kind of help when my daughter died would have made a major difference in my grief.  I would have draped this gem over a silken cord and worn it around my neck 24 hours a day.  I recommend one for your bedside table, one for your car, one for your desk and one for everyone who cares about you.”

ISBN10: 1-879651-30-0 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-30-2

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Have you been contacted by a loved one who has died?

By Bill & Judy Guggenheim

Is there life after death? Will we be reunited with our deceased loved ones when we die? Can they communicate with us now?   Hello From Heaven! is the first complete study of an exciting new field of research called After-Death Communication, or ADC.  This is a spiritual experience that occurs when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died.  During their seven years of research, the authors collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts from people who believe they have been contacted by a deceased love one. The 353 ADC accounts in Hello From Heaven! offer: Fascinating modern-day evidence of life after death, Comfort and emotional support for those who are bereaved, Hope for those who yearn to be reunited with a loved one who has died, Courage and strength for those who have a life-threatening illness, Inspiration for caregivers to the elderly and the terminally ill, Insight and reassurance for those who are fearful of death, Inner peace for those whose hearts and minds are awaiting this good news. You will treasure these uplifting messages from those who continue to exist in a life beyond physical death.  Their profound communications of love offer comfort, hope, and a spiritual inspiration to all readers.

ISBN10: 0-553-57634-8 ISBN13: 978-0-553-57634-4

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by Paul C. Rosenblatt

Many parents who have experienced the death of a child struggle with painful and at times overwhelming marital problems. Grieving can create great marital distance, and it can magnify those problems that existed before the child’s death. Grieving parents often fear that divorce is a real possibility. This book can help.

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By Chuck Collins

Holding Onto Love blends an anguished father’s heartfelt experience with advice from respected authors to offer comfort and hope to parents reeling from the death of a child. Chuck Collins’ refreshing, down-to-earth writing style explores the anguish and hopelessness of child loss and exposes the myriad of emotional landmines grieving families face. The author rejects the common belief that bereaved fathers and mothers must “move on” or “get over it” to have normal lives. In contrast, Chuck offers a strategy for survival and healing that recognizes a new sense of normal and renewed purpose in life. A special chapter educates relatives and friends how to reach out to a grief-stricken family, what not to say or do, and includes a checklist of helpful suggestions. Holding Onto Love tackles difficult topics including spousal and sibling grief, returning to work, handling holidays, grieving through investigations, civil or criminal litigation, and shares the author’s attempts for after-death communication. This candid, but gentle account finds hope through the tears and is a must read for grieving families and their loved ones.

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Sandy Fox

New edition – Updated Resources

Twenty-five families open their hearts and share stories of courage, hope and their attempts to make sense out of the most unbearable loss of all.  What did they do to move on with their lives, to make each day meaningful again, to remember their child?  Learn how these parents help others and what advice they have to give bereaved parents and caregivers.

“Whether it is a month or ten years, the pain from the death of a child never goes away.  Nothing reassures more than the compassionate emotions many will be able to relate to in these honest, poignant, inspirational stores.” – Donna McBride, SADD National Director of Field Services

ISBN13: 978-0-595-16118-8

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By Dennis L. Apple

Even though years have gone by and life has moved on, Dennis Apple still struggles with living in a world without his son. These pages share a glimpse of the unspeakable pain, helplessness, and frustration parents experience when their child dies. Using excerpts from his journal, Dennis shares his painful yet promising story and offers comfort and connection to those walking similar paths. If you are on the dark and lonely road of grief and loss, Dennis’ gentle words and honest understanding will give you hope and tender guidance for your difficult journey.

“Dennis Apple has done us a huge favor.  He has shown us how to use our pain to help others.  This is a remarkable story.” – Dr Grace H. Ketterman, psychiatrist

“Every so often, a grief survivor writes a book that invites me to rethink what I believe about grief.  This is that book.” – Harold Ivan Smith, grief educator

“Dennis Apple gives us the rare opportunity to express our spiritual woundedness. He invites us to weep, to remember, to feel, and, yes, to heal.  Embrace this book.  Or, better, yet, let the love and hope of this book embrace you.” – Richard B Gilbert, executive director of the World Pastoral Care Center

Author Information: Dennis L Apple has started several support groups and also counsels couples and individuals who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  He serves as staff pastor at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas.  He and his wife, Beulah, live in Olathe, and have an adult son, Andrew.

ISBN10: 0-8341-2365-7 ISBN13: 978-0-8341-2365-6

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Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter

By Judith R. Bernstein, Ph.D.

A poignant and sensitive book that offers bereaved parents the comfort of learning how others have navigated this rutted road.  It is the first book to assess the enduring consequences of loss and the first to shed light on the evolution in values, perceptions, and relationships that follow the death of a child.  With great honesty and empathy, it acknowledges that no family ever “recovers” from this tragedy, but rather adapts to a life irretrievably altered.

“Quite simply the best book I know of to help bereaved parents – clear, compassionate, and absolutely on target.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

“When the Bough Breaks is a sensitive and honest description of the overwhelming journey bereaved families endure as they struggle to adjust to their new lives.  Not only is this one of the best books I’ve ever read for bereaved families, but it also offers some real insights for those who care about bereaved parents and siblings.” – Diana Cunningham, executive director of The Compassionate Friends

ISBN10: 0-8362-5282-9 ISBN13: 978-0-8362-5282-8.

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also available in English

By Joy and Marv Johnson -- A Centering Corporation Resource

Para padres que están sufriendo la muerte de un hijo Sobrevivir la muerte de un hijo no se realiza de acuerdo a un patrón fijo de emociones.  Los diversos sentimientos y experiencias se asemejan al clima.  Justo cuando crees que la tormenta ha pasado, ésta regresa para afectarte nuevamente.  Algunos padres han descrito la pena como olas.  Cuando menos las esperas, se estrellan contra ti y te revuelcan.  La pena es algo que se convierte en parte de tu vida.  Nunca “la dejas atrás” o “la superas”.  Es parte de ti, tal como tu hijo, siempre será parte de ti y nunca lo olvidarás.

Living after the death of a child is not done according to a fixed pattern of emotions.  The various feelings and experiences are more like changes in weather.  About the time you believe the storm has passed, you find it returning to stir you again.  Some parents have described their grief as coming in waves.  Just when you least expect it, you are struck by the wave and carried along with it.  Grief is something you integrate into your life.  You don’t “get through it” or “get over it.”  You make it a part of you, just as your child will always be a part of you and never forgotten.

ISBN10: 1-56123-040-5 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-040-2

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A bereaved parent, Margot Kenefick Burkle, created this healing journal. A meaningful family keepsake that includes thoughts from mom and dad, sibling, grandparents, pages for special memories, footprints, handprints and memories and reflections. A family treasure.

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Restoration After the Death of a Child

By Marie Levine

When Marie and Phil Levine’s 22-year-old son, Peter, their only child, is killed in a car accident just three months after graduating from Syracuse University, they embark on a harrowing journey of grief, despair and hopelessness. In "First You Die", Marie describes how their lives are changed during those first harrowing years.  Now, in The Tincture of Time, Marie once again manages to vividly put into words what life has become after close to two decades of life without their beloved child. Just as First You Die is a must-read for those beginning this journey, this collection of essays and reflections is a wonderful beacon of hope for those who must learn how to restore their lives and find peace again after losing a child.  It is also an eye-opening depiction of how the journey continues despite the uninitiated thinking seasoned travelers are “over it.”

ISBN10: 1-45386455-5 ISBN13: 978-1-45386455-5

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By Jane Vair Bissler, Ph.D., LPCC, FT and Lisa J. Heiser, M.A., LCPC, NCC

It is written for all those who have ever loved another with the depths of their heart. It describes the continuing connections of such love between those who have passed to the other side and those who have been bereaved. In this book, we describe the ways in which these loving connections support, enable, and empower grief-stricken individuals to regain emotional equilibrium, attain a sense of peace, and acquire new vitality and unexpected joy for living again.

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by Juanita White

When your grown child dies you are bereaved, devastated, shocked, numbed and all too often, forgotten. In this sensitive book we explore the many feelings that accompany this great loss. This child may be grown, but this child is still your little girl, your little boy, yours.

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by Mary Jane Cronin

No one should have to experience the death of their own child. Mary Jane Cronin has written not just a fact-filled book about loss and grief , but one that included her personal journey to understand, accept and heal following the 1998 murder of her own son. In this country, over 75,000 children under the age of eighteen die every year. And this fear becomes a reality. November Mourning offers insight and hope as it explores the many emotions parents often feel following the loss of a child. Travel with Mary Jane through denial and anger as her own quest leads her to one day find acceptance and comfort. Learn about the stages of grief and techniques to help move through them easier. Discover what other parents have said and done to help reduce their own suffering. Recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of grief. See how people can help or hinder your healing. Research has shown it does not matter whether their child was a newborn or an adult, the natural order of life these parents have come to trust, and their very existence and purpose are forever changed. November Mourning addresses the many emotions parents may face in a world they now know holds no promises of safety or longevity.

ISBN: 9780615239781

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By Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback for the Detroit Lions

with Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley

President’s Book Awards Winner

Real Men Do Cry is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback.  With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable. Real Men Do Cry is packed with practical resources for families living with depression and is a valuable tool for counselors and mental health professionals nationwide.  Resources include: Nine-symptom checklist for depression, Signs of depression and possible suicide risk, actions to avert depression. Eric works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as outreach coordinator, where he travels nationwide speaking to teens and adults about ways to recognize the signs of depression and risks for potential suicide. “For so long I had been subconsciously creating problems, major and minor, to distract myself from the central fact that my 15-year-old son Jeff was dead.  I somehow feel that if I can save just one life, then Jeff’s death was not in vain.”

ISBN10: 0-9816219-2-9 ISBN13:978-0-9816219-2-0

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A Grieving Father’s Journey to Wholeness and Healing by R. Glenn Kelly. As a grieving father, R. Glenn Kelly exposes the inner thoughts of a man who has lost the most precious of gifts; his child. Written with the powerful and honest emotion that only someone who has walked in his shoes can truly understand, R. Glenn provides encouragement, insight, and hope to men who are “in the club no one wants to belong to.” He allows us to walk with him on his path from hidden despair to emerging hope as he discovers his way towards living a life that is fulfilling and honoring to the legacy left behind by his son. Although intended for grieving fathers, Sometimes I Cry in the Shower benefits anyone who has lost a loved one, or loves someone who has. With compassion, humor, and sincerity, Mr. Kelly shows us that love never dies and hope is truly eternal.

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by Adina Wrobleski. Goes into detail about victimization, social stigma, guilt, anger, history and recovery. The main thing for you to remember is: You are not to blame for the death of your child. The decision for death has to belong to your child, not you.

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By Harriet Sarnoff Schiff

This is the classic book for parents whose child has died–and for all who want to help them.  Many such parents feel that no one can help because no one can understand the complex ramifications of their tragedy: the exhaustion, the quarrels with mates, the sleeplessness, the panic, the inertia, the horror of laughter–all the seemingly endless aftermath of sorrow and despair.  Yet, because she herself is a bereaved mother, Harriet Sarnoff Schiff is able to give genuine comfort.  If you have a lost child, you know that pain is like yours cannot be erased, and Schiff does not attempt to do so.  Instead, she offers guide-lines and practical step-by-step suggestions to help you cope with every stage of grief, from facing the funeral to rebuilding your marriage.  Her book will convince you that you, too, can find your way back to the land of the living.

“The Bereaved Parent is a beautiful book.  It speaks to all those who have lived through the experience of the death of a child.  It does not make death beautiful, it does not console in an unrealistic way – but it tells the truth – and is very reassuring and helpful because of it.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.

“A practical, reassuring book on how to cope with the death of a child and how to go about rebuilding the lives of the survivors.” – Newsweek

ISBN10: 0-14-005043-4 ISBN13: 978-0-14-005043-1

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by Elaine E. Stillwell

Bereaved parents know the excruciating pain of losing a child. Elaine, mother of two children killed in a car accident, offers this collection of life-giving lessons gathered over years of experience as a grief minister. Includes creating a new normal, bearing the soul, seasons and more. From the Book: “As you turn the pages, notice that chapter titles and sub-headings begin with active words, because grief work demands action in order for us to grow fully into the new person we become. May you discover new rays of light to illuminate your journey as a parent who has lost your beloved child, and may your heart gently open to the joys of life again.”

ISBN13: 978-0-87946-260-4

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Beloved singer-songwriter Judy Collins draws on her personal experience with her son’s suicide to guide readers through grieving the loss of a loved one who has died under tragic circumstances. Drawing on her own experience, as well as her conversations with hundreds of people who have grieved the tragic death of a friend or family member, Judy has culled together seven powerful steps toward healing.

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For Fathers Who Have Experienced the Death of a Child

Gives permission to feel and cry.

4-page handout

also available in Spanish

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An 8-page handout for grandparents wanting to help their children while grieving themselves. Talks about grief, what you can do to help and holidays.

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Spanish version of Being With Parents After Their Child or Baby Dies

Practical, caring tips for friends, family and caregivers

4-page handout

also available in English

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How 14 families dealt with the loss of their children and continued to live.

by Lisa Epperson

After experiencing the death of her 13 year old son, Lisa decided to write this book hoping to help educate those that have lost children along with those trying to help the bereaved parents and families.  Lisa interviewed 14 families and asked them over 20 questions regarding the loss of their child.  Everything from how the death affected the marriage, church life intimacy, siblings, work has been covered. Also questions regarding what the family has done with the child's clothes, room, apartment, home, automobile, etc. is included, as well as best and worst advice and what the family has done to honor the memory of their child.  The ages of the children that passed away is from 20 minutes to 35 years of age.  This book is a very useful resource for those that have lost children along with those trying to help them.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Sara Rich Wheeler and Margaret Pike

Helps with funeral planning, practical issues, deaths of all ages of children, men and women’s grief, phases of mourning, caring for yourself and unfinished business. “It doesn’t matter if your child was the tiniest infant or one who grew to adulthood and even old age. It is the relationship with your child that forms these powerful emotions.”

ISBN10: 1-56123-052-9 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-052-5

Regular price: $7.95

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by Kathleen O'Hara, MA

A Grief Like No Other is the book no one wants to ever have to buy; sadly, many people continue to need it. From 9/11 to Cindy Sheehan's son – from mass tragedies like the recent London bombings to Law and Order type crimes that make the news only to be replaced by another name. As such, more people are left with the aftermath of dealing with the violent death of a loved one. It brings its own special brand of grieving since victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Kathleen O'Hara knows both sides of this coin. As a therapist, she has counseled hundreds of people dealing with grief. As a mother, she saw her worst fears realized when her college-aged son was brutally murdered in 1999. In the aftermath of Aaron's murder, O'Hara developed the seven-stage journey that is at the heart of A Grief Like No Other. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.

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100 Practical Ideas After Your Grandchild Dies. Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through the loss of a grandchild.

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By Laura Diehl. Christian Traditions. Each page has a word (for example, confusion, helpless, anger, future, hope, comfort, thankful, etc.) surrounded by beautiful artwork which is intentionally hand drawn. You may see uneven, wobbly lines and maybe even an occasional mistake. This mirrors life much clearer than a perfect computer generated drawing. Life throws things at us that make us feel uneven and wobbly. And occasionally we blow it. But if we continue on, in the end, it will be beautiful.

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Sufficient Grace

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Conference

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by Kelly Gerken

Sufficient Grace chronicles not only one family's painful journey through the stormy sea of grief after the loss of three of their five children, but also shares the lessons learned about the true faith and grace God gives to His people, even in the midst of life's storms. It also tells about the birth of Sufficient Grace Ministries, and includes helpful information for families walking through grief after the loss of a child.

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by Iris Bolton with Curtis Mitchell

This book was inspired by the suicide of Curtis Mitchell Bolton, 20-year-old son of the author, Iris Mitchell Bolton. Mrs. Bolton describes in detail the journey she made from the devastation of losing her son Mitch by suicide to the step by step healing that took place in her life. The book is hopeful and helpful to those who have suffered any loss from death, divorce, or separation. It gives promise of recovery and healing and learning to live with the terrible event.

Written in 1983, MY SON...MY SON... is now in its 22nd printing. This book ships to countries all over the world, from Australia and New Zealand to England and South Africa. It is being used as a teaching guide for students in colleges from California to Maine. Ministers, priests and rabbis have found the book helpful as they minister to those who have suffered any loss.

MY SON...MY SON...Will Help You If You Are:

Bereaved, Grieving or Mourning

A Friend or Acquaintance of Someone in Mourning

A Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Mental Health Worker

A Physician, Nurse, or Hospital Employee

A Clergyman or Funeral Director

A School Counselor, Teacher or Administrator

An Attorney, Police Officer or Juvenile Justice Worker

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He Plays a Harp - a memoir by Roberta King chronicles the short life and death of Noah as told through his mother's point of view. Readers will experience the unimaginable, challenging and frustrating circumstances of raising a child with a severe and life-threatening disability. But make no mistake; this isn't a book about a child who has died. It is about a child who has lived. He Plays a Harp is a story about how an everyday family, living under extraordinary circumstances, refused to let their son live anything less than a normal life. While the author's grief and loss are undeniable, her matter-of-fact writing style, sharp sense of humor and fierce love for her child will have readers laughing through their tears at tales of mischief and hilarity that all loving families experience.

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by Tim Nelson

Sixth Edition

This pocket-sized book is for men who experience the death of their infant child -- whether it be miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Meant to be a guide during the early hours and days after finding out the news of their baby's death, the book offers suggestions for communicating with medical caregivers, offering support to their partner, telling the news to other children, making funeral arrangements and taking care of themselves in a time of crisis. It goes on to talk about effective communications during the weeks and months following the loss, going to a support group, returning to the workplace, and the issues surrounding a subsequent pregnancy.

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written by Amy Camie

book and CD set

"I Will Always Be With You" was written as a lullaby for the child in all of us after September 11, 2001

After September 11, 2001, my heart ached for all those children who lost their parents...and for all those parents who lost their children. As a mother, that is one of my greatest fears - to think my children will be without me. As a professional harpist, I use music to express my feelings, so one October evening I was playing a new melody on the harp. Our two sons named the melody, "I Will Always Be With You" then went to bed. My heart opened and the words came. In 15 minutes the song was complete. It was so simple...yet it said everything.

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Includes these books: When Someone You Love Completes Suicide, Suicide of a Child, Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, and For Better or Worse. Also includes Because We Care... book bag and a caring card, which you can sign.

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On September 9th, 2010, the day Todd was killed, Jeanne’s art studio closed. Unfinished paintings sat on easels. Brushes, caked with paint rested on their palette. Four months later she again began to paint--not the normal sea related paintings; but paintings in honor and memory of her beloved son, Todd. This book relates her personal journey in learning how to navigate through her new ‘state of being’ as a Gold Star Mom with pride and a greater understanding of God’s love and grace.

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by Nisha Zenoff, PhD

Support, Guidance, and Wisdom From Others Who Have Been There

Charting the long path from the worst possible nightmare, shock, trauma, and overwhelming pain, to a life that once again miraculously contains joy, love, and laughter, The Unspeakable Loss addresses the importance of self-compassion and self-care. Written in a Q & A format, it goes to the heart of grief, answering the urgent questions that accompany loss. “Will my tears ever stop?” “Who am I now without my child?” “How can I help my other children cope?” “ I lost my only child, how do I live?” “Will my marriage survive?” “Will life ever feel worth living again?” The book addresses bereaved family members no matter where they are in their grief process, whether newly bereaved or dealing with a death that occurred many years earlier. It provides an in-depth perspective on how the death of a child affects siblings, other family members and friends, and offers a unique long-term perspective on grief. While books on grief have sadness at their core, this one contains invaluable hope about surviving and living a purposeful and meaningful life in the aftermath of such heartbreak. The Unspeakable Loss emphasizes love, truth and the often unspoken “signs and signals” from loved ones. It doesn’t flinch from the reality or pain caused by the death of a child, yet ultimately it is a book about the choice to embrace life again.

“There can be few better guides to dealing with the death of a child. Inspired by the death of her son, Victor, Nisha Zenoff has crafted a fresh and compelling book sharing practical advice and wisdom for those in early loss as well as those who are through the initial shock. It is an important read for friends, families and therapists as well as the bereaved that are looking for support and seeking to transform their experience in positive ways.”

–Gloria C. Horsley, Ph.D., MFT, CNS, President and Founder of Open to Hope Foundation

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written and illustrated by Laurel Fraher

An illustrated book for all ages, which shares a gentle message that the loved ones we've lost will always be a part of our lives.

See Me in the Wonder began as a way to teach our children about having a loved one who has died. Our first daughter passed away when she was three, and although our other two children had never met their sister, I wanted them to know that she will always be a part of our lives.  I wanted them to understand why we think of their sister when we see a butterfly, blossoms in the spring, or a beautiful sunrise. What resulted from this is a lovingly crafted picture book, which I believe has the ability to bring comfort and inspiration to readers of all ages.

The simple, rhyming text follows the idea that the loved ones we’ve lost are always with us, and can be found in the beauty that is all around us. 24 pages

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Finding Hope Through Lament

by Marilyn Weisenburg

Marilyn's health was deteriorating, then the week after she lost her career, two soldiers in dress uniform knock on her door telling her the worst news about her son, David, serving in Iraq.

Empty Branch is the story of a mother's deepest grief, told with raw vulnerability and tenacious faith in the God of Mystery. As Marilyn leans into the language of lament, she finds that a God who is present gives her a wide open space to grieve honestly, and hope and healing emerge from the ashes.

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Includes the books Dear Parents, For Better or Worse, Children Die, Too and Goodbye My Child. The books come in a nice canvas book bag and includes a caring card for you to sign.

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A Guide for the Bereaved and Those Who Wish to Help Them by Trudy Carlson. Trudy wrote this book after the death of her son, Ben, to suicide. This book answers what every parent wants to know, the question WHY. It also covers the shame and guilt, and the anger associated with losing a loved one. Not only should every suicide survivor have this book, but friends and professionals as well.

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by Cheri Thomas, in honor of her boy, Micah

Included are 12 individual moments of reflection from Cheri's own heart. These reflections are companioned with the actual beautifully-taken photos she took in her still-unfolding journey through grief and loss. They reflect "both/and."

Both the deep pain that comes from grief and loss and the new awareness, hope, and love that lead ultimately to transformation.

This collection presents a multitude of uses:

Heart's Moments will touch the lives of others experiencing grief and loss.

Provides space for personal reflections of the heart through writing or art.

Reflections and photos will guide others who desire to companion those in grief and loss.

Opportunities for growth in understanding and empathy for what those in grief and loss may be experiencing.

Talking points or discussion starters for formal or informal groups.

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by Carolyn Zahnow

*** we have a couple copies left that have been autographed by the author ***

"Beautiful Disasters" follows the downward spiral of the author's son from when his birth dad died when Cameron was 15 until his own untimely death at age 18. The author feels that her son's grief manifested into major depression which was the precursor to meth addiction, breaking the law, and finally his own death by suicide. This book shares the mental health professionals visits and rehabilitation they pursed in hopes of saving Cameron. The goal of this book is to make parents and others who come in touch with teens, aware of the signs of depression, grief, and substance abuse so they can perhaps a save a life. From a review... "While this story is grim, it is written with frankness and candor and can offer insights or solace to families going through a similar experience."

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Why Mine?
Why Mine?

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WHMC

For Parents Whose Child Is Seriously Ill

A Centering Corporation Resource

Revised 2018

This simple and supportive booklet covers other children, your marriage, anger, hope, depression, single parents, and community people. When your child is ill you come to know a lot about fear. Fear of the unknown. What will happen? Fear of treatment. What will they do?

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by Martin J. Keogh

iewpoint of a grieving person, As Much Time as it Takes helps us sensitively navigate those awkward yet important moments of comforting those mourning the loss of a loved one. This unique book comforts the bereaved by articulating the overwhelming wave of emotions and supports the "support team" by helping them to avoid the clichés and find the right words at the right time. A graduate of Stanford, Martin Keogh is the former director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, California. Keogh is the founder of The Dancing Ground, an organization that produces conferences on such topics as gender, race, and death & dying. He has produced and taught with revered and best-selling authors such as Joseph Campbell, Robert Bly, and Coleman Barks, among many others.

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by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PhD

Now there is a hand to hold...

Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of a close family member. The list of high visibility disasters, human suffering and sudden loss in long and will continue to grow. From TWA Flight 800 to Egypt Air 990, from Oklahoma City to Columbine, daily we face incomprehensible loss. Outside the publicized tragedies there are many families and individuals that are suffering behind closed doors in our neighborhoods, in our own homes, in hospital waiting rooms. Now for those who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold written by two women who have experience sudden loss.

In a book that will touch, comfort, uplift and console, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and its role in the cycle of life. Tapping the personal histories of both authors and numerous interviews, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye shows grieving readers how to endure, survive and grow from the pain and turmoil surrounding human loss.

For survivors this valuable book provides a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

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A Mother's Sotry of Stillbirth and Healing

By Lorraine Ash Foreword By Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Although 26,000 babies are stillborn in the United States every year, stillbirth continues to be a taboo subject. Life Touches Life shatters the silence that has hidden a bane as old as humankind. Lorraine Ash met that silence head-on when, after a trouble-free pregnancy, her baby was declared dead on what was to be her date of birth. After a C-section, Ash fought a fever that raged at 104 degrees and she almost succumbed to the silent B-strep infection that had robbed her daughter of life.

Awed by the experience, which was to change her forever, Ash sought solace and perspective in all the old places and found little relief. In her book she tears down the walls of misunderstanding that isolated her in her hour—indeed years—of need. "Shattering the silence is essential if mothers are to integrate their loss into their daily lives," Ash writes. "A child who only existed inside her mother, can continue to spiritually exist there and the two can remain close."

Ash discusses the inner changes she faced after the stillbirth of her daughter and delves into spiritual questions that shook her soul. The final message: Epiphanies emerge from the stuff of everyday experience. Hope is here.

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an immediate guide when experiencing the loss of your baby

By Amie lands

How does a grieving parent survive when their beloved baby has died? Bereaved families often find themselves navigating an unknown world of grief after experiencing stillbirth or infant loss. When faced with this unimaginable situation, this is the book that families need immediately to help guide them through their loss."

Navigating the Unknown, An Immediate Guide When Experiencing the Loss Of Your Baby is a handbook for bereaved parents, those who love them, and the medical staff who care for them. This book has been written to serve and guide families when they receive a life-limiting diagnosis and in the days immediately following the loss of their precious baby. It is a book that all parents hope they will never have to read, created to support those who have been thrust into a world in which their baby will never come home.

This book encompasses everything that you need to know about navigating the unfamiliar journey of grief. It covers all the unexpected decisions that need to be made when a parent faces such devastating news, and follows through the first year and after, including:

*informing others

*experiencing grief

*taking care of oneself

*asking for help

*how to re-enter into the world

*having "grocery store conversations"

*holidays, birthdays, anniversaries

*how to memorialize, honor and celebrate your precious baby

Whether the loss is recent, beyond the first year, or you are simply the loved one of a grieving parent, Navigating the Unknown will gently walk with you through this devastating experience.

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A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Newborn Death

By Dianna Vagianos Armentrout

Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death breaks the lonely, silent suffering of bereaved mothers facing infant and pregnancy loss. Dianna Vagianos Armentrout details her pregnancy journey with her daughter, Mary Rose, who died an hour after birth of trisomy 18, a random genetic illness described as “incompatible with life.” For five long months of pregnancy, she knew that her baby would not live and thrive, planning a funeral and seeking hospice for her unborn daughter. The heaviness of this grief, which most women bear alone, is shared here and will comfort mothers who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Through journal entries, essays and poetry, Dianna invites the reader to process grief and honor the life of the child, no matter how brief. In addition, readers will learn how to support the bereaved by remembering the baby and pregnancy. With eloquent language, fierce honesty and a record of the rawness of grief, readers in the midst of their own suffering will recognize the path that bereaved parents walk. Dianna’s experiences with infertility, motherhood, infant loss and miscarriage infuse her writing with compassion for all women. Finally there is a book to honor the pregnancy, baby and loss, loving the children past their death, loving the wombs that nurtured them and accepting the sacred path of mothering children whose bodies are broken, but whose souls are intact and perfectly whole. This book shines with love and the knowledge that even the briefest life is holy. Read it. Share it. Spread the word. We no longer have to grieve our infants and pregnancies alone.

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by Harold S. Kushner

As a young theology student, Harold Kushner puzzled over the Book of Job. As a small-town rabbi he counseled other people through pain and grief. But not until he learned that his three-year-old son, Aaron, would die in his early teens of a rare disease did he confront one of life's most difficult questions: Where do we find the resources to cope when tragedy strikes?

"I knew that one day I would write this book," says Rabbi Kushner. "I would write it out of my own need to put into words some of the most important things I have come to believe and know. And I would write it to help other people who might one day find themselves in a similar predicament. I am fundamentally a religious man who has been hurt by life, and I wanted to write a book that could be given to the person who has been hurt by life, and who knows in his heart that if there is justice in the world, he deserved better. . . . If you are such a person, if you want to believe in God's goodness and fairness but find it hard because of the things that have happened to you and to people you care about, and if this book helps you do that, then I will have succeeded in distilling some blessing out of Aaron's pain and tears."

Since its original publication in 1981, When Bad Things Happen to Good People has brought solace and hope to millions. In his new preface to this anniversary edition, Rabbi Kushner relates the heartwarming responses he has received over the last two decades from people who have found inspiration and comfort within these pages.

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by Harrie Hodgson, BS, MA

Journaling is a proactive step, something you do for yourself. Instead of waiting for someone to come to your rescue, you are rescuing yourself. You re learning more about yourself as well. Includes an affirmation at the top of each journal page. These affirmations get you thinking and serve as writing prompts. You don t have to be a writer to benefit from journaling. All you need is a pencil or pen and the ability to write sentences. If you can t write a sentence, write a word that links you with your loss, such as love.

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Life from the Ashes
Life from the Ashes

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Conference

How does life go on after losing a child?

Life from the Ashes shares the dark and raw story of Shari O’Loughlin’s loss of her 14-year-old son, Connor, who was shockingly killed in an airplane crash on his way home from a four-day vacation. Like all parents, Shari was struck with the most unimaginable nightmare when her family received the soul-numbing news.

Parents trying to navigate the perilous journey of traumatic loss know the path is agonizing. Happiness, faith, and wholeness seem reserved for everyone else but them.

Shari shares her story to help bring the same unexpected hope and healing she experienced to parents alike. She helps answer questions on how parents can trust again, feel happiness, and have faith after God let their child die. She addresses how to live with this new life, take steps toward healing, and live a more purposeful life after loss.

In honor of Connor and her family, Shari shares her path from darkness to light so other parents may better find their way. Although Shari’s story shares the journey after the loss of a child, it contains tools that can help anyone who has suffered a loss of any type move forward in life.

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Opioid addiction kills 18,893 people annually in the United States; 10,574 of those are from heroin. (The American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016). My son represents an integer in those statistics. I wrote love songs to him after he died. I wish I had written more while he was alive. Addiction not only kills people, it breaks hearts and damages the Souls of family members left in its wake. The grieving process is different for everyone. Some process their grief through activism for causes which speak closely to their hearts. It is my hope that my poetry brings awareness to the heroin epidemic in the United States, and that my work might fall into the hands of those who might benefit from my son's story.

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Fireflies
Fireflies

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FIRO

A Father's tale of love and loss

By David Morrell

In the bestselling novels of suspense master David Morrell, fear is the main subject. But Morrell himself had never known genuine terror until he watched his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with cancer.

This is one father’s powerful and unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous. Ultimately, Fireflies is a tribute to the undying human spirit that has already given new hope to enthralled and grateful readers around the world.

David wrote this account for himself, but to his surprise, his candid portrait of grief turned out to help other people in grief or else the friends of those in grief. His discussions about panic attacks as well as the “could have, should have” syndrome and the stress within marriages after a child’s death are some of the reasons that David was asked to deliver several keynote speeches to national conferences of The Compassionate Friends, the world’s largest grief organization—for the parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends of children who have died.

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For healthy and happy 19-year-old Emma, who died in her sleep one summer night, the book Tomorrow Comes answers the unanswerable question,

“What happens when you die?”

Tomorrow Comes is a daring coming-of-age book in which an ordinary teenager must come to terms with her own mortality, the loss of all she once knew, and an other-worldly set of rules. The results are dark and uplifting, heartbreaking and humorous.

Teen ‘comes of age’ after death …

Emma opened her eyes.

She was surrounded by a blaze of color, and she was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace …

It’s never easy being a teenager but, when popular and precocious 19-year old Emma ‘awakens’ to find that everything she knows is somehow different, a whole new set of challenges arises. Finding herself disconnected from the ones she loves, Emma must quickly learn to bridge the gap or lose touch with them forever.

Based on a true story of love and family, grief and joy, Tomorrow Comes is inspired by the sudden and unexpected death of author Donna Mebane’s own daughter. Donna breathes vitality and warmth into Emma’s character, and you’ll find yourself rooting for Emma as she learns to navigate her new world with courage, humor, and an indomitable spirit.

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"Every Bereaved Parent Wants to Know"

By Charlene Cole M.S.

"How Long Will the Pain Last?" is a question that most bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings want to know after the death of a beloved child. In fact, it's a question asked by nearly everyone who has lost a significant love. As a bereaved parent and professional counselor, Charlene incorporates poignant quotes and stories from other hurting idividuals, as well as from her own personal diary. These help the reader realize that they're not going crazy; they're actually quite normal considering their abnormal situation. Unlike other books on the market, "How Long Will the Pain Last?" gives tips and techniques to help the reader work through difficult and painful emotions, such as anger, guilt, anxiety/fear, and depression; however, one of the main purposes of the book is to inspire hope. At some point in our grief journey, we may believe that happiness is a thing of our past. In reality, we do simply survive at first, but eventually, we find a new happiness and learn to appreciate every precious minute and each other as never before. Time helps, but we have to work with time. The way a child dies causes variations in grief symptoms, so Part II of the book contains chapters on Miscarriage and Early Infant Death, SIDS, Long Term Illness, Sudden Death, Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Substance Abuse Related Deaths and Deaths Due to Asphyxia. The last chapter, "Every Exit is also an Entrance" pertains to finding happiness again.

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The story of a father's journey

By Richard Edler

After the unexpected death of his son, Richard's life seemed to stop. The next few years were spent climbing out of the bottom of a valley he had not known existed before. It is a story about what is important in life, sorrow, faith, acceptance and rebirth. Recommended by TCF. "When you grieve, you have to walk through the valley. You cannot camp there." - Dr. Charles L. Heuser, Pilgrimage In Faith

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Sad Book
Sad Book

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SADO

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

By Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake

Sometimes I'm sad and I don’t know why.

It's just a cloud that comes along and covers me up.

Sad things happen to everyone, and sometimes people feel sad for no reason at all. What makes Michael Rosen sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died suddenly at the age of eighteen. In this book the author writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to cope with it—like telling himself that everyone has sad stuff (not just him) and trying every day to do something he can be proud of. Expressively illustrated by the extraordinary Quentin Blake, this is a very personal story that speaks to everyone, from children to parents to grandparents, teachers to grief counselors. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel deeply sad, the truth of this book will surely touch you.

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Para Los Padres Que Han Experimentado la Muerte de Un Hijo

Gives permission to feel and cry

4-page handout

also available in English

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