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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 mother’s 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

ISBN10: 1-882194-72-1

ISBN13: 978-1-882194-72-8

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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 Frances Wohlenhaus-Munday

Messages of hope and healing from a bereaved mother’s heart

This book is a testament to a grieving mother who chose to pick the flowers on her journey, and share them with us. Fran’s symbols of butterflies, angels, and roses offers comfort to those who mourn. “They are over there,” Granny would say – even from beyond the grave.  Granny knew the importance of remembering.  Those you love are just as close as a memory away.  My Granny said.  Now that I know I have a right to be sad, I know I have that same right to be happy again. There in the circle of family and friends I found singing and dancing like it should have been all these years. It’s the sweet memories that matter.  It is true, I can make a difference in someone else’s life. A flood of beautiful memories washed over me, reminding me of my children when they were that age and how excited they were when they found a beautiful seashell.  Strangers?  Special visits?  Hugs from Heaven?  Angels on the beach?  All are mine to have whenever I remember Marlys.

Author Information: Fran Wohlenhaus-Munday is a bereaved mother whose daughter, Marlys Ann Wohlenhaus was murdered in 1979.  Fran has worked since then to bring justice for her daughter and to find healing.  She has been active in bereavement work for more than twenty years and has written this book to share her healing experience with others.  Her motto is: Reach Out In Peace.

ISBN10: 1-879535-21-1 ISBN13: 978-1-879535-21-3

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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 up to 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, web sites 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 after life, 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 Emily R. Long

Dear Fathers,

This book is for you. It is written by fathers of loss for fathers of loss. It has been my honor to collect these letters from fathers from around the world. These fathers came together to contribute to this book and offer their words, their support, and their understanding to other fathers like you – fathers grieving and missing their precious children.

It has been apparent to me the lack of resources and support specifically for fathers of loss. Too often it seems that all the focus, attention, and care is directed toward mothers of loss and that fathers can be forgotten and disregarded.

You are not forgotten. A father’s love is an irreplaceable gift and your children have been blessed with this gift. You deserve all the support, care, and love in the world as you learn to live with this loss.

My hope is that this book can offer some of that support and care and love – even if only in a small way. I hope that it can help bring fathers together to lean on each other and to support each other in a way that feels nurturing and beneficial and comforting.

Most of all, I want you to know that you are not alone. If you feel forgotten, if you feel lost, if you feel alone – I hope that this book will bring you a sense of acknowledgement, recognition, and not-alone-ness.

You are an amazing father. Your children are so very lucky to have you as their dad.

xoxo,

Emily

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by International Bestselling Author Lynda Cheldelin Fell, with Annah Elizabeth, Deana L. Martin, Erica Gale Beltz and Marilyn Rollins

When we lose a child, life as we know it ends and a new one begins. We find ourselves embarking on a journey through a dark, maze-like abyss without a compass or light. But the truth is, you aren’t alone in the dark, for there are many of us. In Grief Diaries: Loss of a Child, we share your journey. We understand the painful holidays, the shifted friendships, and the overwhelming emotions that threaten to engulf us in the grocery store. This book is like your own portable support group, open 24/7. Grief Diaries: Loss of a Child is a deeply intimate collection of stories by parents around the world who have all walked in your shoes. Consider this book one of your bereavement tools, and pull it out whenever you need. For no matter the age, the circumstance, or number of days since your beloved child’s passing, the stories contained within this book offer company, comfort and hope, and are a treasured reminder that none of us walk this journey alone.

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By Kelly Farley with David DiCola

A collection of candid stories from grieving dads that 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 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 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 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

ISBN10: 0-9652731-8-0 ISBN13: 978-0-9652731-8-3

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By Mitch Carmody

Hardcover with book jacket

Expanded Edition - includes Whispers of Love & The 20 Faces of Grief

Authored by a grieving father whose 9-year-old son died following a two-year battle with a recurring malignant brain tumor. During the months that followed his son’s death, the author wrote letters and poems to him posthumously as a catharsis for his grief. A compelling story of love, loss and recovery that will grab your heart, nourish your soul and open your eyes. A must read for anyone who has experienced a great loss and is trying to find some path out of the darkness of their despair. Beautiful poems and illustrations by the author are woven throughout the text.

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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 Cunninham, executive director of The Compassionate Friends

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

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by M.H. DeMent

A tender-hearted mother writes about the private grief of having an addicted child. Of the twenty “rollercoaster” years, as the sickness of alcoholism overwhelms her storybook family. She writes of the grief of losing a child and her on-going spiritual journey.

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

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 Sandy Goodman

An emotional road map for anyone who knows, or needs to know, what it means to lose someone you love. Although this is the story of a mother dealing with the tragic death of her son, it is for anyone struggling to make their way through the nightmare of losing someone they love. It’s the book you will turn to in the middle of the night when the pain presses in so tightly you can’t breathe. It’s for every time you wonder if there is any way through the grief.  It’s an understanding hand to hold as you look for answers to questions you never expected to ask: What happened to the person I lost?  What happens to that love?  Is there any way to connect with the joy of that relationship again?  After her son’s death, Sandy Goodman groped along in a world for which she was totally unprepared.  But, what this ordinary woman found will astound you.  With complete honesty, warmth and humor, Goodman describes how her seemingly irrational yet relentless desire to maintain communication with her dead son enriched her life and led her to one unwavering conclusion: Death is not an ending.  It is another stage of life and love that is available to anyone willing to experience it.   ”

Sandy Goodman’s journey through loss and renewal means that those faced with similar circumstances and challenges will not need to do it without guidance.  That in itself is a divine gift.” – James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy

“Sandy Goodman poignantly captures the profound journey of a bereaved mother’s heart, from despair to reunion.  Love Never Dies is a must-read for all those who have lost a precious child!” – Judy Guggenheim, co-author of Hello From Heaven!

“Sandy Goodman’s touching account of the untimely death of her son and the journey that followed will light the way for many souls to come.” – Debbie Ford, author of New York Times #1 bestseller The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

ISBN10: 1-58872-015-2 ISBN13: 978-1-58872-015-3

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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 of losing her son to suicide, as well as her conversations with hundreds of people who have grieved the tragic death of a friend or family member, revered singer-songwriter Judy Collins 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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Spanish version of Fathers Grieve Too

Para Los Padres Que Han Experimentado la Muerte de Un Hijo

Gives permission to feel and cry

4-page handout

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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

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Kelly Kittel never questioned her Mayflower Society mantra—“Family is the most important thing”—until the day her fifteen-month-old son was run over by her sixteen-year-old niece. Nine months later, Kittel’s doctor made a terrible mistake during her subsequent pregnancy and she found herself burying yet another baby. Caught up in the maelstrom of a malpractice lawsuit, Kittel and her husband battle not only the medical system, but their own relatives, in the courtroom. As their family tree begins to topple, the Kittels struggle to nourish the roots of their young family and find healing. Achingly raw and beautifully narrated, Breathe is a story of motherhood, death, and family in the face of unspeakable tragedy and, ultimately, how she learns to breathe again.

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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 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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by Georgia A Cockerham

There is no loss as terrible as the death of a child, no agony like imagining what could have been, no comfort for a grieving mother. For poet and painter Georgia A. Cockerham, this became a stark reality in 2003, upon the passing of her youngest son.

It was enough to silence her writing for years as she adjusted to life in her new world—a world of darkness and isolation, a blank space where Zachary used to be. But upon picking up the pen again, Cockerham found that her pain poured out onto the page in unexpected ways, gradually lighting her way out of a dark fog.

Why Why Why is a collection of poems reflecting one mother’s long journey toward hope and healing, featuring verses that capture the depths of despair and the many complexities of grief.

Through sharing her innermost feelings and experiences, Cockerham offers a message of hope to others facing unspeakable battles in life, providing a powerful voice to those who mourn in silence.

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Second Edition

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also available in Spanish

This unique instructional DVD for Parents, Children and Professionals is a compilation of candid interviews with children ages 4-18 talking about their experiences of their parents' divorce.

The kids talk about their pain.   They talk about their adjustment.   They talk about their love and understanding.  The children have phenomenal wisdom and compelling practical advice to share.

"The children are so very clear about what they need from adults - presence, transparency, boundaries, peace.  For parents and family law attorneys." -Cynthia Grover, Attorney

"...a special thank you for a video with such a heartfelt inside view of how kids feel.  I will recommend this to my clients." -Isolina Ricci, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director, CoParenting Today

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A Unique Instructional DVD for Parents and Professionals

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This unique instructional DVD for Parents, Children and Professionals is a compilation of candid interviews with children ages 4-18 talking about their experiences of their parents' divorce.

The kids talk about their pain.   They talk about their adjustment.   They talk about their love and understanding.  The children have phenomenal wisdom and compelling practical advice to share.

"The children are so very clear about what they need from adults - presence, transparency, boundaries, peace.  For parents and family law attorneys." -Cynthia Grover, Attorney

"...a special thank you for a video with such a heartfelt inside view of how kids feel.  I will recommend this to my clients." -Isolina Ricci, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Director, CoParenting Today

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A gentle, practical guide for grieving mothers, family, and friends

by Janice Bell Meisenhelder

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Few people understand the grief that comes with losing a child unless they have weathered that situation themselves.

Dr. Janice Bell Meisenhelder has suffered through the loss of a child and knows the almost unbearable sorrow a bereaved mother feels. She has created this gentle guide to help mothers deal with their emotions and begin to heal.

Her guide starts by describing the initial reactions to loss. She shows you the rhythms of grief and the basic emotions you will feel right after the event. She then moves on to handling anger, guilt, envy, and anxiety. As time passes, Meisenhelder warns about triggers and shows mothers how to handle holidays, birthdays, and family events. She offers advice on how to heal spiritually as well as emotionally.

Meisenhelder also prepares you for “tsunami days,” when the loss suddenly hits you all over again. She guides you through these days and on to the second and third year without your child. She encourages you to find ways to honor your child.

In addition to guidance for mothers, Surviving the Unthinkable also contains information for those immediate family and friends who want to understand and support their loved ones during this difficult time.

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Sufficient Grace
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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A guide to help families navigate through grief towards healing...

by David J. Roberts & Linda B. Findlay

Grieving during the holidays can be especially difficult for families. Bereaved parents, David Roberts and Linda Findlay co-authored this book to provide comfort and hope to the bereaved during the holiday season and during significant "milestone" events. Through the sharing of practical information, personal stories and inspirational quotes, they will walk with you as you navigate your way through the holidays.

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by Brigitte D. Crist

This book is written from the heart by a parent who has been “in the trenches.” It is intended to help and encourage those parents with a child who may be battling a serious or life-threatening illness or medical condition. Provided are tips on coping with the challenges that arise when faced with the reality of a serious medical diagnosis; being an advocate for your child; navigating through frequent and lengthy hospitalizations; and managing potential medical care back at home. The continuing story and more tips can be found on the author’s blog at prettyprairie.net/parent2parent

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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 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.

"I found myself almost speechless....It left me feeling shaken, uplifted, and terribly moved." -Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author of Doctor Sleep

"A powerful experience I shall remember for a long, long time. Thank you, Mr. Morrell, for sharing so much love so electrifyingly." -Robert Ludlum, New York Times bestselling author of The Bourne Identity

"I was enormously impressed....One of the most poignant and passionate religious quests you will ever read....Don't miss this story of how good people respond to bad things." -Father Andrew M. Greeley, New York Times bestselling author of Angel Light

"A story that should have meaning and truth for every parent." -Los Angeles Daily News

"A heartbreaking and inspiring account of devotion in the face of death." -Detroit Free Press

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Featuring "7 Stages to Recovery"

by Melanie Warner

Grief knows no age. The death of a child is devastating, whether it’s a young mother with a stillborn baby or an elderly father mourning the loss of his middle-aged son from cancer. For parents who have suffered the loss of a child, the path to recovery is often scattered with deep emotional struggle with few known comforts or resources. If you listen to the world’s views, the news for recovery for parents who lost a child can be disheartening: • It’s been estimated that 19% of the world’s population has experienced the loss of a child. That leaves hundreds of millions of families and extended families who are searching for hope through their grief process. • The divorce rate among married couples who experience the loss of a child is on the rise. • Drug or alcohol use is prevalent among parents or siblings who self-medicate to cope. • Suicide from surviving parents or siblings has been steadily increasing. 7 CRITICAL STEPS TO RECOVERY After the loss of a child, rising above the depths of despair and embracing the fullness of life can feel like an impossible feat. I had to learn how to rebuild my life and start over. Through this process, I discovered 7 critical steps that helped me regain my strength and find new purpose in my life. Here is what this workbook can help teach you: • The 7 critical steps towards healing • Practical guidelines and specific steps to help identify emotional patterns • How to trigger an emotional breakthrough so you no longer feel “stuck” • How to finally answer the “why” question • Finding hope again after the loss of a child • How to discover your purpose in 5 minutes • Healing ways to honor your child This guided workbook can be done privately or with a grief group and include discussion with each chapter. Each page includes questions for you to answer, exercises to follow, actions to take and a clear process to follow.

see also the book that this is a companion for

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A Collection of Positive and Encouraging Stories of Hope and Healing

by Melanie Warner

GRIEF KNOWS NO AGE The death of a child is devastating, whether it’s a young mother with a stillborn baby or an elderly father mourning the loss of his middle-aged son from cancer. For parents who have suffered the loss of a child, the path to recovery is often scattered with deep emotional struggle with few known comforts or resources. Stories of Hope and Healing from Other Parents After the loss of a child, rising above the depths of despair and embracing the fullness of life can feel like an impossible feat. The collection of stories shared here are from parents who endured the strength to cope with the loss of their children. Imagine having another parent take your hand during the darkest stage of your grief and show you that there can be light and even hope for your future.

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The biggest fear that most bereaved parents have is that their child will be forgotten. After the Chapters End is a step-by-step guide to preserving the life story of the child who died. Written by Susan T. Hessel, a bereaved parent, personal historian and writer, it includes stories and photos from her son’s life as examples for other parents. Explanations about various issues related to the death of a child of all ages plus questions in each chapter to stimulate memories and stories.

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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

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"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.

Here are the lyrics to the song which have been illustrated into this heart-touching book:

When you're sleeping

When you're dreaming

I will always be with you

When the wind blows

When the snow falls

I will always be with you

When the sun comes up each morning

When the stars come out at night

When you look up at a rainbow

I'll be there...

When you're lonely

and your heart aches

I will always be with you

When you're laughing

When you're smiling

I will always be with you

When the sun comes up each morning

When the stars come out at night

When you look up at a rainbow

I'll be there...

All the memories that we share

Can be found within your heart

So no matter where we are

We are never apart

Share your beauty

Let your light shine

So that everyone can see

You are Sunshine

You are Starlight

We are One...Forever One...You and Me

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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 about it, For Better or Worse, a book bag and Caring Card for you to sign.

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Includes the books Grief: What it is and what you can do about it, For Better Or Worse-for couples, Children Die, Too and Goodbye My Child. The books come in a nice canvas book bag and includes a caring card.

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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 Rod Mebane, Emma's Dad, with a foreword from Alan Pedersen, Executive Director, The Compassionate Friends

The newly-released compilation of Tributes to Lost Children presents an amazing mosaic of ways in which 147 families have, with deep and abiding love, honored their children who have passed away.

Tributes to Lost Children is based on insights gathered from a survey of families conducted by author Rod Mebane, himself a bereaved father. In this heart-touching collection of tribute stories, there are literally hundreds of tributes - from the creation of treasure boxes for special mementos to planting colorful gardens in the yard, supporting charitable 5Ks, and joining with others in a worldwide candle lighting service. The list goes on and on, and together the stories create a wonderfully moving account of how families have paid tribute to their children.

Alan Pedersen, the Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, wrote the foreword to Tributes to Lost Children, in which he notes, "In my nearly fifteen years walking this walk as a bereaved father, I have not come across such a powerful resource of first-hand information. This book has a wealth of examples of how others not only survived their loss, but also what they did that helped them find their way back to fully living again."

The beautifully designed book is straightforward and easy-to-read. The narrative flows easily along the lines of what Mebane refers to as the Tributes Framework - a simple thematic structure based on the families' interests 1) to keep the children present in their lives, 2) to have their children be remembered, and 3) and ultimately to create some good from their losses. As one dad offered in the survey, "The tributes help by making us proactive. It gives us something to do rather than just sitting and letting the feelings of deep grief overwhelm us. So much of this is out of our control and, by doing something, it gives us a sense that we can contribute in a meaningful way."

If you have lost a child, you will find fellowship in these pages, and you may see yourself and your child in some of the beautiful tributes. If you have not lost a child, reading this book will deepen your understanding of one of life's most tragic dimensions. Regardless of your circumstances, you will pay important tribute yourself by allowing the children to live on, as you read these personal stories about them.

Net proceeds from the sale of Tributes to Lost Children are used by the nonprofit Starshine Galaxy Foundation NFP to underwrite a variety of efforts - all in tribute to children who have passed away and in support of their bereaved families.

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by Laura Diehl

Come Grieve through Our Eyes was written from the dark pit grieving parents find themselves hurled into, looking out at the world around them. You will read the raw, real quotes from dozens of bereaved parents about several difficult (even some traumatic) subjects they now deal with on a daily basis, because of the death of their child.

You will also read words of grace and hope, offered by these bereaved parents to those behind them on this rocky road, and specific things you as an “outsider” can do, to help in their time of grief, both short term and long term.

The subject of death itself can be heavy, and the death of one’s child, no matter the age, is considered by most experts to be one of, if not the heaviest and darkest grief to be faced.

If you are looking for ammunition on how to help a grieving parent to get over it, and help get them get back to normal, this book is not for you. (Actually, it is for you, because there is no such thing, and that is important for those around a parent who has lost their child to know.)

If you are looking for a book that forces you to see into the dark world of grieving parents, telling it like it is, along with sharing how to reach into their world of darkness with a loving hand to help guide them out, then this book is for you.

This book is not an easy read. But for most people, it is worth the few hours of discomfort, to have a front row seat into the dark world of this unique and precious group of people, to be able to offer them what they truly need, beyond the love of warm meals and balloon launches.

Thank you for choosing to try and come into our world. It means a lot to us…more than we can say. -author Laura Diehl

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Bereaved parents Dr. Doug and BJ Jensen have weathered the predictable and often unpredictable storms that happen after the death of children.

The good news they share is that it is possible to rise above the devastating flood of despair and navigate onto a tranquil sea of hope.

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Anything Can Happen
Anything Can Happen

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by Michelle Aiken Wilson

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In this true story, Wilson puts you in her shoes during many poignant and heartbreaking episodes in her life where she experiences death, infidelity, and despair. She also makes it a point to teach you (maybe it’s the educator in her) how to get through those moments in life that you don’t expect, but alter you forever. Anything Can Happen can be used as a complete source to surviving the feelings of hopelessness, loss and depression after a tragic event or the discovery of betrayal. Each chapter concludes with a lesson as well as words of comfort and guidance to help the reader arrive at wholeness.

Anything Can Happen begins with the day Wilson lost her firstborn child, Isaac, to the hands of a murderer. From there she takes you on a journey over the many years in her life where she experienced extreme lows and then explains how she overcame each and every one with the grace of God, the love of family, and the support of friends.

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by Michelle A. Wilson Green

follow-up to her first book, Anything Can Happen

"The universe warrants justice. 'Anything Can Happen: The Trial and Now' is Michelle Green’s in-depth exploration of the uncompromising reality of law. A mother’s world shrouded in unimaginable darkness, cries out for light. Her journey seeks retribution for a tragedy that can never truly be avenged. Allowing God’s beacon to light her way should inspire and illuminate the path for all. When her days harbored more darkness than her nights she preserved to confirm the power of faith and once again experience the rainbow. Every man’s destiny brings karma." - Harry Aiken, Jr., Brother of Michelle A. Wilson Green

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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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