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The art of leading a normal life, while undergoing infertility treatment.

by Melanie Dillon - A Centering Corporation Resource

Melanie writes from her own personal experiences with infertility. Talks openly and honestly, and with much humor about the ups and downs of infertility treatment.

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by Helen Landalf - A Centering Corporation Resource

A young girl feels resentful when her father buys a new car and starts to date, even though her mother has been dead for more than a year.

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by Suzanne Schlossberg Tamberrino - A Centering Corporation Resource

Grunt is a beloved family dog whose age and illness has taken away his quality of life. "He's not going to get better. Grunt is sixteen years old. He's given us a lot of good years. Now it's our turn to do something good for him." The family makes a decision to end his suffering. The vet gives Grunt a shot that ends his life quickly and painlessly. Afterwards, the family plans a special goodbye.

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A coloring book to tell you about your hospital stay

A Centering Corporation Resource

for children

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20th Anniversary Expanded Edition

by John W. James and Russell Friedman, Founders of The Grief Recovery Institute, and authors of When Children Grieve

Updated to commemorate its 20th anniversary, this classic resource further explores the effects of grief and sheds new light on how to begin to take effective actions to complete the grieving process and work towards recovery and happiness.

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity.

Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this edition includes guidance for dealing with:

·  Loss of faith

·  Loss of career and financial issues

·  Loss of health

·  Growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home

The Grief Recovery Handbook is a groundbreaking, classic handbook that everyone should have in their library.

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by Sue Klebold

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.

Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.

All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.

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By Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T.

Helping Children Heal The premature death of a parent can be devastating for young children—with the consequences far more profound when the parent dies by suicide. Amidst the resulting grief, turmoil and confusion, the surviving parent is faced with the monumental task of tending to the emotional lives of the children left behind. While many books have been written for grieving families, very few focus on the specific needs encountered by children and teens coping with the suicide of a parent. After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal addresses the issues every family must face following the trauma of suicide. In this instructive and impassioned work, longtime children’s bereavement counselor and psychotherapist Margo Requarth, M.A., M.F.T., offers pathways through the despair, confusion and fear that follow.

“At the book’s heart are Requarth’s superb explanations of how to explain suicide to children and how children grieve, how grief impacts adolescents, the natural stages of grief, funeral rituals and religious and spiritual perspectives on suicide, and how to help children return to normalcy.  Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

ISBN10: 0-9777468-0-1

ISBN13: 978-0-9777468-0-4

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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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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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12 Thoughts to Guide You Through the Days Ahead 

By James E. Miller

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

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

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

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Jack Jordan, Ph.D.

2nd Edition

The first edition of this book has been praised by survivors and professionals alike. Now, it has been expanded from 75 to 156 pages. It guides the family member through reactions that often occur during the first years, and beyond, following the suicide. Includes updated chapters on helping children cope with a suicide, suggestions for coping over the long term, 11 stories written by people whose loved one died from suicide and much more.

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

SPANISH VERSION 

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

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A guide for parents whose child dies before birth, at birth, or shortly after birth

Available in English and Spanish

By Pat Schweibert, RN and Paul Kirk, MD

This sensitive booklet is a help to families during the early days of their grief. It helps answer questions and prepare parents for the days ahead. It can be given to parents at the first acknowledgment of their baby’s death to help them best use the short time they’ll have with their little one. Among topics covered are: collecting keepsakes; ways to celebrate the birth and death of a baby; reasons for seeing, holding and naming a dead baby; emotions common to bereaved parents; information about autopsies; where to find help; and the unique situations of fathers, siblings, and grandparents. Contains beautiful poetry.

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By Margaret M. Holmes / A Centering Corporation Resource

From “A Special Note To Caregivers From Sasha”:

No child is too young to grieve.  When someone loved dies, it has a profound impact, no matter what the child’s age or developmental understanding of death may be.  There are unique grief issues to consider for the child whose parent has died.  Our hope is that this book is used as a tool to facilitate communication and conversation between a caring adult and the child about the grief they are currently experiencing.

These two picture books (Molly’s Mom Died is the other) by Margaret Holmes have gentle illustrations and reassuring text to help young children understand the grief process. The author uses descriptive language that would appeal to a grieving child. The books validate both the negative and positive feelings and the behaviors that are typical for children who have lost a parent. There is a caregiver section at the back of the book that could help adults answer questions and deal with particular concerns.

Ages 5-9. Revised 2005.

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After the Storm
After the Storm

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A Centering Corporation resource

Revised 2017 - 40 pages

A Healing Book and Workbook for Children and Adults Whose Lives Have Been Affected by Severe Weather. This is your book. You can draw in it, you can write in it, you can tear pages out and put them on the refrigerator if you want. You can keep it by your bed. You can carry it in your backpack. Your book is like a good friend. You can talk to it. It will be there for you. It will listen to you whenever you want it to. This is your book. For Caring Adults Helping a child who is traumatized and grieving is a big job. If you are the child’s parent, you are going through grief and trauma, too. This book will help you, as well as your child.

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For parents making difficult decisions about babies they love

by Pineapple Press

5th Edition

Information on factors in the decision-making process, continuing the pregnancy, interrupting the pregnancy, taking control, the hospital experience, couples healing together-healing apart, the days and weeks afterward, and the months and years that follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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