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5 Simple Steps to Ease Anxiety, Worry, and Self-Criticism

by Dr. Diane Sanford, author of Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide

photography by Kim Wolterman

Learn stress-reducing skills to cope better with daily anxiety, worry and self-criticism. In this book, Dr. Sanford describes 5 simple steps to make mindfulness practices part of your life. Based on her Stress Less, Live Better Program developed for moms and busy people, these skill sets are practical and simplified to fit in your life. Complete with exercises and opportunities for reflection, this book will guide you on your journey to stress less and live better.

"Mindfulness techniques are very often dismissed as irrelevant practice. However, Dr. Sanford provides her readers with many references proving mindfulness to be an evidence-based practice. The feeling of overall calm throughout the book, left me feeling relaxed and less stressed – a testament to testing out her steps to decrease worry, anxiety, and self-criticism." -Stephanie Carroll BS, IBCLC, CLS, CLC

"Working with Diane and practicing mindfulness has changed my life in so many positive ways. It sounds so simple & easy but it isn’t. It takes understanding, belief and dedication for it to work. Practicing mindfulness has helped me have less anxiety and worry less and enabled me to enjoy life more." -Lynn Campbell

"I first came to see Dr. Sanford intending to tackle my all issues, battle all my demons – to fix all my problems. When she suggested I spend some time each day NOT wrestling with my problems, well … I was skeptical. However, with her guidance, I learned a new approach. Now when a situation arises that feels like a crisis, I can put it aside, focus on better thoughts, wait for a resolution, and later if the problem is still there – and so often it is not – I can deal with it calmly. This new attitude has quite simply changed my life." -Ellen Schmidt

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Stories of Love and Loss

by Dan Festa

This book is written as a memoir of 40-plus years of working with human experiences of death, grief, and bereavement. The stories are all similar but uniquely different; similar in the sense that they all relate to varying issues embedded in loss. They are different in how each of these losses occur. The author invites the reader into a world of overwhelming grief brimming with raw emotions. The stories are true and tackle the capricious and unpredictable nature of death in a society that seeks to avoid and overcome the reality of death. Most of the stories are told from the perspective of a hospital chaplain working with real people. While these stories are profoundly sad, the author invites the reader to search for and find snippets of hope through a recommitment to life and living--constantly holding before the reader the dialectic tension that exists between life and death.

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(Spanish version of Little Footprints)

By Dorothy Ferguson -- a Centering Corporation Resource

For parents of stillborn infants or those who die shortly after birth. Features a journal for feelings, memorable dates, pictures, place for mementos, last moments, and your story: the day you were born. 24 pages that includes gentle poems.

Also available in English

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

SPANISH VERSION 

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

This book also available in English

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by Paul Alexander

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

Track Listing:

1. A Special Visit (21:58)

2. A Healing Time (24:05)

3. An Angel Hymn (20:21)

4. Rainbow Song (19:53)

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by Paul Alexander

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

Track Listing:

1. Breath of Heaven

2. Mary Did You Know

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

4. O Holy Night

5. Candlelight Carol

6. Peace Carol

7. Merry Christmas With Love

8. A Time Will Come for Singing

9. Til the Season Comes Round Again

10. There's Still My Joy

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with Paul Alexander

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

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by Paul Alexander

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

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Songs of Love, Life and Loss

By Paul Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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FREE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA

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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Inside: This is a special time for caring

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By Paul Alexander

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

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by Stéphane Gerson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product code is THAO

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

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

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Especially For You
Especially For You

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Finding a New Purpose After Unspeakable Loss -- 615 pages

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

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

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

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By Gerry Cox, PhD

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

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poetry by David Brehmer and drawings by Jeannine Chappell

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

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by Tony Falzano

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

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Aimee died at the age of fourteen after an eight-year bout with leukemia. Her younger sister and only sibling, Molly, was just ten at the time. Sixteen years later during an autumn visit to her childhood home in Indiana, she proposed to her parents that together they attempt much deeper and riskier therapeutic work on her sister’s death. And possibly film much of it. The result was a years’ long heart pilgrimage for the Gandour family and a return of Aimee to their fold. Written from the perspective of the mother of both the deceased and surviving sibling, the memoir Heart Work takes us by the hand and leads us through her family’s and her own journey. It offers a rare and intimate developmental perspective on a family living with life-threatening illness and death. Much of it is based on actual data including diaries that the author kept on each of her daughters from birth; taped conversations between family members and Aimee’s hematologist; journaling and notes from therapy and interviews; and writings from each of the siblings as children. Even though the author writes from a bereaved mother’s point of view, she enlightens us psychologically along the way and leaves us with deep questions to ponder. Heart Work is the story of one family in the Midwest but it touches on multiple themes that will resonate with parents and surviving siblings, as well as those who have cared for and supported them.

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

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A Memoir of Grief

Bridget E. Park is a senior in high school. Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother, she wrote her debut memoir at age 15 in the hopes that her story would encourage others to find healthy ways of grieving.

Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief is the only grief support book written by a teenager who, at age 12, stumbled upon the body of her fourteen-year-old brother while they were home alone. His suicide shattered her world and forced Bridget to face issues she had never before considered.

Follow the author through her grieving process as she attempts to cope with the loss of a loved one. Bridget E. Park currently resides in Nevada and plans to continue writing and sharing her story through speaking engagements. This is an inspiring story for teenagers.

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Newly revised, this sweet story was first published in 1998. Back by popular demand, the classic story talks about Nanny, who loved animal crackers. Nanny becomes forgetful and needs more attention. After Nanny’s death, they share stories of good memories, all their feelings, and fun times eating animal crackers with Nanny.

 

ISBN: 978-1-56123-101-0

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By John Hodge / A Centering Corporation Resource

Our #1 best selling book for loss of a grandparent

A wonderful resource for helping children understand death, grief, and remembrance, this is the story of a young boy who has been told that he has “lost” his grandfather. The boy remembers when he himself was lost in the mall and wants to help his grandmother find his grandfather. When he learns that his grandfather is not lost but dead, the boy remembers the old man’s kindness and love. Parent Council Review: “A wonderful resource for helping children understand death, grief, and remembrance, this is the story of a young boy who has been told that he has ‘lost’ his grandfather. The boy remembers when he himself was lost in the mall and wants to help his gradmother find his grandfather. When he learns that his grandather is not lost but dead, the boy remembers the old man’s kindness, love, and generosity. Material objects then begin to evoke warm memories of his grandather. This touching story will encourage young readers to discuss their feelings of loss and grief.”

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by PJ Moon

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

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

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A./A Centering Corporation Resource

Photographs by Susan Aitken

See also I Heard Your Mommy Died

From “A Message From Mark”:

We suggest you read this book at a slow and gentle pace.  Allow your child time to look at the pictures, explore the thoughts, and ask questions.  Hopefully, this will inspire discussion about death and let the child share ideas.

It is not important to know the answers to every question asked.  I don’t know is often the most appropriate response.  Often you can add, What do you think? so the child can talk freely.

You can use this book as a vehicle for talking about feelings and ways to cope with the death of a loved one.  Sharing this book and your tears together is an excellent way to take time out and focus on the mysterious experience of childhood grief.  May you both be enriched as you become companions on this long journey.

Ages 3-7.  Revised 2008.

ISBN10: 1-56123-087-1

ISBS13: 978-1-56123-087-7

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A./A Centering Corporation Resource

Photographs by Susan Aitken

See also I Heard Your Daddy Died

From “A Message From Mark”:

We suggest you read this book at a slow and gentle pace.  Allow your child time to look at the pictures, explore the thoughts, and ask questions.  Hopefully, this will inspire discussion about death and let the child share ideas.

It is not important to know the answers to every question asked.  I don’t know is often the most appropriate response.  Often you can add, What do you think? so the child can talk freely.

You can use this book as a vehicle for talking about feelings and ways to cope with the death of a loved one.  Sharing this book and your tears together is an excellent way to take time out and focus on the mysterious experience of childhood grief.  May you both be enriched as you become companions on this long journey.

Ages 3-7.  Revised 2005.

ISBN10: 1-56123-070-7

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-070-9

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A Centering Corporation Resource, by Joy Johnson

An outstanding book to help parents explain the idea of death in ways that are understandable to children. Already one of our best sellers, it includes sections on the process of grief and ways to help children cope with loss.

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A Centering Corporation Resource, by Ellen Yeomans and illustrated by Dee DeRosa

"We lost Paige. That's what my Grandma said: 'lost.' My Parents said she died. I wondered if I could find her again." So begins the story of one child's search for understanding after the death of her sister. If someone could be "lost" could they also be "found?" Dealing with her own grief and accepting the emotions of those around her this child finds her way toward healing.

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Includes full-color photos inside

Lucy Lets Go is a resource that creates age-appropriate dialogue for young children to discuss dying and death through an interactive storybook. Lucy is just a puppy when Tasha gets very sick. The family decides to have a celebration of her life, with lots of ideas of how children can participate.

The story follows the bond between Tasha and Lucy, Tasha’s dying and death, the grieving process for Lucy, and the rituals and memorialization Lucy shares, including Lucy helped to make Tasha’s death real. It helped her to eventually let go.

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written by Margaret M. Holmes - A Centering Corporation Resource

From “A Special Note To Caregivers From Sasha”:

All children, no matter how young or old, are affected by the death of someone they love, especially when that someone is their parent. Our hope is that this book be used as a tool to facilitate communication and conversation between adult and child about the grief they are currently experiencing.

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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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By Marisol Munoz-Kiehne / A Centering Corporation Resource

Includes both English and Spanish translation of a caregiver’s section, teacher’s section, and a story for children. In this book, the child talks about how things are different since his brother died. “It was like a nightmare! There are so many feelings. Sometimes you feel sad and sometimes you feel normal. Mostly, you feel all mixed up.” In the end, the child realizes his brother is still alive in his heart.

Ages 5-12

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

By Marilyn Gryte / A Centering Corporation Resource

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

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

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Answers to questions children ask about death and dying

A Centering Corporation Resource by Joy and Dr. Marvin (Papa) Johnson

A gentle explanation for children about death and the funeral. Tells children about what happens when you die; explains the funeral and cremation, and answers questions honestly. A useful tool for parents and caregivers searching for the right words to say. "Remember though, being dead and being asleep are not alike. When we are asleep, our parts inside keep working, making us ready for the day. We move. We breathe in and out...You can tell the difference between being dead and being asleep."

Revised in 2014

ISBN10: 1-56123-011-1

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-011-2

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A Book About Recovery Through Friendship

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

ISBN: 978-1561232482

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By Susan Jones

Illustrated by Shirley Antak

Treasured memories… come from ordinary moments. Between one winsome grandfather and one lucky little boy are keepsakes of the heart… memories made by the two of them for all time. Most are simple. Checkers and hot chocolate. Hugs and silly songs. A special wink that means we’re in this together. But their time together is coming to an end. With insight and tenderness, author Susan Jones tells the story of what comes next for a little boy who discovers memory-making is a language of love that can be whispered across the years. Refers to Heaven.

Hardcover

ISBN10:0-9778209-4-7

ISBN13: 978-0-9778209-4-8

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