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Whether you have lost a spouse, parent, friend, sibling or pet, we have the resources to help you through this difficult time. We also have resources here for suicide, homicide, holidays, special days, helping others, eulogies, journals, illness and dying.

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

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

Also available in Spanish

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 Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

This highly popular, fact-filled, “grief 101” book is written just for the bereaved person who seeks an overview of the bereavement process. Includes descriptions of a grief reaction on even pages and specific suggestions for coping on the odd pages. The original 58-page book has been expanded to 83 pages, yet is still just $5.

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

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 is also available in Spanish

ISBN10: 1-56123-085-5

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-085-3

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By Kelly Osmont Lonigan, BS, MSW /  A Centering Corporation Resource

From the Introduction: People all over the world face losses, some more challenging and life-changing than others.  Grief from loss may occur as a result of death, as well as numerous other non-death related losses.  When I refer to loss, it is the kind in which the person grieving has not chosen to give someone or something up.  When a loss occurs in which the person is not the initiator, the helpless feelings can seem frightening, unfamiliar and over-powering.  Two basic fears can surface, the unknown and loss of control.   Author Information: Kelly Osmont, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a specialty in grief and loss.  Ms. Osmont, a popular speaker, trainer and writer on the subject of grief, is the co-author of Parting Is Not Goodbye and What Can I Say and Do?  How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving A  Loss. In her presentations, she uses her professional knowledge and skills, along with the insights she has gained from personal experiences.  With all types of audiences, she makes a difference in people’s lives.

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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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A Centering Corporation Resource by Ed Ames

“After my wife, Merideth, died, I did a lot of crying. I’ve got to believe you, too, have shed some tears by now. And, you’re likely to feel like crying even more.”

“Go ahead and cry, and don’t feel guilty about it. Cry when you feel like crying. Yes, even if other people are nearby.”

A helpful book for widowers. Talks to men openly and honestly about tears, guilt, feelings of anger, depression, isolation and loneliness. Also talks about your health, your job and other money matters, living alone and what to do with her things.

ISBN: 978-1561231812

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Yoga for Grief and Loss–Poses, Meditation, Devotion, Self-Reflection, Selfless Acts, Ritual by Karla Helbert, Foreword by Chinnamasta Stiles.

Just as grief is an experience that affects us physically, mentally, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually, yoga sustains and strengthens us in all of those same areas. This book demonstrates how the principles and practices of yoga can help relieve symptoms of grief allowing those who have experienced loss to move toward wholeness, peace, and feelings of connection with loved ones who have died.

Exploring the six branches of yoga, the book shows how each branch can support us through grief in different ways whether it be the self-reflection of Jnana Yoga, the spiritual devotion of Bhakti Yoga, the meditation of Raja Yoga, or the physical postures of Hatha Yoga. We are shown how to begin and sustain a personal practice, both on and off the yoga mat, which helps us to cope with and move through grief on multiple levels. Expressive and experiential exercises are included to help explore each of the branches of yoga and find ways to put the tenets of each branch into real life practice.

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Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life – challenges, changes, decision-making & relationships

By Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, M.S.

Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life   The death of a husband is devastating, and such a loss prompts a wide range of questions about everything from the big issues to the small details: Will my emotional wounds ever heal?  Will I feel like myself again?  How do I begin to tackle the finances?  Will my friends treat me differently?  Do I need to move out of the house?   Author, therapist, and fellow widow Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers you – as well as your family and friends – sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband.  With testimonies from other widows, Ginsburg walks you through the many challenges, both expected and unexpected, from learning to travel and eat alone to surviving holidays and anniversaries, from starting a community support group to dating again.   An essential resource for a trying period of life, "Widow to Widow" equips you wit the gentle encouragement and practical strategies you need to start along the path to building a new life.

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By Nan Zastrow/A Centering Corporation Resource

REVISED 2019

Living Beyond Suicide-Helping Yourself or Helping A Friend

For most of us called upon to be with a grieving friend, it isn’t the big stuff (a death denying society, etc.) that gets in our way, but the basics.  “What do I say?”  “How can I help?”  “Why did this happen?”  “Can we find common ground?”  Oftentimes, those basics become the barriers that make it easier to either say too little or say too much.  And, at times, simply just to back away.  Nan Zastrow’s son died by suicide.  He was 21 years old.

Nan Zastrow has done some extraordinary work in the field of bereavement, none more touching than this book, her story, her testimony to her son, Chad.  She seldom wavers from her commitment as an advocate and friend for the bereaved.  She writes: “Today, I’m comfortable with being recognized as someone who is willing to talk about suicide and share information based on my own experience.”  Everyone deserves care and support on the grief journey.

“This book brings her story to print with words that leap off the page.  “That’s me!”  She says of herself: “I am most vulnerable.” “I may need you to make notes about all the ‘important things’ I am being told – because minutes from now I will not remember what was said or who told it to me.”  “I am a ‘shell’ of the person you once knew.  My heart is broken, my spirit weak and my life is shattered.”  “In reality, there may be little you can do to help me.  But there is great value in your sustained presence.  When I am most vulnerable, here is what I want you to know…”  What follows are her, “30 things I want you to know.”  You MUST read this book to learn more.  Zastrow speaks frankly, not with bitterness or despair, but with hope.  If your loss is not due to suicide, and you are trying to reach out to someone who is grieving, read this book.  It will guide you on the right path.” – Richard B. Gilbert, PhD, CT Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care

ISBN10: 1-56123-198-3

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-198-0

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A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing.  Compassionate support and practical suggestions to help you understand your grief and being to heal

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When a special pet dies, you may struggle with your grief.  You may be overwhelmed by the depth of your sadness.  But as Dr. Wolfelt explains, your grief is a reflection of the love you had for the animal.  The more profound the attachment, the more profound your grief is likely to be.  This is normal and natural. This compassionate, practical guide helps you understand and express your feelings of loss so that you can begin to heal.  Topics covered include common feelings, euthanasia, helping children, the six needs of mourning, ceremony ideas, and considering a new pet.  Space is provided for you to capture memories of your special companion animal.  Throughout, other pet lovers share their stories of love and loss.

ISBN10: 1-879651-36-X ISBN13: 978-1-879651-36-4

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By James E. Miller

When You’re Ill Or Incapacitated: 12 Things To Remember In Times Of Sickness, Injury, or Disability  –  When You’re The Caregiver: 12 Things To Do If Someone You Care For Is Ill Or Incapacitated

This book is an innovative double book (the other half is for caregivers of those ill or incapacitated). Information is presented in 12 understandable, quickly-read chapters. Chapter titles include: “Everyone on your medical team is of equal importance, but you are more equal than anyone.” “You may find value in asking of this time, ‘What am I being told?’” and “You can use this time for all it’s worth, and it can be worth a great deal.” Used regularly by many hospices and hospitals as well as individuals and families.

ISBN10: 1-885933-21-5 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-21-8

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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 Nan Zastrow

When the Holidays Hurt, the death of someone loved may be the reason associated with the lonesomeness and pain.  Life and holidays, as you once knew them have changed.  Everything that once seemed to support the reason for the season has lost its magic.   No one seems to notice that you are grieving.  What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with decisions and overcome by emotions?  How do you begin to balance the needs of both family and friends and still calm your anxiety?   In this collection of articles and essays, Nan Zastrow writes about managing the traditions.  She explains how to transform the holiday into something that becomes a blend of old and new.  This allows the family to move forward making healing decisions that not only shelter their pain but allow them to find some joy.

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-520-9

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Hardcover with book jacket

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. She and her children were devastated and Sandberg was certain that her life would never have real joy again. Just weeks later, Sandberg faced her first father-child activity without Dave. She came up with a plan for a friend to fill in.  “But I want Dave,” she said. Her friend put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the sh*t out of Option B.”  

Everyone experiences some form of Option B. We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do. Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, OPTION B weaves Sandberg’s experiences with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book also features stories of people who have recovered from personal and professional hardships, including illness, injury, divorce, failure, sexual assault and imprisonment. These people did more than bounce back—many of them became stronger. 

OPTION B offers compelling insights for dealing with hardships in our own lives and helping others in crisis. Exploring the psychology of recovery, Sandberg and Grant give readers a path on how to regain confidence and rediscover joy.   Since its release earlier this week, OPTION B has won over hearts and minds everywhere and emerged as one of the great books of the year.

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Hardcover with book jacket

Also available in Spanish

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly.  But making soup is different.  Soup making is an art, and you are the artist.  Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you. “What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.” In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of  “tear soup.”  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief: if you are the cook, if your friend is the cook, soup making and time, if a child is the cook, if you are a male chef, if there are two of you cooking.

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Also available in English

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly. But making soup is different. Soup making is an art, and you are the artist. Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you.

“What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.”

In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of “tear soup.” Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.

Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief:

If you are the cook; if your friend is the cook; soup making and time; if a child is the cook; if you are a male chef; if there are two of you cooking.

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When A Man Faces Grief:  12 Practical Ideas to Help You Heal from Loss / A Man You Know Is Grieving:  12 Ideas for Helping Him Heal from Loss

This innovative double book by Thomas R. Golden and James E. Miller is for two related groups of people. One half of this book is for the bereaved and contains 12 foundational suggestions in short, easy-to-read chapters. The second half is for those who want to assist a man who is grieving.

The authors are careful to note that there tends to be a masculine mode of grieving that is distinct from a more feminine mode and that these modes are actually independent of one’s gender. Some women may grieve in the more traditionally masculine way, for example.

The masculine mode tends to connect with grief through action rather than interaction. It often uses fewer words and therefore is less visible. Chapter titles for this first half include “Tap into your grief with actions and rituals,” “Care for those around you,” “Tell your story,” and “Call upon your courage.”

The second half is written for those who want to understand and support those who grieve in a more typically masculine way. Chapter titles include, “Men who are grieving often value their aloneness,” “Men often respond more cognitively to their loss,” and “A good way to help a man heal is to concentrate on your own healing.”

ISBN10: 1-885933-27-4 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-27-0

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Second Edition

This classic book about grief was written for two different audiences: those who are actively grieving and those who are concerned about the grieving, wanting to help them. So it’s two books in one; there is no back to this book—only two fronts.

The chapters in What Will Help Me?:  12 Things to Remember When You Have Suffered a Loss are made up of encouraging, validating ideas. Chapter titles include, “By giving your loss expression, you’ll begin to heal,” “Your grieving, timing, and progress in healing are all uniquely yours, and that’s as it should be,” “Sometimes it makes perfect sense to act a little crazy,” and “Not all your questions will have answers, but they’re worth asking anyway.” A confirming affirmation ties all the thoughts together.

The chapters in How Can I Help?:  12 Things to Do When Someone You Know Suffers a Loss are in the form of specific, practical actions one can take as one relates to the bereaved. Ideas include, “Allow the other her or his privacy,” “Trust the other to lead you,” “Journey with the other in the search for meaning,” and “Open yourself to what this experience holds just for you.”

ISBN10: 1-885933-19-3 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-19-5

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by Tom Golden, LCSW

A concise book that offers insight into the masculine side of healing. Have you ever wondered why men and women seem to heal differently? If so, this is a book for you. It explains how and why men and some women heal in an active mode rather than an interactive one. It offers plenty of examples including Eric Clapton and how he healed after the death of his young son Conor, and Michael Jordan and how he healed after his father’s murder. You will see how these men and many others use action as a means to tell their story. The book offers a section on how to help the men you love and also a section offering therapists clinical ideas for working with men. If you are a man, read this book to affirm your unique way of healing. If you are a woman, read this book to understand the men you love. When we understand each other our relationships flourish.

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A companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

For many people, journaling is an excellent way to do the work of mourning.  While private and independent, journaling is still the outward expression of grief.  And it is through the outward expression of grief that you heal. This companion journal to the popular book Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the ten essential touchstones for finding hope and healing your grieving heart.  Throughout, you will be reminded of the content you have read in the companion book and asked corresponding questions about your unique grief journey.  This compassionate journal provides you with ample space to unburden your heart and soul.   “A journal is a confessor.  It simply listens as you write.  Believe in your ability to set your intention to heal by using the journal as one instrument in your healing.  Good luck and Godspeed.” – Alan Wolfelt

ISBN10: 1-879651-39-4 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-39-5

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your often complex -and painful- thoughts and feelings.  This compassionate guide, written by one of North America’s leading grief educators, will help you understand the normal and necessary journey we call grief.   Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual actions for you to take to help yourself heal: Open to the presence of your loss. Dispel misconceptions about grief. Embrace the uniqueness of your grief. Explore your feelings of loss. Recognize you are not crazy. Understand the six needs of mourning. Nurture yourself. Reach out for help. Seek reconciliation, not resolution. Appreciate your transformation.

ISBN10: 1-879651-35-1 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-35-7

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

The first 28 pages of this 55-page book describe the guilt process, including 14 types of guilt that may occur during the bereavement process. The remainder of the book offers 22 suggestions for coping with guilt. This book will not tell you not to feel guilty. It is written to help bereaved people gain insight into their guilt feelings and to begin the process of moving beyond the heavy burden of guilt. Includes short stories.

With 40 contributors who shared their insights into guilt during bereavement, this book covers all of the “if-onlys” and “should’ves.” Includes 14 guilt reactions and 22 specific suggestions for coping with guilt.

ISBN10: 0-963975-1-5

ISBN13: 978-0-9635975-1-9

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D., Carol Hankins & Gary Hankins, Ph.D.

Want to gain insight into the complex world of anger during bereavement? This 56-page book includes an anger-insight survey and examines causes, targets and pre-existing emotional styles related to anger. Fifteen pages are dedicated to strategies for coping with anger.

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Finding Permission to Grieve

by Doug Manning

The holidays are difficult for anyone on the grief journey. The candles are lit, the houses are decorated and the grieving person struggles to find any joy in the celebrations. Doug gives the reader permission to find their own special way to cope, to remember and to survive the hurdles that the holiday season can present. Buy it for yourself, for a friend or family member or purchase in quantity to give at this year’s memorial service.   Author Information: Doug Manning’s career has included minister, counselor, business executive, author and publisher. He and his wife, Barbara, have been parents to four daughters and long-term caregivers to three parents. After thirty years in the ministry, Doug began a new career in 1982. He now devotes his time to writing, counseling and leading seminars in the areas of grief and elder care.

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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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Repairing Your Life After Losing Your Spouse

By Gerald J. Schaefer with Tom Bekkers, MSW, APSW

The death of a spouse has a powerful impact on the widowed partner’s life.  However, there is a very distinct difference in the way males and females mourn the losses of loved ones.  Most men work hard to keep their grief to themselves, maintain stoic emotional control and refrain from asking others for help.  This book is a compassionate guide that equips the nearly half-million widowers who lose their wives annually with the tools to deal effectively with their sorrow and tackle the important tasks and issues surrounding the deaths of spouses.  Author Gerald J Schaefer shares his own personal experiences recovering and nurturing two sons after living through, coping with and ultimately healing from the pain of losing his beloved wife.  Schaefer and expert grief counselor Tom Bekkers provide a take-action approach, reaching out to men in mourning around the globe by presenting over forty activities to pilot widowers through the process of bereavement: Picking Up the Pieces Healing From Within Giving Back to Others Loving Again This insightful, inspiring book channels men’s grief into constructive tasks and supplies the tools that will enable bereaved husbands to recreate fulfilling lives.

ISBN10: 0-88282-345-0 ISBN13: 978-0-88282-345-4

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A Man’s Guide to Healing and Moving Forward in Grief. The Griefcase is an innovative tool for use by anyone who has experienced the deep, traumatic death of someone dearly loved. While written for men, The Griefcase concept can be extremely beneficial for any newly bereaved soul, man or woman.

Inside You Will Find

~ The concept of the Griefcase

~ How to Use the Griefcase

~ Overcoming Male Ego in loss

~ Human Nature/Nurture traits

~ Our need to express emotions

~ The vilest of emotions

~ Your invisible Griefcase

~ The Griefcase of others

~ Taking your Griefcase to work

~ And so much more…

If you lost a loved one, then you have been handed a Griefcase. It is filled with painful, heavy emotions and will be with you for the rest of your life. Use the methods inside to learn how to lighten your burden and your heart to move forward through grief to your New Normal.

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Coping with Your Sadness and Knowing When to Get Help by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.  Recognizing that depression is a normal and natural component of grief, this compassionate guide helps mourners understand their depression, express it in healing ways, and know when they may be experiencing a more severe or clinical depression that would be eased by professional treatment. It proposes that grieving people do not necessarily need to be diagnosed with depression following the death of a loved one and guides them through exercises to express their depression in healthy ways. In a society where mourning and melancholia are often ignored, this book gives mourners the supported and reassurance necessary to understand and appreciate that their depression is a regular part of the grieving process...

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by Thomas R. Golden

2nd Edition

Swallowed by a Snake is a book for men or women about the masculine side of healing from loss.   Discover… New and powerful ways to heal. How the genders differ in their healing. Greater understanding between partners. Examples of successful and unique healing strategies. A path to realize and honor your own uniqueness. New ways to understand your grief. Ways the individual’s loss can impact the entire family. Swallowed by a Snake is meant to be a map and guide through the experience of loss.  It will help you move through the pain of loss and into a place of healing and transformation.   “I find this material interesting and stimulating and feel it will fill a void in the literature about grief and gender differences. The material presents a fresh look into the uniqueness of a man’s grief in a way that both men and women will find extremely helpful.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

ISBN10: 0-9654649-1-1 ISBN13: 978-0-9654649-1-8

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James E. Miller shows you how to make a difference in the lives of others by being present in a way that is healing, nurturing, and potentially even transforming. Seven steps to becoming a healing presence are explained in detail, with concrete suggestions at every turn. This book is full of essential, practical information, applicable to professionals, volunteers, and family members alike.

Being a healing presence to others can become an integral part of your own spiritual development. As you make yourself more available to others, you become more available to yourself, and more authentically yourself. Learning how to relate to others in this gentle, non-judgmental, and respectful way can lead to changes all around you.

Included are pages of interesting quotations from the ages, line drawings, and many practical suggestions useful for both professional and lay caregivers.

ISBN10: 1-885933-32-0

ISBN13: 978-1-885933-32-4

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By Douglas Vincent Wesselman

Cole Seatstone has lost everything; his child, his wife, his will to live. On the brink of suicide, his very survival pivots on the fulcrum of an old, dusty, worn, purple book full of parables, and a young refugee boy who is also teetering on the edge of life. Cole discovers that miracles still happen. Stories still have power. Truth still speaks…These are the Tales of the Master.

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by T.J. Wray

When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged. Despite the longevity of adult sibling relationships, surviving siblings are often made to feel as if their grief is somehow unwarranted. After all, when an adult sibling dies, he or she often leaves behind parents, a spouse, and even children—all of whom suffer a more socially recognized type of loss. Based on the author’s own experiences, as well as those of many others, Surviving the Death of a Sibling helps adults who have lost a brother or sister to realize that they are not alone in their struggle. Just as important, it teaches them to understand the unique stages of their grieving process, offering practical and prescriptive advice for dealing with each stage. In Surviving the Death of a Sibling, T.J. Wray discusses: • Searching for and finding meaning in your sibling’s passing • Using a grief journal to record your emotions • Choosing a grief partner to help you through tough times • Dealing with insensitive remarks made by others Warm and personal, and a rich source of useful insights and coping strategies, Surviving the Death of a Sibling is a unique addition to the literature of bereavement.

ISBN10: 0-609-80980-6 ISBN13: 978-0-609-80980-8

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for those who are grieving 

by Grief Watch

These support cards can be useful in a number of ways.  For a support group, pass the stack of cards around and have each person randomly pick a card.  They can, in turn, discuss how that particular question affects their individual life.  Or, as the facilitator, pick out a card yourself to help you direct the conversation.

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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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Stage VII, Death: The Coping Mechanism Of The Health Professional by Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper. This is the final product of my work. It is the final stage of my life, my major growth and my major development. Thus, this is the final step on the HARPER SCHEMATIC COMFORTABILITY SCALE. When I conceptualized the first five stages during my employment at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California I did not know other stages existed. Stages VI and VII emerged as I continued to grow, develop, expanded my knowledge, theoretical and conceptual frames of reference in relation to death, dying and their impact on me and other health professional. Death is one of life’s uncertainties, especially the time and place. The only certainty is that death is a certainty. This final book is about us: Health professionals, our families, our death and our dying, Life, living, death and dying are connected like chains in a barbwire fence. When there is a death in the family the chain is broken, but it will or may come back together in a different form. This I have learned after getting an understanding of the health and social care needs of patients and families and the important role of the health, mental health and social care systems, institutions, care givers and other providers. Thus, the health professional became my foci and my practice wisdom dictated that the health professional had the responsibility of helping to humanize the health, mental health and social care delivery systems. The health care professionals hold the keys for the patients and their families’ last chance to receive love, caring, deep compassion and for the patients to die with dignity and respect.

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By Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA & Lois Krahn, MD

Early grief is a feeling of loss before a loss or dreaded event occurs.  If you’re grieving for a sick loved one, a child in danger, a dear friend, a devoted pet, or global terrorism, this book is for you.  It is a balm for your wounded soul.  The book is filled with healing steps – 114 in all – and they lead you to your healing path.  All of us go through early grief.  Though you can’t avoid it, you can get through it, and create a new and meaningful life.  Along the way, you may find yourself smiling through your tears

ISBN10: 1-59457-932-6 ISBN13: 978-1-59457-932-6

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A Caring Manual for Support Group Leaders

By Eloise Cole and Joy Johnson / A Centering Corporation Resource

This model is designed for a six-week time period.  In other words, the group meets once a week for six weeks.  When groups get stretched out over longer periods of time, participation is often interrupted.  Many people can plan six weeks into their schedules, but beyond that, it may get complicated.  It also means people are not committing to a series of meetings which may never end.   Six Simple Weeks gives you everything you need to know to start a support group.  It includes all the information necessary and a week by week model to get you started.

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Healing after the death of a sister or brother

by P. Gill White, Ph.D., Director of The Sibling Connection

P. Gill White, Ph.D., was only fifteen when her sister Linda made her swear not to tell anyone about the pain she had in her side, fearing it would spoil an upcoming family vacation. Linda died four months later from a rare form of cancer. White and her family never talked about the loss until decades later, when memories began to haunt her. Sibling Grief is White’s validation of the emotional significance of sibling loss. She draws on both clinical experience and her own deeply personal experience, along with wisdom from hundreds of bereaved siblings, to explain the five healing tasks unique to sibling grief. White also describes the dream patterns of bereaved siblings, showing how healing is reflected in the dream state. Throughout, she illustrates the long-lasting connection between siblings - a connection that death itself cannot sever.

ISBN13: 978-1-60528-011-0

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By Molly Fumia

The loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences we will ever face. This wise and profound book of reflections for the grieving offers a compassionate companion for those who have lost a loved one. Each page offers new words for contemplation, and the book can be read cover to cover or pages chosen at random to find inspiration to make it through another day. Safe Passage guides the reader through the grief process–from the blackest night to the slow, gentle dawn of acceptance, unexpected wisdom, and new possibilities. This is the ideal gift for those coping with bereavement.

ISBN13: 9781573245463

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by Sherry Williams-White

Revised Edition 2011

Here is sound advice to help make sense of confusing holiday feelings after a loved one dies. Special emphasis is given to rituals and ceremonies. Guided journaling exercises help clarify expectations and wishes, and give reminders for self-care.

Paperback, 62 pages

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By James E. Miller

When you learn someone you love is dying, you enter an experience you’ll never forget.  There are so many things to think about, so many things you’ll feel.  There is so much you have to do and so much you want to do, and at the same time, so much you cannot do.  If you’re like most people, you feel you’re at a huge loss because you haven’t done this work before.  To assist you, Jim Miller has pulled together twelve ideas to help you make the most of this time of caring for another person while you also find ways to care for yourself.  These suggestions come from his own experiences and those of many others.

This book is a companion to another of his writings: When You Know You’re Dying: 12 Thoughts to Guide You Through the Days Ahead.

ISBN10: 1-885933-23-1 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-23-2

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Written especially for the newly bereaved, James E. Miller’s book explains in an easy-to-read manner what may take place during the course of grief. Six short chapters offer encouraging, confirming advice and validation. For example: “You’ll grieve in your own unique way, and a general pattern will emerge as you do so.” Carefully-chosen, hopeful quotations are included throughout.

People are helped. Grievers are validated. Individuals and families are given hope.

This book is widely endorsed by hospices, hospitals, congregations, funeral homes, and counselors. People report reading it time and again.

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By Missy Lowery Throckmorton / A Centering Corporation Resource

A Note from Missy: Years ago, grief was handled differently than it is today.  For example, not everyone realized then that children also need to work through and integrate grief. One of the most important things I have learned, both from my own family’s experience and from my research and study, is that each child is unique and handles grief in her or his own way.  I have also learned that talking about it helps you heal. This book is for all those families whose hearts are shattered with loss.  This is also for those who try to help them pick up the pieces and mend the holes.

Revised in 2012!!

ISBN10: 1-56123-055-3 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-055-6

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By Enid Traisman, MSW

This grief workbook & keepsake journal is recommended for anyone who wants to make sense of their grief and to create a keepsake of their beloved pet. It was designed to help sort out feelings through writing about your relationship and your loss. The prompts are meant to help you deal with some of the emotions that need to be addressed so that you can release them. The format enables you to understand your grief with guided, leading sentences, invoking the healing power of writing, and taking an active part in your own recovery and healing at your own pace.

ISBN10: 0-9651131-0-8  ISBN13: 978-0-9651131-0-6

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by Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

Twenty years ago eight courageous men came together in the video Men and Their Grief and talked about how they had painfully lost wives, children, siblings, and parents.  Now, we are fortunate enough to get the six original men together for an update of their lives and grief after twenty years.

Running time: 77 minutes

ISBN13: 978-0-9839505-7-8

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By Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

This is a DVD with eight touching views of grief from men who have walked its path.  They talk about how they have painfully lost wives, children, siblings, parents and friends.  Through their sharing we get a better understanding of what to expect as our own grief process unfolds.

Menu Topics Include: Men and Grief Introduction, Society’s Response, Anger, Avoidance vs. Dealing with Grief, Denial and Triggers, Crying, Sexuality, Crisis and Crazies, Similarities and Differences and Credits

Approx. 58 minutes.

See the follow-up DVD: Men and Their Grief: Twenty Years Later

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By Zander Sprague

Second Edition (2013)

There are many things that you think you might be prepared for in your life, losing your sibling is not one of them.  In December of 1996, Zander Sprague’s sister was murdered.  All of a sudden he found himself thrust into a very unfamiliar world.  Even with all the love and support of his friends and family he found that he alone had to choose a positive pathway to healing and recovery. This book is for anyone who has lost a sibling and wants some guidance on how they too can find their own positive pathway.

ISBN13: 978-0-9795030-0-9

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By Fiona Marshall

Whether from a  sudden accident or a slow, terminal illness, the death of a parent is devastating at any age.  Your life is forever changed, and it can be terribly difficult to feel like yourself again. But there is indeed hope.  In Losing a Parent, Fiona Marshall leads you through the process of coping with the loss of a parent – from understanding your immediate reactions to anticipating and recognizing the different stages of grief that follow.  Through personal stories, insightful questions, and helpful exercises, you will learn to evaluate your progress and harness new strength to carry on with life.  This compassionate guide also helps you nurture the relationship with a surviving parent so your bond can emerge healthy and even stronger after your shared loss.  In a time of sorrow and uncertainty, Losing a Parent is an invaluable source of support and encouragement.

ISBN10: 0-7382-0995-3

ISBN13: 978-0-7382-0995-1

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By Alexandra Kennedy, M.A. (LMFCC)

Kennedy shares her own story of facing the loss of a parent and offers innovative strategies for healing and transformation. “The death of a parent is a shattering experience, wounding us and flooding us with powerful forces. The boundaries of our world are torn away, and suddenly life seems bigger than we might have imagined, terrifyingly bigger. A parent’s death can shatter us, leaving lifetime scars, or it can shatter our limits sense of our selves, opening up our world into new dimensions. For the latter to happen we must be willing to take a journey through grief, following what may often seem like a long, dark passage that will, in its own time, open out into vast new worlds.” From Losing a Parent by Alexandra Kennedy

ISBN10: 0-062281445 ISBN13: 978-0-062281449

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By Rachel Blythe Kodanaz

Living with Loss, One Day at a Time offers daily encouragement to individuals and families who have recently lost a loved one.  By providing tools and suggestions that offer hope, optimism, introspection, and self-discovery, this accessible and comforting guide enables readers to embrace the happy and healthy days of life with their loved one while integrating and accepting their loss into everyday life.   As a motivational speaker, author, grief consultant, and facilitator, Rachel Blythe Kodanaz provides encouragement to those who are suffering a loss.  Rachel is a columnist for Living With Loss Magazine and has appeared on Good Morning America.

ISBN13: 978-1-938486-31-9

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By Earl A. Grollman

Preface to the Third Edition: It is impossible to comprehend the intense anguish of loss–until death comes to someone you love.  With the death of a loved one, you feel that part of you has died, too.  You fear that your pain will last forever.  You ask yourself if you will ever know the meaning of joy again.  Living When a Loved One Has Died is written for you–to help you understand and work through your grief and to pick up the pieces of your unique and valuable life.   I am indebted to the thousands of deeply wounded men, women, and children who have willingly shared their broken hearts with me.  They have been my inspiration.  It is my hope that this new edition will continue to help those in pain.  Grief is a process.  Recovery is now your choice.   “If you’re far away when someone you care about is in mourning, send this book – it’s the next best thing to being there.  And if you doubt whether your being there will do any good, read this book, and you will learn how to become the wise, reassuring, and understanding person a good friend is when a loved one has died.” – Minneapolis Star   “Death is a major fact of life, and Earl Grollman has made it the theme of his widely read books. . . . Here again he writes with a mature wisdom, always directly, simply and honestly. . . . Grollman’s book is ‘inspirational’ in the best sense.” – Publishers Weekly   “Earl Grollman’s writings occupy a special place on my shelves, as they should on the shelves of any clergyman or counselor.  No one does a better job of helping us help the stricken adult or child to cope with grief.” – Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People   Author Information: Rabbi Earl Grollman is an internationally known lecturer, writer, and grief counselor whose work has helped hundreds of thousands of people.  His other books include Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers and the award-winning Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child.

ISBN10: 0-8070-2719-7 ISBN13:978-0-8070-2719-6

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By Enid Samuel Traisman, M.S.W. / A Centering Corporation Resource

This is a beautiful and supportive tool in care and great regard.  There is space for photos, letters, stories, personal history and goodbyes. There is space for writing about difficult decisions, first venturing out and hope. This journal can be used as a keepsake for the family to enjoy for generations.  It may also be used as a personal journey through grief.

ISBN10: 1-56123-048-0 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-048-8

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By James E. Miller

Grief is difficult any time of the year.  It is doubly difficult during the holidays, or during any of those times of commemoration that hold special meaning.  That includes birthdays and anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and any other days that have held significance for you and the one who dies. Gathering ideas from his extensive work with the bereaved, Jim Miller offers a host of suggestions to help people of all ages with the adjustments that must be made.  This assuring, consoling book is both easy to read an sure to help.  Included are quotations from the ages that will validate your feelings and encourage your growth. Whether you give it as a gift to another or to yourself, it will serve as a guide and a companion for years to come.   Author Information: James E. Miller is a writer, photographer, spiritual director, workshop leader, and speaker who creates resources and gives presentations in the areas of loss, transition, caregiving, healing presence, spirituality, and older age.  He is a frequent speaker before many professional groups and at various institutions, often incorporating his own award-winning photography.  He leads workshops and conducts retreats throughout North America.

ISBN10: 1-885933-22-3 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-22-5

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By Nan Zastrow / A Grief Illustrated Press Resource

 

“In a world of sadness and grief, hope is the spark of sanity that allows us to look at something differently and imagine the bright spot.”  Hope.  Did you ever think that a fortune cookie could offer a profound message of comfort, happiness, and peace in a life stressed by grief? Nan uses the simple fortune cookie to weave a modern parable of life and teach the value of attitude and choice in grief work. The fortune cookie demonstrates the concept of HOPE.  Sometimes we are so consumed by our grief that we fail to recognize hope happening in our lives and waiting to be discovered. This book teaches us not to dismiss the small acts of kindness that help us accept that though life may not be the same, it can be good again. Discover what you might be missing!

Nan challenged individuals to participate in a project using the fortune cookie as the “tool.” The project offered Twelve Gifts of Hope that the bereaved can either receive from others or give to themselves. This book documents the proven results. Each of the Twelve Gifts of Hope is outlined in detail with suggestions that will appeal to everyone as they discover the power to heal their own grief.

You will also find alternate suggestions for creating a similar project or you can just experience the peace and joy that others received from their discovery. You do not need to create a project to use the Twelve Gifts of Hope checklist to create personal enthusiasm. You will embrace countless possibilities for finding hope in the suggestions and personal stories; and you will be inspired to always look for the bright spot.

ISBN10: 1-56123-219-2

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-219-2

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by Dr. Clarence Tucker / A Centering Corporation Resource

From the Introduction: As you search for relief from the pain and suffering caused by loss there is no better source for help than from those who have experienced or are experiencing grief. The following pages contain many actual quotes directly from those who’ve suffered normal grief experiences.  Most of the ideas, suggestions and thoughts for relief from the anxiety and pain come from the actual experiences of grieving persons. The belief of this book is that you can learn to manage your grief.  If grief is not managed well, you become the victim of grief.   Author Information: Dr. Clarence Tucker has over fifty years in the pastorate with a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Grief and Bereavement from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and a certificate in Thanatology from the National Institute for Death Education and special studies in Grief Counseling. He has given numerous lectures, led workshops conducted numerous Grief Recovery and Support Groups.  Under the Genesis Program he led group therapy sessions at Research Psychiatric Hospital in the out-patient program. Dr. Tucker served as a Hospice Pastor for the Independence Regional Hospital for five years.  Having officiated at over 1,200 funerals he is often consulted as a grief educator, consultant and counselor.

ISBN10: 1-56123-202-5 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-202-4

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by James E. Miller.  Revised Edition.

A step-by-step guide to designing what you’ll do, the time of gathering, poems, leader and people responses, and many other general guidelines.

It’s difficult to deal with the death of someone close any time, but it’s especially difficult to do so during the holidays. With almost no commonly-accepted mourning traditions to help them, the bereaved often feel trapped between the weight of their strong feelings and the reluctance of people around them to discuss their loss.

James E. Miller’s book provides a partial solution to this problem: the creation of educational and inspirational events to help grieving individuals and families prepare for the approaching holidays. This hands-on guide describes various options and offers general guidelines, concrete suggestions, and specific aids for planning and implementing these popular programs.

Topics include defining the needs of your community, coordinating the event, handling marketing, and designing the overall program. Many original and gathered ideas for services of remembrance are provided.

ISBN10: 1-885933-25-8 ISBN13: 978-1-885933-25-6

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by Alan Wolfelt

When someone we love dies, we must express our grief if we are to heal.  In other words, you must mourn.  But knowing what to do with your grief and how to mourn doesn’t always come naturally.  This book offers 100 practical, here-and-now suggestions for helping yourself mourn well so that you can go on to live well and love well again.  Turn to any page and seize the day by taking a small step towards healing.

ISBN10: 1-879651-25-4 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-25-8

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Compassionate advice and simple activities to help you through the loss of your sibling

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Offers 100 practical ideas to help understand and accept the passing of a sibling. The principles of grief and mourning are clearly defined, accompanied by action-oriented tips for embracing bereavement. Whether a sibling has died as a young or older adult or the death was sudden or anticipated, this provides a healthy approach to dealing with the aftermath.

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By Amy Hillyard Jensen

Updated 2013 (Seventh Edition)

Healing Grief is a very basic booklet, packed with helpful information.

The sections include: Shock and disbelief, The First Few Days, Anger, Guilt, Sadness and Depression, Children, Silence, Tears, Marriage and the Death of a Child, Suicide, Faith, Growth, Grief Prolonged, Searching and Yearning, Lamps on the Path, and Other Resources.

Product code is HEGO

ISBN10: 0-934230-48-X

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by Martha Whitmore Hickman

For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Charles Beard

“It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been empty.” – Goethe

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” – Alice Walker

ISBN10: 0-380-77338-4 ISBN13: 978-0-380-77338-1

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by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Healing a Teen’s Grieving Heart is for adults who want practical, day-to-day “how-tos” for helping the grieving teens in their lives. Some of the ideas teach about teenagers’ unique mourning styles and needs. Other ideas suggest simple activities and tips for relating to and spending time with the grieving teen.

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By Harold Ivan Smith

A mother’s death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. Drawing on his own experience of loss, as well as those of others, Harold Ivan Smith guides readers through their grief, from the process of dying through the acts of remembering and honoring a mother after her death.

“Grieving the Death of a Mother combines tender glimpses, wise counsel, spiritual connection, and permission to find your own way through the issues that surround the death of a mother.  This book will be a friend and will bring families closer together at an often complicated time.” – Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert

“This loving, supportive book is a quilt of comfort – snuggle under and feel the warmth seep through your grief.” – Joy Johnson

“Harold Ivan Smith offers poignant reflections on the complex experience of mother loss, both his own and others.  This book will speak to those who have gone through this loss and help those who are yet to face it.” – J. William Worden

ISBN10: 0-8066-4347-1, ISBN13: 978-0-8066-4347-2

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By Harold Ivan Smith

The death of a friend is one of the most significant but unrecognized experiences of grief in American culture.  In this unique book, Harold Ivan Smith guides the reader to move with rather than against the natural grief process as he explores its many aspects, including the friending, the passing, the burying, the mourning, the remembering, and the reconciling.

“Like a cool hand on a feverish brow, Harold Ivan Smith offers soothing, compassionate words and ‘been there’ wisdom for anyone grieving the death of a friend.  This is a man well acquainted with sorrow, who extends hope and a gentle road map to get you through your own unique grief experience.  A much-needed resource for anyone who has ever said a last good-bye to a friend.” – Liz Curtis Higgs, author of Reflecting His Image

“I have found this book to be remarkably challenging because it so realistically describes how most of us, and mostly men, avoid deep friendships.  It is everywhere evident in this book that the author speaks with indisputable clarity about our need to rethink our own personal reasons for failing to enjoy the real blessings of deeper friendships.”  – Granger Westberg, author of Good Grief

Author Information:

Harold Ivan Smith is well known as a leader of seminars on grief and spirituality.  He is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and has written several other books, including On Grieving the Death of a Father, Death and Grief, Healing through Group Support, and I Wish Someone Understood My Divorce: A Practical Cope-book.  Smith has a doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and leads grief groups at St. Luke’s Hospital.

ISBN10: 0-8066-2842-1, ISBN13: 978-8066-2842-4

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By Radha Stern

Radha Stern is no stranger to grief. In 1996 her twenty-two-year-old son, Christopher, was murdered, and she started down the long road of healing and coming to terms with her loss. While Stern believes that “closure” is a myth, she is living proof that you can gain solace, acceptance, and the strength to reclaim your life even after the most tragic loss. Stern found support from others who had walked the same path, and she quickly realized that everyone grieves differently. “Grief is like fingerprints; everyone grieves in their own way,” she says. Still, one thing that remains constant is that support from family and friends can nurture the healing process, and make the journey less painful. But so few of us know what to do and say in the face of grief. We agonize about saying the “right” thing and then second guess ourselves no matter what we say, struggle to find ways to be of practical help, and worry that our attempts at being supportive are starting to feel like intrusions.

ISBN13: 978-0-9889740-0-5

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A.

Talks about the “Firsts” of grief, changes and feeling helpless, then goes into the pain of grief, coping, holidays, hope, saying goodbye, and how our love lives on. Reader-friendly and packed with information.

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Adapted from Getting Through Grief, Mask, Inc., and Grief

An eight-page pamphlet about grief and what you can do about it. 10 things to remember while doing grief work.

ISBN: 1561232548

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By Mary & Herb Montgomery

This compassionate book comforts those who are grieving the death of a pet by acknowledging the need, as well as the right, to grieve the loss of a beloved companion. The authors explain (in 32 well-written pages) the grieving process and suggest outlets for grief. From the product description: Like a comforting hug from someone who understands, Good~bye My Friend includes the stages of grief, grieving in your own way, the angry feelings, outlets for grief, how long will the grieving last, will I see my pet again, helping children deal with pet loss and more. It has an inscription page and makes a thoughtful gift.

Contents include: I Still Remember, The Pain of Loss, Grieving in Your Own Way, The Stages of Grief, Helping Children Deal with Loss and Should I get Another Pet?

ISBN10: 1-879779-00-5

ISBN13: 978-1-879779-00-6

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A Recipe for Healing After Loss

From Grief Watch

“A universal and timeless story about grief.”

Newly remastered in 2014, this DVD now includes both English and Spanish videos in HD.  Closed captions have been added to the English version.

Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of “tear soup”.  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   The poignant story and engaging illustrations that have made Tear Soup a treasured book for people of all ages are given new life in this video version.  Viewers will find themselves returning again and again to this moving portrayal as part of their ongoing process of healing from grief.  Families, professionals, educators and support groups will all benefit from the insights and comfort provided in this helpful production.

Running Time: 17 minutes

Recommended for all ages

ISBN10: 0-9724241-4-8

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Good Grief
Good Grief

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GGRO

*50th Anniversary Edition!*

By Granger E. Westberg

Timeless wisdom for all who grieve

From the Introduction:

The ten stages of grief described here must be understood to be the normal process through which most people must go as they face up to their loss.  In other words, we will be talking about the road the majority of humans must travel in order to get back into the mainstream of life.

As we look at these ten stages of grief, remember that every person does not necessarily go through all these stages, nor in this order.  Moreover, it is impossible to differentiate clearly between each of these stages, for a person never moves neatly from one stage to the other.

“This gem is written with the heart of a pastor, the insight of a psychologist, the humanity of a father and husband, and the hope of someone who has seen so many survive the process of grieving.  It is simple but not simplistic.  It is profound but not professorial.  Most importantly, it describes the pathway through grieving that can only be found through honesty.  This is a book that should quickly be in the hands of anyone grieving for any reason.” – Dr. Timothy Johnson, M.D., ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

ISBN10: 0-8006-9781-2

ISBN13: 978-0-8006-9781-5

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4-page handout

Carlene Vester Eneroth’s ideas for coping during the Christmas season. Offers ten important ideas for taking care of yourself during this holiday.

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By Marta Felber

There is nothing you need more than the warm, reassuring voice of one who has traveled this path before. . . and survived after suffering the death of a spouse. In Finding Your Way after Your Spouse Dies, Marta Felber offers just such a voice-caring, hopeful, always pointing ahead to a tomorrow that will be a little easier than today. Having experienced her own spouse’s death, Felber is never glib or simplistic. She knows the grief her readers are feeling and she encourages them to give it full expression. At the same time, she offers sound, practical suggestions on how to navigate difficult days. This book shies away from none of the difficult issues of bereavement. Felber gently urges her readers toward careful, honest examination of the issues they face.

ISBN10: 0-87793-932-2

ISBN13: 978-0-87793-932-0

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By Richard Gilbert

The experience of losing a parent in death is almost universal – and yet many who feel this loss for the first time are surprised at how painful it can be.  Even those well into adulthood are often taken aback by the deep sense of loneliness, the sense of being “orphaned,” that the death of a mother or father can bring.

In Finding Your Way After Your Parent Dies, Rev. Richard Gilbert has created a compassionate guide for those struggling with the loss of a parent.  Bringing many years of experience in bereavement counseling, Gilbert sketches out some of the issues that arise in the wake of a parent’s death and offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties.  From the disorientation that can come immediately after death to relating to the surviving parent to healing old emotional wounds, the topics dealt with here will be of tremendous help to many.

Combining a warm, empathetic approach with expertise in grief, Gilbert’s Finding Your Way After Your Parent Dies is a resource that will be deeply appreciated by those who have lost a parent and by those ministering to them.

ISBN10: 0-87793-694-3, ISBN13: 978-0-87793-694-7

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by Patrick W. Page — A Centering Corporation Resource

Pat Page’s wife died after almost fifty years of marriage. Now he sits and talks with men about everything from dating to cooking to anger, tears and even S-E-X. Essential for all men. “For a while, I was worried about going crazy but my old cronies, upon whom I have leaned a lot, assured me that I was already crazy and not to give that any more thought.”

Grief is a thing you have to go through. You can’t go around it or shortcut it or ignore it. You have to take it right on the chin, or it will sure boomerang on you later. Pat views grief as a job like every other difficult job he’s ever had to do. The world goes right on. Countless others have survived the death of a dear one. So can Pat and so will you.

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by Jackie J. Bates, R.N.,CHPN

This book will help you have those important conversations that arise when the end of life is near. Whether you choose to use a hospice team, the questions and information in this book will help you live your last days on your terms and will be a guide for caregivers in carrying out your wishes.

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The National Bestseller with Real Stories from Real People

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

When our loved ones leave this world, our connection with them does not end and we often receive signs from the other side. These true and touching stories of will amaze and support all readers — religious or secular.

The 101 true and miraculous stories in this book of signs and messages from beyond show that death may take away the physical presence of our loved ones, but not their spirit. This book is for everyone, religious or secular, as regular people share their amazing experiences with the other side.

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark

In this book of 101 inspirational stories, contributors share their personal angel experiences of faith, miracles, and answered prayers, which will amaze and inspire you.

Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no earthly explanation for what we experience, and a higher power is clearly at work. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories from people, religious and non-religious, about hope, healing, and help from angels.

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By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

This collection of inspirational stories will undoubtedly touch many hearts. Written by authors who have lost loved ones, these stories offer comfort, peace and understanding to those going through the grieving process.

Individual people deal with grief in their own ways and within their own time, but the guidance and support they receive from others is what helps them through it. One of the key messages of Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul is that togetherness and sharing are the keys to moving on. In these stories people share their experiences with coping and they share deep memories. Each one has found that putting thoughts and feelings into words is not only cathartic, it allows them to reconnect with their loved one and others. Words of encouragement are plentiful in this edition and they go straight to the heart. Chapters encompass the complete grieving experience and include: Final Gifts, the Power of Support, Coping and Healing, Those We Will Miss, Special Moments, Insights and Lessons, and Living Again.

Readers will be comforted and inspired by the stories of regaining strength and hope, such as holding meaningful services, performing thoughtful deeds and cherishing special memories. Most important, just as the writers have come to appreciate life through the grieving process, readers will discover how to do the same. This soothing bowl of stories is the perfect gift to bring comfort, strength and courage

ISBN10: 1-55874-902-0

ISBN13: 978-1-55874-902-3

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The past is simply part of our story; just not the whole story…On the very day that Nancy Sharp delivered premature twins, she learned that her husband’s brain cancer returned after eighteen months in remission.  Less than three years later, at the age of 37, she became a widow. But while many in that situation would crumble, Nancy had an innate ability to hold life and death in the same moment. She learned to “see beyond the frame’s edge.”  In Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, Nancy shares her unforgettable journey – one that offers enlightened understanding for living life to the fullest.  Her story is a gift to those looking to lift themselves from the embers of loss and adversity through bold living.

Seeking the solace of the Rocky Mountains and a fresh start, Nancy packs up her five year-old twins and leaves Manhattan for Denver, never imagining that she would find love in the pages of a magazine.  But after reading an article on eligible bachelors, Nancy sends an email to Steve Saunders, a popular Denver television anchor turned political candidate as well as a widower who’d lost his wife to cancer, and was raising two sons a decade older than Nancy’s twins. Today they have been married for six years.

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by Allison Gilbert with Christina Baker Kline

While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering. When author Allison Gilbert lost both parents at age 32, she could not find any books that spoke to her with the same level of compassion and reassurance that she found in the support group she belonged to—so she decided to write one of her own. The result is a sensitive and candid portrayal of loss that brings together experiences from famous and ordinary grief-stricken sons and daughters that explores the regrets, heartache and sometimes, relief, that accompanies pain and healing. Always Too Soon provides a range of intimate conversations with those—famous and not—who have lost both parents, providing readers with a source of comfort and inspiration as they learn to negotiate their new place in the world. Whether you have a familiar name like Yogi Berra, Barbara Ehrenreich, Geraldine Ferraro, or Ice-T or have lost both parents in a traumatic event like the Holocaust or the bombing of the World Trade Center, the grief is equally hard to bear.   Contributors include: Roseann Cash, Hope Edelman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Geraldine Ferraro, Dennis Franz, Yogi Berra, and Ice-T.

ISBN10: 1-58005-176-6 ISBN13: 978-1-58005-176-7

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A Centering Corporation Resource

A blank journal just for you.  It is a safe place for you to express your feelings since the death of someone you love.  You can write down any moments, moods and memories that you feel are important.  We hope this journal will help you find insight, comfort and healing

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by Ginny Callaway

Next Generation – Winner – Indie Book Awards

“What in the world am I going to say?” This is one of our first thoughts when a friend loses a loved one. Everyone feels unprepared when faced with another’s grief. We want to reach out and be supportive, but we fear saying the wrong thing and making matters worse. A Friend in Grief: Simple Ways to Help gives you the words and actions to reach out and support your friend, with confidence and compassion. Topics include: What NOT to say and why, small things that you can do to make a big difference, how to support a colleague at work, suggested wording for writing a note, how to provide support when you live far away.

Author Ginny Callaway, whose ten-year-old daughter Sara Jane died in a car accident, draws on her own experience and the stories of people she interviewed, whose loved ones died. They have lived through grief and know first hand what comforts and what hurts. Here are the straightforward answers you’ve been looking for.

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by Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Darcie Sims, Ph.D.

A 66-page book by Bob & Darcie filled with fun facts on crying. Includes research findings on the biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural elements of the crying process. Provides insight into why some people are frequent criers and others are not. Offers suggestions for dealing with crying and includes writings from people who share their crying stories.

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This is for a one-year subscription of our quarterly magazine, so you get four issues.

Our reader-friendly magazine includes articles from professionals in the bereavement field and from the hearts of our caring contributors.

Grief Digest magazine is a quarterly magazine supporting grieving people, families and caregivers. The Centering Corporation, which is the largest and oldest grief resource center in North America, has created this resource by gathering a remarkable group of writers to aid you in your journey.

THIS PRICE IS FOR SHIPPING TO THE U.S. ONLY

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

After someone we love dies, each day can be a struggle. But each day, if we work to embrace our normal and necessary grief and care for ourselves, we will also take one step toward healing.

Those who grieve will find comfort and understanding in this daily companion. With one brief entry for every day of the calendar year, this gem by Dr. Wolfelt offers small, one-day-at-a-time doses of guidance and healing. Each entry includes an inspiring or soothing quite followed by a short discussion of the day’s theme and a succinct meditation.

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by Lois Rafferty

Not one of us gets through adulthood escaping grief. We grieve for lost lives, lost dreams, lost loves. However it comes into our lives, grief must be dealt with and its process can feel lonely and harsh. This is a story about grief. A woman's car skids through wet leaves one foggy autumn evening, instantly killing a child. In that moment, her carefully ordered life comes apart. A complex journey that involves a painful reexamination of her marriage, her ties to her adult children, her career, her closest friendship, an adulterous relationship, and her own childhood, parallels her exhausting fight for her own survival. At the center of the struggle is the child who has perished. To make peace with this child, to assuage her guilt, she must revisit another child: the child she herself had been, a child she had long ago chosen to leave behind. She must then decide: does she deserve to go on? Does she even want to? Or will she find the courage to battle back to wholeness and sanity? That decision, hers alone to make, will forever alter the lives of the people she most loves.

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by Robin A. Edgar

Focuses on the steps to recalling, recording and celebrating significant memories that help the reader recognize and value the individuals and incidents that shape our lives. Contains reminiscence recipes to recapture the sights, sounds and even smells that bring back the laughter from the past.

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by Donna Schuurman

Children and teens who experience the death of a parent are never the same. Only in the last decade have counselors acknowledged that children grieve too, and that unresolved issues can negatively impact children into adulthood. Unaddressed grief can lead to depression, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. For at least three generations of adults, these issues have been largely ignored. Having worked with thousands of families as Executive Director of the Dougy Center for Grieving Children, Donna Schuurman understands the dangers of unresolved grief better than anyone else. In Never the Same, Schuurman offers expert advice and encouragement to empower readers to reflect on their unique situation, come to terms with the influence of their parent's death, and live more healthful, peaceful lives.

The only book of its kind, Never the Same is an essential companion for those still struggling with the early loss of a parent.

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by Julia Sorensen

Overcoming Loss is a photocopiable resource that addresses children's feelings of loss, which can arise from changing communities, schools, moving house, divorce or the death of a parent or grandparent. Children are limited to a vocabulary of broad emotions like 'happy', 'sad' and 'angry', and are often unable to articulate their grief in words. This can impair their long-term emotional development.

The activities in Overcoming Loss use the power of play and creative arts to give the grieving child the language to identify subtle feelings, such as shame, despair and jealousy. Designed to encourage social and emotional learning, these exercises employ play, art and story-telling to access the ways in which children naturally express their feelings, and offers opportunities for parents and professionals to direct the child towards understanding their emotions.

Parents, teachers, counselors and anyone working with children between the ages of 4 and 8 who are dealing with a loss will find this resource a practical and effective tool.

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by Harold Ivan Smith

Written by a person who has been comforting and counseling terminally ill people for years, this book offers guidance, support, and encouragement for both those who are approaching death as well as their families, friends, counselors, medical and hospice practitioners, and chaplains.

Consisting of short "chapters," each including a spiritual reflection, Smith moves the reader or caregiver from "admitting that you know" to "finishing the race."

Along the way comfort and guidance are offered on issues such as: Releasing Control, Dealing with Privacy, Crying, Partnering with Physicians, Embracing God, Expressing Anger, Forgiving, Reviewing Your Life, Making a Valid Will, Making Visitors Comfortable, Telling Your Stories, and Composing Your Goodbyes.

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by Sarah Kroenke

Words To Live By is a collection of reflections and quotes, but not from those you might expect. The words in this book are spoken by hospice patients…people who have little time left to share. These are words of love, laughter, regret, pain, and inspiration. This book reminds readers to live a life where nothing is left unfinished in your heart.

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by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

You were one of the lucky ones. You found a partner or friend with whom you shared a deeply profound connection. You were the heroes of each other’s lives. You were fortunate to live a grand adventure together. But now that your soulmate has died, what felt like a privilege may have turned to wretched despair. How do you go on? How do you not only survive but really and truly live without the love of your life? In this compassionate, inspiring book, beloved grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt will help you understand that your challenge now is to mourn as you loved: deeply, grandly, and heroically. You will find empathetic affirmation and counsel intermingled with real-life stories for other halved soulmates. Along the way, you will also be invited to jot down brief notes about your unique soulmate story.

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Compassionate advice and simple activities for widows and widowers

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When your spouse dies, your loss is profound. Not only have you lost the companionship of someone you deeply loved, you have lost the person who shared your history, your helpmate, your lover, perhaps your financial provider.

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by Sarah Kroenke and Daena Esterbrooks

Hope Heals is a keepsake journal created for teenagers and adults who have lost a loved one. This journal was created out of an appreciation and understanding of how difficult and life-changing it is to experience the death of a loved one. The book serves as a tool to discover growth and strength in the midst of the pain.

Elements of the book were first used in group and individual grief counseling sessions as part of Park Nicollet Foundation's Growing Through Grief program. This book provides a place to write details of a loved one's death and memories of their life, along with thoughts and feelings that are part of the healing process.

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by Norine Dresser, BA, MA, and Fredda Wasserman, MA, MPH, LMFT,‎CT, for Our House Grief Support Center

Named a 2010 Self Help Best Book by Library Journal

Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love consists of moving narratives about end of life and grief. These personal histories are complemented by practical guidelines for those caring for their loved ones through the last stages of life. For those who are grieving, the true-to-life-stories demonstrate how others have navigated through the tidal wave of emotions and reactions that characterize the grief process. For health care professionals and those who are offering support to grievers, Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love provides a new perspective on the challenges of caring for the dying and living with grief.

Hundreds of poignant, touching, loving, humorous personal experiences address readers' concerns and curiosity about how others have faced life's final chapter with love and dignity. Specific issues include talking about death, hospice, funerals, grieving, and celebrating life.

Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love empowers readers by

Bringing compassion and awareness to end of life issues

Providing examples of loving care at the moment of death

illuminating uncharted territory

Demonstrating how others cope

Demystifying the grief process

Inspiring hope

The narratives and advice in Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love benefits family members, friends and health care professionals as they travel the emotional journey through end of life and grief.

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by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz

Grief in the Workplace offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to support those who have experienced death at work. By providing tools and practical advice that help manage expectations, this handy and comforting guide enables employees, Human Resources, and Employee Assistance Programs to embrace and address the loss effectively and compassionately.

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by Romaine Presnell - A Centering Corporation Resource

A woman's journal through the grief and healing after the death of her husband. This book is very healing for those who are experiencing the death of a spouse.

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Third Edition

by Doug Manning

Doug's warm conversational style takes the reader through all the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one. Doug shares some of the personal experiences and wisdom gained on his own path to healing as well as offering stories of struggle and promise from some of the thousands of individuals who have shared their hearts with him.

Doug’s hope is that Don't take My Grief Away From Me will provide gems of truth, and honest discussions about the universal experience of grief. This is his gift for anyone who reads these pages hoping to understand how to survive the pain of loss and how to ultimately find moments of gratitude and peace on their own grief journey.

128 pages

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By Paul Alexander

Paul presents songs created especially for ritual remembrances such as candle lighting ceremonies, Christmas ornament memorials, tree plantings and balloon releases. Instrumental versions are included for quiet reflection or accompaniment. For Healing Rituals, includes all four ritual songs: Light a Candle, Tree of Memory, Walk to Remember, Pretty Balloon.

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by Elaine Eggebraaten, John Hanson, Lori Keller, Tally Reynolds, Suzan Styer and Bob Baugher, Ph.D. & Margarita Suarez, MA, RN, Consultants

A book that offers 49 excellent suggestions straight from more than 40 widowed people—What helps? What doesn’t? Chapters include: Dealing with Grief, Worry, Sleep and Dreams; Feeling Alone, Getting Things Done While Taking Care of Myself; The Ups and Downs of Life without My Loved One; Dealing with Others in the Midst of My Loss; Dealing with My Children; Considering a Relationship and more.

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by Amy Camie, Spiritual Harpist

From the Darkness Comes the Light CD music contains a single disc with 12 songs. "From the Darkness comes the Light" was recorded on All Saints Day and All Souls Day 2016 in the comfort of our home as my husband, best friend, and soulmate, John Camie, co-created our sacred space with his presence and spiritual vision.

These spiritually inspired solo harp expressions spontaneously flowed from the depths of my soul, through my heart, and out my fingertips as gentle drops of starlight in melodies that awaken the love deep within From the Darkness Comes the Light songs. May we all remember with gratitude the womb of darkness from which we came to BE.

This 65 min. musical journey is wonderful for stress reduction, massage, yoga, healing touch, hospice, relaxation and sleep.

released Nov 17, 2016, on the Independent label

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Whether You Come to Caregiving by Choice, Chance, or Circumstance

by Darcie Sims, Ph.D. & Bob Baugher, Ph.D.

Are you a caregiver in the midst of caring for someone with an illness, injury, disability or a limited time to live? Or do you know someone who is? Then this book is a must-read. Written in an easy-to-read conversational style, it is a guidebook for those caring for a loved one.

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We Lost Her is a unique book that takes the reader on a real life, intimate journey of grieving children. Seven siblings, ages seven to seventeen at the time of the tragedy in 1970, relate how they each dealt with the news of their mother’s tragic death. The book chronicles their mourning and how grief impacted their lives both then and now. The story is told through the eyes of Ellen, the third oldest sibling and weaves an intimate tapestry of loss, family grief and pain, self-help, growth and learning.

Travel with her as she relates her own and her siblings’ journey as they coped with their mother's tragic loss and father’s struggle to parent them as he grieved. It is a story of loss, hope and renewal of faith and spirituality. A testament to how children can grow stronger through adversity and how a person can influence lives, even after death. Each child dealt with their grief differently, and each child ultimately made it to adulthood stronger individually and as a family, against the odds.

This is the author's first work and one that has been in her heart for many years. She hopes that their journey will help her readers explore their own personal and family grief processes. We Lost Her is a story about grief but more importantly, a story about how grief can spur growth in an individual’s life and the life of a family. The book ends with a chapter of helpful insights and ideas about helping others grow through grief.

If you are grieving, helping others who are grieving, questioning your faith or need a boost of inspiration and determination, We Lost Her is here for you. It is an instructive, honest read for anyone who cares for grieving people.

The author, Ellen Krohne, is donating half of all profits from the sale of the book to the not-for-profit organization, Heartlinks Grief Center, a program of Family Hospice based in Belleville Illinois, that provides grief counseling and services to all in southwestern Illinois. She serves as a volunteer there and on the board of directors.

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This is for a one-year subscription of our quarterly magazine, so you get four issues.

Our reader-friendly magazine includes articles from professionals in the bereavement field and from the hearts of our caring contributors.

Grief Digest magazine is a quarterly magazine supporting grieving people, families and caregivers. The Centering Corporation, which is the largest and oldest grief resource center in North America, has created this resource by gathering a remarkable group of writers to aid you in your journey.

THIS PRICE IS FOR SHIPPING TO CANADA

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A spiritual journey to inspire, heal and rejuvenate

Original music composed, orchestrated and produced by Tony Falzano

Rich with ear-friendly melodies and soul comforting harmonies. For those grieving a loss, it is an “inspirational companion” while they search for healing and hope.

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This adult care package is for anyone who has a loved one die. It includes the books: Grief: What It Is and What You Can Do, Coping

with Grief: A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor and More Than Surviving. It also includes a caring card for you to sign and Thinking of You tote

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by Stephanie Jose, LMHC, LCAT, Foreword by Cécile Rêve, LMHC

"From the clinical perspective of a licensed mental health counselor…some of the questions we are often asked include 'Is this normal?' or 'Am I going crazy?' Progressing Through Grief answers these universal questions and others, and illustrates how personal and unique each person's experience is with loss."

Cécile Rêve, LMHC, and Co-founder of ARTrelief, an expressive arts therapy center

Grieving is a highly personal experience and reactions differ from person to person. Feelings of loss are arguably the most unique, confusing feelings with which to cope. Therapist and grief expert, Stephanie Jose, understands this. She wrote Progressing Through Grief as an interactive resource to gently meet you wherever you are today, as you move through your grief and towards healing. Stephanie has spent countless hours working with grieving clients, and she saw the need for a resource that would address the various feelings of grief that occur at any stage of the process.

Twenty years ago, Stephanie Jose became well acquainted with grief when she suddenly lost her best friend. She has experienced first-hand many of the same feelings as her patients. Progressing Through Grief provides practical methods for coping with immediate feelings of loss, as well as the difficult emotions that can persist over time.

Progressing Through Grief is divided into three sections, each focusing on key factors that create a powerful process for healing:

Understanding why grieving is important, and how grief affects your body

Identifying complicated feelings and learning skills for coping with them

Journaling to move through overwhelming feelings and practicing self-care through relaxation techniques, nutrition tips, and meditation practices

Designed to be a companion as you courageously confront and process your feelings, Progressing Through Grief is intended to help you progress through your grief and into healing.

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by Jane Williams, PhD

Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief is a collection of 10 stories based on real-life experiences of loss. The stories are diverse and involve issues such as the insatiable need for affirmation by our parents, generational family dysfunction, death of an African American male by authorities, compassion burnout, and the effects of cultural attitudes on grieving. Although each story is unique, a common theme ties the narratives together. All of the grievers, despite their distress and suffering, experience moments in which they have transformative thoughts that allow them to reframe their grief. Each person finds meaning through this unconscious process, providing both healing and newfound hope.

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by Cheri Thomas, in honor of her boy, Micah

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

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

This collection presents a multitude of uses:

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

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

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

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

Talking points or discussion starters for formal or informal groups.

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by Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC

Life After Death, On This Side of Heaven follows the journey of the Thiel-Colvin family as they rebuild their lives after losing their husband and father at an early age. Written with the same spirit as Bitter and Sweet, Ms. Thiel offers a raw and honest account of the path she and her family have taken through their grief and loss. From the emotional turmoil to the practical tasks of dealing with insurances, this is a must-read handbook for anyone struggling with moving forward after a devastating loss.

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by Darcy Thiel, MA, LMHC

Bitter and Sweet, A Family's Journey with Cancer is a true story about Tim, Darcy, and their family who lived a typical American life until Tim was suddenly diagnosed with stage IV gallbladder cancer at the early age of 48. It was the most difficult, tender and miraculous five months of their lives. Join them as they try to manage their roller coaster ride and witness the triumph of the human spirit. This family faces the great spiritual challenge of holding the most bitter and sweet experiences at the same time.

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by Elizabeth MacKinlay

This sensitive and compassionate book provides older people who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones, as well as the professionals who work with them, with a greater depth of understanding of spiritual issues surrounding death and dying.

Illustrated with the experiences of many older people, it explores important themes such as grief and loss; fear; pain, distress and suffering; acceptance; transcendence; prayer; the healing of relationships; and intimacy, and shows that the final journey towards death can be one of the most spiritually meaningful times in the life of an older person - a time in which there is still hope, and in which the person who is dying and their loved ones can grow spiritually, strengthened by the difficult times they face together. Spiritual issues for older people with dementia who are nearing the end of life are also explored, as are ethical and moral issues in death and dying, and the ways in which bereaved partners and relatives may come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

This concise and accessible book will be a valuable resource for those in the caring professions and a rich source of guidance and support for older people who are nearing the end of life and their families.

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by Deborah Sigrist, BSN, RN, CHPN

"The unknowns of a terminal illness initially can feel overwhelming and terrifying to patients and their families. In this booklet, Deborah Sigrist uses her more than 25 years of experience as a hospice nurse to provide practical guidance about how to address the challenges that inevitably emerge, but also find greater meaning and connection in the process. It should be read and then re-read as the journey unfolds."--Timothy E. Quill M.D.-Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care, University of Rochester School of Medicine

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by Nan Zastrow

In a world complicated by fear and grief, we have difficulty focusing. We have lost the energy and spirit that allows us to move forward. We look for any spark of hope that will give us inspiration. We want to believe in all the possibilities of a future not yet written. In this book, Nan demonstrates the power of words. She creates vivid pictures that allow the reader to be present to the moments she describes. She writes about rebuilding identity after loss, transformed relationships, and the small victories leading to hope. Read this book in doses so you can feel and absorb the "hope." Give this book as a gift to someone who needs reassurance that we are resilient human beings who survive the roller coaster experiences of life, and grow from our experiences.

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by Virginia Swaggard - from Centering Corporation

This book is compiled from personal experiences during the author's twenty-five years of hands-on hospice care in the mainly rural areas of South Carolina. The stories are from people of a Christian background. It is written from that perspective with actual situations. Only the names of those in the stories are changed to protect their privacy.

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by Greg Yoder; forward by Alan D. Wolfelt

This guide for counselors and lay caregivers explores the art of caring for the dying and their families. Based on the tenets first articulated by renowned grief educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, this respectful and gratifying guide to caregiving includes personal accounts that debunk the myth of the "good death" and teach caregivers to find the transformative potential of every moment in every experience. Written with wit and illustrated throughout with the author's poetry and artwork, it includes advice for comforting patients and their families as well as advice for dealing with the internal stress common to the profession. The guidance provided will help counselors feel affirmed in their abilities to "be with" the dying and support them and their families.

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100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies

by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH.D.

Offering heartfelt and simple advice, this book provides realistic suggestions and relief for an adult child whose parent has died. Practical advice is presented in a one-topic-per-page format that does not overwhelm with psychological language, but provides small, immediate ways to understand and reconcile grief. Some of the action-oriented tips include writing down memories, completing a task or goal left unfinished by your deceased parent, or honoring the parent's birthday. In addition the common challenges that face grieving adult children, such as helping the surviving parent, resolving sibling conflicts, and legal and financial issues, are addressed clearly and concisely.

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Over a dozen experts-therapists, clergy, counselors-have written short essays filled with practical tips and proven techniques for handling grief.

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by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PhD

Now there is a hand to hold...

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

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

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

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by Christina Rasmussen

When you lose something precious — a partner, a child, a piece of your identity, a cherished belief, or an unrealized dream — it can feel as though your whole body shuts down.

But your brain? That’s another story.

Your brain is actually primed for reinvention — new hope, new light, new perspectives.

It’s the most powerful tool for getting past grief in the world.

You just have to learn how to use it.

This book shows you how to do it.

With clear-spoken science + inspiring stories, SECOND FIRSTS: Live, Laugh and Love Again guides you through The 5-step Life Reentry Model: a revolutionary process that turns the whole notion of ‘getting past grief’ inside out — taking loss out of the spotlight, and placing life front + center.

With life after loss pioneer Christina Rasmussen as your guide, you’ll discover how to move out of the ‘waiting room’ of grief + create the life that you want.

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by Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA

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

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by Meera Lee Patel

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.

Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.

Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.

And the journey continues with Meera's follow-up book, My Friend Fear, available now.

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When the New York Times ran Patrick O’Malley’s story about the loss of his infant son—and how his inability to “move on” challenged everything he was taught as a psychotherapist—it inspired an unprecedented flood of gratitude from readers.

What he shared was a truth that many have felt but rarely acknowledged by the professionals they turn to: that our grief is not a mental illness to be cured, but part of the abiding connection with the one we’ve lost.

Illuminated by O’Malley’s own story and those of many clients that he’s supported, readers learn how the familiar “stages of grief” too often mislabel our sorrow as a disorder, press us to “get over it,” and amplify our suffering with shame and guilt when we do not achieve “closure” in due course.

“Sadness, regret, confusion, yearning—all the experiences of grief—are a part of the narrative of love,” reflects O’Malley. Here, with uncommon sensitivity and support, he invites us to explore grief not as a process of recovery, but as the ongoing narrative of our relationship with the one we’ve lost—to be fully felt, told, and woven into our lives.

For those in bereavement and anyone supporting those who are, Getting Grief Right offers an uncommonly empathetic guide to opening to our sorrow as the full expression of our love.

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The death of a loved one is a tragic event. Yet in our darkest hours, God often provides hope and comfort through the smallest things—like a butterfly.

In the vein of When God Winks and Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul, The Butterfly Club presents real people’s stories of how God can, and does, use signs to communicate His presence to those in need. When author Phyllis Calvey heard story after story of how God used the sign of a butterfly to comfort those grieving the loss of a loved one, she set out to gather as many of those stories as she could find. Compiled together, these tales from people who share a common spiritual experience involving a butterfly—The Butterfly Club—answer the age-old question, “Does God speak to us?”

Whether you are grieving, or consoling someone who is, these stories of God's undeniable presence will spark hope and dispel the difference between a mere coincidence and a genuine sign from God.

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A picture book to guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving.

The text and illustrations of this lushly colored picture book guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving, including shock, tears, anger, and hope. My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. is a children's picture book by design, but accessible to people of all ages.

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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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These songs were inspired by Paul’s first years in hospice and bereavement work and are classic examples of music therapy performance songs in coping with loss and grief. Following the loss of his mom and the after work of selling the childhood home, his personal grief journey is reflected in Pennies From Heaven as well as in This Old House. Song for America has been used at numerous memorials for those who died on September 11th, 2001. His earlier works of Ray of Hope, Who Am I Now, Can I Say Goodbye, have set the tone for many support groups as well as gained him merit as an ASCAP songwriter.

Track Listing:

1. Pennies From Heaven

2. In This Old house

3. Ray of Hope

4. Who Am I Now

5. Love Is All We Need

6. One More Time

7. When All Is Said

8. I Am One Voice

9. Can I Say Goodbye

10. Angel of God

11. Always There

12. See Saw

13. Pilgrim Dancer

14. Song For America

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Words of Encouragement & Hope

By James E. Miller with Christen Pettit Miller

James E. Miller and Christen Pettit Miller begin by acknowledging that becoming a caregiver for another can be a daunting and tiring task, often ranked as one of life’s most challenging experiences. They proceed to offer encouragement and support, especially to new caregivers but also to the more experienced. Both authors, professional and family caregivers themselves, name and explain twelve confirming truths about this important role.

Chapter titles include: "The age-old advice was never truer: one day at a time." "Must you surrender to this experience? Certainly. And absolutely not!" "Amid all the ordinary and the practical, your caregiving can hold a sacredness."

As the authors write, "Remember that by grounding your caregiving in love, and by proceeding as gently, competently, and authentically as you are able, you are giving deeply of yourself and graciously to the other. No one can ask more."

Each page is filled with comfort and hope and is full of floral line art by Katherine Misegades. It also includes quotations from the ages.

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