Treasure Valley's LYNX! Consortium libraries (Nampa, Meridian, Boise, Caldwell, Ada County, Kuna, Garden City, Eagle) you can get a free library card with a picture ID and proof of address. Once you have a card you can use that card at any of the LYNX! Consortium libraries to check out and return items.
There are a plethora of invaluable grief and other resources available to you with a library card including books, internet/computer access, DVDs,
BluRays, Audiobook CDs, magazines, kits, video games, music CDs, database access, streaming services for music & video, eBooks, eAudiobooks, etc.
The libraries in the Treasure Valley also host a myriad of free events and programs for all ages (no card required to attend) that may provide healthy ways
to connect, educate & distract during your grief journey. Some libraries host Death Cafes, support groups, estate planning classes, health classes and more.
I highly encourage you to check out and use your local library system as a tool on your healing path.
Find links to the consortium libraries here: http://lynx.lili.org/
Still Standing Magazine, LLC.
This online magazine shares stories from around the world of writers surviving the aftermath of loss, infertility – and includes information on how others can help. This is a page for all grieving parents. If you grieve the loss of your child, no matter the circumstances, you are welcome.
Grief Book Clubs
Faith & Grief Book Club
Each month the group will read & discuss suggested books about grief.
Book selections are memoirs based on the authors own grief journey and books by grief research experts. To register and receive the link to join, visit www.faithandgrief.org/book-club
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:30 PM (CST)
October's book discussion will revolve around the book
"You Can’t Do It Alone," by Maria Quiban Whitesell.
When Maria Quiban Whitesell’s husband was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer, she was completely unprepared. Now, after going through hell and back, Whitesell knows that she never wants anyone to feel as lost as she did. In You Can’t Do It Alone, Whitesell teams up with licensed therapist Lauren Schneider to offer a welcoming and supportive guide to healing from any traumatic loss.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM (CST)
The November/December book selection up for discussion is
"beautiful and terrible things," by Christian M.M. Brady.
Bible scholar Christian Brady, an expert on Old Testament lament, was as prepared as
a person could be for the death of a child – which is to say, not nearly well enough.
When his eight-year-old son died suddenly from a fast-moving blood infection, Brady
heard the typical platitudes about accepting God’s will and knew that quiet acceptance
was not the only godly way to grieve.
Books & Audiobooks
A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trauma with Intention - By Susan Hannifin-MacNab
The A to Z Healing Toolbox is an award winning book of 26 powerful, practical tools for navigating grief and trauma with intention.
This guidebook contains a plethora of life-changing suggestions, powerful daily action steps, independent writing prompts, and
inspirational stories from others who have experienced grief or trauma through personal crisis, illness, or death.
After Your Child's Suicide: How to Find More Peace, Purpose and Happiness - By Rebecca Tervo
When Rebecca Tervo awoke on January 29, 2012 it seemed like just another lazy Sunday morning. What she didn’t realize was that her life and the life of her family had already been changed forever. Her 17 year old son, Trevor, was already dead of suicide in an adjacent room, she just didn’t know it yet. Rebecca learned how to create a happy and meaningful life through some dark days after Trevor’s death. She now uses those same tools with her clients in her coaching practice. This book is a starting point for you if you are a parent who has lost a child to suicide. It will guide you through the use of just some of the tools that helped Rebecca create the life she has today. Please see Rebecca’s website at rebeccatervo.com or thehealingheartjourney.com for further tools and guidance.
Aftermath: Picking Up the Pieces After a Suicide - By Gary Roe
In this book, multiple award-winning author and grief counselor, Gary Roe seeks to journey along side you through the uncharted, dangerous waters of suicide loss. His words are a source of comfort, perspective and hope for healing, traveling through the aftermath of tragedy with you to help you pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild your heart and life.
Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies - By Christy Wopat
Christy’s captivating memoir about her hopes, dreams, loss, grief, and ultimately, her healing, is a poignantly powerful and
brutally honest account of what happens when tragedy hits. We never think it’s going to happen to us. We never think it will happen today. But it does, and it happened to Christy. In an effort to find solace, Christy tried Googling, “What do I do when my baby dies?”
Unfortunately, there just aren’t any good resources out there—at least not any that are truly honest, not sugar-coated with clichés.
“Almost a Mother” is Christy’s way of reaching those out to those who have experienced a horrible loss of any kind, of any magnitude,
in the hope of building a community of support and love.
Always Ours - By Christy Wopat
Erin and Mae are sisters who are eagerly waiting to meet their new baby brother, James. When the girls find out that he has died
before he even got to come home, they are confused and sad. With her teacher's help and a heart full of bravery and love, Mae embarks
on a journey to find a way to honor and cherish a family member that couldn't stay. She and her sister help us see that even after
our family members are gone, they will always be ours.
And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet - By Julianne Corbin, PhD
Written by Psychologist and renowned expert on the Human-Animal Bond and Pet Bereavement, Dr. Corbin brings the consulting room
to your fingertips in the ground breaking and one of a kind book. Drawing on 20 years of clinical, research, and personal experience Dr. Corbin calls attention to the difficulties unique to the loss of a beloved companion animal and provides an interactive and compassionate guide
to help you process your loss and work towards coming to a place of peace and healing. If you are interested in journal therapy and looking
for a professionally written AND compassionate resource to help understand and reconcile the grief associated with the loss of your
companion animal then this book is for you.
And Then You Were Gone - By Becky Avella
Pregnancy loss can leave an unbearable sadness and hole in your heart that feels impossible to mend. And Then You Were Gone
chronicles one woman’s journey to healing after four miscarriages at different stages of pregnancy. Through honest personal reflection
and in-depth Bible study, this book will point grieving hearts back to hope and joy. Written from the perspective of someone who has
truly been there, this book will reveal the way to lasting healing. And Then You Were Gone is also a must-have resource for family
members, counselors, and clergy who fear doing or saying the wrong thing. It will deepen your understanding of pregnancy loss
and will provide tools and insight for effectively supporting grieving families.
Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief - By Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC
Taking a big step beyond Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ widely accepted five stages, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief explains the
intimate connection between death and grief and how they specifically cause anxiety–unpacking everything from our age-old fears
about mortality to the bare vulnerability a loss can make us feel. With concrete tools and coping strategies for panic attacks,
getting a handle on anxious thoughts, and more, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief bridges these two emotions in a way
that is deeply empathetic and eminently practical.
The Art of Living With Grief - By Claudia Chappel
The Art of Living with Grief is a short and bitterly sweet compilation of advice, observations and wisdom for parents and those around them who are suffering with the loss of a child. It brings a sense of peace and comfort to those suffering from the most unnatural of all losses. The author takes the reader on a poetic and beautifully illustrated journey through the pain, anger, emptiness and loss she experienced, then gently encourages readers to grow stronger so they can endure a pain that will never leave them.
Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief - By Joanne Cacciatore
Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection,
compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore—bereavement educator, researcher, Zen priest,
and leading counselor in the field—accompanies us along the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Through moving stories
of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities—as well as her own experience
with loss—Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief.
Beyond Goodbye - By Zoe Clark-Coates
From losing loved ones - parents, partners, children, siblings, family members and friends - to answering the most common questions
that are asked in this time of mourning and beyond, Zoe tackles topics that are rarely discussed but essential to address.
Beyond Goodbye balances practical advice with personal stories and emotional support. It explores common myths around loss, and offers advice for those supporting the bereaved. The book includes a unique 60 day support plan to guide you on your way.
Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally
Avoid Books with Words Like Journey in the Title - By Leslie Gray Streeter
Looking at widowhood through the prism of race, mixed marriage, and aging, Black Widow redefines the stages of grief, from coffin
shopping to day-drinking, to being a grown-ass woman crying for your mommy, to breaking up and making up with God, to facing
the fact that life goes on even after the death
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma - By Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
Blood: A Memoir - By Allison Moorer
Mobile, Alabama, 1986. A fourteen-year-old girl is awakened by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. On the front lawn, her father has shot and killed her mother before turning the gun on himself. Allison Moorer would grow up to be an award-winning musician, with her songs likened to "a Southern accent: eight miles an hour, deliberate, and very dangerous to underestimate" (Rolling Stone). But that moment, which forever altered her own life and that of her older sister, Shelby, has never been far from her thoughts. Now, in her journey to understand the unthinkable, to parse the unknowable, Allison uses her lyrical storytelling powers to lay bare the memories and
impressions that make a family, and that tear a family apart. Blood delves into the meaning of inheritance and destiny, shame and
trauma -- and how it is possible to carve out a safe place in the world despite it all. With a foreword by Allison's sister,
Grammy winner Shelby Lynne, Blood reads like an intimate journal: vivid, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming.
Confessions of a Griever: Turning a Hot Mess Into a Haute Message (Laughable Lessons for When Life Just Sucks) - By Crystal Webster
Crystal Webster's raw, honest and vulnerable story of loss is poignant and told in relatable chunks with the freedom and whimsy
of a choose-your-own-adventure style. This grief book stands out because of it's fresh voice and unique approach to this difficult
subject. Crystal shares her story with a lot of humor and a few f-bombs, which was what made it so great, real and interesting.
She doesn't pull any punches about how badly grief sucks, but at the same time leaves her readers with practical tools for
coping their emotions, and with hope for finding goodness in life, even after a life-shaking loss.
Join Crystal's 'Grief Paperback Society' book club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GriefPaperbackSociety/
Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling - By Michelle Linn-Gust
Michelle Linn-Gust takes the reader through the personal experience of losing her younger sister Denise Linn and weaves in the available research for sibling survivors. Michelle also journeys sibling loss through the life span. No matter how old you are, you'll find valuable help in Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Michelle explains suicide, the grief process, and how sibling death impacts the brothers and sisters left behind. She adds practical advice for how sibling suicide survivors can help themselves.
Eddie's Brave Journey: How One Little Elephant Learned All About Grief
Story By Randi Pearlman Wolfson & Illustrated By Kittaya Treseangrat
Eddie's Brave Journey is a children's book by Randi Pearlman Wolfson that tells a story about how
one little elephant learned all about grief.
Facing Into the Wind: A Mother's Healing After the Death of Her Child - By Faith Fuller Wilcox
Facing Into The Wind is a collection of poems written for parents and families who are coping with the terminal illness of a child. The poems are written about Elizabeth, a 14-year-old child, who battles a rare form of bone cancer, and her mother, Faith, who struggles to survive after her daughter's death. Drawing upon metaphors with the natural world, Faith remembers the transcending wisdom imparted by her dying daughter, healing Faith's brokenness and awakening her strength to reach out and comfort others who are suffering. Facing Into The Wind will offer the readers the solid presence of a parent who has endured similar pain yet has survived; someone who knows that loss is a profound teacher about the preciousness of living.
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief - By Daivd Kessler
In this book, Kessler gives readers a roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain; he shows us how to
move forward in a way that honors our loved ones. Check out the Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief FREE eCourse.
This is free e-course from David Kessler on how to create meaning after even
the most heart-breaking losses. It is a companion course to his book, "Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief."
Use the Code "OPENTOHOPE" for both the Where Did You Purchase the Book & the Order Number.
Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What To Do With Your and a Loved One's Personal Possessions - By Rachel Kodanaz
Personal possessions tell a beautiful story of a person’s life. Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time helps to capture and share these stories
by providing tools for how to thin, repurpose, and redistribute these possessions so they continue to be with us today and for future generations. In the digital era, personal possessions include not only physical objects but also the accumulated data of a lifetime.
These physical and digital footprints combine into an extension of ourselves and what we signify. Finding a new home for these items
helps maintain a connection to those who are no longer physically with us. Their possessions embody memories that should be saved,
shared, and treasured in the hands of those who want to forever be connected.
Finding the Words: How to Talk with Children and Teens About Death, Suicide, Homicide, Funerals, Cremation, and End-of-Life Matters
- By Alan D. Wolfelt
With this compassionate book by respected grief counselor and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, readers will find simplified and suitable
methods for talking to children and teenagers about sensitive topics with an emphasis on the subject of death. Honest but
child-appropriate language is advocated, and various wording and levels of explanation are suggested for different ages when
discussing topics such as death in general, suicide, homicide, accidental death, the death of a child, terminal illness, pet death, funerals,
and cremation. An ideal book for parents, caregivers, and counselors looking for an easy resource when talking to youths about death,
this book can be used for any setting, religious or otherwise.
The Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Survivors of Suicide - By Magdaline DeSousa
This book is meant for anyone who has lost a brother or sister to suicide - and those who want to support them. Any loss is difficult, but a loss to suicide is heightened because of the helplessness and confusion surrounding it. A sibling loss to suicide is even more unique because the sibling(s) left behind are often forgotten - mourning the loss of their brother or sister alone in the shadows of their parent's grief.
The Gift of Second - By Brandy Lidbeck
The Gift of Second comes alongside loss survivors and helps navigate the common pitfalls for those left behind.
It offers encouragement and hope to guide survivors through this desperate time.
The Golden Sweater - By The New York Life Foundation
The Golden Sweater is a story about a little boy named Kai who, together with his mother, learns how to navigate a profound loss in their family. The book is dedicated to children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one, and strives to help them better understand, process, and communicate their grief. Download your free PDF copy of 'The Golden Sweater' and the New York Life Foundation will donate $1 for every download to one of our four bereavement partners, up to $175,000. They also have a discussion guide to help children & families have productive conversations about the challenging and important themes in the book.
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet - By Gark Kowalski
In Goodbye, Friend, Gary Kowalski takes you on a journey of healing, offering warmth and sound advice on how to cope with the death
of your pet. Filled with heartwarming stories and practical guidance on such matters as taking care of yourself while mourning,
creating rituals to honor your pet's memory, and talking to children about death, Goodbye, Friend is a beautiful and comforting
book for anyone grieving the loss of a beloved animal.
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss - By Jerry Sittser
A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of sorrow, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope After Miscarriage and Loss - By Adriel Booker
With vulnerability and tenderness, Adriel Booker shares intimate stories about her experiences with early and mid-term miscarriages to help you navigate your own grief and know you aren't alone. She tackles complex questions about faith, suffering, and God's will with sensitivity and clarity, devoid of religious clichés or pat answers. Ultimately, Adriel invites you to a wide-open place of grace, honesty, and genuine hope as you discover a redemption story unfolding in the shadows of your loss. She also includes practical resources for ways to help guide children through grief, advice on pregnancy after loss, and special sections for dads and loved ones.
A Grandfamily For Sullivan: Coping Skills For Kinship Care Families - By Beth Winkler Tyson
A Grandfamily For Sullivan is a story about a young koala who goes to live with his Grandma when his parents are unable to
keep him safe. The story addresses Sullivan's feelings of loss, sadness, and anxiety, as he learns the truth about why his parents
can't take care of him. Sullivan's story is a critical tool for therapists, social workers, teachers, and caregivers to talk about the
reasons why children can't live at home, in a child-friendly manner. The story also incorporates coping skills for loss and
trauma that children can easily implement in their lives.
Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss By Overdose - By Lynda Cheldelin Fell, with Shannie Jenkin and Whitney O'Brien
Surviving Loss by Overdose is a compilation of stories by 12 people who answered 18 questions about losing a loved one to overdose in hopes of
raising awareness, educating, and inviting society to offer survivors the compassion that’s often denied in a stigmatized death.
Grieving Dads: To The Brink and Back - By Kelly Farley
Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book
offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, "this terrible, terrible club," which consists of men who have experienced
the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale.
They are real stories that pull no punches and are told with brutal honesty.
The Grief Recovery Handbook - By John W. James & Russell Friedman
This classic guide which has helped many people move beyond loss and towards recovery, has been expanded in this special 20th anniversary edition. The new material includes guidelines for choosing which loss to work on first and specific instruction for dealing with loss of health, career, faith, and much more. Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from
their own histories as well as from others’, the authors illustrate how it is possible to recovery from grief and regain energy and spontaneity.
Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss
Healing a Friend's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas For Helping Someone You Love Through Loss - By Alan D. Wolfelt
A compassionate resource for friends, parents, relatives, teachers, volunteers, and caregivers, this series offers suggestions to help the grieving cope with the loss of a loved one. Often people do not know what to say—or what not to say—to someone they know who is mourning;
this series teaches that the most important thing a person can do is listen, have compassion, be there for support, and do something helpful.
This volume provides the fundamental principles of being a true companion, from committing to contact the friend regularly to being mindful
of the anniversary of the death. Included in each book are tested, sensitive ideas for “carpe diem” actions that people can take right this
minute—while still remaining supportive and honoring the mourner’s loss.
Heartbroken: Healing From the Loss of a Spouse - By Gary Roe
Bestselling author, hospice chaplain and grief specialist Gary Roe has walked with hundreds of spouses through this painful valley. From their stories he has composed this incredibly practical work that will touch your heart and comfort your soul.
Holding On To Love After You've Lost a Baby: The 5 Love Languages for Grieving Parents - By Gary Chapman & Candy McVicar
Losing a child is among the most tragic experiences one can face. The crushing grief puts immense strain on the marriage, family relationships, and friendships that few can understand. That’s why this book was written. In it Candy McVicar, a grieving mom who
leads a ministry for grieving parents, and Dr. Gary Chapman, relationship expert and author of The 5 Love Languages®, team
up to help couples who are facing the unimaginable.
How Can I Help?: Your Go-to Guide For Helping Loved Ones Through Life's Difficulties - By Sherrie Dunlevy
When tragedy strikes someone you love, you will have to decide what kind of friend you will be: one who is there every step of the way or one who looks the other way. The tips and suggestions offered in this book are some of the most helpful you’ll find anywhere. That’s because the answers come from people who have actually gone through very difficult experiences. They have suffered the loss of children, spouses, parents, and siblings. They have been diagnosed with chronic and terminal illnesses. They have lost jobs, gotten divorced, or survived sudden changes in their lives due to accidents, crime, or natural disasters. If you really feel a calling to help someone in need but are at a loss for what to do, or you’re afraid that what you do or say might somehow be wrong—causing them to feel worse than what they’re already feeling—this book was written for you!
Hurt: Equipping Children for Loss - By Thera Storm, LCSW
Bert saves the day by applying bandages on scraped knees and booboos. He soon discovers that bandages aren't always the
solution for every painful situation. It's not until Bert experiences his own "hurt" that he recognizes how his way of helping created
more frustration. In this book, we learn how easy it is to equip our children to express their emotions and provide comfort to
others rather than use bandages to cover up the pain.
I Didn't Know What to Say: Being a Better Friend to Those Who Experience Grief - By David Knapp
David Knapp’s personal experience of going through the deep grieving process twice in life did more than temporarily affect him.
It motivated him to become a student of what was going on in and around him. He observed how friends and colleagues reacted to the stunning loss of not just one wife to cancer, but his second wife as well, plus the early loss of his parents and other ‘life’ situations.
He noted what people did and said that was helpful and what was hurtful. The knowledge he gained from his observations and research
soon drove Knapp to reach out and help others experiencing loss in ways that few had done for him.
In His Absence I Can Still Feel His Presence - By Jalisa Rose Smith
In His Absence I Can Still Feel His Presence encourages our youth on how to overcome the loss of their loved ones. Losing a loved one
is not easy. As a child it can be even painful. This book encourages our youth through words of encouragement, scriptures and prayer.
It also allows them to list things they are feeling inside and share pictures of their loved ones. The pain from losing a loved one will
not go away overnight, but this book is step one to bring happiness back to our youth face and peace back into their hearts.
This book is designated for each time our youth pick up and read this book they will gain strength and understanding that in the
absence of their loved ones they will still prosper because their loved ones presence is felt.
It's OK That You're Not OK - By Megan Devine
With It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help
others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides—as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the
accidental drowning of her beloved partner-- Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing.
She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, "happy" life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one
that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.
The Invisible Leash: A Story Celebrating Love After the Loss of a Pet - By Patrice Karst
Patrice Karst's gentle story uses the same bonding technique from her classic book The Invisible String to help readers through
the experience of the loss of a beloved animal.
The Invisible String - By Patrice Karst
In this heartwarming story, Karst ("God Made Easy") delivers a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation from parents, written with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. For Adults Too
The Irreverent Grief Guide: How to F*cking Survive Months 1-3
- By Elizabeth Kupferman
Elizabeth is the b*tch that’s going to get you through this. Grief is the
beautiful nightmare that comes for us all whether we are ready for it or not (we’re never f*cking ready) and whether we like it or not (spoiler alert:
we do not like it). When you begin to feel the searing pain of grief, it
does not feel like it can possibly be endurable. It is.
Elizabeth will guide you through the first three months after the loss.
The Irreverent Grief Guide is written with the vulnerabilities of the griever in mind. Notice how you have difficulty concentrating lately? You know what’s really hard to do when you’re grieving? Reading a big ass grief book. Which is why her tiny guides make so much sense Elizabeth gives you the knowledge, tools and strategies exactly when you need them. Like magic.
Follow Elizabeth on Instagram at @advancedbitches
Videos about the Irreverent Grief Guide are on this playlist
on Elizabeth's YouTube page:
Journey To HEALING: A Mother's Guide To Navigating Child Loss - By Lisa K. Boehm
Do you feel lost and alone since your child died? Are you unsure how to move forward? Journey to HEALING answers the fears
and doubts experienced by bereaved mothers who want to learn to live again and offers honest, heartfelt advice.
Joy In the Mourning - By Leslie L. Harder
After the sudden, unexpected death of her older son, Wil Hotalen, Leslie Harder shares her walk through the valley of the shadow. She shares the thoughts, prayers, and feelings that her journey in the valley fosters. She also shares how God has walked with her and shown her how He can redeem even the broken places in our lives and hearts and give us joy in the mourning.
A Land Called Grief - By Maddie Janes
A Land Called Grief is a story that helps little and big kids alike understand the emotions that show up when we navigate
through the stages of grief. Although grief can be heavy, A Land Called Grief, helps us understand that our grief can be
turned in something beautiful. A beauty that can heal. A beauty that can be shared.
Life After Losing A Loved One: How To Turn Grief Into Hope, Strength, And Purpose - By Kristina Risinger
This book was written to encourage anyone who feels lost and alone in their grief journey. The pages of Life After Losing
A Loved One is dusted with Bible verses that give encouragement and relate God’s great wisdom and grace. Sit still and
allow it to resonate as God begins to do a glorious work in your life.
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Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort and Community After Unthinkable Loss - By Jennifer Ashton
From the chief medical correspondent of ABC News, an eloquent, heartbreaking, yet hopeful memoir of surviving the suicide of a loved one,
examining this dangerous epidemic and offering first-hand knowledge and advice to help family and friends find peace.
Lulu Faces Loss and Finds Encouragement - By Danica Thurber
Give children a way to creatively express their thoughts and emotions about death & grief. Follow along with Lulu as she navigates her first major loss, and then walks through the first few months of grief, finding support and encouragement along the way. Based on the author’s own experience of childhood loss, parents and caretakers will find this book a great support in engaging children in difficult conversations about cancer, hospice, death, and grief.
“Lulu Faces Loss and Finds Encouragement” can also be a helpful, tangible gift for a family who’s recently experienced loss.
BONUS material inside: instructions for a CRAFT PROJECT just like Lulu makes in the book!
Men, Grief and Solitude: A Different Perspective - By Daniel Duggen
When men experience a loss, their first step may be to move inward into their solitude, where they can express themselves, confront what has happened, deal with feelings, and begin to sort out their next steps. Typically, this process helps them to eventually move beyond their solitude and into relationship again with the significant people in their lives. This book explores why this process may be important for men, tells stories of men coping with loss, and looks at gender difference in grief and the various doors into the core of grief.
A Mother's Reckoning: Living In the Aftermath of Tragedy - By Sue Klebold
In A Mother’s Reckoning, Sue Klebold chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is
in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that her son Dylan left behind,
and on countless interviews with mental health experts.
My Sibling Still: For Those Who've Lost a Sibling To Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss - By Megan Lecourrege
My Sibling Still is written as a love letter from a sibling lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death to any surviving siblings.
It walks through the emotions that a child and his or her family may experience following a loss while also depicting the loving
presence of the deceased child in the family's life. With gentle words and comforting pictures, this book offers a beautiful way for
the entire family to remember and honor any lost little ones.
Non-Death Loss and Grief - By Darcy L. Harris
Non-Death Loss and Grief offers an inclusive perspective on loss and grief, exploring recent research, clinical applications, and current
thinking on non-death losses and the unique features of the grieving process that accompany them. The book places an overarching
focus on the losses that we encounter in everyday life, and the role of these loss experiences in shaping us as we continue living.
A main emphasis is the importance of having words to accurately express these ‘living losses’, such as loss of communication with a
loved one due to disease or trauma, which are often not acknowledged for the depth of their impact.
No Happy Endings: A Memoir - By Nora McInerny
No Happy Endings is a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It’s a book for people who know that they’re moving forward,
not moving on. It’s a book for people who know life isn’t always happy, but it isn’t the end: there will be unimaginable joy and
incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy - By Sheryl Sandberg
From Facebook's COO and Wharton's top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals:
a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.
Past and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive - By Allison Gilbert
Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and imaginative, this bona fide "how-to” manual teaches us how to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they’ve been gone.
Permission to Grieve - By Shelby Forsythia
A powerful permission slip for anyone facing the devastating heartbreak that comes with death, divorce, diagnosis, and so much more.
When losssteamrolls through, there’s a lot of hidden and not-so-hidden “rules” about the way you’re “supposed” to grieve: “You should be over
it after a year.” “Put on a brave face.” “Keep your grief at home.” Permission to Grieve calls out society’s garbage rules for what they really are: toxic and repressive narratives that insist we abandon our true selves in the face of grief. Permission to Grieve is a book for people who are tired of covering up and pushing down their pain. Because even in the midst of loss, Shelby writes, we can create grace, space, and room to breathe.
The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder Suicide - By Thomas Joiner
Of the approximately 38,500 deaths by suicide in the U.S. annually, about two percent--between 750 and 800--are murder-suicides. The horror of murder-suicides looms large in the public consciousness--they are reported in the media with more frequency and far more sensationalism than most suicides, and yet we have little understanding of this grave form of violence. In The Perversion of Virtue, leading suicide researcher Thomas Joiner explores the nature of murder-suicide and offers a unique new theory to explain this nearly unexplainable act: that murder-suicides always involve the wrongheaded invocation of one of four interpersonal virtues: mercy, justice, duty, and glory. Murder-suicides involve the gross misperception of when and how these four virtues should be applied.
Physician Suicide Letters-Answered - By Dr. Pamela Wilbe, MD
This FREE audiobook of Physician Suicide Letters—Answered, read by the author Dr. Pamela Wible, is dedicated to all medical students,
to every child who has ever dreamed of being a doctor, and to all those who have lost their lives in pursuit of healing others.
The printed book and ebook versions can be found here: https://amzn.to/2ExLVId
P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna - By by Sarah Chauncey (Author) & Francis Tremblay (Illustrator)
This is an illustrated gift book for adults grieving the loss of a companion cat, celebrating the often-quirky bond between humans and felines.
Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond - By Susan Powers, PhD
Ruthless Grieving: The Journey to Acceptance and Beyond is a combination of a deeply emotional memoir of someone who lost her husband
and daughter within three months time, and a book about grieving written by a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for
over thirty years. The book contains emotional wisdom as well as practical suggestions to guide anyone through deep loss and grief.
Saying Goodbye: A Personal Story of Baby Loss and 90 Dies of Support to Walk You Through Grief - By Zoe Clark-Coates
Losing a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, leaves so many parents lost in grief and full of unanswered questions.
Zoë Clark-Coates, and her husband Andy, have personally faced the loss of five babies. Out of their experiences came the charity The Mariposa Trust, offering support to thousands of grieving parents and relatives around the world each week. Zoë 's book is moving account of their experiences and how they found a way through to provide help and support for others and 90 days of daily support for those who are grieving, offering comfort and hope during the difficult days, weeks and months.
The Shared Room - By Kao Kalia Yang
The Shared Room tells the story of a Hmong American family living with loss and tremendous love. Bringing a message of comfort
and hope to readers youngand old, the direct and poignant words of Yang are accompanied by the evocative and expressive
drawings of Hmong American artist Xee Reiter.
Shattered For His Glory: A Memoir When Hope Was Born - By Kayla MacKenzie
A young mother searching for supplemental income. A dream fulfilled. This was the path God set before her. hen stay-at-home-mom Kayla decides to embark on a surrogacy journey, the destination becomes a place she never thought she would be. Realizing the dreams of a childless couple produces a healthy baby and the newborn girl is let go with joy for the future. Two months later, the dream is shattered. The picture painted for Kayla unravels through loss of life, a custody battle and torn relationships. When Kayla reaches the end of herself, she faces the
God who brought her to this place. All pain holds purpose when it's placed in the tender and powerful hands of a loving God.
Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child - By Gary Roe
Bestselling author, hospice chaplain, and grief specialist Gary Roe uses his three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to
give us this heartfelt, easy-to-read, and intensely practical book. In Shattered, Roe walks the reader through the powerful impact a child’s death
can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually.
Sibling Suicide: The Journey From Despair to Hope - By Nathan S. Wagner
Nate Wagner faced despair in his early twenties. After the loss of his only brother to suicide, Nate struggled to find hope, reimagine his life, and achieve a new normal. As he slowly found a path through sorrow and discovered constructive ways to deal with his grief, he also discovered two new vocations: first counselor and then writer. Drawing on his clinical training and work and his own life experience, Nate shares his story with readers, offering practical suggestions and honest reflections to invite the reader into his journey from despair to hope. Written for those who have experienced sibling suicide, for those who want to support them, and for anyone seeking to understand, this memoir offers hope.
Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again: 23 Women Share Stories, Encouragement, Recipes,
and Lessons Learned When Starting Over Was All They Could Do - By Sharon M. Knudson & Mary Fran Heitzman
Starting From Scratch When You're Single Again serves up poignant stories from twenty-three widowed or divorced women who survived
a horrific deathblow to their dreams for a happy, secure future. Somehow, with white-knuckle faith, each one found enough strength in themselves and in their God to move forward. Let each woman's story and the guiding principles she offers be an encouragement to you,
and as a bonus, let the taste and aroma of her favorite recipe comfort and nourish your soul.
Still Fighting: Battles of a Bereaved Parent - By Sydney N. Hatcher
Still Fighting provides outlets of self reflection, prayer and planning, and profound prospective as you conquer your battles as a bereaved parent.
Still With Us: Voices of Sibling Suicide Loss Survivors - By Lena M. Q. Heilmann
Lena Heilmann lost her sister, Danielle, to suicide in 2012. Experiencing the enormous weight of grief, she reached out to other sibling suicide loss
survivors to find comfort, healing, and connection. Still With Us contains 23 stories of sibling suicide loss survivors who, after experiencing
devastating losses, navigated through their grief and found a path forward.
The Sudden Loss Survival Guide: Seven Essential Practices For Healing Grief - By Chelsea Hanson
When a loved one passes unexpectedly, the person left behind can lose their bearings. After the sudden loss of her mother, Chelsea Hanson, a
nationally-recognized grief educator and founder of With Sympathy Gifts and Keepsakes, didn’t know where to turn for help, what to do next, or how to put the pieces of her life back together. Hanson’s The Sudden Loss Survival Guide gathers everything that she learned during her own recovery process and provides an indispensable road map to aid those who’ve experienced a life-changing loss.
Suicide Widow - By Krystal Youngs
Suicide Widow is about a young woman who has struggled her whole life with adversities and was forced into widowhood at 28 years old.
This book touches on suicide, grief, broken families, addiction, depression and anxiety, abandonment, death, and the awfulness of
people during trauma and tragedy.
Sunshine After The Storm: A Survival Guide for Grieving Mothers - By Alexa Bigwarfe
This unique book it's written by over 30 moms and a few dads who understand what you are going through right now.
The grief, the reality that life will never be the same for you again, and the torture of missing the milestones over the years - these
are things that these authors know and understand. But they also know that with time comes healing, hope, and encouragement.
This book is meant to be the hug you need from other mamas who know exactly what you're going through. Each author shares
their experience and story, the lesson they learned, and their tips for helping you survive this suckiest of times in your life.
The book includes all of their stories of loss, love, pain, grieving, support, forgiveness, and survival. It also includes a special
interview with Sean Hanish, director of the incredible movie Return to Zero.
Sunshine After the Storm is a 501(3c) Non-Profit Organization that provides free care packages to grieving mothers.
Learn more about their mission at https://sunshineafterthestorm.org/
Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons - By Gary Roe
Hospice chaplain Gary Roe has given you a grief survival kit designed for the holidays. Speaking from both personal and professional grief
experiences, he will empower you to navigate special seasons with new confidence.
Surviving Sorrow: A Mother's Guide to Living with Loss - By Kim Erickson
When Kim’s three-year-old son tragically passed away, she found plenty of resources on grieving. She says what she really needed, though,
"was someone who would give me advice for living, not just grieving . . . How do I get through the grocery store without crying? What do I do with my son’s things? When will my mind stop replaying the emergency room scene?" Now, ten years later, she’s written that book. With raw vulnerability, a deep well of wisdom, and the practical knowledge of someone who’s been there, she walks grieving moms through the life-after-death process from how to plan the funeral to how to deal with friends, family, holidays, and birthdays. This is a profound and powerful resource that’s invaluable for the mom who has lost a child--and for her friends and family who want to love her well.
Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart - By Gary Roe
Award-winning author and grief counselor Gary Roe wrote Teen Grief at the request of parents, teachers, coaches, and school counselors.
Born of personal experience and more than three decades of interacting with grieving teens, this informative, practical handbook is replete with guidance, insight, and ideas for helping teens navigate the turbulent waters of loss. Though Teen Grief primarily focuses on losses due to
death, the principles discussed can be applied to any loss a teen might be experiencing.
There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful & Unfair To People You Love
- By Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell
This definitive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick Emily McDowell, blends well-researched,
actionable advice with the no-nonsense humor and signature illustration style of McDowell’s immensely popular Empathy™ Cards to
help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation.
This Too Shall Last - By K. J. Ramsey
This Too Shall Last offers an antidote to our cultural idolatry of effort and ease. Through personal story and insights from neuroscience
and theology, Ramsey invites us to let our tears become lenses of the wonder that before God ever rescues us, he stands in solidarity with us.
We are all mid-story in circumstances we did not choose, wondering when our hard things will end and where grace will come if they don't. Together, we can encounter grace in the middle, where living with suffering that lingers can mean receiving God's presence that lasts.
Unraveling Grief: A Mother's Spiritual Journey of Healing and Discovery - By Meghan Smith Brooks
Unraveling Grief offers everyone the realization we can embrace life in new and empowering ways, using what grief offers us to transform
how we live that not only makes a difference in the world around us, but in honoring the legacy of who or what we grieve.
The Unshakable Woman: 4 Steps to Rebuilding Your Body, Mind and Life After a Crisis - By Dr. Debi Silber
A life crisis can be a divorce, disease, the death of a loved one, abuse, betrayal or anything that can completely unravel us. It can also be
a mid-life crisis where suddenly we start questioning what we’ve been doing, and how we’ve been living as we feel the undeniable urge
calling us to live more deeply and fully. It can cause us to question everything we’ve known and everything that’s been familiar as we
struggle to make sense of what happened. It can also cause us to face that fork in the road as we consider next steps and a path different
from the one we were on and one that can take us to find our greatest passion and purpose.
You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce or Death - By Louise L. Hay & David Kessler
In You Can Heal Your Heart, self-help luminary Louise Hay and renowned grief and loss expert David Kessler, the protégé of
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, have come together to start a conversation on healing grief. This remarkable book discusses the emotions that
occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. It will also foster awareness
and compassion, providing you with the courage to face many other types of losses and challenges, such as saying good-bye to a
beloved pet, losing your job, coming to terms with a life-threatening illness or disease, and much more.
Yet: Embracing God's Faithfulness in the Midst of Grief - By Tyler Quillet
Yet is written for the Christian who is living in a season of grief and despair. For the broken heart that doesn’t know how to move
forward in life and in their faith. While still being allowed to grieve, what does it look like to turn to Jesus in the midst of it all and say,
“I still trust you because you are faithful!”? The Christian life is one of hope, joy, and peace. These things are not often synonymous with grief, but because of God’s faithfulness, we can find hope, joy and peace in the Lord as we grieve the loss of those we love so dearly. As you
navigate the pages of Yet, you’ll be given opportunities to pour out your own heart, respond to truths from God’s word, and put your own
grief into words. You’ll find amazing truths of who God is, His faithfulness to you, and His presence with you as you grieve. You’ll take
steps toward moving forward in your life and in your faith journey. While the grief journey is the hardest thing you will endure in this life,
God is faithful and will give you all that you need as you cling to Him throughout.
You''ll Find Me At the Ocean - By Martha Black
"You'll Find Me At The Ocean" will give grieving hearts, from young children to grown adults, a hope and a peace that can only be
found in God...and in the love of a mother's heart. Young Beth's sweet Mama is battling cancer, and Beth knows deep down that
Mama will soon be with Jesus. Before her life here on earth is no more, Mama reassures Beth that she can always be found here on
earth, even long after her life is over. From the morning chirps of birds to the beautifully painted sunset, Mama shares with Beth
about how she will always be able to be found at the ocean.
Your Digital Afterlife - By Evan Carroll and John Romano
Written by the creators of TheDigitalBeyond.com, this book helps you secure your valuable digital assets for your loved ones and
perhaps posterity. Whether you're the casual email user or the hyper-connected digital dweller, you'll come away with peace of
mind knowing that your digital heirlooms won't be lost in the shuffle.
Your Grief, Your Way: A Year of Practical Guidance and Comfort After Loss - By Shelby Forsythia
Everyone experiences grief differently after the loss of a loved one. Some people find solace in comforting quotes and warm words,
while others feel a need to take action--to do something to memorialize their loss. And some benefit from both approaches. Here's a
path forward for you, no matter how you process your grief. Whether you're looking for inspiration, a practical way to honor your loved
one, or both, Your Grief, Your Way helps you navigate life after loss.
You're Not Crazy, You're Grieving - By Kelli Nielsen, "The Grief Guru"
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What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s ‘What-ifs’ - By Chanel Reynolds
A practical look at putting your life together written by the founder of the internationally celebrated website, Get Your Shit Together,
and informed by the author's personal experience after her husband was killed in a biking accident. Part memoir, part hard-working how-to guidebook, it inspires readers to get their 'affairs in order' before the unthinkable (or inevitable) happens.
What This Kid Wants Adults to Know About Grief - By Bryce Fields
This is a guidebook for adults who are caring for “little hurting hearts” written by children’s grief advocate, and fourth-grader Bryce Fields.
Visit his website for resources at: http://thiskidsgrief.com/
FREE PDF downloads on the following topics are also available, including a Grief Inventory Sheet, Info Sheet on
How Schools Can Provide Grieving Children a Safe Haven & The Top 5 Tips This Kid Has For Adults About Grief
When Holidays Hurt: Finding Hidden Hope Amid Pain and Loss - By Bo Stern
Divorce. Financial stress. Chronic illness. Losing a loved one. Experiencing any of these situations during the year is already difficult. But the holiday season, once joyful and happy, can heighten this pain even more. Author Bo Stern has spent the past two Christmases struggling to connect with the joy of the season. As she has watched her husband, Steve, struggle with terminal ALS, Bo has quietly felt her spirit for the season fade—and has noticed countless others suffering the same way. Through stories and scriptures, Bo offers readers a way to redeem what can often become painful days—Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, milestones such as weddings and graduations, and more. At the end of each devotion, Bo gently guides readers to engage with these holidays and special occasions in different ways that offer a tangible outlet for healing. At the heart of this message is that Christ came—to bring hope and healing to those who are hurting.
Why People Die By Suicide - By Thomas Joiner
Thomas Joiner brings a comprehensive understanding to seemingly incomprehensible behaviour. Among the many people who have
considered, attempted, or died by suicide, he finds three factors that mark those most at risk of death: the feeling of being a burden on loved
ones; the sense of isolation; and, chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself.
A Widow's Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advise for the First 5 Years - By Kristin Meekhof, LMSW & James Windell, MA
This inspiring, accessible and empowering book on widowhood shows grieving widows what to expect in those difficult first five years,
and how to deal with the challenges of expectantly losing a life partner and create a hopeful future.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - By Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
What This Kid Wants Adults to Know About Grief with Bryce Fields
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My Grief Connection - Created 04 July 2019
Updated 24 October 2020