Grief Lending Library

An essential part of the Academy, the Kim Peterson Memorial Grief Lending Library houses an extensive collection of books and resources for all ages, available for check out.

Located at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway (3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines), the library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Use the below categories to assist with your search.

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Children and Terminal Illness
  • Children's Books
  • Death of a Child
  • Death of a Partner
  • Death of a Pet
  • General Adult Grief
  • Helping Teens and Children
  • Professionals
  • Spanish Language
  • Sudden Death
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Option B: facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy Sandberg, Sheryl and Grant, Adam (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017)

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

  • Death of a Partner
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Our Life With Caleb Massanari, Jared and Alice (Fortress Press, 1976)

The authors share the impact of Caleb’s life and affirm that life includes the inevitability of death rather than denies it. Here the gift of life is measured not in length but in depth.

  • Historical
Ours, Biblical Comfort for Men Grieving Miscarriage Schumacher, Eric (The Good Book Company, 2022)

The author writes with sympathy and compassion as someone who has experienced the grief of multiple pregnancy losses making this book a great way to reach out to men who are suffering in this way. There is also space for journaling.

  • Men and Grief / Miscarriage / Religious
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Parenting the Suicide Survivors Club Anderson, Rebecca (SSC Publishing, 2016)

In this hopeful five-book set, a mother and her three children ages 5, 7 and 19 share their story after the suicide death of husband and father Don, in 2002. Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips

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Parenting While Grieving: A survival guide What's Your Grief?

As a parent, you don't have the luxury of worrying only about yourself and your emotional well-being. It is your job, in good times and bad, to attend to the needs of your child as well as your own. Putting your child's needs first is a no-brainer, so when something bad happens, it feels natural to put your own on the back burner.The purpose is to help parents who are dealing with their own grief balance their needs with the needs of the children in their care.

Parting Is Not Goodbye Osmont, Kelly (Nobility Press, 1986)

Tells of the unique relationship between the author and her son who was killed in an accident.

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Paula Allende, Isabel (Harper Perenial, 1994)

When Isabel Allende’s daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. A powerful autobiography who straightforward acceptance of the magical and spiritual worlds will remind readers of her first book, The House of the Spirits.

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Please See My Need Davis, A. Jann (Satellite Books, 1981)

Poetry that expresses the needs and feelings of children, the elderly, and those who are ill, dying or mourning a death.

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Purple Balloon, The Raschka, Chris (Schwartz and Wade Books, 2007)

Ages 5-12. Crafted for terminally ill and/or grieving children. Tool for opening discussion on the impending death of a young person.

  • Before the Death
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Rare Bird: a Memoir of Loss and Love Whiston-Donaldson, Anna (Convergent Books, 2014)

In Rare Bird, Anna Whiston-Donaldson unfolds a mother’s story of loss that leads, in time, to enduring hope. This is a book about facing impossible circumstances and desperately wishing you could turn back the clock. It is about discovering that you’re braver than you think. It is about the flicker of hope and the realization that in times of heartbreak, God is closer than your own skin.

  • Religious
Raw Survival Rozga, Jan (Resource Publications, 2021)

Has your world been shattered by grief? Is pain pulling you under the waves of despair and threatening to hold you there? Take heart; rescue is possible. Hope is possible. Whether you’re grieving the loss of an infant child, grown child, spouse, or elderly parent, Raw Survival is for you.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Religious
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Remembering Alexis: finding perspective in love and loss Rhyne, Margaret Marshall (Strider International, LLC, 2009)

When Alexis dies mysteriously on a cold, January morning, her mother Margaret is expected to accept Alexis’s death and her own complicated life without answers. Instead, she begins to search for a perspective that would give her peace to accept the loss of the child who was part of her soul and the courage to believe in tomorrow. A powerful book for any parent of an exceptional child.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Remembering The Death Of A Child: support and healing, hope and inspiration Thompson, Robert R., M.D. (Sugarloaf, 2002)

If you, or someone you know, has experienced the death of a child, this book can help you: Find where to turn for help. Support someone who has lost a child. Accommodate to the death of a child and keep on living. Find peace and comfort without forgetting.

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Rhythm Of The Seasons: a journey beyond loss Adams, Marilyn with Mary Kay Shanley (Sta-Kris Inc., 1997)

In this heartfelt book Marilyn Adams shares the loss of her 11-year-old son in a farm incident as well as the process and tremendous growth she experienced to find meaning and purpose today.

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Roses in December: comfort for the grieving heart Heavilin, Marilyn (Harvest House, 1997)

This book shows how God provides roses--special occasions, people, and memories--to help us through sorrow. Drawing from the loss of her children (crib death, pneumonia, drunk driver collision) Heavilin will help you understand the grieving process, support family members, give insight into sibling grief, and maintain your marriage during this difficult time.

  • Death of a Child
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Saddest Time, The Simon, Norma (Albert Whitman and Company, 1986)

Ages 6-10. Explains death as the inevitable end of life and provides three situations in which children experience powerful emotions when someone close has died.

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Safe In The Arms Of God: truth from heaven about the death of a child MacArthur, John (Nelson, 2003)

What happens to children – those unborn, stillborn, or youngsters – when they die? Can you hope to see them again? Can you let go of your fear and guilt? Can God’s love soothe a wound so jagged? With Scriptural authority and the warmth of a pastor’s heart, John MacArthur examines the breadth of the entire bible and reveals in this compelling book that the Heavenly Father’s care for every life.

  • Religious
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Sarah's Journey: one child's experience with the death of her father Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Center for Loss and Life Transition, 1992)

This book describes Sarah's grief following her father's death. It offers compassionate practical advice for adults who want to help grieving children.

  • Death of a Father
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Say Hi to Jesus for Me Monson, Gabriele (Augsburg Publishing House, 1979)

Todd Monson's story, as told by his mother, touches the deep center of emotional and spiritual life.

  • Historical
Season of Grief, A Dawson, Ann (Ave Maria Press, Inc., 2002)

This book is a remarkable collection of quotations, personal reflections, and prayers intended for those who find themselves in their own “season of grief.” The insights and stories from Ann Dawson’s own experience after the death of her son are carefully placed alongside the comforting and often inspiring words of writers like C.S. Lewis and Kahlil Gibran.

  • Death of a Child
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Seasons of Sorrow Challies, Tim (Zondervan Reflective, 2022)

On November 3, 2020, Tim and Aileen Challies received the shocking news that their son Nick had died. Seasons of Sorrow includes a selection of Tim's reflections sharing the poignancy of early grief, the doubts and fears that plague us during loss, and the faith and joy that sustain us through sorrow.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Religious
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Shattered, Surviving the Loss of a Child Roe, Gary (Healing Resources Publishing, 2017)

Hospice chaplain uses three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to give this heartfelt, easy-to-read and intensely practical book. The author walks the reader through the powerful impact a child's death can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually.

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She Was Born, She Died Cohen, Marion (Centering Corporation, 1983)

A collection of poems following the death of an infant. Expresses grief, anguish and anger.

  • Death of a Baby
SIDS and Infant Death Survival Guide Horchler, Joani Nelson and Robin Rice (SIDS Educational Services Inc., 2003)

This book consists of poems, letters, diary entries, and essays written by parents, grandparents, professional counselors, siblings, friends, and babysitters-all of whom discuss their personal experiences in confronting SIDS. After an informational opening chapter, the remaining 17 chapters focus on confronting one's loss and that of loved ones and how to move forward.

  • SIDS
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Silent Grief: miscarriage, child loss-finding your way through the darkness Hinton, Clara (New Leaf Press, 1997)

Clara writes of her own grief, and interviews women and men. The moving, honest responses to these interviews tells the reader that through the tears and rage and awful silence, God still loves us and knows our children.

  • Miscarriage
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Silent Sorrow, A: pregnancy loss-guidance and support for you and your family Kohn, Ingrid (Routledge, 2000)

Provides practical suggestions to validate parents' grief; cope with the unique concerns of early loss, crisis pregnancies, stillbirth, and newborn death; find medical, religious, and family support; and manage their lives afterwards.

  • Miscarriage
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Single Parent Grief Ilse, Sherokee (deRuyter-Nelson Publications, Inc., 1994)

For women and men who are single and dealing with the death of a child in miscarriage, as an infant or as an older child.

Someone I Love Died Tangvald, Christine Harder (Chariot Books, 1988)

For children ages 4 and up. A very personal way to help your child deal with the death of a friend or relative. Includes practical suggestions for parents.

  • Helping Children
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Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death Zucker, Bonnie (Magination Press, 2016)

Something Very Sad Happened is intended to be read to two- and three-year-old children to help them understand death and process the loss of a loved one. Written at a developmental level that is appropriate for two- and three-year-olds, the story explains death; lets children know that it is okay to feel sad; and reassures children that they can still love the person who died, and the person who died will always love them.

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Sometimes I Cry in the Shower Kelly, R. Gleen (R. Kelly Glenn, 2015)

“As a grieving father, R. Glenn Kelly exposes the inner thoughts of a man who has lost the most precious of gifts; his child. Written with the powerful and honest emotion that only someone who has walked in his shoes can truly understand, R. Glenn provides encouragement, insight, and hope to men who are “in the club no one wants to belong to.

  • Men and grief
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Standing Beside You: a book for bereaved parents Maurer, Linda (Johnson Printing, 1996)

The author uses her personal experience of her daughter's death to help other parents deal with their grief in the days, weeks, months and years after losing a child.

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Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia: saying goodbye to Daddy Alexander-Greene, Alesia (Centering Corporation, 1999)

This story is about a child whose father dies at home. It follows the family from the night of the father's death through the days following the funeral. The feelings of the child and the events surrounding her father's death are realistically portrayed and caringly addressed. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the text is rich and descriptive. This is an excellent resource for families who are experiencing, or will soon experience, the death of a family member.'

Supporting Children And Teens Through Grief And Loss: a guide for schools Center for Grieving Children, The (1999)

A reader friendly guide to helping children. Includes: supporting grieving children and teens, signs of grief in children and teens, what you can do, teachable moments, and taking care of yourself. Information that will help schools when a death in the classroom occurs.

  • School Resources
Surviving The Death Of A Child Munday, John (Westminister John Knox Press, 1995)

A story of faith and love told so that others may find comfort and understanding when faced with the most painful of all losses: the death of one's child.

  • Religious
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Surviving The Folded Flag: parents of war share stories of coping, courage, and faith Tainsh, Deborah H. (Elva Resa Publishing, 2006)

This collection of more than twenty-five stories from Gold Star parents celebrates the lives of their sons who died in service and offers hope and advice for other families facing such a loss. Bonus essays from a casualty assistance officer and a former soldier give deeper insight into how wartime death affects comrades.

  • Military
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Swimming With Maya: a mother’s story Vincent, Eleanor (Capital Books, 2004)

A story about the unique and complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and celebrates how that relationship continues to exist beyond the grave. Maya became an organ donor at the time of her death. The book chronicles a remarkable friendship between a grieving mother and the man who is alive because her daughter's heart beats in his chest.

  • Organ Donors
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Talking About Death and Bereavement in School: how to help children age 4 to 11 to feel supported and understood Chadwick, Ann (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012)

This short, easy to read book offers simple but important advice and guidance for school teachers and staff on what to do when a child is grieving. It includes advice on explaining death to children, insights into how children may be feeling and how they may react, and ways in which they can be supported. The book also covers how bereavement can affect a child and how it can affect the whole school in the case of a death of a pupil or staff member.

  • School Resources
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Talking With Children About Loss: words, strategies, and wisdom to help children cope with death, divorce, and other difficult times Trozzi, Maria (Perigee, 1999)

Through stories and thoughtful analysis, Maria explains how to handle the difficult job of talking with children and adolescents about loss. Includes information about divorce, Death of a Pet, death of a family member, the disabling of a sibling and more.

  • All Losses
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Thin Ice Buthman, David (Centering Corporation 1990)

How parents can survive when more than one child dies. The author speaks of his experiences of going back to work, marriage and Jessica, the surviving big sister who was at home.

  • Death of children
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This Little While: for parents experiencing the death of a very small infant Johnson, Joy & Dr. S.M. (Centering Corporation, 2000)

For parents who have experienced the death of a stillborn baby or a very young infant. Gives suggestions on things a parent should consider for remembrances.

  • Stillbirth / Early Infant Death
Unspoken Grief: coping with childhood sibling loss Rosen, Helen (Lexington Books, 1986)

An overview of the basic issues; children's comprehension of death, the phenomenon of childhood bereavement, and parental loss.

  • Death of a Sibling
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Waiting With Gabriel Kuebelbeck, Amy (Loyola Press, 2003)

For parents who have lost an infant child. The author shares the story of the brief life of her son who is born with a rare heart defect. Stresses the importance of recognizing grace and beauty in the here and now.

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Walking With Grief: a healing journey Geertz, Nanette (Healthsigns Center, Inc., 2004)

This prose poem shows how the author dealt with her teenage daughter’s unexpected death. A collaboration of art and poetry.

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What Does Dead Mean: a book for young children to help explain death and dying Jay, Caroline and Jenni Thomas, OBE (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012)

Suitable for children aged 4+, this is an ideal book for parents and caregivers to read with their children, as well as teachers, therapists and counsellors working with young children. This book guides children gently through 17 of the 'big' questions they often ask about death and dying.

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What Does That Mean? Smith, Harold Ivan and Joy Johnson (Centering Corporation, 2006)

A dictionary of death, dying, and grieving terms for grieving children and those who love them. Gives parents suggestions on how to talk with children about death and dying.

When a Child Dies From Drugs: Practical Help for Parents in Bereavement Wittberger, Patricia and Russ Wittberger (Xlibris Corporation, 2004)

Written by parents to help other parents who are experiencing the ultimate tragedy of their child's death from drugs or alcohol - parents who find themselves isolated in a fathomless dark void wondering whether they will ever resurface into the real world again. This book offers strength, practical advice and an aid in grief recovery for parents and families, gleaned not only from personal experiences but also from meeting with many parents.

  • Overdose
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When Hello Means Goodbye Schwiebert, Pat and Paul Kirk (Grief Watch, 2015)

A guide for parents whose child dies before birth, at birth or shortly after birth. This sensitive booklet is a help to families during the early days of their grief. It helps answer questions and prepare parents for the days ahead.

  • Miscarriage / Stillbirth / Early Infant Death
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When Mom's Cancer Doesn’t Go Away: Helping Children Cope with Loss and Beyond Makekau, Maryann (Little Pink Book, 2010)

Losing your mother to cancer is never easy, no matter what your age. But for a child, the loss is incomprehensible. The time together, special experiences, and memories are much too abbreviated. Perhaps the most difficult of all, is the loss of a mother's love. The Little Pink Book™ series explores cancer through the eyes of a child using whimsical stick characters and an unpretentious storyline. Death and loss are not easily talked about, yet they are events that all of us must eventually face.

  • Death of a Mother
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When Mourning Breaks: coping with miscarriage Hanson, Melissa Sexson (Morehouse Publishing, 1998)

Here, finally, is a book for grieving parents that acknowledges their pain and offers encouragement for the future. In these meditations and prayers based on biblical passages, Melissa Sexson Hanson writes honestly and movingly of her own grief during two miscarriages and of the difficulty of the recovery process. She also describes clearly the faithfulness of God's healing presence in her life, providing a sense of hope to all those seeking comfort after a similar loss.

  • Miscarriage
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When The Bough Breaks: forever after the death of a son or daughter Bernstein, Judith R. (Andrews and McMeel, 1997)

A sensitive book that offers bereaved parents the comfort of knowing how others have navigated this rutted road. Acknowledges that no family ever "recovers" from this tragedy, but rather adapts to a life irretrievably altered.

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When Winter Follows Spring Ferguson, Dorothy (Centering Corporation, 2002)

The death of a child at any age seems a most cruel reversal of nature. This gentle book includes: helping yourself when it hurts, the grief journey, the layers of loss, other family members, the wounded spirit and caring for yourself.

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When Your Child Loses a Loved One Huntley, Theresa (Augsburg, 2001)

Death is hard enough for adults to accept. For children, the experience of loss can be overwhelming. In this concise, practical guide, grief counselor Huntley offers principles for helping children of all ages understand death, work through predictable "tasks of grieving," and take steps toward healing and acceptance.

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Worst Loss, The: how families heal from the death of a child Rosof, Barbara (Henry Holt and Company, 1994)

The author draws on families’ own stories and groundbreaking research on grieving, to answer questions like, “How do families survive this worst loss?"

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Year Of Magical Thinking, The Didion, Joan (Vintage Books, 2006)

From one of America’s most iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience – her husband’s sudden death. This book will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.