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
  • Teen Books

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzhemer's and Other Dementias Newmark, Amy and Geiger, Angela T. (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, 2014)

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect millions of people, and this book is especially for caregivers. This collection, a joint project with the Alzheimer’s Association, is filled with 101 stories of love and lessons from others like you, will support and encourage you as you care for your loved one.

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Creating Moments of Joy: Along the Alzheimer's Journey Brackey, Jolene (Purdue University Press, 2017)

Jolene Brackey has a vision: that we will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease to focus more of our energies on creating moments of joy. The edition is filled with more practical advice sprinkled with hope, encouragement, new stories, and generous helpings of humor.

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Ginny A Love Remembered Artley, Bob (Iowa State University Press, 1993)

The authors memoir of life with his beloved Ginny and the battle with Alzheimer’s that consumed her. From their first meeting in 1943 or Ginny’s final home in a care facility, Artley recounts his story of their marriage, family and careers, came the undeniable evidence of Ginny’s mental decline. Faced with the pain and confusion of Ginny’s illness, Artley and his family had to learn to cope with the grim details and long good-bye of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Partner's Illness / Anticipatory / Before the Death
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Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the Alzheimer's Journey Barr, Deborah and et. al. (Northfield Publishing, 2016)

This book gives innovative application of the five love languages creates an entirely new way to touch the lives of the five million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, as well as their fifteen million caregivers. At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia’s dark curtain to cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss.

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Love doesn't care if you forget: Lessons of Love from Alzheimer's and Dementia Grebil, Brianne (One Idea Press, 2020)

Through this book, the author shares the deep strength and eternal grace she has seen through the dementia experience with her mother. This book will give readers a gift of hope.

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Remember Balloons, The Oliveros, Jessie (Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2018)

This tender, sensitive picture book gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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Thirty-Six (36) Hour Day, The: A family guide to caring for people who have Alzheimer's Disease, related dementias, and memory loss Macy, Nancy L. and Rabins, Peter V. (The John Hopkins University Press, 2011)

An essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.

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When it Gets Dark: an enlightened reflection on life with Alzheimer’s DeBaggio, Thomas (Free Press, 2003)

Charting the progression of his own disease with breathtaking honesty, DeBaggio deftly describes the frustration, grief, and terror of grappling with his deteriorating intellectual faculties. Even more affecting, the prose itself masterfully represents the mental vicissitudes of his disease--DeBaggio's fragments of memory, observation, and rumination surface and subside in the reader's experience much as they might in his own mind. His frank, lilting voice and abundant sense of wonder bind these fragments into a fluid and poetic portrait of life and loss.

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When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer’s: the caregiver’s journey Grollman, Earl A. and Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D. (Beacon Press, 1996)

Provides emotional support and answers to vital questions: How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed and treated? How should I handle my loved one’s strange behavior? How can I balance my loved one’s needs with my own? Includes a list of resources.

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