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.

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After The Darkest Hour, The Sun Will Shine Again: a parent’s guide to coping with the loss of a child Mehren, Elizabeth (Simon and Schuster, 1997)

Written from her own experiences, Elizabeth answers the question every bereaved parent asks, Will I ever get over it? Both a guide and a meditation, this book is valuable to friends and relatives as well.

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And Then You Were Gone: restoring a broken heart after pregnancy loss Avella, B. (Pleasant Word, 2010)

A spiritual and practical guide to healing after pregnancy loss. This book points grieving hearts to real hope, and equips family, friends, churches, counselors, and others with understanding and tools for ministering to hurting families after loss.

  • Miscarriage
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Andy’s Mountain: fathers grieve, too-a journey through grief Patton, Dwight L. (CSS Publishing, 1998)

Contains the author’s personal observations and conclusions about grief after the death of a child. He describes techniques for working through grief that may be especially helpful for the bereaved father.

  • Men and grief
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Angel Letters, The: lessons that dying can teach us about living Fried, Norman J. Ph.D. (Ivan R. Dee, 2007)

Fried’s letters, written after their deaths to a number of his most memorable patients, surely served as a catharsis for him, a means of venting pent-up grief. Compiled, they iterate the life affirmations of the children he came to know and admire over the years

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Angelic Presence Lammert, Cathi and Sue Friedeck (Richard Paul Evans Publishing, Inc., 1997)

A compilation of true stories from parents who have had a baby die.

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Attachment and Loss, Volume III: loss: sadness and depression Bowlby, John (Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1980)

The author analyzes the effects of a death in the family on the lives of children and adults.

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Be Still, My Soul: embracing God's purpose and provision in suffering Guthrie, Nancy (Crossway, 2010)

When life becomes difficult, we set out on a search to find answers to significant questions: Why would God allow this to happen? What good could come out of this? What will it look like to trust him? This collection explores Scripture in regard to the causes and purposes of suffering, as well as what it means to trust God in the midst of hardship and pain.

  • Death of a Child / Religious
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Bereaved Parent, The Schiff, Harriett Sarnoff (Penguin Books, 1977)

This is the classic book for parents whose child has died - and for those who want to help them. Author offers timelines and practical step-by-step suggestions to help you cope with every stage of grief.

  • Historical
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Beyond Tears: living after losing a child Barkin, Carol, et. al. (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005)

Nine mothers who lost a child and met in a support group give comfort and direction to bereaved parents. They candidly share with other grieving parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond.

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Broken Heart Still Beats, A: after your child dies McCracken, Anne and Mary Semel, eds. (Hazelden, 1998)

A collection of poetry, fiction, and essays compiled by a journalist and a social worker, both of whom have had a child die.

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Butterflies, Angels and Roses: messages of hope and healing from a bereaved mother’s heart Wohlenhaus-Munday, Frances (Marlys Wohlenhaus Foundation, Inc., 2003)

This book is a testament to a grieving mother who chose to pick the flowers on her journey, and share them with us. Fran's symbols of butterflies, angels, and roses offers comfort to those who mourn.

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Child's Grief, A: Surviving the death of a parent Strong, Judy (Beaver's Pond Press, 2010)

This book will help children and adults understand the deep impact of loss and what it takes to begin to heal. This book will help you and the child you care about to manage their sorrow and begin to move forward.

  • Death of a Parent
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Childhood and Death Wass, Hannelore and Charles Corr (Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, 1984)

Childhood and Death fills the need for a comprehensive source treating the highly sensitive, difficult, and complex issues of working with children in this area. It discusses the various ways in which death affects children and effective intervention techniques to help them cope.

  • Children Dying
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Children And Death: perspectives from birth through adolescence Schowalter, John, et. al., ed. (Praeger Publishers, 1987)

This book attempts to identify, illuminate, and broaden our repertoire of adaptive maneuvers so that both children and adults will be better equipped to deal with the crisis of death.

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Children And Grief: when a parent dies Worden, J. William (Guildford Press, 1996)

Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age children who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children.

  • Death of a Parent
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Children Surviving Traumatic Death Cox, Gerry R and Robert G. Stevenson (Centering Corporation, 2018)

Focused on the traumatic nature that death presents in children's lives. It also includes a rang over a variety of topics, from supporting children during disaster, through the benefits of death education, to the value of ritual in helping children adjust to a radically altered set of circumstances following loss.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Children’s Conceptions of Death Lonetto, Richard, Ph.D. (Springer Publishing Company, 1980)

Explores children's evolving views of death; describes and discusses what children themselves think of life and death. Offers guidelines for explaining death to a child.

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Choosing To See: a journey of struggle and hope Chapman, Mary Beth with Ellen Vaughn (Revell, 2010)

Mary Beth unveils her struggle to allow God to write the story of her life, both the happy chapters and the tragic ones. And as the story unfolds, she has been forced to wrestle with some of life’s biggest questions. No matter where you find yourself in your own life story, you will treasure the way Mary Beth shows that even in the hard times, there is hope if you choose to SEE.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Religious
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Comfort Us, Lord-Our Baby Died Hagley, Norman (Centering Corporation, 1985)

A book of prayers for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

  • Religious
Companioning At A Time Of Perinatal Loss: a guide for nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains and other bedside caregivers Heustis, Jane E. R.N., and Marcia Jenkins, R.N. (Companion Press, 2005)

This compassionate and practical guide offers a new model of bereavement care for nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains and other bedside obstetric caregivers, as they companion families who have experienced miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and other forms of perinatal loss.

  • Professional
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Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book: activities to help children and teens heal Morrissey, Patricia, M.S. ED. and Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2013)

This guide provides hundreds of hands-on activities tailored for grieving children in three age groups: preschool, elementary, and teens. Through the use of readings, games, discussion questions, and arts and crafts, caregivers can help grieving young people acknowledge the reality of the death, embrace the pain of the loss, remember the person who died, develop a new self-identity, search for meaning, and accept support.

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Cradle My Heart: finding God’s love after abortion Ketola, Kim (Kregel Publications, 2012)

With an understanding and empathetic voice, Kim exposes the hurt in your heart, reveals the healing in God’s heart, and brings the two together to create a whole heart where restoration-and celebration-are possible after an abortion.

  • Religious / Abortion
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Cry, Heart, but Never Break Ringtved, Glenn (Enchanted Lion Books, 2016)

Aware their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away. But Death does arrive all the same, as it must. He comes gently, naturally. And he comes with enough time to share a story with the children that helps them to realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.

  • Anticipatory / Before the Death
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Dear Parents - Letters To Bereaved Parents Corporation, Centering (Centering Corporation, 1989)

Letters from those who have experienced the death of a child, sibling or other loved one to parents who have just had a child die.

Death of a Child, The Stillwell, Elaine E. (ACTA Publications, 2004)

The Death of a Child is filled with stories of people who have lost a child and how they dealt with the reality of that event. This collection of life-giving lessons touches on a wide range of emotions and situations that parents may encounter after the death of their child.

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Embracing Hope: comfort & encouragement after miscarriage Drake, Teske, Ph.D. (Focus on the Family, 2014)

This booklet was created to help you embrace hope as you do the hard work of grieving in the painful aftermath of miscarriage. Grief takes time. Healing is a process. Give yourself the space and grace you need to mourn.

  • Miscarriage
Empty Arms: coping with miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death Ilse, Sherokee (Wintergreen Press, 1982, rev. ed., 2002)

For parents experiencing loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. The author covers the many feelings, fears and fantasies that come, and adds a lot of easy to read and helpful information on physical reactions.

  • Miscarriage/Stillbirth/ Infant Death
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Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy after Loss Chute, Alexis Marie (She Writes Press, 2017)

After her son, Zachary, dies in her arms at birth, visual artist and author Alexis Marie Chute disappears into her “Year of Distraction.” It is only when Chute learns she is pregnant again that she sets out to find healing and rediscover her identity―just in time, she hopes, to welcome her next child.

Facing The Ultimate Loss: coping with the death of a child Marx, Robert and Susan Wengerhoff Davidson (Champion Press, 2004)

The authors explore the difficult emotions parents face, including sadness, guilt, anger, powerlessness and questions about faith. Drawing on the stories of people they have counseled, and their own experiences, the authors share the many challenges.

  • Religious
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Finding Grandpa Everywhere Hodge, John (Centering Corporation, 1999)

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

  • Death of a Grandfather
Finding the Words: how to talk with children and teens about death, suicide, funerals, homicide, cremation, and other end-of-life matters. Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D., C.T. (Companion Press, 2013)

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.

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Five Cries of Grief Strommen, Merton P and A. Irene Strommen (Harper San Francisco, 1993)

A powerful and moving book written from the individual perspectives of a mother and father whose son dies suddenly.

  • Sudden Death
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For Better…Or Worse Doerr, Maribeth Wilder (Centering Corporation, 1992)

For couples whose child has died. Looks at men's grief, women's grief, building your relationship after your child dies, how to help each other heal.

  • Couples Grief
For Those Who Live LaTour, Kathy (Centering Corporation, 1983, rev.ed, 1987)

For helping children cope with the death of a brother or sister.

  • Death of a Sibling
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Free To Grieve: healing and encouragement for those who have suffered miscarriage and stillbirth Rank, Maureen (Bethany House Pub., 2004)

One third of all women who conceive will have at least one miscarriage. This important book offers guidance for the sorrowing and helps them move on. It tackles the tough questions, including "Why did this happen?", and "Should we try again?" as well as exploring options for treatment and emotional healing.

  • Miscarriage / Stillborn
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Garden Angel, The Czech, Jan (Centering Corporation, 2000)

A young child discovers a grandparents love grows even after death. After the death of her grandfather, Camillia decides to plant the garden she used to plant with her grandfather. She dresses the scarecrow in grandfathers old clothes and makes the best garden ever.

  • Death of a Grandparent
Ghost Rider, Travels on the Healing Road Peart, Neil (ECW Press, 2002)

This bold narrative written by the drummer and lyricist for the band Rush shows how Peart tried to stay alive by staying on the move after the loss of his 19-year-old daughter and his wife.

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Gift of A Lifetime Tate, Tammy, RNC, MA, CHPN (Focus on The Family)

The anticipation of a new baby breathes excitement into a family. But for some parents, joy is replaced with heartache when they learn that their much-loved preborn child may not survive. The information provided will address your fears and offer practical resources to assist you with making decisions.

  • Perinatal Loss
Grief Comes To Class: an educator’s guide Gilko-Braden, Majel (Centering Corporation, 2004)

A handbook for teachers who this year alone, will deal with more than three million grieving children. Case study, class support for the grieving child, and ideas from counselors who have dealt with a series of deaths. Age appropriate responses included.

  • School Resources
Grief Like No Other, A: surviving the violent death of someone you love O’Hara, Kathleen (Marlowe and Company, 2006)

Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps, allowing family and friend’s safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.

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Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving Samuel, Julia (Scribner, 2017)

Grief Works is a profoundly optimistic and compassionate handbook for anyone suffering a loss—from the expected death of a parent to the sudden death of a child or spouse—as well as a guide for those who want to help their grieving loved ones.

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Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back Farley, Kelly w/Dicola, David (Aurora, Illinois: Grieving Dads LLC, 2012)

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.

  • Men and grief
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Grieving Garden, The: living with the death of a child Redfern, Suzanne and Gilbert, Susan K. (Hampton Roads, 2008)

This book offers support, understanding, and, ultimately, comfort and hope from those who have sowed the same tears over the death of a child.

Group, The: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life Rosenstein, Donald L. and Yopp, Justin M.

True story of seven men who were raising children on their own after the deaths of their wives.  The men connected with each almost immediately, and over the next several years forged a deep bond as their monthly meetings evolved into a forum for healing and personal reinvention that transformed them in unexpected ways.

  • Men and grief
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Grow Like a Sunflower Bennett, Bunny (Bunny Sedmont Bennett, 2015)

This book is designed to promote resiliency and healing in children that have experienced the death of a loved one. Using simple language and captivating photographs, this book guides children towards a path of understanding their emotions, as well as caring their minds, bodies, and spirits.

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Healing A Parent’s Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas after your child dies Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2002)

This book offers 100 practical ideas that have helped other grieving parents understand and reconcile their grief. Common challenges for grieving parents, such as dealing with marital stress, helping surviving siblings, dealing with hurtful advice and exploring feelings of guilt, are also addressed.

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Healing Your Grieving Heart After Miscarriage: 100 practical ideas for parents and families Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2015)

Miscarriage grief is real and justified. Love plus loss equals grief. The purpose of this book is to help you mourn and heal. This compassionate guide contains 100 practical ideas to help those grieving in the aftermath of miscarriage and all forms of early pregnancy loss.

  • Miscarriage
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Healing Your Grieving Heart After Stillbirth: 100 practical ideas to help you through your grief Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. and Raelynn Maloney, Ph.D (Companion Press, 2013)

The author explores the common feelings of shock, anger, guilt, and sadness that accompany a stillborn child, offering suggestions for expressing feelings, remembering the child, and healing as a family. Ideas to help each unique person—mother, father, grandparent, sibling, friend—are included, as are thoughts from families who experienced a stillbirth.

  • Stillbirth
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Heart Of A Hawk: one family’s sacrifice and journey toward healing Tainsh, Deborah H. (Elva Resa Publishing, 2006)

David and Deborah battle horrific grief and anger while trying to hold onto their marriage - and one another- after their son, Patrick, was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq. This personal narrative shares the couple’s unforgettable journey together towards healing.

  • Military
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Heartbroken: Grief and Hope Inside the Opioid Crisis Krohne, Ellen and et al. (Creative Publishing Book Design, 2019)

Heartbroken is a unique blend of the history of opioid addiction in the U.S., the honesty and courage of families affected and strategies to provide healing and hope. Seven parents share their diverse journeys through the opioid crisis and the traumatic grief of losing a child to drug addiction, in the hope of shining a light into the darkness that can enter any of our families.And, maybe, just maybe, keep another child and their family from this heartbreak.

  • Death of a Child / Overdose
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Heartworks: a father’s grief Petersen, Jerre (Heart-Work, 2003)

Across the pages of this book, a father makes a courageous effort to put into print his deepest feelings regarding life. Spectacular photographs throughout help convey the emotions fathers experience after the death of a child.

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Heaven Is A Wonderful Place Marxhausen, Joanne (Concordia Publishing House, 1975 – new edition, 2005)

Ages 4-9. Children often have questions about life and death. This helpful book provides answers in terms children can comfortably understand as it explains God's role and His promise of eternal life as revealed in the Bible. An excellent resource when children deal with death for the first time. Formerly entitled If I Should Die, If I Should Live.

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Heaven’s Not a Crying Place O’Connor, Joey (Fleming H. Revell, 1997)

The author shows how to teach your child to trust God and celebrate life and to deal with, learn from, and have hope in the face of death.

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Held Wedgeworth, Abbey (The Good Book Company, 2020)

Using Psalm 139, the author walks alongside women suffering the heartbreak of miscarriage. Having experienced the sorrow of miscarriage herself, she acknowledges the isolation commonly felt and the impact that such an experience can have on faith.

  • Miscarriage / Religious
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Help Your Marriage Survive The Death Of A Child Rosenblatt, Paul C. (Temple University Press, 2000)

Contains practical information about the problems that grieving parents face. Offers suggestions and at the same time talks about honoring each other during the grieving process. Chapters also include support groups and counseling.

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Helping Children Grieve: when somebody they love dies Huntley, Theresa (Augsburg Fortress, 1991)

Shows how children at various ages understand death and offers positive ways for parents and other caring adults to help them grieve.

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Home Care For The Dying Child: professional and family perspectives Martinson, Ida Marie, Ph.D., R.N., ed (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1976)

"The intent of this book is to share the knowledge and experience of a variety of concerned individuals involved in the care of children facing death."

  • Terminally Ill Children / Historical
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Hope for Today, Promises For Tomorrow: finding light beyond the shadow of miscarriage or infant loss Drake, Teske (Kregel Publications, 2012)

No mother ever expects to grieve the death of her child before or immediately after the child is born. When the unthinkable happens, where do women turn for help? Written from the perspective of one grieving mommy to another, this book encourages and challenges women to delve into a deeper understanding of God’s Word and His promises as they relate to loss by miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss.

  • Miscarraige / Stillbirth / Infant Death
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I Have No Intention of Saying Goodbye: parents share their stories of hope and healing after a child’s death Fox, Sandy (iUniverse, Inc., 2001)

Five or more years after the death of their children, twenty-five families open their hearts and share stories of courage, hope and their attempts to make sense out of the most unbearable loss of all. What did they do to move on with their lives, to make each day meaningful again, to remember their child? In addition to helping themselves, learn how these parents help others and what advice they give to those still having difficulty living in a world without their child.

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I Miss You: a first look at death Thomas, Pat (Barron's Educational Series, 2001)

Ages 4-8. When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one's death.

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I Will Carry You: the sacred dance of grief and joy Smith, Angie (BandH Books, 2010)

Audrey Caroline lived for over two hours, weighing three pounds, two ounces. Yet, in the midst of the sorrow of loss, there was still joy. Angie weaves the faith-filled story of Audrey Caroline with a biblical story of hope to help us all to understand how better to cope with loss and disappointment.

  • Death of a Baby / Religious
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I'll Write Your Name on Every Beach: A Mother's Quest for Comfort, Courage, and Clarity After Suicide Loss Auerbach, Susan (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017)

Written by a mother who lost her 21 year old son to suicide, this book deals with the themes of suicide loss through the lens of the author's personal grief. Addressing the process of post-traumatic growth, this memoir provides the bereaved with therapy exercises and creative activities to help them come to terms with their loss.

  • Death of a Child / Suicide
In a Heartbeat: a journey of hope and healing for those who have lost a baby Waltman, Dawn (Faithful Women, 2002)

This book reveals the true-life experiences of the author's personal journey through grief, hope, and healing following the stillbirth of her little girl. Within these pages you will find understanding and empathy, a sense of companionship and friendship, courage to face holidays and difficult occasions, reassurance of God's loving kindness, and the life-changing hope of heaven.

  • Stillbirth
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Into The Valley and Out Again Edler, Richard (Merryweather Publishing, 1996)

After the unexpected death of his son, Richard’s life seemed to stop. The next few years were spent climbing out of the bottom of a valley he had not known existed before. It is a story about what is important in life, sorrow, faith, acceptance and rebirth.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute? Barber, Elke and Alex Barber (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016)

This honest, sensitive and beautifully illustrated picture book is designed to help explain the concept of death to children aged 3-7. Written from a child's own words, it is based on the real-life conversations that Elke Barber had with her then three-year-old son, Alex, after the sudden death of his father. 

  • Death of a Father
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It's Ok to be Happy! Mason, Ta'Shay (Belshay House, 2021)

The second book of the series, It's Ok to be Happy!, continues to follow a little girl's journey as she tries to navigate life after the death of her father. The themes in the book include a support group for children, equine-assisted therapy, and different ways to remember a loved one. (The first book in this series is entitled, But I Don't Want to Say Goodbye!)

  • Death of a Father
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Kayak Morning: reflections on love, grief, and small boats Rosenblatt, Roger (Harper Collins Publishers, 2012)

The author uses his personal experience of his daughter's death in this book of reflection. The kayak becomes a metaphorical conveyance as Rosenblatt floats from one topic to the next, never anchoring on one thought for long, but instead conjuring elegiac prose on everything from life versus death to personal memories and classic literature.

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Keeping Clarke Benbenek, Stephanie (Stephanie Benbenek, 2010)

A deeply moving memoir written by a mom whose only child was killed suddenly in an automobile accident.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Keys To Helping Children Deal With Death And Grief Johnson, Joy (Barron's Educational Series, 1999)

An outstanding book to help parents explain the idea of death in ways that are understandable to children. Includes sections on the process of grief and ways to help children cope with loss.

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Left Behind: a mother’s grief Kifer, Carol (PAZ Publications, 1999)

This crisis memoir explores questions we all ask when a loved one dies. It is the true story of one woman's struggle to survive the pain of being left behind when her 15-year-old daughter dies suddenly in a car accident. This book is about life and love, and the search for peace and joy following a great loss.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Letters To Geoffrey Webster, Robert (Centering Corporation, 1988)

A father's letters to his premature son from birth to death.

  • Men & Grief
Life After the Death of My Son Apple, Dennis L. (Beacon Hill Press, 2008)

On the morning of February 6, 1991, Dennis Apple discovered the lifeless body of his son on their family room couch. Eighteen-year-old Denny had died without warning from what was later explained as complications due to Mono. Sixteen years later, Dennis still struggles with living in a world without his son.Life After the Death of My Son shares a glimpse of the unspeakable pain, helplessness, frustration, and eventual healing that Dennis and his wife, Buelah, have experienced since losing their son.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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Life of Parkar, The Schultice, Malinda (Self Published)

As a 20 year old college student, Malinda found herself pregnant and trying to figure out what to do next. Life became more difficult after learning her daughter had a severe form of Spina Bifida and the doctors were almost certain she would not make it through the end of the pregnancy. From death and despair to strength and recovery, this is a story of Malinda navigating through the greatest loss of her life.

  • Terminally Ill Baby
Life Touches Life: a mother’s story of stillbirth and healing Ash, Lorraine (NewSage Press, 2004)

After a trouble-free pregnancy, her baby was declared dead on what was to be her date of birth. Following a C-section, Ash fought a fever that raged at 104 degrees and almost succumbed to the silent B-strep infection that had killed her daughter. Devastated by the experience, Ash sought solace and perspective in all the old places and found little relief. In this moving account she discusses the inner changes she faced after the stillbirth of her daughter, delves into spiritual questions that shook her soul, and examines the connection between mother and child that transcends separation and death.

  • Stillbirth
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Living With An Empty Chair: a guide through grief Temes, Dr. Roberta (Irvington Publishers, Inc., 1984)

Ways to handle the stages of grief, living alone, restructuring families, exploring children's reactions and rebuilding one's life after the death of someone loved.

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Living With Death And Dying Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth (Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1981)

The subject of children and death made comprehensible to parents, relatives, doctors, nurses, social workers, and everyone else concerned.

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Living With Grief: children and adolescents Doka, Kenneth J. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2008)

Discusses various issues that children and adolescents face before, during, and after the death of a loved one. Also touches on the dying child. Topics that are discussed include developmental perspectives, children’s hospice care, sibling loss, loss of a parent, loss of a friend, and loss experienced by military children.

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Living With Grief: Shattered: Trauma and Grief Doka, Kenneth J. and Tucci, Amy S.

This book includes perspectives from clinicians who have experienced personal trauma, such as death by suicide, supporting a community after a tragedy, and working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chapters include: Supporting those bereaved by Drug Overdose and Suicide Deaths, Treating traumatic loss after Violent Death, and Trauma and grief in children and adolescents.

  • Trauma
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Losing Todd: A Mother's Journey Weaver, Jeanne Harris (Muscarelle Museum of Art, 2015)

A mothers personal journey in learning how to navigate through her new 'state of being' after her son is killed overseas.

Love Never Dies: a mother’s journey from loss to love Goodman, Sandy (Jodere Group, Inc., 2001)

Goodman challenges us to open ourselves to a different set of stages that she labels numbness, unrelenting pain, searching, and reinventing. She writes with comforting openness about pretending that she was progressing through the standard stages, was "getting over" the death of her son, and was searching for a more clearly defined faith.

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Making It Through The Toughest Days of Grief Woodson, Meg (Zondervan, 1994)

Based on the deaths of both her children as well as her professional experiences as a grief counselor, Meg Woodson offers compassionate, practical advice to see you through these darkest, loneliest days.

  • Death of a Child
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Making Toast Rosenblatt, Roger (HarperCollins Publishers, 2010)

When his daughter, Amy, collapses and dies from an asymptomatic heart condition, Rosenblatt and his wife leave their home on Long Island to move in with their son-in-law and their three young grandchildren. He peels back the layers on this most personal of losses to create a testament to familial love.

  • Death of a Child
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Mama Mockingbird Wood, Sauni (Centering Corporation, 1998)

Shows you how to find your song when one of your children dies. Mama searches all over for her old song, but learns that she must now sing a new song. Excellent for storytelling.

Mama’s Going to Heaven Soon Copeland, Kathe Martin (Augsburg Fortress, 2005)

Ages 8-11. A compassionate yet straightforward story to assist young children and their caregivers as they deal with an impending death of a mother. The bright, childlike artwork and simple, straightforward language offer readers a hopeful message. The book does not specify what is wrong with the mother, so it could apply to a number of situations or illnesses.

  • Anticipatory / Before the Death
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Message of Hope, A: for surviving the tragedy of suicide. Harness-Overly, Patricia (Bradley Press, 1992)

The author uses her own experience of the suicide of her son to help others through the unique grieving process of a suicide survivor.

  • Death of a Child / Suicide
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Miscarriage: A book for parents Johnson, Joy & Dr. S.M. (Centering Corporation, 1983, rev.ed., 2018)

For persons experiencing fetal death. Deals with feelings, anger, guilt, questions, withdrawal, reaching out, dads, couples, relationships, statements that hurt, and memorializing the baby.

  • Miscarriage
Miscarriage: a shattered dream Ilse, Sherokee and Linda Hammer Burns (Wintergreen Press, 1985, rev. ed., 1989)

A good look into the possible causes, medical interventions and physical reactions to miscarriage. Goes into detail about feelings with the main message of “Be kind to yourself.”

  • Miscarriage
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Missing Mommy Cobb, Rebecca (Henry Holt and Company, 2011)

Honest and straightforward, this story explores the many emotions a child who has experienced a death may experience, from anger and guilt to sadness and bewilderment. Ultimately, Missing Mommy focuses on the positive―the recognition that the child is not alone but still part of a family that loves and supports him.

  • Death of a Mother
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Mommy, Please Don’t Cry DeYmaz, Linda (Multomah Books, 1996)

A book of love and comfort for mothers who have experienced the deep sorrow of losing a child. Each page is like opening a gift…bright, beautiful, joyful illustrations and gentle, poignant words describe heaven from a child’s eyes.

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My Boys Sezna, Gail (Grief Illustrated Press, 2009)

Gail Sezna tells us of the tragic deaths of two of her three sons and the subsequent painful divorce by her husband of 25 years. Her youngest son Teddy died in a tragic boating accident and her oldest Deeg was killed 9/11/2001 in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Four months later her husband filed for divorce. Gail describes with courage and candor her struggle to pick up the pieces and move forward from overwhelming grief towards hope and healing.

  • Divorce
My Son…My Son…A Guide To Healing After Death, Loss Or Suicide Bolton, Iris (Bolton Press, 1983)

A story of both a devastating tragedy and an exquisite triumph-and the agonizing, relentless conflicted process connecting these two oppositional pulls.

  • Death of a Child / Suicide
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My Teen Angel Silagy, Sally (SDS Publishing, LLC, 2002)

Draws on a personal tragedy of the author and 12 other bereaved families who have suffered the loss of a teen child. The book addresses topics such as normal grief response, the stages of grief, dealing with the holidays, sibling survivors, on-line grief resources and remembrance tokens and rituals.

  • Death of a Teen Child
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My wife said you may want to marry me Rosenthal, Jason (HarperCollins Publishers, 2020)

An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss, and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her.

  • Anticipatory / Before the Death
Naming The Child: hope-filled reflections on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death Schroedel, Jenny (Paraclete Press, 2009)

For those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a child within the first year, this gentle resource offers: stories of hope and wisdom; practical advice and guidance, based on the experiences of many; and comfort and ways to honor and remember. Naming the Child creates a community of love and support for bereaving parents and siblings, written with a light touch and sensitive spirit.

  • Miscarriage / Stillbirth / Infant Death
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Never Too Young to Know: death in children’s lives Silverman, Phyllis Rolfe (Oxford University Press, 2000)

This book brings together diverse fields of study and offer a practical as well as multifaceted theoretical approach to how children cope with death. Using stories of children’s own experiences supported by data from a large research study, Silverman explains the wide range of effects of loss upon children, the challenges they face as they grieve, and ways of supporting them as they change and grow in the bereavement process.

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New Meanings Of Death Feifel, Herman, Ph.D. (McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1977)

Effective treatment of the dying person and his or her family, educating the child for death and our striving for self-esteem and power, impact of the idea of death on the law, and the role of grief in mental health.

  • Historical
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Nicholas Effect, The: A boy’s gift to the world Green, Reg (O’Reilly, 1999)

A young boy from California, Nicholas Green, was killed by highway robbers while vacationing in Italy with his family. His parents agreed to donate his organs, which went to seven Italians waiting for transplants. This story has changed lives around the world.

  • Homicide / Death of a Child / Organ Donation
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Nobody’s Child Anymore: grieving, caring, and comforting when parents die Bartocci, Barbara (Sorin Books, 2000)

Explores the four stages of losing a parent. Children often must endure the painful final stages of a parent’s life, the finality of their death, and their own grief while offering support for a surviving parent. Helps reader acknowledge and respect the differences in how different people process pain, explaining why all people do not feel the same after such a loss.

  • Death of a Parent
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Not Just a Fish Hemery, Kathleen Maresh (Centering Corporation, 2000)

PARENT COUNCIL REVIEW® 'A young child struggles with his grief over the death of his fish. He is especially upset when others comment 'it was only a fish.' Then to add to his distress, his father flushes Puffer down the toilet. A wise aunt suggests a memorial service, and the story ends with a healing eulogy. A wonderful story for young children grieving over the death of a beloved pet.'

  • Death of a Pet
On Those Runaway Days Feigh, Alison (Free Spirit Publishing, 2008)

Ages 6-10. Changes such as divorce, abuse, or the death of a loved one can cause children to run away or hide from the problem. This book is created especially to help teach children to see running away for what it truly is: a dangerous means of avoiding problems.

  • All Loss
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