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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Title Author Description Category Topics Location
ABC’s Of Healthy Grieving: a companion for everyday coping Smith, Harold Ivan (Leathers Publishing, 2001)

Offers simple, realistic advice on how to live with grief day to day. Each reflection encourages healthy grieving and new ways of being in the world after experiencing profound loss.

155.9 S
ABC’s Of Healthy Grieving: light for a dark journey Smith, Harold Ivan (Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation, 2001)

A book for both those who are grieving and those who wish to be helpful to grievers. Gives practical suggestions as well as thoughtful insights for one’s grief journey.

  • Professional
155.9 S
Accompanying Them With Singing: the Christian funeral Long, Thomas (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)

An essential guide for understanding, planning, and conducting meaningful and theologically sound funerals.

  • Funeral Rites/Religious
265.85 L
After Goodbye Menten, Ted (Running Press, 1994)

A heartfelt and practical guide about what you can do after the death of someone loved.

155.9 M
AfterGrief, The: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss Edelman, Hope (Ballentine Books, 2020)

Drawing on her own encounters with the ripple effects of early loss, as well as on interviews with dozens of researchers, therapists, and regular people who’ve been bereaved, New York Times bestselling author Edelman offers profound advice for reassessing loss and adjusting the stories we tell ourselves about its impact on our identities. In this book, she demonstrates that though grief is a lifelong process, it doesn’t have to be a lifelong struggle.

155.9 E
All Our Losses, All Our Griefs: resources for pastoral care Mitchell, Kenneth R. (The Westminster Press, 1983)

“…describes grief as a normal reaction to significant loss that is first experienced at birth and repeated continually throughout life, although it is often unrecognized and unattended,.”

253.5 M
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

155.9 F
Apparition and Late Fictions Lynch, Thomas (W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2010)

From the award-winning author of "The Undertaking" comes this debut fiction collection of heart-rending stories of life and death.

813.54 L
Art of Dying, The Neale, Robert E. (Harper and Row, Publishers, 1971)

…the focus is our own death, the intent throughout is exploration of our own living.

  • Historical
128.5 N
As I Lay Dying Faulkner, William (Vintage Books, 1985)

In the story, the members of the Bundren family must take the body of Addie, matriarch of the family, to the town where Addie wanted to be buried. Along the way, we listen to each of the members on the macabre pilgrimage.

605 F
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
248.8 G
Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief Cacciatore, Joanne (Wisdom, 2017)

Organized into fifty-two short chapters, 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

155.9 C
Believe Trilogy, The Noel, N.A. (Noel Studios Inc, 2006)

A keepsake book that including: Believe, On Earth As It Is In Heaven and All God's Creatures Go To Heaven. This book includes original paintings by N A Noel and original Poetry by John Wm Sisson.

  • Religious
811.008 N
Bereavement: reactions, consequences, and care Osterweis, Marian, ed. (National Academy Press, 1984)

A study of the factors that affect the bereavement process and its impact on general and mental health.

155.9 O
Between Life and Death Kastenbaum PhD., Robert, ed. (Springer Publishing Company, 1979)

(The Springer series on death and suicide; v. 1) Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • Historical
155.9 K
Beyond Sorrow: reflections on death and grief Montgomery, Herb and Mary (Winston Press, 1977)

This book contains reassuring words about the questions and feelings which strike us in both expected and unexpected moments….thoughts gathered to help sustain you in your time of grief.

  • Historical
242 M
Biblical Perspectives on Death Bailey, Lloyd R., Sr. (Fortress Press, 1979)

Intended for all who sense in the reality of mortality a problem of meaning and who are interested in how some of their fellow human beings have grappled with it.

  • Religious / Historical
236.1 B
Boob Girls, The Johnson, Joy (Grief Illustrated Press, 2009)

The Burned Out Old Broads At Table 12. Grab your latest AARP advertisement for a bookmark and join Maggie Pattern (sand hills rancher), Robbie Leary (retired English professor), Hadley Joy Morris-Whitfield (wealthy and wise), Mary Rose McGill (sweet Catholic girl) and Edith Ann (rescued Schnauzer) for a laugh-out-loud fun read and a look into relationships every mature woman wants and deserves.

418.007 J
Catholic Burial Rite, The Liturgical Press (The Liturgical Press,1971)

This book discusses Catholic funerals. A Catholic funeral is carried out in accordance with the prescribed rites of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Funeral include the vigil, the funeral Mass and the Rite of Committal, will be performed. It is preferred that the funeral Mass or the funeral liturgy outside Mass be performed before the body is cremated. The Rite of Committal is celebrated at the burial site, never at church.

  • Funeral Rites / Historical
Catholic Funeral, A Rice, Patricia (Liguori Publications, 2005)

This book includes suggestions for virtually every aspect of a faith-filled funeral including Scripture readings, liturgical music, intercessory prayers, roles for family and friends, the wake service, and the committal service.

  • Funeral Rites & Ceremonies
Closure: the rush to end grief and what it costs us Berns, Nancy (Temple Univsersity Press, 2011)

When it comes to the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or even a national tragedy, we are often told we need “closure.” But while some people do find closure for their pain and grief, many more feel closure does not exist and believe the notion only promises false hopes. Sociologist Nancy Berns explores these ideas and their ramifications in her timely book, Closure. This book explains how to push for closure-whether we find it helpful, engaging, or enraging-is changing our society.

155.9 B
Coffee & Clomid: The art of leading a normal life, while undergoing infertility treatment Dillion, Melanie (Centering Corportation, 1998)

 Melanie writes from her own personal experiences with Infertility. Talks openly and honestly, and with much humor about the ups and downs of infertility treatment.

  • Infertility
Come Sweet Death Napier, Bunyan Davie (United Church Press, 1967)

The book of Genesis, in fresh and modern idiom, becomes as up-to-date as this morning's newspaper.

  • Religious / Historical
222 N
Coming to Terms with Death Cutter, Fred (Nelson Hall, 1977)

An honest, frank confrontation of the problems and issues that we all must face in accepting illness, disability, and death as integral parts of living and being alive.

  • Before the Death / Historical
155.9 C
Concerning Death: a practical guide for the living Grollman, Earl A., ed. (Beacon Press, 1974)

A clear and comprehensive guide to dealing with the facts and emotions of death. An indispensable guide to anyone called upon to help in the inevitable crisis it brings.

  • Historical
393 G
Coping with Death and Grief Heegaard, Marte Eaton (Lerner Publications Company, 1990)

Discusses death as a natural occurrence, what happens when someone dies, and how to deal with feelings of loss and grief.

155.9 H
Coping With Separation And Loss As A Young Adult: theoretical and practical realities LaGrand, Louis E. (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1986)

"Drawing on the actual experiences of young adults (i.e. persons aged 17-24), this volume explores their reactions to separation and death and their methods for coping."

155.9 L
Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide For Families Wolfelt, Alan, Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2000)

Designed to complement the clergy and funeral director’s role in the funeral planning process, this book walks families through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death and helps them create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful. Options are clearly explained and alternatives are also given, and charts and tables are included to help families assess cost options.

  • Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
155.9 W
Cultivating Compassion Hoeksema, Lynne (Daisy Publishing, 2019)

Feeling ill-equipped to be a natural nurturer is a nearly universal phenomenon. Cultivating Compassion can help you break through that awkwardness and become an effective comforter.

  • Helping a Friend
Day My Father Died, The Ajjan, Diana (Running Press 1994)

In this collection of essays, 25 women open their hearts and share their stories of how they have survived and even gathered strength from the loss of their fathers.

  • Death of a Father
306.874 A
Dead Moms Club, The Spencer, Kate (Seal Press, 2017)

Kate Spencer lost her mom to cancer when she was 27. In The Dead Moms Club, she walks readers through her experience of stumbling through grief and loss, and helps them to get through it, too. This isn't a weepy, sentimental story, but rather a frank, up-front look at what it means to go through gruesome grief and come out on the other side.

  • Death of a Mother
155.9 S
Dead, The Joyce, James (Coyote Canyon Press, 2008)

"The Dead" is the final short story in the 1914 collection Dubliners by James Joyce. It is the longest story in the collection and is often considered the best of Joyce's shorter works. At 15,672 words it has also been considered a novella.

809.3 J
Dear Martha. WTF?: What I Found in My Search for Why LaVoice, Tricia (Post Hill Press, 2018)

Tricia LaVoices life is turned upside-down when her parents are tragically killed in an automobile accident. Years later another tragedy strikes Tricia's family, shaking her faith in life once more. It was during this time of suffering and loneliness that she found an unexpected respite in nature, in the form of a beautiful pine tree Tricia named Martha. This rare bond inspires Tricia who literally talks to Martha daily as she heals the hurt in her heart. Tricia learns to listen to her inner voice, and heals herself by finding her source of courage and strength is within her.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
Death And Burial In The Roman World Toynbee, J.M.C. (Cornell University Press, 1971)

An important aspect of social life for all peoples living under Roman rule or Roman influence in republican and imperial times.

  • Funeral Rites / Historical
937 T
Death and Dying: challenge and change Fulton, Robert et al., eds. (Addison-Wesley, 1978)

A comprehensive and balanced analysis of the issues and challenges pose by death and dying in modern society.

  • Historical
128.5 F
Death And Dying: opposing viewpoints Bender, David L. (Greenhaven Press, 1987)

Developed to help readers become more intelligent and discriminating consumers of information in our media-centered culture.

306.9 B
Death and Eastern Thought: understanding death in Eastern religions and philosophies Holck, Frederick H., ed. (Abingdon Press, 1974)

Specialists in each field trace the history and development of the Eastern thought and tradition about death from the Vedic Period (3500 years ago) through current thought from philosophers such as Gandhi.

  • Historical
128.5 H
Death and the Family: the importance of mourning Pincus, Lily (Random House, 1974)

It is the author's hope that our society may relearn that death is an essential part of life, and that free discussion of the processes of grief, mourning, and bereavement may contribute to a changed, more accepting attitude in the community.

  • Historical
155.9 P
Death and the Life Hereafter Lockyer, Herbert C. (Baker Book House, 1975)

Dr. Lockyer treats immortality as the good news of the life to come. Based on Scripture, it shows how hearts can be elated now with the glorious thought of a future of inexpressible happiness in the life beyond.

  • Religious / Historical
236.2 L
Death as a Fact of Life Hendin, David (Warner Paperback Library, 1973)

A realistic look at the legal, medical and emotional aspects of death.

  • Historical
155.9 H
Death Is A Noun: a view of the end of life Langone, John (Little, Brown and Company, 1972)

Discusses the biological meaning of death, attitudes of the dying, survivors, and society toward death, and such related topics as euthanasia, abortion, murder, suicide, and immortality.

  • Historical
128.5 L
Death of Ivan Ilych, The Tolstoy, L. (Health Sciences Publishing Corp., 1973)

The book is about many things: the tyranny of bourgeois niceties, the terrible weak spots of the human heart, and it is about death. But more than anything, it deals with the consequences of living without meaning.

  • Historical
891.7 T
Death Without Denial Grief Without Apology Roberts, Barbara K. (Newsage Press, 2002)

Roberts's overriding message is that there isn't one right way to express sorrow and that people should be allowed to use whatever rituals or comforts they need, for as long as they need, without censure.

155.9 R
Death: the final stage of growth Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1975)

Shows how through an acceptance of our finiteness, we can grow; for death provides a key to the meaning of human existence.

  • Historical
155.9 K
Death: the trip of a lifetime Palmer, Greg (HarperCollins, 1993)

“This delightfully different ‘travelogue’ follows one man’s quest to discover how people around the world cope with the incontrovertible fact of death.”

306.9 P
Dialogue with Death Schmitt, Abraham (Word, Inc., 1976)

The intent of this book is to have dialogue with death until we renounce life so as to genuinely live it to its fullest.

  • Historical
128.5 S
Different Dream Parenting: a practical guide to raising a child with special needs Philo, Jolene (Discovery House Publishers, 2011)

With more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and the parent of a special needs child, Jolene Philo offers you guidance and encouragement. Addressing a variety of situations and providing tools to help you work through them she prepares you to become an extraordinary advocate for your child.

  • Disabilities
248.8 P
Different Losses Different Issues: what to expect and how to help Hartnett, Johnette (Good Mourning, South Burlington, VT. 1993)

Written to help develop a deeper understanding of the uniqueness of each loss and how it affects the grief process by looking at a number of different types of losses.

155.9 H
Discovering Grace In Grief Mayfield, James L. (Upper Room Books, 1994)

This book is a faithful companion for those who are walking the journey of grief. From his pastoral and personal experience, the author describes this journey in concrete ways and speaks knowingly of grace present each step along the way. Very practical and thoughtful.

  • Religious
248.8 M
Discussing Death: a guide to death education Mills, Gretchen (ETC Publications, 1976)

A comprehensive approach to death education on a development level.

  • Professional / Historical
128.5 M
Disgrace Coetzee, J.M. (Penguin Books, 1999)

An incident of unimaginable terror and violence forces father and daughter to confront their strained relationship and the equally complicated racial complexities of the new South Africa.

823 C
Don’t Ask For The Dead Man’s Golf Clubs: what to do and say (and what not to) when a friend loses a loved one Kelly, Lynn (Workman, 2000)

Drawing on experience and wisdom from people who have lost husbands, wives, parents, children, and siblings, this book offers hundreds of helpful, succinct and heartfelt suggestions on how to provide comfort, now and over time.

  • Helping a Friend
155.9 K
Don’t Take My Grief Away: what to do when you lose a loved one Manning, Doug (Harper San Francisco, 1984)

Gently, with warm, consoling, and practical guidance, Doug Manning addresses the painful, often disorienting aftermath of the death of a loved one.

248.8 M
Dynamics Of Grief, The Switzer, David K. (Abingdon Press, 1970)

Deals with the fear of one's own death and the search for meaning in grief.

  • Historical
157 S
Embraced By The Light Eadie, Betty Jean (Gold Leaf Press, 1992)

"The most profound near-death experience ever."

  • Near Death Experiences
133.9 E
Empty Chair, The: handling grief on holidays and special occasions Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan J. and Robert C. De Vries (Baker Books, 2001)

For adults who have lost a spouse, parent, child, friend or sibling. Learn how to incorporate new traditions on special days, create memorials that honor and affirm your loved one’s life and rebuild your individual sense of identity.

  • Special Days
248.8 Z
End Is Just The Beginning, The: lessons in grieving for African Americans Churn, Rev. Arlene, Ph.D. (Harlem Moon, 2003)

Every culture has unique ways of coping with the devastating loss of a loved one, but in some households these important traditions have succumbed to the modern emphasis on returning to the business of life.

155.9 C
Experiencing Grief Wright, H. Norman (Broadman and Holman 2004)

A very practical and healing guide for those journeying through the experience of the loss of a loved one. Christian focus.

  • Religious
152.4 W
Facing Death and the Life After Graham, Billy (Word Books, 1987)

Throughout his long evangelistic career and in his many books, Dr. Billy Graham has told millions about Christ’s offer of eternal life. Now he calls us to confront the sobering fact of death – realistically, but always with the confidence that through our relationship with Christ we can conquer this final enemy.

  • Historical / Religious
236.1 G
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.

155.9 W
Finding Your Way After Your Parent Dies Gilbert, Richard B. (Ave Maria Press, 1999)

Sketches out some of the issues that arise in the wake of a parent's death and offers practical suggestions for navigating these difficulties.

  • Death of a Parent
248.8 G
Food For The Soul Gambill, Andrea, ed. (Bereavement Publishing, Inc., 1996)

A collection of some of the most popular poetry which has previously appeared in Bereavement Magazine.

808.81 G
For The Living Jackson, Edgar N. (Channel Press,1963)

Discusses the rites and ceremonies surrounding death, the funeral, the work of mourning.

  • Funeral Rites and Ceremonies / Historical
393 J
Forget Prayers, Bring Cake Gerson, Merissa Nathan (Mandala San Rafael, 2021)

This heartrending, relatable account of one woman’s reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain– especially when that pain is suffered alone. 

155.937 G
Forgiveness Solution, The: A step by step process to let it go Tyme, Rev. Misty (Sacred Stories Publishing, 2017)

The Forgiveness Solution gives you the how in a proven step by step formula that brings relief from the hurt and puts you on the road to living the happy, healthy life that God has intended for you.

  • Religious
155.9 T
Four Things That Matter Most, The: a book about living Byock, Ira, M.D. (Free Press, 2004)

Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician and longtime public advocate for improving care through the end of life. In this book, Byock teaches us that a degree of emotional healing is always possible and that we can experience a sense of wholeness even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death.

158.2 B
Freedom: My Book of Firsts Dugard, Jaycee (Simon and Shuster, 2016)

How do you rebuild a life? In the follow-up to her memoir: A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years eighteen years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of making choices for herself. Raw and inspiring, this book reminds us that there can be, as Jaycee writes, happiness after tragedy – if we only seek it out.

  • Abduction
364.15 D
From The Heart Rennie, Marilou, LCSW (Xlibris Corporation, 2007)

A book of poems, each depicting a personal story. Stories witnessed by a Medical Social Worker while working with hospice patients and families.

808.81 R
Funeral, The - Vestige Or Value Irion, Paul E. (The Parthenon Press, 1966)

It will help answer the question as to whether the funeral is simply a "vestige" of the past or if it still has value today.

  • Funeral Rites / Historical
393 I
Gentle Closings: how to say goodbye to someone you love Menten, Ted (Running Press, 1991)

This gentle book is about people who have said goodbye and how they did it. Through their stories, one can find ideas, reassurance and the courage to face the death of a loved one.

155.9 M
Gift of Grief, The: healing the pain of everyday losses Tanner, Ira J. (Hawthorn Books, Inc. 1976)

“…a tool with which we can take the powerful emotions associated with loss and create an experience of value and beauty.”

  • Historical
157 T
Gift Of Significance, The Manning, Doug (In-Sight Books, Inc., 1992)

A collection of stories and insights of people who told the author the story of their grief.

155.9 M
Glimpses of Heaven Harris, Trudy (Baker Publishing Group, 2008)

Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, the true stories in this New York Times bestseller offer a window into the world beyond and life after death.

248.86 H
God’s Heart, God’s Hands: reaching out to hurting women George, Denise (New Hope, 1998)

This book guides readers to understand how to offer comfort to women who suffer through broken relationships, discouragement, loneliness, spouse abuse, childhood sexual abuse, loss and grief, suicide, and more.

  • Religious
248.842 G
Good Age, A Comfort, Alex (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1976)

A ringing affirmation of the pleasure, accomplishment and fulfillment within the grasp of those who prefer to remain youthful despite advancing years.

  • Older Adults / Historical
612.6 C
Good Grief: a constructive approach to the problem of loss Westberg, Granger E. (Fortress Press, 1971)

Describes what happens to us whenever we lose someone or something important.

  • Historical
157 W
Good Mourning Meyer, Elizabeth with Moscatello, Caitlin (Gallery Books, 2015)

Elizabeth Meyer stunned her family and friends when she applied for a position at one of New York’s most celebrated funeral homes. It wasn’t the typical career path for a 24-year-old college grad but after planning her own father’s funeral – swapping in peonies for lilies and the Rolling Stones for organ dirges – Elizabeth realized she could help others celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Soon she was making arrangements for movie stars, musicians, matriarchs, moguls – and making quite a name for herself – as the city’s premier fashionista turned funeral planner.

  • Death of a Father / Funeral Rites
363.7 M
Good Words: memorializing through a eulogy Hewett, Beth L., Ph.D. (Grief Illustrated Press, 2010)

Teaches how a eulogy can help us in difficult times of grief. This book walks readers through the writing process to help them develop powerful and personal eulogies. It also helps readers learn how to deliver the eulogy effectively.

  • Funeral Rites
265 H
Gramp Jury, Mark (Grossman Publishers, 1976)

Experiences over the last three years of life. Frank Tugend's involvement with arteriosclerosis.

  • Historical
362.1 J
Grandma’s Tears: comfort for grieving grandparents Kolf, June Cerza (Baker Book House, 1995)

Practical strategies for surviving the stages of grief are offered as Kolf empathizes with grandparents who grieve.

  • Death of a Grandchild
155.9 K
Grief And How To Live With It Morris, Sarah (Grosset and Dunlap, 1972)

Intended to help the living work through grief to the time when we can build a new life for ourselves.

  • Historical
248.86 M
Grief is a Maze: but we can find a way out Ebbesmeyer, Joan (Grief Illustrated Press, 2010)

The healing will begin as we journey through the maze of confusing twists and turns and some dead ends too, as we try to find our way. The ways of escape may differ, but all depend on finding one thing- JOY. This book suggests finding joy in ways of giving to others-for giving is the greatest joy of all.

242.4 E
Grief Recovery Handbook, The James, John W. and Frank Cherry (Harper and Row, 1988)

Using clear and poignant stories drawn from their own histories of significant loss, the authors illustrate in a very personal way what grief is and how it is possible to recover and regain a sense of aliveness and spontaneity.

152.4 J
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.

155.9 S
Grief's Slow Wisdom Flint, Cort R. (Flint-Bridge, Inc., 1967)

Proposes some specific things you can do to develop the right attitudes toward grief.

  • Historical
242.4 F
Grievers Ask: answers to questions about death and loss Smith, Harold Ivan (Augsburg Books, 2004)

The author compiles more than 150 common questions about death, explores the emotions behind them, and provides clear and forthright responses. Whether readers find the answers they seek, new perspectives to ponder, or comfort from knowing that others ask similar questions, this valuable resource will guide both individuals who are in the midst of grief and those who wish to provide comfort.

155.9 S
Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable Cacciatore, JoAnne PhD (Wisdom Publications, 2020)

This book is comprised of quotations from Bearing the Unbearable, and other sources as well, plus an enormous amount of new material from Dr. Jo. Especially well-suited for the grieving mind that may struggle with concentration, just 30 seconds on any page will empower, hearten, and validate any bereaved person—helping give strength and courage to bear life’s most painful losses.

155.9 C
Grieving The Death Of A Friend Smith, Harold Ivan (Augsburg Fortress, 1996)

Guides the reader to move "with" rather than "against" the natural grief process as he explores its many aspects, including friending, passing, burying, mourning, remembering, and reconciling.

155.9 S
Grieving The Loss Of Someone You Love: daily meditations to help you through the grieving process Mitsch, Raymond R. and Lynn Brookside (Vine Books, 1993 and Updated edition, Regal Books, 2004)

A series of thoughtful daily devotions, this book shares wisdom, insight, and comfort that will help you through and beyond your grief.

  • Religious
242.4 M
Grieving: a beginner’s guide McCormack, Jerusha Hull (Paraclete Press, 2006)

This book is designed to help those in pain-and specifically those who have lost someone thorough death-to imagine the path before them. It is a path of suffering. But it is also a path that may lead to unexpected discoveries and to peace.

155.9 M
Growing Through Grief Towns, James E. (Warner Press, 1984)

A book of comfort, insight and inspiration as the author communicates the meaning of his own loss, and the source of his solace.

242.4 T
Healing a Friend’s Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas for helping someone you love through loss Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Books, 2001)

When a friend suffers the loss of someone loved, you may not always know what to say. But you can do many helpful, loving things. Compassionate and eminently practical, Healing the Grieving Heart offers 100 fresh ideas for friends, family members and caregivers who want to help. And each idea’s carpe diem will help you seize the day by supporting your friend right now.

155.9 W
Healing After Job Loss: 100 practical ideas Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. and Duvall Kirby J., M.D. (Companion Press, 2010)

Job loss is a major life transition. It can bring you down or provide opportunities that you never knew existed. This unique approach focuses on your whole experience, not just on find you the next job-although that’s in here, too.

155.9 W
Healing after Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief Hickman, Martha W. (HaperCollins Publishers, 1994, 2002)

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

242.4 H
Healing After the Loss of Your Mother: A Grief and Comfort Manual Mallon, Elaine (Elaine Mallon, 2018)

A heartfelt and practical guidebook for those mourning the death of their mother and for supporters hoping to help a loved one through grief.

  • Death of a Parent
155.9 M
Healing Conversations: what to say when you don't know what to say Guilmartin, Nance (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

Whether it's the loss of a job, a marriage, or a life, in today's 24/7 world we're increasingly faced with uncomfortable situations where we don’t know what to say yet we're called upon to quickly respond -- online or in person. Filled with touching stories, this practical guide helps us step into someone else's shoes so that we can empathetically learn how to respond in times of need.

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Healing Grief at Work: 100 practical ideas after your workplace is touched by loss Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Books, 2005)

Topics covered include effective ways to channel grief during the workday, supporting co-workers who mourn, and coping with traumatic deaths that affect the workplace. A special introduction for employers (mangers, human resource personnel, owners, etc.) addresses the economic impact of grief in the workplace and provides practical and cost-effective ideas for maintaining morale and creating a productive yet compassionate work environment.

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Healing The Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas for families, friends and caregivers Wolfelt, Alan D., PhD. (Companion Press, 1998)

Compassionate yet practical, Dr. Wolfelt's book explains principles of mourning, needs of mourners and suggestions for helping them meet those needs. Includes what not to do or say, how to listen and many more practical tips.

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Healing Your Grieving Body: 100 physical practices for mourners Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. and Duvall, Kirby J., M.D. (Companion Press, 2009)

When you are grieving, your body often lets you know it feels distressed, too. In fact, you may be shocked by how much your body responds to the impact of your loss.

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Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas Wolfelt, Alan D., PhD. (Companion Press, 1998)

Here-and-now suggestions for helping mourners heal.

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