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
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  • Sudden Death
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Title Author Description Category Topics Location
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
Acute Grief Margolis, Otto S. (Columbia University Press, 1981)

These essays survey the complex issues surrounding the crisis of bereavement.

155.9 M
African American Grief Rosenblatt, Paul C. and Wallace, Beverly R. (Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2000)

This work considers the potential effects of slavery, racism, and white ignorance and oppression on the African American experience and conception of death and grief in America. This book documents, describes, and analyzes the key phenomena of the unique African-American experience of grief.

155.9 R
Attachment and Loss, Volume I: attachment Bowlby, John (Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1969)

Examines the child's tie to the mother and also explains why this vital relationship is so crucial to the development of the child's personality.

  • Historical
136.7 B
Attachment And Loss, Volume II: separation, anxiety and anger Bowlby, John (Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1973)

Examines the effect of separation on the development of the child and the psychopathology that often follows separation.

  • Historical
136.7 B
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.

136.7 B
Attitudes Toward Death And Funerals Marks, Amy Seidel and Bobby J. Calder (The Center for Marketing Sciences, 1982)

"This study examines how consumers think and feel about death and funerals, and updates a comparable study done in 1974 by the Casket Manufacturers of America."

  • Funeral Rites
381 M
Basic Types of Pastoral Care And Counseling Clinebell, Howard J., Jr. (Abingdon Press, 1966)

Aimed at the minister and seminary student.

  • Religious / Historical
253.5 C
Bereavement Counseling: pastoral care for complicated grieving McCall, Junietta Baker (Haworth Pstoral Press, 2004)

This practical guide to the treatment of grief responses combines clinical and spiritual care. Topics addressed include universal grief processes and responses, dysfunctional grieving, therapies and treatment priorities, reorganization and recovery, the ways that perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs influence care, and more.

  • Religious
259.6 M
Beyond Kubler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief Doka, Kenneth and A.S. Tucci (Hospice Foundation of America, 2011)

Looks closely at the pioneering legacy of the work of Kubler-Ross and discusses how professional understanding of dying and grief has progressed and developed. Readers will find spirited discourse on the most current issues surrounding the questions of how people grieve and how professionals can best support them, in chapters and tools that will augment and even challenge their work.

155.9 D
Bibliography of Books On Death, Bereavement, Loss And Grief From 1935-1968. Kutscher, Austin H., Jr., comp. (Health Sciences Publishing Corp., 1969)

A bibliography of books on death, bereavement, loss and grief from 1935-1968.

  • Historical
16.3 K
But I Didn’t Get To Say Goodbye: for parents and professionals helping child suicide survivors Rubel, Barbara (Griefwork Center, Inc., 1999)

A refreshing and practical approach to working with children who are suffering the loss of a loved one due to suicide. Rubel takes a very difficult topic and creates a manageable path for parents and professionals to follow when helping the young suicide survivor.

  • Suicide
616.8 R
Care For The Dying: resources of theology Soulen, Richard N., ed. (John Knox Press, 1975)

Guidance for those concerned with the depressed, the suicidal, and the terminally ill.

  • Religious / Historical
253.5 S
Caregiving and Loss: family needs, professional responses Doka, Kenneth and Joyce Davidson, eds. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2001)

A valuable resource for those who care for dying patients and their families. A variety of articles by various professionals dealing with many end-of-life care issues.

  • Anticipatory / Before the Death
362.04 D
Caring For Donor Families Before, During And After Maloney, Raelynn, M.A. and Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2001)

This book gives great insight into the painful journeys of donor families and how to successfully companion them before, during and after the donation experience.

  • Organ Donors
362.1 M
Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual Metcalf, Peter and Huntinton, Richard (Cambridge University Press, 1991)

A revised edition of a cross-cultural study of rituals surrounding death that focuses on the notion that in understanding other people's death rituals we are able to gain a better understanding of our own.

393 M
Child Shall Lead Them, A: lessons in hope from children with cancer Komp, Diane M., M.D. (Zondervan Publishing House, 1993)

Physician-author Diane Komp uses tender stories of her work with children who have cancer to illustrate timeless biblical truth. Showing how medicine, science, and biblical faith are compatible, she gives readers inspiring insight into the spiritual re-education of a Yale medical professor by her young patients.

  • Anticipatory / Before the Death / Religious
362.1 K
Comforting the Bereaved Wiersbe, Warren W. (Moody Press, 1985)

"…deals with death and grief from a biblical and psychological perspective and offers practical advice to ministers on how to handle the grief situation and the funeral service."

  • Religious
259.6 W
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
618.3 H
Companioning You: a soulful guide to caring for yourself while you care for the dying and the bereaved Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2012)

Bereavement care is draining work, and remaining empathetic to the painful struggles of the mourners and dying they serve makes caregivers highly susceptible to burnout. But if you make compassionate self-care a priority, not only will your life be richer and more joyful, you will be a more effective caregiver to others. Let this book show you how to have balance in your life and in your work.

  • Professional
155.9 W
Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Caregivers Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion press, 1994)

“An inspiring guide for clergy and others who help bereaved families plan and carry out authentic funeral rituals…"

  • Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
265 W
Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences: A Guide For Caregivers Wolfelt, Alan, Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2003)

Explores the ways in which caregivers and clergy can create heartfelt ceremonies that help the bereaved.

  • Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
265 W
Death And Grief, A Guide For Clergy Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Accelerated Development, Inc., 1988)

For clergy who wish to enhance their ability to assist others during times of death and grief.

  • Religious
253.5 W
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
Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy Sanford, Doris (Multnomah Press, 1990)

For children ages 4 and up. When 5 year old Allison’s parents begin to see a change in her behavior at home they seek professional help for her. They find that Allison and other children have been ritually abused at a day care center. Thus begins Allison’s recovery.

  • Abuse
jF S
Family Therapy For Suicidal People Richman, Joseph, Ph.D. (Springer Publishing Company, 1986)

Addressed to all professional practitioners who may be involved directly or indirectly with suicidal people.

  • Suicide
616.85 R
Funeral, The: a chance to touch, a chance to serve, a chance to heal Manning, Doug (Insight Books, 2001)

Funeral Service is at a crossroads--trying to maintain the history and tradition of the past while facing a public that demands services that are special, unique and personalized. The author outlines the issues and offers suggestions and solutions that can transform your firm.

  • Funeral Rites
265 M
Generation RX: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis Daly, Erin Marie (Soft Skull Press, 2014)

While many books a have tackled the topic of Big Pharma, drug addiction, and our increasingly over-medicated society, Generation Rx offers an entirely new look at what the prescription pill epidemic means for today’s youth and the world around them.

  • Overdose/Professional
362.29 D
Go Out In Joy! Herrmann, Nina (Simon and Schuster, 1977)

An uplifting tribute to the human spirit -- to the nurses, the doctors, the parents and relatives, and especially the children at University Hospital Center.

  • Historical
Grief Counseling And Grief Therapy: a handbook for the mental health practitioner Worden, J. William, Ph.D. (Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 1982)

Describes the mechanisms of grief and the procedures of helping clients accomplish the “tasks of mourning” to facilitate moving through the process of normal grieving.

616.89 W
Grief, Transition And Loss Oates, Wayne (Fortress Press, 1997)

"Pastors are privileged to offer ministry in the context of bereavement grief, but in this book Oates takes us into life situations where the significance of grief, separation, and loss often go unnoticed, such as divorce and employment situations. As always, Oates discovers nuggets of biblical wisdom and spiritual insight that ground pastoral care in the Christian tradition and connect caregiving with the faith of the parishioner."

  • Religious
253.5 O
Helping Children Cope with Death Dougy Center, The (The Dougy Center, 1997, 2004)

Drawn from stories, suggestions and insight shared by grieving children and their family members, this book explores how children view, understand and process death; how to talk with children about death at various ages and developmental stages; how to be supportive and helpful throughout their grieving process; and when to seek professional help.

155.9 D
Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn Markell, Mark A. Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2005)

This practical book offers 20 simple rituals that caregivers can use with people with developmental disabilities after a death. All of the rituals can be adapted for people of all age and all levels of disability.

  • Helping Children & Teens
155.9 M
Helping Teens Cope With Death Dougy Center, The (The Dougy Center, 2004)

Learn how a death of a loved one can impact a teen, and how to help. Explains common grief reactions of teenagers, specific challenges grieving teenagers face, when to seek professional help, and advice from other parents.

155.9 D
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
649.8 M
Hope In Grief: addresses and resources for Christian funerals Baerwald, Reuben C., ed. (Concordia Publishing House, 1966)

A collection of sermons appropriate for the Christian funeral.

  • Funeral Rites / Religious / Historical
265 B
Hospice Movement, The: a better way of caring for the dying Stoddard, Sandol (Stein and Day, Publishers, 1978)

Case histories and personal experience; as a volunteer, the author presents specific information on patient care, medication techniques, funding, staffing, administration, home care programs, and architectural requirements for inpatient units.

  • Professional / Historical
616 S
How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help Lipsky, Deborah (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013)

Through the description of personal experience, and case studies, the book explores how people with autism feel and express the loss of a loved one, how they process and come to terms with their feelings of grief, and offers practical and detailed advice to parents and caregivers on a range of sensitive issues. 

  • Helping Children & Teens
616.85 L
How To Care For Yourself While You Care For The Dying And The Bereaved Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 1996)

A booklet on the importance and the practice of self-care for caregivers to the dying and the bereaved. This practical booklet addresses: why excellent self-care is essential; the art of erasing "worktapes"; caregiver fatigue syndrome; the over caring caregiver; the bereavement caregiver's self-care guidelines.

How to Say it When You Don’t Know What to Say: the right words for difficult times Kaplan, Robbie Miller (Prentice Hall Press, 2004)

Provides insight into the process of grief and offers practical advice on how to be a comfort to others. With specific discussion on a variety of difficult experiences--ranging from illness to job loss to divorce to natural disasters--it also includes resources and advice from experts, professionals, and individuals whose words of wisdom can guide you through these difficult experiences.

  • Helping a Friend
155.9 K
Into The Light: ministering to the sick and the dying DelBene, Ron & Mary & Herb Montgomery (Upper Room, 1988)

The author has written a very moving, simple, and extremely practical book for all those who wonder how to be present to sick and dying people. This book allows for a very intimate, personal, spiritual communion when we often feel hopeless and powerless.

  • Religious
259.4 D
Life and Loss: a guide to help grieving children Goldman, Linda (Accelerated Development, 1994)

A guide for parents, educators, clergy and health care professionals to handle children’s loss and grief issues. Includes bibliographical references and index.

155.4 G
Living With Grief: at Work, at School, at Worship Davidson, Joyce D. and Kenneth J. Doka, eds. (Hospice Foundation of America, 1999)

A review of current understandings on the process of grief and an overview of the ways that grief may affect individuals at work, at school, and at worship, and how we can better create humane environments for bereaved individuals.

155.9 D
Living With Grief: coping with public tragedy Lattanzi-Licht, Marcia and K. Doka, eds. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2003)

A collection of articles pertaining to large-scale disasters, grief, community support, etc.

  • Professional
155.9 L
Living with Grief: ethical dilemmas at the end of life Doka, Kenneth, et. al., ed. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2005)

Written and edited by some of the nation’s leading authorities on ethics and end-of-life care, this book explores a range of issues – including pediatric hospice, historical, religious, spiritual and cultural perspectives of the end of life, hospice in nursing homes, surrogate decision making, physician assisted suicide, organ donation and our society’s legal tenants of end-of-life-care.

  • Professional
362.1 D
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
155.9 D
Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide Smid, Emmi (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015)

This beautifully-illustrated storybook is designed as a tool to be read with children aged 6+ who have experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide. Suicide always causes shock, not just for the family members but for everyone around them, and children also have to deal with these feelings. The book approaches the subject sensitively and includes a guide for parents and professionals.

  • Suicide
j155.9 S
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
248.8 W
Men and Grief: a guide for men surviving the death of a loved one, a resource for caregivers and mental health professionals Staudacher, Carol (New Harbinger Publications, 1991)

This book is a good resource for grieving men, as well as the professionals who help them. The author addresses a wide variety topics related to men and grief and the book is divided into three major sections: 1) Grief Responses and Characteristics, 2) The Special Challenges of Specific Losses, and 3) Working Through Your Grief.

  • Men and Grief / Professional
155.9 S
Moral Justification Of Suicide, The Jacobs, Jerry (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1982)

“…a sociological view of the traditionally psychological domain of suicide."

  • Professional / Suicide
179.7 J
No Time to Say Goodbye: surviving the suicide of a loved one Fine, Carla (Broadway Books, 1997)

Brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Fine draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors--as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to them senseless, and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives.

  • Suicide
362.28 F
Out Came the Sun: Helping children as they grieve Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas (2017)

Are you looking for ways to better understand the impact of the loss – and how to help? This booklet was written specifically for surviving adults, such as family members, caregivers, and close friends. It might also be of interest to teachers, counselors, clergy, healthcare professionals, and others who work with young people and, most importantly, care about them

Peer Counseling: in-depth look at training peer helpers Gray, Dean and Judith A., Tindall (Accelerated Development, 1985)

Intended for those interested professionals such as teachers, counselors, ministers, religious educators, social workers and others in the helping professions.

158 G
Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief Ellis, Coleen (iUniverse Publishing, 2011)

To help pet parents everywhere, she opened the first standalone pet funeral home in the United States in Indianapolis. In this guidebook, she helps pet parents, veterinarians, death-care professionals and others celebrate the special bonds we share with our animal companions.

Realization of Death, The: a guide for the psychological autopsy Weisman, Avery D., M.D. (Jason Aronson, 1974)

The first book ever to systematically expound the piece-by-piece reconstruction and synthesis of events surrounding the terminal phase of life.

  • Historical
616 W
Religion and Bereavement: counsel for the physician, advice for the bereaved, thoughts for the clergyman Kutscher, Austin H., ed. (Health Sciences Publishing Corporation, 1972)

A rich store of wisdom to help man face his own death bravely, and to aid his loved ones to work through their bereavement to continued meaningful life.

  • Historical
242.4 K
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
618.92 H
Suicide And Grief Stone, Howard W. (Fortress Press, 1972)

… promises to give those in the counseling field a fuller understanding of their work with suicide survivors.

  • Suicide / Historical
616.8 S
Techniques of Grief Therapy: creative practices for counseling the bereaved Neimeyer, Robert A. (Routledge, 2012)

Techniques of Grief Therapy is an indispensable guidebook to the most inventive and inspirational interventions in grief and bereavement counseling and therapy. Individually, each technique emphasizes creativity and practicality.

616.89 N
Waving Goodbye - An Activities Manuel The Dougy Center (1992, 2004)

Activities promote healing when they are offered freely and when the children and teens can choose their level of participation. Activities don't heal; they create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and safety, which allows the child and teen to work through the healing process. The goal of these activities is to promote the sharing of feelings, to normalize the grief experience and to encourage peer support.

155.9 D
What You Should Know About Suicide Blackburn, Bill (Word Books, 1982)

Provides guidance to fight this tragic trend, informing both the concerned layman and the professional counselor.

  • Suicide
616.85 B
When Will I Stop Hurting?: dealing with a recent death Kolf, June Cerza (Baker Book House, 1995)

Provides helpful advice for those who are grieving – and it is given in a manner which is both professional and practical.

155.9 K
Youth Suicide Peck, Michael L., Ph.D., et al. (Springer Publishing Company, 1985)

Information intended to assist mental health professionals to increase their knowledge of advances in the field of youth suicide.

  • Suicide / Professional
362.2 P