Grief Lending Library

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

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

Use the below categories to assist with your search.

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Children and Terminal Illness
  • Children's Books
  • Death of a Child
  • Death of a Partner
  • Death of a Pet
  • General Adult Grief
  • Helping Teens and Children
  • Professionals
  • Spanish Language
  • Sudden Death
  • Teen Books

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Title Author Description Category Topics Location
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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