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
A to Z Healing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Navigating Grief and Trama with Intention Hannifin-MacNab, Susan (Wise Creative Publishing Ink, 2018)

Social worker and educator Susan Hannifin-MacNab tackled these difficult questions after her husband was killed suddenly, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her young family's life. She eventually realized that grief and trauma healing do not occur by waiting for time to pass. Action and intention are the pillars needed to lay a foundation for rebirth and build a powerful roadmap for healing mind, body, and spirit.

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After Suicide Hewett, John H. (The Westminster Press, 1980)

Offers much-needed information and clinically tested advice for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of suicide.

  • Suicide
155.9 H
After Suicide Loss: Coping with your Grief Jordan, Jack, Ph.D. and Bob Baugher, Ph.D. (Caring People Press, 2nd Ed., 2016)

This booklet was written to help the reader understand some of what he or she may experience during the months after a suicide loss. The material is arranged chronologically: common experiences after the first few days, weeks, months, followed by the first full year and beyond. 

  • Suicide
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After You Lose Someone You Love Dennison, Amy (FreeSpirit Publishers, 2005)

Ages 8-11. Twins Amy and Allie were eight years old and their brother was four when their beloved father died suddenly in his sleep. Encouraged and guided by their mother, the three children kept a journal for almost two years. They wrote about the night he died, the funeral, the first week, the first year, the cemetery, their thoughts and feelings-and the future.

  • Death of a Father
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Alicia Afterimage Delacre, Lulu (LEE and LOW BOOKS Inc., 2008)

Explores the life of Alicia, a popular sixteen-year-old, in the aftermath of a fatal car crash, as her friends, family members, and others recall key episodes that show her impact on their lives. Includes author’s note about the real Alicia and how she inspired the book, as well as resources on teen grief.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
Called to Forgive Thompson, Robert B. (Bethany House Publishers, 2019)

This book is the account of Anthony's wife's murder, the grief he experienced, and how and why he made the radical choice to forgive the killer. But beyond that, Anthony goes on to teach what forgiveness can and should look like in each of our lives--both personally, in our communities, and even in our nation. After much pain, reflection, and study, Thompson shares how true biblical love and mercy differ from the way these ideas are reflected in our culture.

  • Religious / Homicide
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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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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
270.09 C
Choosing to Survive: Loved Ones of Murder Victims Tell Their Stories Stetson, Brad (Centering Corporation, 2017)

The unique world between these covers is one of searing pain, but also one of love unvanquished. It conveys the precious value of life, the horror of homicide, and the power of the human spirit.

  • Homicide
155.9 S
Coping with Traumatic Death: homicide Baugher, Bob, Ph.D. (Robert Baugher and Lew Cox, 2000)

This book is intended to help you understand some of what to expect after the homicide of a family member or friend. The book is divided into sections which cover the first few days, the first few weeks, the first few months, the first year and beyond.

  • Homicide
155.9 B
Dear Edward Napolitano, Ann (The Dial Press, 2020)

A coming-of-age story about a 12 year old boy who is the sole survivor of a 187 plane crash that kill his brother and parents. This is a beautiful story about the ways a broken heart can learns to love again.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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
Definition Of Suicide Shneidman, Edwin S. (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1985)

… presents an original set of ten characteristics common in suicide. (which) create an intimate portrait of the suicidal person.

  • Suicide
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Do They Have Bad Days In Heaven?: surviving the suicide loss of a sibling Linn-Gust, Michelle, M.S. (Chellehead Works, 2001)

The author takes the reader through the personal experience of losing her younger sister and weaves in the available research for sibling survivors. She also journeys sibling loss through the life span, explains suicide, the grief process, and how sibling death impacts the brothers and sisters left behind. She adds practical advice for how sibling suicide survivors can help themselves.

  • Suicide
362.28 L
Fatal Choice Baucom, John O. (Moody Press, 1986)

Shows how to respond constructively to any adolescent and to troubled adolescents in particular.

  • Teens
362.2 B
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
248.8 S
Future Widow: Losing My Husband, Saving My Family, and Finding My Voice Lisk, Jenny (Bluhen Books, 2021)

In this book, Jenny Lisk shares of when her life suddenly changed after her husband was diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. Follow her story as she tried to figure out “parenting grieving children, and rebuilding some sort of life for three--out of four--members of her family”. You'll love this poignant memoir because it's heartbreakingly honest, and ultimately hopeful.

  • Cancer
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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
Goldfish Went on Vacation, The: a memoir of loss Dann, Patty (Trumpeter Books, 2007)

Patty Dann had been married almost 10 years to her husband when he was suddenly diagnosed with a fatal brain cancer. In this memoir, Dann explains how the plans they'd made would abruptly come to an end. Worse, Dann had no idea how she'd explain to their three-year-old son.

  • Death of a Partner
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Goodbye Jeanine Sackett, Joyce (NavPress, 2005)

Goodbye Jeanine is a faith journey from the despair of a family member’s suicide back to hope and joy. This book reveals how Sackett learned to survive the mixed emotions of loss, anger, guilt, fear, and shame-and how you can too.

  • Suicide
248.8 S
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.

  • Death of a Child
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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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Grief Works: sudden death Underwood, Donna Reutzel (Morris Publishing, 2005)

This book helps guide the reader through the many emotions that come with this type of grief of homicide, suicide, accident and more.

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Griefland: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship Bacon, Armen and Nancy Miller (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2012)

Griefland. It’s a place no one wants to visit—a place without borders where language is inadequate and pain is constant. It’s a place where every morning one awakens to the stark reality that a loved one will never be seen, heard—or embraced—again. This is a place that Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller know all too well, for when they met, both of them had lost a child—a son, Alex, and a daughter, Rachel.

  • Overdose
152.4 B
Growing Young: A memoir of Grief Park, Bridget E. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing platform, 2013)

A book about a sister grief after her brother died by suicide. She was only 12 and found herself "Growing Young".

  • Suicide / Sibling Death
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: 100 practical ideas after someone you love dies a sudden, violent death Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2002)

Death is never easy, but for families and friends affected by a sudden, violent death, grief is especially traumatic. Understanding and expressing these feelings helps survivors, over time and with the support of others, come to reconcile their loss.

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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
155.9 K
Hole In Me Since The Day You Died, The Labrum, David (The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 2006)

Features the artwork of seven adults who experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one or ones. A statement involving their loved one(s) death proceeds their artwork. Readers are then able to observe each person, through their artwork, gradually work through their grief over a period of weeks, months and years. They used their artwork as a way of exploring themselves - shaping, defining and eventually transcending their grief experience.

155.9 L
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: surviving, coping and healing after the sudden death of a loved one Noel, Brook and Pamela Blair (Champion Press, 2000)

Provides a valuable anchor for the griever who faces the challenges of a sudden loss and needs to rebuild their life. Includes grief recovery exercises.

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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
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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Just Us: overcoming and understanding homicidal loss and grief Henry-Jenkins, Wanda (Centering Corporation, 1996)

The author identifies three different cycles of mourning when someone you love is murdered: crisis, conflict and commencement. Covers second victimization and celebrating life.

  • Homicide
155.9 H
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
155.9 B
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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Let’s Roll Beamer, Lisa with Ken Abraham (Tyndale House Publishing, 2002)

Todd's wife Lisa reveals what really happened on that ill-fated flight, as well as poignant glimpses of a genuine American hero. She talks candidly about Todd's growing-up years, their marriage and last week together, and then family moments without him-the devastating day her children learned their daddy had died, how they celebrated his first birthday without him, the mix of grief and joy when she gave birth to their third child, and how she's found the confidence to go on in the face of such tragedy and loss. It's no wonder that, through this unpretentious homemaker and mother, an entire nation can find hope, inspiration and strength.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
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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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Living With Grief After Sudden Loss Doka, Dr. Kenneth, ed. (Hospice Foundation of North America, 1996)

For survivors of the sudden loss of a loved one. Includes: suicide, homicide, accident, heart attack and stroke.

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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
Lost Boy: my story Laurie, Greg (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1996)

Lost Boy is really a story about being found. Greg opens a window on his life and shares about his uncertainty and disappointments, his healing and growth. He remembers the beginnings of a ministry that has touched millions of people and relives the ups, downs, sudden drops and blind corners – and he invites you along for the ride!

  • Religious
Making Piece: a memoir of love, loss and pie Howard, Beth M. (Harlequin, 2012)

When journalist Beth M. Howard's young husband dies suddenly, she packs up the RV he left behind and hits the American highways. Making Piece powerfully shows how one courageous woman triumphs over tragedy. This beautifully written memoir is, ultimately, about hope. It's about the journey of healing and recovery, of facing fears, finding meaning in life again, and moving forward with purpose and, eventually, joy.

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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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Man Against Himself Menninger, Karl (Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1966)

A compassionate yet objective analysis of man's psychological war against himself, and his need for self-respect and self-understanding.

  • Suicide / Historical
362.2 M
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
616.8 H
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
Mulberry Music, The Orgel, Doris (Harper and I Row, Publishers, 1971)

Libby loves her Grandma Liza more than anybody - but suddenly Grandma Liza is ill. Libby is not allowed to see her, but in a panic she defies all and searches for Grandma Liza.

  • Historical
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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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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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No Time For Goodbyes Lord, Janice Harris (Pathfinder Publishing, 1987)

Coping with sorrow, anger and injustice after a tragic death. An invaluable handbook for those who grieve for someone killed.

  • Homicide
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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
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Option B: facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy Sandberg, Sheryl and Grant, Adam (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017)

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

  • Death of a Partner
155.9 S
Perversion of virtue: Understanding Murder-Sucide Joiner, Thomas (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Joiner explores the nature of murder-suicide and offers a unique new theory to explain this nearly unexplainable act: that murder-suicides always involve the wrongheaded invocation of one of four interpersonal virtues: mercy, justice, duty, and glory. This book seeks to make sense of one of the most difficult-to-comprehend types of violence in modern society, shedding new light that will ultimately lead to better understanding and even prevention.

  • Murder-Suicide
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Portraits 9/11/01: the collected portraits of grief from the New York Times Correspondents of the New York Times (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2003)

Soon after the horrific events of September 11, newsroom staffers at The New York Times began to ask about the real people, the names and faces behind the unimaginable statistics. Their efforts, which grew into the daily "Portraits of Grief" feature, gathered force over the ensuing weeks and eventually became a cultural phenomenon on a national scale. Portraits: 9/11/01 brings together all the poignant memories and reminiscences, and stands as a lasting tribute to these beloved souls.

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Power To Prevent Suicide, The: a guide for teens helping teens Nelson, Richard E., Ph.D. (Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 2006)

Grades 6+. Spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they are feeling stressed or depressed.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Suicide
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Prediction Of Suicide, The Beck, Aaron T., Harvey L.P. / Resnik, Dan J. Lettieri, ed. (Charles Press Publishers, 1986)

Selected papers from a conference convened Oct. 1971 in Philadelphia by the Dept. of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention of the National Institute of Mental Health.

  • Suicide
362.2 B
Preventing Adolescent Suicide Capuzzi, Dave and Larry Golden (Accelerated Development, Inc., 1988)

"This book comes to grips with adolescent suicide."

  • Teen Suicide
363.2 C
Preventing Teenage Suicide: the living alternative handbook Joan, Polly (Human Sciences Press, Inc., 1986)

A program model for guiding adolescents in ways to understand and cope with depression and/or suicidal feelings.

  • Teen Suicide
616.85 J
Raw Survival Rozga, Jan (Resource Publications, 2021)

Has your world been shattered by grief? Is pain pulling you under the waves of despair and threatening to hold you there? Take heart; rescue is possible. Hope is possible. Whether you’re grieving the loss of an infant child, grown child, spouse, or elderly parent, Raw Survival is for you.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Religious
155.9 R
Real Men Do Cry Hipple, Eric (Quality of Life Publishing Co., 2008)

A quarterback’s inspiring story of tackling depression and surviving suicide loss.

  • Suicide
616.89 H
Remembering Alexis: finding perspective in love and loss Rhyne, Margaret Marshall (Strider International, LLC, 2009)

When Alexis dies mysteriously on a cold, January morning, her mother Margaret is expected to accept Alexis’s death and her own complicated life without answers. Instead, she begins to search for a perspective that would give her peace to accept the loss of the child who was part of her soul and the courage to believe in tomorrow. A powerful book for any parent of an exceptional child.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
155.9 R
Savage God, The: a study of suicide Alvarez, A. (Random House, 1972)

A deep compassionate insight into the realm of self-destruction from a personal, literary and existential point of view.

  • Suicide / Historical
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Seasons of Sorrow Challies, Tim (Zondervan Reflective, 2022)

On November 3, 2020, Tim and Aileen Challies received the shocking news that their son Nick had died. Seasons of Sorrow includes a selection of Tim's reflections sharing the poignancy of early grief, the doubts and fears that plague us during loss, and the faith and joy that sustain us through sorrow.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Religious
248.8 C
Second Chance To Live: the suicide syndrome Alpert, George (DaCapo Press, 1975)

"To shed more lights on a matter of universal concern and to help us better understand why a suicide might happen, the people in this book have volunteered to share their lives."

  • Historical
616.8 A
Sudden Loss Survival Guide, The Hanson, Chelsea (Mango Publishing Group, 2020)

After the sudden loss of her mother, Chelsea Hanson, a nationally-recognized grief educator and founder of With Sympathy Gifts and Keepsakes, didn’t know where to turn for help, what to do next, or how to put the pieces of her life back together. Hanson’s The Sudden Loss Survival Guide gathers everything that she learned during her own recovery process and provides an indispensable road map to aid those who’ve experienced a life-changing loss.

  • Death of a Mother
155.9 H
Suicide After Sixty: the final alternative Miller, Marv, Ph.D. (Springer Publishing Company, 1979)

An introduction to the problem and prevention of geriatric suicide focuses on the elderly's sometimes suicidal reaction to severe physical illness, and pathological personal relationships.

  • Suicide / Historical
618.9 M
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
Suicide Survivors Club: Aidan Phillips, Laurie (SSC Publishing, 2016)

This book in a five-book set is Aidan’s story after the suicide death of his father Don, in 2002. Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips.

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Suicide Survivors Club: Becky Phillips, Laurie (SSC Publishing, 2016)

This book in a five-book set is Becky’s story after the suicide death of her father Don, in 2002. Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips.

  • Suicide
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Suicide Survivors Club: Pattie Phillips, Laurie (SSC Publishing, 2016)

This book in a five-book set is Pattie’s story after the suicide death of her husband Don, in 2002. Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips.

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Suicide Survivors Club: Will Phillips, Laurie (SSC Publishing, 2016)

This book in a five-book set is Will’s story after the suicide death of his father Don, in 2002. Their reflections are captured in their own words and through poignant art by artist/storyteller Laurie Phillips.

  • Suicide
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Suicide Survivors: a guide for those left behind Wrobleski, Adina (A. Wrobleski, 1994)

A guide for those who have lost someone to suicide. Chapters cover dealing with other people, why suicide grief is different, emotions that come with suicide grief, relationships with others, and recovery.

  • Suicide
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Suicide, Why? Wrobleski, Adina (Afterwords, 1989)

85 questions and answers about suicide. Includes biographical references.

  • Suicide
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Survivors Of Suicide Cain, Albert C. (Charles C. Thomas, 1972)

The papers included in this book speak of and for the survivors of suicide, of their torment and need for psychological assistance.

  • Suicide
155.9 C
Taste Of Blackberries, A Smith, Doris Buchanan (Crowell, 1973)

Ages 8-12. A sensitive portrayal of a young boy’s attempt to understand and accept his best friend’s sudden death.

  • Death of a friend / Historical
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Teen Suicide: a book for friends, family and classmates Kolehmainen, Janet (Lerner Publications Company, 1986)

The facts about suicide, warning signs to watch for, and when and where to go for help.

  • Suicide / Helping Teens
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Understanding Your Grief after a Drug-Overdose Death Wolfelt, Alan D. (Companion Press, 2020)

Loss is always hard, but when someone you love dies of an accidental drug overdose, the grief that follows can be especially painful and challenging.In this compassionate guide, Dr. Alan Wolfelt shares the most important lessons he has learned from loved ones who've picked up the pieces in the aftermath of a drug overdose.

  • Overdose
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Voices of Strength: Sons and Daughters of Suicide Speak Out Fox, Judy Zionts and Mia Roldan (New Horizon Press, 2009)

Voices of Strength helps survivors make sense of life's least understandable act and shows them how to heal by focusing on comfort, memories, recovery, and hopes for a productive future.

  • Suicide
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What to do When the Police Leave: a guide to the first days of traumatic loss Jenkins, Bill (Quality Books Inc., 2001)

Offers authoritative and invaluable advice, guidance, and resources for families dealing with the traumatic loss of a family member or friend. New to this edition are sections on crime scene cleanup, unsolved cases, and grief in the workplace.

  • Homicide
155.9 J
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
Widowed Parents Unite 52 Tips to Get Through the First Year Lisk, Jenny

Widowed Parents Unite is more than a book-it's a lifeline. Within its pages, you'll meet parents who've lost their spouses to unforeseen tragedies, from sudden accidents, to relentless illnesses. Their stories resonate deeply, providing both solace and advice.

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Year Of Magical Thinking, The Didion, Joan (Vintage Books, 2006)

From one of America’s most iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience – her husband’s sudden death. This book will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

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
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