Helpful Books

 

Bereavement Magazine 
Bereavement Publishing, Inc. 
8133 Telegraph Drive 
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-7169 
(719) 282-1948 
(719) 282-1850 - Fax 

Bereavement Magazine is a magazine of hope and healing that is published six times per year. Subscription required. 

Centerpieces 
Center For Loss and Life Transition 
3735 Broken Arrow Road 
Fort Collins, CO 80526 

Centerpieces provides information of grief related issues and Center activities. 

For Those Who Give and Grieve 
National Kidney Foundation, Inc. 
30 East 33rd Street 
New York, NY 10016 
(800) 622-9010 

For Those Who Give and Grieve is a quarterly newsletter for organ and tissue donor families published by the National Kidney Foundation, Inc. to offer information about grief and support. It is provided to all families at no cost and is supported entirely by voluntary donations. 

Getting through the Holidays 
The Chrysalis Center 
7717 Natural Bridge Road 
St. Louis, MO 63121 
(314) 381-9195 

This booklet will help you prepare for the holidays. Making specific plans and having some ideas for handling various situations will help you face the holidays with a little less pain and confusion. 

The Last Goodbye II 
Boulden Publishing 
P.O. Box 1186 
Weaverville, CA 96093 
(800) 238-8433 for a free catalog 

The purpose of this book is to enhance one's grief healing process and honor your relationship with the person who was close to you.

A Legacy of Love
McCarter, P.M., New York, NY: Vantage Press, Inc. 1983.
This is a chronicle of a mother's struggle to come to terms with the death of her first-born son in a canoe-trip accident. The book is a series of poems and remembrances that describe the author's grief, suffering, and finally, acceptance of the tragedy.

Are You Weeping With Me God?
Clark, Martha Bittle, Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1987.
Very few people are prepared for tragedy. But once it happens, we have to decide. We can go on living, reaching out to others in a way we never could before. Or we can be destroyed, allowing the tragedy to claim still another victim.

Death of a Mother: Daughter's Stories
Ainley, R., San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.
This book is a collection of 30 non-fiction pieces by women about the death of their mothers - ranging from hatred and relief to deepest love and despair. These pieces are in the form of letters, poems, and stories.

Early Winter: Learning to live, love and laugh again after a painful loss
Bronson, H.
This book is about newness of life and the inherent changes that we all must learn to live with. That newness is a gift from our past loved ones. Through these writings, you may find that you are not alone and that you can put your life in solid order as you discover that the special warmth and wisdom of your loved one gets stronger with time.

For the Bereaved: The Road to Recovery
Kutscher, A.H., Bess, S., and Klagsburn, S.C., Philadelphia, PA: Charles Press, 1995.
Addresses the practical issues and the emotional upheaval of bereavement. Provides useful information about what to expect and what to do during the days, weeks, and months following loss.

Good Grief
Westberg, G.E., Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1971.
This book describes what happens to us whenever we lose someone or something important. It provides a better understanding of small griefs in life as well as those larger grief experiences which can overwhelm us.

Grieving: A Love Story
Coughlin, R., New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1994.
This book intertwines two tales, one about a couple's precious and painful last months together; the other about the wife's devastation after her husband's death.

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
Hickman, M.W., New York, NY: Avon Books, 1994.
Daily affirmations: quotes, discussion, and a thought for the day.

How Do We Tell the Children? A Step by Step Guide for Helping Children 2 to Teen Cope When Someone Dies
Schaefer, D., and Lyones, C., New York, NY: Newmarket Press, 1993.
A book for adults to help them talk to children about death. Includes a section on what children think about death at different ages, what questions and behaviors may surface, common reactions, and a list of support groups.

How to Survive the Loss of Love
Colgrove, M., Boomfield, H., and McWilliams, P., Los Angeles, CA: Prelude Press, 1991.
A supportive guidebook that covers many losses from that of a mate to the loss of youth. Beautiful poems are interwoven with descriptions of the stage of loss and advice on handling one's grief. Gives 94 main suggestions for surviving, healing, and growing. Available on audiotape.

How to Survive the Loss of a Parent: A Guide for Adults
Ackner, L.F., New York, NY, 1993.
This book looks at a group of people grieving the loss of a parent. It uses examples of the therapist's own loss as well as members of his group. Chapters include: "Being sad takes energy"; "A shake up in family dialogue"; "Saying goodbye"; and "Lessons in healing."

Life After Loss
Deits, B., Tucson, AZ: Fisher Books, 1988.
Teaches one what to expect, how to talk to those who don't know what to say, how to cry, how to write a goodbye letter, starting a support group, coping with holidays and setting goals.

Life is Goodbye Life is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds of Love
Bozarth, A., New York, NY: Hazelden, Inc., 1986.
Guide others through all kinds of losses and disappointments: separation and damage, physical death, death of a relationship, death of a dream. Show us how to make grief as an action. We become agents in our own healing process instead of victims of our grief.

Losing a Parent: A Guide to Facing Death and Dying
Kennedy, A., San Francisco, CA: Harpers, 1991.
A book about the author's personal experience with the death of a parent. The author talks about taking "inner journeys" - her explorations into personal pain and grief. After each chapter, there are exercises for exploration into grief and healing.

No Time For Goodbyes: Coping With Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death
Lord, J.H., Ventura, CA: Pathfinder Publishing, 1990.
This book addresses the unique grief involved with a tragic loss, where someone is suddenly killed. It offers personal accounts and advice on dealing with things such as the criminal justice system

On Children and Death
Kubler-Ross, E., New York, NY: Collier Books, 1983.
Based on a decade of working with dying children, this compassionate book offers the families of dead and dying children the help and hope they need to survive.

On Grieving the Death of a Father
Smith, H.I., Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994.
A book about the death of the author's father. It goes through his thoughts and feelings. It has recollections of fathers' deaths from famous people. Discusses moments of comfort and quotations. Parts of the book include the passing, the burying, the mourning, the remembering, and from now until Eternity.

Recovering From The Loss of a Child
Donnelly, K.F., New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 1994.
When a child dies, the pain and shock can seem unbearable. But in sharing, understanding, and accepting this tragic loss, emotional recovery is possible. This book shows bereaved parents, siblings, and others how to cope with one of life's cruelest blows. With inspiring firsthand accounts from others who have survived this heartbreaking experience, this compassionate and reassuring volume can help in healing the heart - and learning to live again.

Recovering From The Loss of a Parent
Donnelly, K.F., New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 1993.
However you choose to cope - through private, inner searching or sharing your feelings with others - this book is a companion through the process of understanding and accepting your loss. Through intimate discussions with sons and daughters, the many emotions that arise after the death of a parent are explored as they tell the inspiring stories of how ordinary people overcame their anguish. These personal insights can offer reassurance that you're not alone and can help you to get through.

Remembering With Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond
Levang, E., and Ilse, S., Minneapolis, MN: Deaconess Press, 1992.
Provides over 300 short pieces to remind us that we are not alone and assures us that we will survive. There is a guide to help you locate specific topics for the days that you need them. Suggests that the secret to healing is in remembering our loved one forever.

The Courage to Grieve: Creative Living, Recovery, and Growth Through Grief
Tatelbaum, J., New York: Lippincotte & Crowell, 1980.
Helps to understand grief as well as face it fully, which includes dealing with intense emotions of sorrow, guilt, loneliness, resentment, and confusion. Provides useful techniques for completing grief with a spiritual, optimistic, and creative tone.

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