Practical Grief Resources

Grief in a Family Context -- HPER 460/F560

Links to Useful Information *** Visual Media *** Books *** Links to Books and Bibliographies on the Web *** Pamphlets, Magazines, etc. *** Websites, E-mail Addresses and/or Postal Addresses for Support Groups and Resources *** Catalogues

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Links to Useful Information

NOTE: Other links also found on various Unit pages.

Various Links

Broadly Focused

Understanding Grief & Supportive Sites

Specific Losses (not necessarily to death)

Children and Grief


Gender-related Information

Pet Loss

Commemoratives, Memorials, Funeral Preparation

Visual Media


Many of these were recommended by bereaved persons. You may want to check the Resource Bibliography as well. Boerstler, Richard. W., & Kornfeld, Hulen. S. Life to Death: Harmonizing the Transition. Rochester, VT : Inner Traditions, (1-800-246-8648).

Boulden, Jim and Joan. The Last Goodbye I. Weaverville, CA: Boulden Pub.

Bowman, Ted (1994). Loss of Dreams: A Special Kind of Grief. Ted Bowman, 2111 Knapp Street, St. Paul, MN 55108 (612-645-6058).

Bramlett, John (1991). When Good-bye is Forever: Learning to Live Again after the Loss of a Child. New York: Ballantine Books.

Davis, Deborah L. (1991). Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Pub.

Diets, Bob (1992). Life after Loss. Tucson, AZ: Fisher Books.

Faldet, Rachel, & Fitton, Karen (eds.) (1997). Our stories of miscarriage: Healing with words. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press.

Goldman, Linda (1994). Life & Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children. Muncie, IN: Accelerated Development Inc., Pub.

Gryte, Marilyn (1988). No New Baby: For boys and girls whose expected sibling dies. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp.

Ilse, Sherokee (1990). Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death. Maple Plain, MN: Wintergreen Press.

Kagan(Klein), H. (1998). Gili's book: A journey into bereavement for parents and counselors. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kalish, Richard. Death, Grief, and Caring Relationships.

Koven, Mara and Pearl, Liz (eds.)(2007). Mourning has broken: A collection of creative writing and grief and healing. KOPE Associates.

Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead -- Diaries 1929 - 1932 (the introduction was especiallly recommended).

Lyon, Wendy L. (1993). A Mother's Dilemma: A spiritual search for meaning following pregnancy interruption after prenatal diagnosis. Mullett Lake, MI: Pineapple Press.

McCarthy, G. F., & Stachler, L. M. (1992). The Survivor's Guide: How to make sense of your rights, benefits and responsibilities when someone in your family dies. Holbrook, Mass: Bob Adams, Inc.

McCue, Kathleen (1994). How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness. New York: St. Martin's Press.

McNees, P. (ed.). Dying: A book of comfort. Warner Books. ISBN 0-446-674000-1

Metrick, S. B. (1994). Crossing the Bridge: Creating Ceremonies for Grieving and Healing from Life's Losses. Berkeley, CA:Celestial Arts.

Middlebrook, C. (1996). Seeing the crag: A memoir of dying. New York: BasicBooks.

Minnick, Mollie. A. (ed.) (1991) Yesterday I Dreamed of Dreams... Poems, letters, and memorials written by parents for babies they love. Mullett Lake, MI: Pineapple Press.

Minnick, Mollie. A., Delp, K. J. & Ciotti, M. C. (Eds.)(1992). A time to decide, a time to heal: For parents making difficult decisions about babies they love (3rd edition). Mullett Lake, MI: Pineapple Press.

Nathanson, Sue (1989). Soul Crisis: One Woman's Journey Through Abortion to Renewal. New York: Signet.

Redomne, Lula M. Surviving when Someone You Love Was Murdered. Clearwater, FL:Psychological Consultation Services, Inc.

Reid, Joannie (1994).Life Line: A Journal for Parents Grieving a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Early Infant Death. Mullett Lake, MI: Pineapple Press.

Ross, Eleanora. After Suicide: A Ray of Hope. Iowa City IA: Lynn Publications. c/o Ray of Hope, P.O. Box 2323, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Schuurman, Donna (2003). Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Singh, K. D. (1998). The grace in dying: How we are transformed spiritually as we die. New York, NY: HarperSanFrancisco.

Sourkes, Barbara M. Armfuls of Time. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Stone, Richard (1994). Stories: The Family Legacy, A Guide for Recollection and Sharing. Maitland, FL: Story Work Institute. (phone 407-767-0067)

Trozzi, Maria (1999). Talking with Children about Loss. New York: Penguin.

Van-Si, Laurie, & Powers, Lynn (1994) Helping Children Heal from Loss: A Keepsale Book of Special Memories. Portland, OR: Continuing Education Press.

Weems, Ann, Psalms of Lament. Westminster John Knox Press.

Welshon, John E. (2000). Awakening from Grief: Finding the Road Back to Joy. Open Heart Publications.

Young, Margaret Lady, Agartha, Journey to the Stars, especially "The Three Stage Through Trauma" (p. 273 from chapter: 'The Experience of Healing'), Stillpoint Publishing, (1-800-847-4014).

The following recommendations were posted on

*** "Talk to God, I'll Get the Message": an unusual and tender approach in helping a young person understand death and dying. Available in Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Spanish and African-American versions ($4. 95)

*** "I Don't Want to Visit Grandma Anymore": A realistic story of understanding aging, illness and the use and purpose of nursing homes in modern society ($4.95).

*** "The Last Teenage Suicide": This book not only offers some insight and understanding of the problem of teenage suicide, but also offers some possible solutions ($7.95).

*** "Unto Dust You Shall Return": A story written to help explain the process of cremation ($4.95).

These books are available individually for the prices listed above. Quantity discounts are available. For more information, write to KJBK74B@PRODIGY.COM, or call 1-800-261-0081 and leave a message for Andrea [From: (Andrea Baron)]

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