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Grief & Bereavement

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Making it Through the Toughest Days of Grief

Anniversaries, Holidays, Other Landmark Days
Author: Meg Woodson
ISBN #: 0-06-104364-8
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

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Based on her many years of professional experience as a grief counselor, as well as the losses she has suffered in her own life, Meg Woodson offers compassionate, practical advice to see you through these darkest days, with guidance on: • How to cry when you can’t • How to deal with your guilt • How to be angry and do no harm • How to live with those who do not grieve your way • How to make up with God • How to feel safe with the future

Grieving: The Pain and the Promise

Author: Deanne Edwards
ISBN #: 1-57734-173-2
Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.

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“Now, in her revised and updated version, Deanna continues to bless the lives of her readers with insights, experiences, and poetry that touch the heart and lift the burdens of a weary soul. She also teaches valuable lessons about the process of grief, how to help others who are grieving, and how we can learn from our grief to become more responsible, compassionate, and loving human beings”

I Will Always Love You

Author: Melissa Lyons
ISBN #: 978-0-9959491-0-2

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“I Will Always Love You” is a simple, thought provoking and deeply moving story that takes minutes to read and can last a lifetime in your heart. The intention of this book is to bring peace and comfort to those of us who have lost someone we dearly love. Whether it's hope or a sense of knowing; the thought that our loved ones are somewhere happy, free and possibly around us can bring a sense of joy that lifts us to a higher place that feels good.

When Mom or Dad Dies

Author: Daniel Grippo
Illustrated by: R.W. Alley
Published by: One Caring Place
ISBN: 978-0-87029-415-0

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A Book of Comfort for Kids When Mom or Dad dies, children grieve deeply. But we can show our care and love for them by encouraging them to share their feelings of sorrow and loss. We can give them the time and space they need to adjust and listen to—if not answer—their questions.  We can let them know that they can heal and live a happy, full life of faith, hope, and love—the kind of life their Mom or Dad would want for them. We can listen to their hurt and respond in a loving and supportive way.

What Happens When Someone Dies?

Author: Michaelene Mundy
Illustrated by: R.W. Alley
Published by: One Caring Place
ISBN: 978-0-87029-424-2  
 
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A Child's Guide to Death and Funerals   Can you recall the first time you attended a funeral? The same questions and concerns you felt will undoubtedly be going through the minds of children you care for when they are first confronted with death and funerals.   The elfin friends of What Happens When Someone Dies? are here to help. Vanquishing the mysteries about death and funerals, this delightfully illustrated book helps adults explain to children how we celebrate through sadness and joy the life of a departed loved one. In teaching, caring adults can learn much. So cherish the opportunity and grow with your child. 

When Dinosaurs Die

Author: Laurie Krasny Brown 
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0-316-11955-9 
 
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A Guide to Understanding Death  A comprehensive, sensitive guide for families dealing with the loss of loved ones, When Dinosaurs Die helps readers understand what death means, and how to best cope with their feelings. 

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

Author: Judith Viorst
Illustrated by: Erik Blegvad
Published by: Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN-10: 0689712030
ISBN-13: 978-0689712036 
  
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My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them...  But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand. 

Mourning Has Broken

Author: Erin Davis
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN-10: 144345463X
ISBN-13: 978-1443454636
 
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Erin Davis, a popular radio broadcaster, was on set in Jamaica when she received the news that her daughter, Lauren, had died. Lauren, only twenty-four years old and seemingly healthy, had woken in the night to feed her baby. In the morning, her husband found her lifeless body on their bed. Struck with grief and unable to find the answer to why Lauren had died, Erin and her husband, Rob, started the long journey through their loss, determined not only to survive but also to reclaim the joy in their lives.   At once heartbreaking and profound, Mourning Has Broken is the story of one family’s determination to regain their optimism and hope for the future. In conversation with others who have made similar journeys, they discover that while their loss will never be diminished, they can find solace in the world around them and a way to cherish the memories of their daughter.    Inspiring and unflinching, Mourning Has Broken charts a way forward when life throws a curveball. It reminds us that although life is unpredictable and sometimes unfair, we can survive and return to joy.

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