General Grieving

Mending Your Heart in a Broken World By Patsy Clairmont
Using Scripture and real-life stories, Patsy Clairmont illustrates how hearts and dreams can be rejuvenated and rebuilt and how the trip through the valley can lead to the mountaintop.

It Isn’t Always Easy, But Always Know That I Care edited by Susan Polis Schutz

Book of poems

Angels Don’t Die: My Fathers Gift of Faith By Patti Davis
The daughter of the former president pays tribute to her father, Ronald Reagan, describing his spiritual strength in the face of Alzheimer's, the impact of his near assassination,and his spiritual legacy to her and others. 

Love, Medicine & Miracles By Bernie S. Siegel 
Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.

I Can’t Stop Crying By John D. Martin & Frank D.Ferris, MD 
​For anyone who has experienced a significant loss, this wonderfully informative and accessible book is a guide to understanding and overcoming grief. The death of someone close -- a family member, spouse, or partner -- can result in feelings of overwhelming grief. At the same time, society unrealistically expects people to recover from grief as quickly as possible. I Can't Stop Crying looks at grieving as a painful but necessary process. The authors emphasize the importance of giving permission to grieve and suggest steps for rebuilding life without the one who is gone. They also look at how such a loss affects relationships with family and friends, as well as lifestyle, work habits, and hopes for the future. The book includes an appendix with bereavement groups, resources, and other self-help organizations for grievers.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery By Jack Canfield
Readers mourning the loss of a loved one will find solace and strength in these 101 emotional and inspiration stories from those who have gone through the grieving process.Everyone grieves in their own way. While the hurt and sadness never completely fade, it eases with time. Contributors who have gone through the grieving and recovery process share their stories, offering guidance and support in this collection of personal and poignant stories.

A Time to Grieve: Meditations for Healing after the Death of a Loved one By Carol Staudacher 
​A collection of truly comforting, down-to-earth thoughts and meditations -- including the authentic voices of survivors -- for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one.

Grieving: the Pain and the Promise By Deanna Edwards  Since Grieving was first published, it has brought comfort and inspiration to many thousands of individuals and families who have suffered the loss of loved ones or experienced grief as a result of illness, physical disability, divorce, or unfulfilled dreams. 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.

Men Don’t Cry… Women Do By Terry L. Martin
Do men and women grieve differently? This text, while emphasizing that there are many ways to cope with grief, offers a refreshing change from the popular gender stereotypes of grief. Two patterns of grieving are described: an intuitive pattern where individuals experience and express grief in an affective way (stereotyped as female); and an instrumental pattern where grief is expressed physically or cognitively (stereotyped as male). A third pattern representing a blending of these two is also introduced. Of critical importance is that such patterns are related to, but not determined by, gender; and each has distinct strengths and weaknesses. Organized into three main parts, this topical new text begins by defining terms, introducing and delineating the grief patterns, and rooting the book's concept in contemporary theories of grief. The second part speculates on factors that may influence individuals' patterns of coping with loss (e.g., personality, gender, culture, etc.). The final part considers implications and therapeutic interventions likely to be effective with different types of grievers.

Women In Mourning By Jean Clayton
Grief if not new to women. Stories from a variety of women with different grief issues. Stories include: the grief of a grandmother, multiple loss, suicide, sobriety, loss of a breast, loss of a child, and more. Emotional support for women.

Some Become Flowers: Living With Dying At Home By Sharon Brown
In 1984, when Sharon Brown's mother Betty became terminally ill with bone cancer, Sharon and her husband (writer Andreas Schroeder) brought Betty home to live her last weeks with them and their two young daughters. With the help of her family, trusted professionals and close-knit community of friends, Brown helped her mother die with dignity, surrounded by the strength of love. Her unflinching story, taken from the journals she kept during the intense last year of her mother's life, is by turns tragic and hilarious, harrowing and tender. It is must reading for anyone who has or ever will care for a cherished loved one who is dying, and for any front-line palliative care worker.

Sunshine & Sorrow: The Garden of Life by Patricia B. Holland A book of verse.

On Grief & Grieving By Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler  Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's On Death and Dying changed the way we talk about the end of life. Before her own death in 2004, she and David Kessler completed On Grief and Grieving, which looks at the way we experience the process of grief. Just as On Death and Dying taught us the five stages of death -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance -- On Grief and Grieving applies these stages to the grieving process and weaves together theory, inspiration, and practical advice, including sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, isolation, and healing.

Healing The Shame That Binds You By John Bradshaw
In an emotionally revealing way John Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super-achieve. The result is a breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives. We are bound by our shame. Drawing from his 22 years of experience as a counselor, Bradshaw offers us the techniques to heal this shame. Using affirmations, visualizations, "inner voice" and "feeling" work plus guided meditations and other useful healing techniques, he releases the shame that binds us to the past. This important book breaks new ground in the core issues of societal and personal breakdown, offering techniques of recovery vital to all of us.

The Cherry Blossom Tree By Jan Godfrey & Jane Cope
In this touching story, a grandfather talks to his granddaughter about life and death.

Life After Loss By Bob Deits
"One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention" (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. With two new chapters and significant changes throughout reflecting Deits's ongoing experience in counseling, Life after Loss is an essential roadmap for those in grief. 

When Bad Things Happen to Good People By Harold S. Kushner  When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being. Often imitated but never superseded, When Bad Things Happen to Good People is a classic that offers clear thinking and consolation in times of sorrow.

“I don’t know what to say… “ By Dr. Robert Buckman
When people we love are dying, we all too often are unable to help them — or even talk to them— or face our own conflicting feelings about the impending loss. This authoritative and empathetic guide demystifies the dying process and offers practical advice for the friends and families of the terminally ill. In "I Don't Know What to Say..." Dr. Robert Buckman, a distinguished oncologist who was himself once diagnosed as having a fatal illness, confronts these questions: — What should a patient be told about his or her illness? — How can the patient's supporters cope with demands that may seem angry and irrational? — What are the crucial differences between caring for a dying parent, spouse, or child? — How can you help someone dying from AIDS, cancer, or a dementing illness?

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye By Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair  Now there is a hand to hold... Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for these who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss. This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one. Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief. These pages have offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks. Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

Flowers and Death By Ken Bryson
The book confronts the reader with the phenomenon of death within a philosophical frame of reference. Acceptance and understanding of the concept of death is viewed as requisite for the holistic development of a person. In this new edition, a detailed discussion on a controversial issue, assisted suicide, is included. There is also a new section containing a phenomenological study of healing or recovery work. Whether or not readers possess a background in philosophy, Flowers and Death is an original and thoughtful consideration of the topic of death and dying.

Conversations at Midnight By Herbert & Kay Kramer
In an intimate look into how one man is dealing with his own death, Herbert Kramer shares a series of dialogues between him and his wife, a grief therapist, as he battles terminal cancer.

Joy & Strength By Mary Wilder Tileston
These selections speak of courage, faith, hope, and love and can be an encouragement to all Christians in their daily walk.

A Mother’s Heart 
Throughout the ages, poets and philosophers have extolled the virtues of womanhood and motherhood. Now, many of their tender, though-provoking words have been brought together in this volume to warm the hearts of those we call Mother.

Good Grief By Granger E. Westberg
Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve. Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. The anniversary gift edition includes space for readers to record thoughts about their personal experience with grief.

Surviving Grief: 30 questions and answers for a time of loss By A.M. Brady Reinsmith Loss is a taboo topic. Unless forced by circumstances, most people prefer to talk about something else. But sooner or later each of us comes to that point when loss is more than just a word. It's a reality. In 30 distinctive questions and answers, this book strikes a responsible and sensitive balance between acknowledging and accepting the pain that accompanies loss and offering genuine faith-rooted hope for recovery.

Booklets/Resource Guides


  • Helping Children Cope With Grief
  • Grieving: "Our Time"​
  • Grief: What It Is What You Can Do
  • Preparing for an Expected Death at Home
  • Poetry: My Way Of Dealing With Death
  • Miscarriage: A Man's Book
  • Miscarriage: A Book for Persons Experiencing Fetal Death
  • Losing A Baby
  • Living With Your Loss
  • Bereavement Resource Booklet
  • Bereaved Families: Share Stories of Comforting Coincidences
  • The Emotional Facts with Living With Cancer
  • A Child's View of Grief
  • The Palliative Patient: Principles of Treatment
  • The Reality of Grief
  • The Journey of Grief
  • The Dimensions of Grief
  • Choices: Treatment Options for People Who Have Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
  • Talking With Young Children About Death
  • What Do I Do Now?
  • When Someone in Your Family Has Cancer
  • Child Facing Grief
  • When Someone You Love Completes Suicide
  • Survival: A Sourcebook for Widows
  • Children Die, Too
  • A Get Well Prayer Book
  • Grief, Loss And A Time To be Together
  • Death is Only a Horizon
  • Coping With Stress
  • Chemotherapy & You


  • Living With Grief After Sudden Loss
  • Bereavement: Parents
  • A Child's View of Grief
  • After Care: Planner Canada
  • Kids Care: A Documentary


  • ​Befriend the Darkness Welcome the Light
  • ​Chaos of the Heart: Grieving the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide 


  • ​Meditations on Grief
  • ​Grief What Helps


Child Loss

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies By Semel McCracken
By two women who have each lost a child, this book is a compilation of poetry, fiction, and essays about the pain, grief, coping, and healing that follow a child's death. The book articulates the chaos of the feelings of the bereaved, helping them to feel, eventually, whole again.

Will I Ever Be a Mother? By Merrilyn McDonald-Grandin
"From infertility and multiple miscarriage to successful pregnancy, the path was long, dangerous and painful for the Grandins. Intertwined throughout this gripping personal narrative is a wealth of easily understood medical information on every aspect of miscarriage and infertility. The author, Merrilyn McDonald-Grandin, addresses such important issues as how to choose a doctor, the emotional aspects of miscarriage, and the controversy surrounding certain types of infertility testing. Will I Ever Be a Mother? will both inform and inspire any couple who must deal with the painful reality of childlessness.

Misty: Our Momentary Child, A Mother’s Journey Through Sorrow to Healing By Carole Gift Page
In this touching journal, a grieving mother recounts the loss of her baby and the feelings of loss, sorrow and hope as she chronicles the birth and death of her child. "Misty" offers encouragement to those mourning a love one's death as well as understanding to those who stand by the grieving.

Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss
Like many young women with career ambitions in the redefining 1960s, Beth Powning struggles with the decision as to whether, and when, she should start a family, although eventually her ambivalence about motherhood yields to a dream of a baby. At the age of twenty-four she becomes pregnant, and her dream becomes reality. Then, late into a cold February night, eleven days past her due date, under induced labor, Beth delivers a stillborn son. Several years later, to overwhelming joy, Beth gives birth to Jacob, but the growth of her second son is soon shadowed by that of Beth's other, first child, who has emerged from the darkness of memory. So it is that she begins to come to terms with the conditions of life that hone and humble each of us-with birth and death, with joy and pain, with losses and love and the relentless passage of time-in this beautifully wrought exploration of selfhood, womanhood, and motherhood.

The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Loss of a Child By Barbara D. Rosof
The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.

The Grief Club By Melody Beattie

How to move on after a major loss, such as the death of a loved one, the end of a career, or a health crisis. After author Melody Beatties son died, she found herself welcomed into new club, a circle of people who had lived through the tragic loss of a child. This was not the first club in which she unwittingly found herself. Years earlier she found herself in Twelve Step groups, first balking, then later embracing the healing principles that she now credits with saving her life. But life, Ms. Beattie writes, is all about change. Not only do loved ones die, but once successful careers can careen out of control and debilitating diseases can rob you of future plans. Smaller losses can take a toll as well. The natural process of aging leaves many people with a depleted sense of worth, and staying abreast with current technologies leaves many people feeling ill informed and inadequate. She writes there’s a secret to get through loss, pain and grief. If were alone we cant see who we are. When we join the club, other people become the mirror. Through them, we see ourselves and gain an understanding of what were going through. Then slowly, real slowly, we learn to accept whom we see in the mirror. Then you become the mirror for them; by being honest about who you are, you’ll help them learn to love and accept themselves.

Gift in My Arms: Thoughts for New Mothers

In 20 warm, personal reflections, Lois Walfrid Johnson discusses the joys and trials of the new mother, she offers helps to those who troubled with post-partum blues, who feel inadequate in caring for the newborn, or who discover their child has a congenital defect or handicap.

Helping Children & Teens Deal with Grief

A Sacred Dying By Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman  Sam Millen and his family faced what every family has confronted or will confront eventually. Mom was dying and no one, least of all Sam, was prepared. Yet with the help of author Barry Neil Kaufman's mentoring, guidance and friendship, Sam learns to accept and then embrace what is happening...ultimately teaching his entire family how to go beyond the pain and discover new insights, joy and even laughter. A Sacred Dying is the story of people who find a new and special way to celebrate life in the face of death. This book is an inspiration and a model all of us can use when confronting similar challenges.

Common Threads of Teenage Grief by Janet N. Tyson & Teens Who Know  This is a book about understanding grief and healing. It is for teens, their families, and friends. Written by a middle school counselor and nine teens, using their own words and experience to illustrate their struggles with grief and how they overcame it. Common Thread of Teenage Grief helps teens and the people who love them work through their grieving process. Teens learn how to deal with their pain and memories and move on with their lives. Parents learn what their children need and want from them. This book also gives school counselors, preachers, friends, and families successful methods used to help teens recover.

When A Friend Dies By Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D. The death of a friend is a wrenching event for anyone at any age. Teenagers especially need help coping with this painful loss. This sensitive book answers questions grieving teens often have, like "How should I be acting?" "Is it wrong to go to parties and have fun?" and "What if I can’t handle my grief on my own?" The advice is gentle, non-preachy, and compassionate; the author has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she knows what teens go through. The revised edition includes new quotes from teens, new resources, and new insights into losing a friend through violence. Also recommended for parents and teachers of teens who have experienced a painful loss.

Cancer & Grief

Cancer in Two Voices By Sandra Butler & Barbara RosenblumWhen her advanced breast cancer was diagnosed in 1985, Barbara Rosenblum realized that she was "only the first" among her friends to get sick. Rosenblum and her lesbian partner, Sandra Butler, resolved to make the most of their remaining years together. One of the things they did was write this book. Butler and Rosenblum's separate diary entries describe the social and emotional, as well as the physical, effects of breast cancer on their lives. This edition includes a new introduction by Butler, in which she writes about finding hope in the midst of this epidemic. 

An Ovarian Cancer Companion By Diane Sims Roth Ovarian cancer: its mere mention is shrouded in fear and mystery. Draped in a cloak of anonymity, ovarian cancer is often called the disease that whispers. Like a murmur in a darkened theatre, ovarian cancer in its infancy is almost undetectable. Diane Sims Roth, herself an ovarian cancer survivor, writes these words in the hope that the message will reach women who might otherwise not notice the subtle indications and symptoms of the disease. Diane gives us invaluable information on the symptoms, treatment and prognosis of ovarian cancer. Her descriptions of risk factors, diagnostic procedures, drug therapies, radiology, surgical procedures and other factual material to some extent demystify what can be a scary subject. Almost one hundred women responded to a call for personal anecdotes of their experience with ovarian cancer. Their material was carefully read and much of it selected for inclusion in this book. Pain, heartbreak, humor, poetry, insights, and wisdom shine forth from these pages. Dr. Jack Laidlaw has written the foreword to An Ovarian Cancer Companion.

Cancer and Hope: Charting A Survival Course By Judith Garrison

​Through the author's vivid metaphor of a sea voyage, the experience of cancer becomes a journey--a process to pass through rather than a place to get stuck in. Readers are not victims, but captains, steering their crafts through a turbulent, emotional seascape

A Guide for Cancer Self-Help Groups: Leadership from the heart

​Using the experties of dedicated facilitators of cancer support groups along with the poignant stories of group members, this work offers ideas to those who want to start a group or facilitate an existing one. It includes a list of Candaian resources and Internet sites. 

I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook For Trauma Survivors

In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Matsakis explains that post-traumatic stress disorder affects not just soldiers, but also survivors of many other types of trauma including: • crime • vehicular accidents • rape • family violence • sexual abuse • natural catastrophes 'I Can't Get Over It' directly addresses survivors of trauma. It explains the nature of PTSD and describes the healing process. This book will help you: • Find out whether you have PTSD • Cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt • Recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse, compulsive behavior and low self-esteem • Identify "triggers" that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms • Relieve wounding caused by others' blaming and insensitivity • Gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future

Lance Armstrong: It’s Not About the Bike, My Journey Back to Life ​ 

This book is largely the story of how his life changed from the moment of his diagnosis (October 2, 1996) onwards. He had been a world class cyclist prior to cancer, but his experience with cancer gave him profound insight not only into his life as a cyclist and competitor, but into life itself.

Spousal Loss

When Things Get Back to Normal By M.T. Dohaney

One Friday, Walter Dohaney, Jean Dohaney's husband, went out as usual to play hockey with his friends. She never saw him alive again. Without warning, Jean was plunged into the most painful and disorienting experience of her life. Faced with a tumult of emotions and sudden responsibilities, she turned to her writing for solace and began a journal. When Things Get Back to Normal is a compassionate yet bracing companion for those struck down by loss, which indirectly gives practical advice about the changes that come with widowhood.

Beginnings: A Book for Widows By Betty Jane Wylie 

Drawing from her own personal experience, Betty Jane Wylie gives the reader an inside view of what it is like to be widowed at middle age. Although dour at times, this book is mainly filled with practical advice for the newly widowed. Information is given on finance and employment, relationships with friends and children, companionship and sex, travel, household repairs, etc. This book is unique, in that it is not a detached, academic look at the grieving process.

The Death of a Husband By Helen Reichert Lambin  Poignant reflections for a wife grieving the loss of her husband. Uses stories, reflections and poetry to work through the stages of denial, anger, incomprehension, acceptance and letting go. Concerns for widows like “Why”, “Identity crisis”, “The children”, etc. are addressed in over forty reflections on different facets of the grieving process. Each offers insights that will point out new and hopeful directions.

Caregivers/Hospital: Dealing With Grief

Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Families By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.  Designed to complement the clergy and funeral director’s role in the funeral planning process, this book walks families through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death and helps them create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful. Options are clearly explained and alternatives are also given, and charts and tables are included to help families assess cost options.

Helping Grieving People: When Tears are not Enough-A handbook for care providers By J.Shep Jeffreys  Helping Grieving People – When Tears Are Not Enough is a handbook for care providers who provide service, support and counseling to those grieving death, illness, and other losses. This book is also an excellent text for academic courses as well as for staff development training. The author addresses grief as it affects a variety of relationships and discusses different intervention and support strategies, always cognizant of individual and cultural differences in the expression and treatment of grief. Jeffrey’s has established a practical approach to preparing grief care providers through three basic tracks. Accompanying these three motifs, the Handbook discusses the social and cultural contexts of grief as applied to various populations of grievers as well as the underlying psychological basis of human grief. 

Grief Dying & Death: Clinical Interventions for Caregivers

Early chapters of this book address the issue of bereavement, why it is necessary and how to work with individuals and families who are hurting from a loss. The latter half of the book looks at the issue of terminal illness care. Dr. Rando presents a sensitive but realistic approach to the difficult issues to be faced in the dying process. She offers many practical suggestions for the caregiver who is working with both individuals and families. This book is full of material. There is no one right way to work with the dying or the bereaved. Caregivers must keep this in mind. The book has a dual purpose, to provide pertinent clinical interventions to front line caregivers. Second, it presents primary sources from the anthological literature. It presents practical, specific intervention strategies through material taken from primary sources.

Adaptive Counseling & Therapy By George S.Howard

The increase in the number of therapeutic and counseling approaches available to practitioners today has provided them with more effective ways to work with clients then ever before. But the variety of treatment techniques has also created confusion and uncertainty: Practitioners are sometimes unsure about which approach will be most successful will work together, or when to switch from one approach to another over the course of treatment. This new book presents a practical, easy- to-understand model that provides practitioners with a framework they can use to assess the diverse approaches available and then select the most effective treatment plan for each client. The adaptive counseling and therapy model (ACT) offers therapists a practical way to identify special treatment issues and problems, specifically tailor therapy when it reaches an impasse or when unfamiliar problems arise. 

How to Lead Small Groups By Neal F. McBride

How to Lead Groups covers leadership skills for all kinds of small groups, including Bible study, fellowship, task, and support groups. It's designed to help you hit the ground running by giving you all the tools and information you need-- without making you wade through complicated, time consuming background information, theory, or rationale. Topics include: • defining your group's purpose • stimulating healthy fellowship • handling conflict • evaluating your group • asking great questions

The Hospice Movement: Easing Death’s Pain By Cathy Siebold

This analysis of the growth of hospice care in the United States traces the contradictory forces that gave rise to its development. Hospice care arose from the death-with-dignity movement, which emphasized attention to the spiritual needs of the dying patient. To that was added the desire to ease the pain of dying by providing palliative care rather than aggressive treatment. However, because of financial considerations, undefined aims, different values, and conflicting priorities between care and treatment, hospice care became integrated with healthcare systems. Thus, for practical reasons, its original intent to offer spiritual care to the dying patient often ceased to be its primary focus. This thoughtful study will be important primarily to healthcare professionals.

Giving Care Taking Care: Support for the Helpers For the professional and lay caregivers who give of themselves to others in need, but must be reminded to make time to "fill their own wells." A practical guide with advice from people who have "been there." For professionals such as: nurses, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, physicians, hospice workers, disaster relief workers and for family members who care for chronically ill loved ones.

On Duty: A Nurse’s Notes on Life and Death by Carolyn Parnall Fink

On duty shares the stories that can help us appreciate life more. Death and illness enlighten us and truly teach us about life. A nurse is in a unique position to experience this truth and share it.

Why,God? By Charles R. Swindoll

This analysis of the growth of hospice care in the United States traces the contradictory forces that gave rise to its development. Hospice care arose from the death-with-dignity movement, which emphasized attention to the spiritual needs of the dying patient. To that was added the desire to ease the pain of dying by providing palliative care rather than aggressive treatment. However, because of financial considerations, undefined aims, different values, and conflicting priorities between care and treatment, hospice care became integrated with healthcare systems. Thus, for practical reasons, its original intent to offer spiritual care to the dying patient often ceased to be its primary focus. This thoughtful study will be important primarily to healthcare professionals.

Below are a list of books, pamphlets, CD's, VHS's, and tapes available on hand at the Bereaved Families of Cape Breton office for you to borrow. These books cover general grief as well as many other specific grief subjects, and are available to help assist you and aid your grieving process. Books are also available to help those who act as caregivers and supporters to those who are grieving. To inquire about the availability of any of these books, please contact us or stop by the office!