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Recommended Reading

Centering Corporation is a non-profit grief resource center that offers books and other resources on a wide range of grief and loss issues that affect adults and children.  Brief descriptions of books can be helpful in finding the right resource at the right time.  Books, pamphlets, journals and media are available to order online at low cost. 

The resources below are samples of the supportive writing that is available to help people who have suffered a losd and those who want to be a helpful to them.

Resources about Grief and Children

Talking With Children About Loss : Words, Strategies, and Wisdom to Help Children Cope with Death, Divorce, and Other Difficult Times by Maria Trozzi with Kathy Massimini
Helpful to parents and caregivers, this readable book discusses the mourning process in children with all different losses, age appropriate responses to children's questions and concerns, and the significance of commemoration.

Motherless Daughters : The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman
Ms. Edelman shares her own story and the stories of many other women who, as children or adults, lost their mothers. She explains the stages of grief and adjustment.

In Lieu of Flowers : A Conversation for the Living  by Nancy Cobb
A highly personal and somewhat scattered exploration of parental deaths, the grief process, and society's general views on death.

What's Heaven? by Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel
This is a gentle narrative following the conversations that pass between a mother and a young daughter in the days immediately following the death of the child's special great-grandmother.

General Resources about Grief

On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
One of the most famous psychological studies of our time. Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Grief at Work : A Manual of Policies and Practices by Helen Fitzgerald
This 100-page manual addresses grief arising from the death of employees, the death of a family member of employees, and the long-term illness of employees or their family members.

Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss by Granger E. Westberg
Examines the stages of grief, from stage one - a state of shock - to stage ten - a struggle to affirm reality.

Good Grief Rituals: Tools for Healing: A Healing Companion by Elaine Childs-Gowell
The author offers a variety of activities and ideas for expressing and overcoming one's sadness over sustaining a personal loss, from letter writing to meditation.

I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel, Pamela D. Blair
The book introduces us to so many others, both famous and ordinary, who can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief's wilderness. References for where to seek other help.

Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross  
"One more book, not on death and dying, but on life and living." This is your chance to see life from the 20/20 vision of hindsight.

The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses by John W. James
Offers grievers the specific actions needed to complete the grieving process and accept loss.

The Healing Journey Through Grief: Your Journal for Reflection and Recovery by Phil Rich
Like a knowing and sympathetic companion, this unique journal is designed to help you work through the painful emotions, thoughts, and memories that surface when you have lost someone dear to you.

Resources about Suicide Loss 
Books for Suicide Loss Survivors 

We provide a list of books for your convenience. The EAP is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or content of these books, nor does it endorse them. These books are not an attempt to provide any counseling or other type of intervention.

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