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Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lesson on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life
Daniel Gottlieb
1402728832
April 2006
Hardcover
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Grief Recovery Handbook - the Action Program For Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses
John W. James
0060952733
January 1998
Paperback
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Bernard McGrane, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, ChapmanUniversity
"This book is required for all my classes. Themore I use this book, the more I believe that unresolved grief is themajor underlying issue in most people's lives. It is the only work of itkind that I know of that outlines the problem and provides thesolution."

Bruce E. Nerenberg, Ph.D.A
"This is the single most sensible, accessible and authentic plan for recovery from loss that I have ever encountered." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tuesdays with Morrie
Mitch Albom
076790592X
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship? Plus, we meet Morrie Schwartz--a one of a kind professor, whom the author describes as looking like a cross between a biblical prophet and Christmas elf. And finally we are privy to intimate moments of Morrie's final days as he lies dying from a terminal illness. Even on his deathbed, this twinkling-eyed mensch manages to teach us all about living robustly and fully. Kudos to author and acclaimed...


Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change after the Death of Our Parents
Alexander Levy
0738203610
January 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The death of one's parents is "the ultimate equal-opportunity" experience; becoming an orphan as an adult happens to nearly everybody. Yet despite the flood of self-help books on death and the grieving process, very little (with the exception of Hope Edleman's Motherless Daughters) has been written on parental loss. Incorporating his own personal experience with the accounts of others who have lost their parents, psychologist Levy examines this profound life-changing event with compassion and understanding. Since our parents "project an illusion of permanence," writes Levy, their death forces us to confront our own mortality (we are next in line to die) and to adjust to our new identities as orphaned adults. Indeed, he argues that this stripping of our childish beliefs is the first step toward true adulthood:...


When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Harold S. Kushner
1400034728
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Rarely does a book come along that tackles a perennially difficult human issue with such clarity and intelligence. Harold Kushner, a Jewish rabbi facing his own child's fatal illness, deftly guides us through the inadequacies of the traditional answers to the problem of evil, then provides a uniquely practical and compassionate answer that has appealed to millions of readers across all religious creeds. Remarkable for its intensely relevant real-life examples and its fluid prose, this book cannot go unread by anyone who has ever been troubled by the question, "Why me?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this book features Rabbi...


Raising Cole
Marc Pittman
0757302025
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Marc Pittman, one of 16 children, is the son of a dirt-poor farmer who remains to this day the only man to even knock Marc unconscious. But when he had a son, Marc became the father he had always wanted to have. When seven-year-old Cole asked him about beer, Marc Pittman put down his can and never drank again. He told his boys everything, and they were honest with him in return. They unburdened their fears; told him their dreams; and even admitted their sins. Despite the fact that his sons were star football players, they felt no shame in holding their father's hand in public. People told him he was lucky to have the relationship he did with his children, but Marc Pittman knew the truth-it wasn't luck, he worked at it every day. And then his eldest son, Cole, was killed in a traffic accident on the way to...


90 Minutes In Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
Don Piper
0800759494
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace. Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery. For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.

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Over 600,000 in print.

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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief
Martha Whitmore Hickman
0380773384
January 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

About the Author

MARTHA WHITMORE HICKMAN is the author of more than twenty books for adults and children. Among her adult titles are The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate. Books for young children include And God Created Squash, When Andy's Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, It's My Room.

A native of Massachusetts and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, she has lived in the south for many years. To her writing she brings the additional perspective of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and sometime editor and teacher. She presently lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee. ...



Good Grief: A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss
Granger E. Westberg
0800611144
January 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Now available in a 35th anniversary edition, this book describes what happens to us whenever we lose someone or something important. We all need a better understanding of the small griefs in life as well as those larger grief experiences that can overwhelm us. Here is a volume to be kept close at hand. It can be used over the years as you encounter a wide variety of grief experiences or as you assist friends in moving beyond grief to good grief. Examines the stages of grief, from stage one -- a state of shock -- to stage ten -- a struggle to affirm reality. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rediscover the hope and comfort that millions of readers have found in Good Grief. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition....


How to Survive the Loss of a Love
Melba Colgrove
0931580439
Nov 1993
Paperback
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A Grief Observed
C. S. Lewis
0060652381
January 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
C.S. Lewis joined the human race when his wife, Joy Gresham, died of cancer. Lewis, the Oxford don whose Christian apologetics make it seem like he's got an answer for everything, experienced crushing doubt for the first time after his wife's tragic death. A Grief Observed contains his epigrammatic reflections on that period: "Your bid--for God or no God, for a good God or the Cosmic Sadist, for eternal life or nonentity--will not be serious if nothing much is staked on it. And you will never discover how serious it was until the stakes are raised horribly high," Lewis writes. "Nothing will shake a man--or at any rate a man like me--out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he...


Final Gifts
Maggie Callanan
0553378767
Jan 1992
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
Impressive insights into the experience of dying, offered by two hospice nurses with a gift for listening. The ``final gifts'' of the title are the comfort and enlightenment offered by the dying to those attending them, and in return, the peace and reassurance offered to the dying by those who hear their needs. Callanan and Kelley describe a phenomenon they term ``Nearing Death Awareness''--which resembles somewhat the near-death experience sometimes reported by individuals revived after being clinically dead. Nearing Death Awareness, however, develops slowly, and the dying person seemingly drifts for a time between two worlds. Attempts by the dying to communicate about this awareness, often expressed in symbolic language or gestures, may be misunderstood by those around them, who dismiss the expressions as mere...


I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One
Brook Noel
1891400274
January 2000
Paperback
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George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist
"This book, by women who have done their homework on grief, offers a companion for others still recuperating. Further, it introduces us to so many others, both famous and ordinary, who can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief's wilderness. Outstanding reference of where to seek other help."

Bradley Evans, MD,Cardiologist, Providence, Portland
"A well written book about a very difficult subject. This book will be extremely useful for those going through these difficult times."

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Embraced by the Light
Betty J. Eadie
0553565915
Sept 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
Embraced by the Light is an inspirational map of the afterlife framed in the moment of Eadie's death, and presents a possible answer to the big question, "Why are we here?" An easy read, its subtitle could have been "The Average Person's Guide to Near-Death Experiences." Although heavily filtered through Eadie's Christian worldview, her vision of the afterlife does not include a wrathful deity, but a figure of love and compassion. Some readers may find Eadie's repeated Christian references bothersome, and Embraced by the Light will undoubtedly raise a lot of questions along the lines of "What about reincarnation?" and "What happens to people who are not Christians?" --Brian Patterson

From Library Journal
Eadie died at age 31 after surgery. During the time she was clinically dead, she...


Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge
080105821X
October 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
It's something no married person wants to imagine. Yet each year, eight hundred thousand individuals mourn the passing of a husband or wife. Coming alongside the grieving spouse, psychologist Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and pastor/professor Robert De Vries provide much-needed support from a unique perspective--empathy. They each suffered the loss of their spouse at a relatively young age. Throughout Getting to the Other Side of Grief, the authors share their stories as living proof that if worked through properly, grief will lead the way to a fresh new life. Beginning with the premise that a full resolution to grief is possible, the authors extend this lifeline to readers: Complete healing doesn't happen without intentional effort (time alone doesn't heal), and this intentional effort, for complete success, must...


Grief's Courageous Journey
Sandi Caplan
1572240172
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Plenty of books advise on handling grief; but few tell precisely how to work through the grief process. This provides a program of steps to take for copying with daily life and grief. The workbook approach encourages a journal recording of one’s process. Not recommended for libraries; but fine for individual pursuit.


Surviving The Death of a Sibling: Living through Grief when an Adult Brother or Sister Dies
T. J. Wray
0609809806
May 2003
Paperback
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Review
"If you or someone you love has experienced the death of an adult sibling, then buy this book. Wray is a captivating story teller who weaves stories of herself and many other sibling grievers to bring clarity and understanding to the complex process of sibling grief. Insightful, consoling, and filled with helpful, proactive steps designed to help surviving siblings cope with their devastating loss, Surviving the Death of a Sibling is a "must read" for every surviving sibling."
—Tom Golden LCSW, author of Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing and creator of Webhealing.com

Book Description
When T.J. Wray lost her 43-year-old brother, her grief was deep and enduring and, she soon discovered, not fully acknowledged....

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