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After the Storm: Healing after Trauma, Tragedy and Terror. Kendall Johnson, $19.50

Kendall Johnson calls this the 'New Age of Anxiety.' Today we are all challenged with the continual threat of war, terrorism, job loss, and political uncertainty. How do we cope? What actions can we take to best respond to personal and social crises? How do we help our children or the children in our care? How can we reestablish meaning in our lives? After the Storm shows people how to manage their emotional reactions in an emergency, stabilize those around them and, in time, work through the lasting effects of crisis.

  • Part I helps readers to understand the scope of human reaction to overwhelming events.
  • Part II explains how the brain deals with shock, how to understand delayed and complex reactions to trauma, and how to recognize symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Part III is devoted to self-care. It contains an overview of techniques and suggestions for handling anger, anxiety, extreme grief, withdrawal behavior and numbing.
  • Part IV takes you beyond managing symptoms. The meaning of the event is explored, particularly as it affects who you are and where you are going.

Also included is a 20-page appendix which gives instructions for caring for yourself and your family emotionally during and after a traumatic event.


After the Suicide: Helping the Bereaved to Find a Path from Grief to Recovery. Kari Dyregrov, Einar Plyhn & Gudrun Dieserud, $31.95

Those left behind in the wake of suicide are often plagued by unanswered questions and feelings of guilt. Helping them to understand why the suicide happened, how suicide survivors commonly react and cope, and where they can find support can help them move forwards on their path from grief to recovery.

Drawing on the testimonies of suicide survivors and research into suicide bereavement, this book provides those working with the bereaved with the knowledge and guidance they need. It covers common grief and crisis reactions, including those specific to children and young people, how suicide bereavement differs from other forms of bereavement, and how others have coped and been supported. This book will be invaluable to all those supporting those who have been bereaved by suicide, including counsellors, bereavement support workers, social workers, and psychologists.


The Art of Healing Childhood Grief: a School-Based Expressive Arts Program Promoting Social and Emotional Literacy. Anne Black & Penelope Simpson, $65.95

The Art of Healing Childhood Grief contains everything a bereavement facilitator, school counselor or mental health professional needs to successfully design a safe, child friendly program to fit any loss situation so children can grieve...and heal. Drawing on a rich heritage of psychological, educational, primary prevention and creative traditions, Black and Simpson have designed and implemented an innovative, school-based support program to usher in a new approach to childhood grief. The Art of Healing Childhood Grief is filled with hundreds of expressive arts activities and a sequential curriculum organized in an easy-to-access format for professionals and lay facilitators to reference when working with an individual child, a small group of children or an entire school. Included in this manual is a chapter on responding to the needs of children in the aftermath of crises such as suicide, homicide, terrorist attacks and war.

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Autism and Loss. Rachel Forrester-Jones & Sarah Broadhurst, $61.95

People with autism often experience difficulty in understanding and expressing their emotions and react to losses in different ways or in ways that others do not understand. In order to provide effective support, caregivers need to have the understanding, the skills and appropriate resources to work through these emotional reactions with them. Autism and Loss is a complete resource that covers a variety of kinds of loss, including bereavement, loss of friends or staff, loss of home or possessions and loss of health.

Rooted in the latest research on loss and autism, yet written in an accessible style, the resource includes a wealth of factsheets and practical tools that provide formal and informal caregivers with authoritative, tried and tested guidance.

This is an essential resource for professional and informal caregivers working with people with autism who are coping with any kind of loss.


Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $44.50

For many bereaved parents, the care provided by health professionals at birth — from midwives to antenatal teachers — has a crucial effect on their response to a loss or death. Providing care to grieving parents can be demanding, difficult and stressful, with many feeling ill equipped to provide appropriate help. Equipping the reader with fundamental skills to support childbearing women, partners and families who have experienced childbirth-related bereavement, this book outlines:

  • What bereavement is and the ways in which it can be experienced in relation to pregnancy and birth
  • Sensitive and supportive ways of delivering bad news to childbearing women, partners and families
  • Models of grieving
  • How to identify when a bereaved parent may require additional support from mental health experts
  • Ongoing support available for bereaved women, their partners and families
  • The impact on practitioners and the support they may require
  • How to assess and tailor care to accommodate a range of spiritual and religious beliefs about death.

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Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. Charles Corr & David Balk, Editors, $77.50

Children struggling with death-related issues require care and competent assistance from the adults around them. This book serves as a guide for care providers, including counselors, social workers, nurses, educators, clergy, and parents who seek to understand and help children as they attempt to cope with loss.

This book comprehensively discusses death and grieving within the context of the physical, emotional, social, behavioral, spiritual, and cognitive changes that children experience while coping with death. The chapters also explore new critical, imaginative conceptual models and interventions, including expressive arts therapy, resilience-based approaches, new psychotherapeutic approaches, and more.

Key features:

  • Presents guidelines for assisting children coping with the loss of parents, siblings, friends, or pets
  • Discusses ethical issues in counseling bereaved and terminally ill children
  • Provides guidelines for helping children manage their emerging awareness and understanding of death
  • Emphasizes research-based, culturally sensitive, and global implications as well as current insights in thanatology

Communicating with Children When a Parent is at the End of Life. Rachel Fearnley, $38.95

When a parent is nearing the end of life, sensitive and clear communication with children is vital to help them understand and cope.

This accessible book demonstrates how to support children through effective and sensitive communication, covering types of communication, language, information sharing, and overcoming common barriers. Developing confidence and skills such as talking, listening, giving children a voice and breaking bad news is also covered. The author outlines the concept of a 'communication continuum' which can be used to assess how much a child knows or understands about their parent's illness and how much they would like to know. The book contains a wealth of practical strategies and ideas, as well as case vignettes, practice tips and reflective exercises.

This is an essential resource for anyone working with or supporting a child whose parent is at the end of life, including palliative care workers, nurses, social workers, teachers and counsellors.


Companioning You! A Soulful Guide to Caring for Yourself While You Care for the Dying and the Bereaved. Alan Wolfelt, $16.95

Based on Dr. Wolfelt's unique and highly regarded philosophy of "companioning" versus treating mourners, this self-care guide for professional and lay grief caregivers emphasizes the importance of taking good care of oneself as a precursor to taking good care of others. Bereavement care is draining work, and remaining empathetic to the painful struggles of mourners, death, and dying, day in and day out, makes caregivers highly susceptible to burnout. This book demonstrates how caring for oneself first allows one to be a more effective caregiver to others. Through the advice, suggestions, and practices directed specifically to caregiving situations and needs, caregivers will learn not to lose sight of caring for themselves as they care for others.

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Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss. Jody Fiorini & Jodi Ann Mullen, $32.50

This comprehensive resource provides developmentally appropriate interventions for counseling children and adolescents who have experienced a wide range of grief and loss, including secondary and intangible losses such as moving or divorce. The book synthesizes current research and best-practice approaches for counseling youth. It provides a method for assessing individual needs and offers guidelines for selecting appropriate counseling strategies.


Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children. Liana Lowensiten, $31.95

A uniquely creative compilation of therapeutic games, art activities, and stories to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, learn basic concepts of death, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children includes special activities for cancer, suicide, and homicide, and tips for caregivers and school personnel. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family therapy.


Effective Grief and Bereavement Support: the Role of Family, Friends, Colleagues, Schools and Support Professionals. Kari Dyregrov & Atle Dyregrov, $34.95

Individuals in social networks surrounding bereaved people often feel very uncertain about how best to offer support following the death of someone close. As a result of this, people often find that their relationships with friends and family suffer in the wake of bereavement. Kari and Atle Dyregrov provide concrete, evidence-based advice about how support processes can be improved. Issues covered include common reactions to grief, problems that can arise within families as a result, when to involve professional assistance, how to help bereaved children, and the main principles for effective network support.

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Family Therapy and the Autism Spectrum: Autism Conversations in Narrative Practice. Marilyn Monteiro, $42.95

The autism spectrum presents a range of communication, social, and sensory differences that are challenging for clinicians to address. Family Therapy and the Autism Spectrum provides a guide to conceptualizing those differences and ways to discuss them with clients and their families. Readers are provided with narrative examples illustrating the application of key concepts introduced in the text. These case examples address issues that range across the life cycle, from families with young children to ones with teens who are emerging as adults. Using the techniques learned in this book, clinicians will be able to guide families towards their positive autism narrative.

This book also features a visual framework to organize the compelling narrative of each person’s autism spectrum pattern of developmental differences or brain style. Using this visual framework and the corresponding descriptive language, clinicians and families can work together to create their "autism conversations." The conversations lead to the transformative experiences of developing competencies, resiliency, and advocacy for individuals and their families. The conversations also lead individuals with spectrum differences to use empowering language, supporting their ability to develop self-advocacy and self-determination skills.


Give Sorrow Words: Working with Dying Children. Dorothy Judd, $44.95

GIVE SORROW WORDS gives an overview of childrenís attitudes toward death and considers the moral and ethical issues raised by treatments for life-threatening illnesses in children. In this new edition, available for the first time in the United States, Dorothy Judd draws on her increasing experiences with dying children and their parents to refine and clarify her work as presented in the earlier edition. This book helps readers to make sense out of the irreconcilable tension of embracing death as a part of life and accepting the death of a child. Through her work with Robert, a young boy dying of acute myeloblastic leukemia, Judd helps readers to see anew the need to reconcile the two tensions and to make the necessary decisions for medical care.


Gray's Guide to Loss: Helping Children with ASD Learn from Life's Setbacks. Jenison Autism Journal/Carol Gray, $9.95

Whether you are a parent or a professional working with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you are aware of the difficulties these children can have with even the simplest of losses or change in routine. Gray's Guide to Loss supports your efforts to guide a child with ASD through the unexpected events that each day brings, as well as how to respond to deep losses like critical illness and death. The goal is to prepare children with ASD for, and guide them through, unanticipated events — whether it is the loss of a bottle cap or a loved one. Over time, this translates into an effort to teach children with ASD to tie their experiences together and to learn from them how to effectively handle life's unexpected twists and turns.

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Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: a Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. J. William Worden, $54.50

An insightful, practical and compassionate approach to grief counseling.


Grief in Young Children: a Handbook for Adults. Atle Dyregrov, $18.95

Grief in Young Children explores young children's reactions to death and loss, both immediately after the event and over time. Full of practical advice on issues such as how to keep children in touch with their memories, answer their questions, allay their fears and explore their feelings through play, this accessible book enables adults to work with children to develop an acceptance of grief and an understanding of death and loss.


Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts. Laura Seftel, $33.95

An established art therapist and mental health counselor, Laura Seftel shares her own experiences of miscarriage and recovery, and describes the use of art and ritual as a response to loss in traditional and modern cultures. She presents a rich variety of artists who have explored pregnancy loss in their work, including Frida Kahlo, Judy Chicago and Tori Amos, and shows how people with no previous artistic experience can generate creative responses as part of the healing process. The book includes step-by-step exercises in guided imagery, poetry, visual art, journaling, and creating rituals.

This accessible, positive resource will be useful to practitioners in the fields of medicine, mental health, art therapy and counseling, as well as women and families who have suffered pregnancy loss.

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GriefWork for Teens: Healing from Loss. Ester Leutenberg & Fran Zamore, $58.95

GRIEFWORK FOR TEENS is for facilitators helping grieving teens heal from their losses. The book contains fully reproducible activity and educational handouts and journaling pages which can be used in individual counseling sessions, educational settings and support groups. Each interactive activity has comments and suggestions on the back explaining the purpose of the activity and at least one way to use it. Although the handouts are written for use in groups, they may be adapted to use with individuals or as homework assignments.

Teensí losses, no matter what, are important and often devastating to them. They represent the disappearance of something or someone cherished. The handouts in GRIEFWORK FOR TEENS will engage those who grieve any type of loss (not just death) and encourage them to identify, internalize and/or verbalize personal feelings while working through the grieving process.


GriefWork Healing from Loss: Reproducible, Interactive & Educational Handouts. Fran Zinmore & Ester Leutenberg, $53.95

GriefWork — Healing from Loss is for therapists and other professionals working to help grieving people heal from their losses. The handouts help leaders understand and empathize, while teaching participants to heal and grow.

Activities facilitate introspection and group interaction. The book's reproducible handouts and art work "map" the journey back to the “new normal”. The book is a great resource for an inevitable part of life.


The Grieving Student: a Teacher’s Guide. David Schonfeld & Marcia Quackenbush, $38.95

Death and grief will affect the lives of almost all children at some point, often leading to struggles with academic performance, social relationships, and behavior. Teachers can be a critical lifeline for a grieving child — and now they have a practical guidebook to help them provide sensitive support to students of all ages.

Author David Schonfeld is a veteran consultant to school crisis teams. Partnering with family therapist Marcia Quackenbush, he guides teachers through a child's experience of grief and loss, illuminates the classroom issues that grieving may trigger, and empowers teachers to undertake the rewarding job of reaching and helping their students. With this how-to guide to one of the most delicate issues an educator will encounter, teachers will give students the support they need to cope with grief and work their way back to full participation in academic and social life.


Healing Activities for Children in Grief. Gay McWhorter, $38.95

Dozens of activities and suggested resources suitable for support groups working with grieving children, preteens and teens.

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Helping Bereaved Children: a Handbook for Practitoners, 3rd Edition. Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb, $32.50

This acclaimed work presents a range of counseling and therapy approaches for children who have experienced loss. Practitioners and students are given practical strategies for helping preschoolers through adolescents cope with different forms of bereavement, including death in the family, school, or community. Grounded in the latest research on child therapy, bereavement, trauma, and child development, the volume clearly explains the principles that guide interventions. Featuring a wealth of new content, the third edition retains the case-based format and rich descriptions of the helping process that have made the book so popular as a practitioner guide and text.


Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn: Practical Rituals for Caregivers. Mark Markell, $18.95

This practical book offers 20 simple rituals that caregivers can use with people with developmental disabilities after a death. All of the rituals can be adapted to all ages and all levels of ability. These rituals have the power to transform a painful, confusing period by exploring the feelings of grief and loss, and expressing them in helpful, healing ways.


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A Hospital Handbook on Multiculturalism and Religion: Practical Guidelines for Healthcare Workers, Revised Edition. Neville Kirkwood, $11.50

In our religiously pluralistic society, clergy, medical, and nursing staffs in modern hospitals are confronted with caring for people with varied beliefs and customs. Since the overall care of a patient, and not just the surgeries performed or medicines given, affect an individual's recovery, it is vitally important to be familiar with cultural and religious understandings and expectations around hygiene, pastoral care, autopsies, transfusions, and even the practices associated with death itself. A Hospital Handbook for Multiculturalism and Religion is a succinct guide to the care of patients from a variety of faiths … Each chapter examines not only the customs of adherents to various faith perspectives but also the significance of certain rites and attitudes, supplying health-care workers and chaplains with the information they need to provide the best care possible.

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How to Break Bad News to People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Guide for Carers and Professionals. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, $25.95

This book offers unique and flexible guidelines that can be used by practitioners to ease the process of breaking bad news to people with intellectual disabilities. The guidelines, which are adaptable to individual communication ability and level of understanding, address the many complex needs of people with intellectual disabilities who can find understanding and accepting news that has a negative impact on their life a very difficult task. In the book, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne covers a range of different types of bad news, from bereavement and illness to more minor issues such as a change of accommodation, and offers highly practical and effective tips that will help carers and practitioners ensure that bad news is relayed as sensitively and successfully as possible.

An easy-to-use and comprehensive guide, this book will be an invaluable resource of information for carers, health professionals such as doctors and nurses as well as families of people with intellectual disabilities.


How to Design and Facilitate Grief Support Groups. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, $32.95

Professionals and lay people can find the means to offer effective grief support to their communities in this manual. Support materials include:

  • Scheduling
  • Publicity
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Troubleshooting
  • Handouts & bibliographies
  • Week-by-week outline of group activities

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Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

Drawing on extensive, evidence-based research and practice, this practical resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it provides the key information needed to help multi-disciplinary healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. The book discusses daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care in a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, schools and home. The information provided covers those aspects of the religions discussed that are essential for healthcare staff to understand, including modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It includes important information on the issues of disability and mental health in each faith as well as addressing the significance within different faith traditions of the transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

A comprehensive resource, this book will be of immeasurable value to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, bereavement support and palliative care workers, carers, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.


No Child Should Grieve Alone. Emilio Parga, $19.95

A guide for parents, caregivers and professionals.

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On the Death of a Child, 3rd Edition. Celia Hindmarch, $56.50

This practical guide relates theory to practice, offers good practice guidelines and resources for further support and reading. It is illustrated with case studies and examples and is recommended reading for the many professionals who may be involved, including doctors, health visitors, social workers, teachers, police, counsellors and support organizations.


Parenting After the Death of a Child: a Practitioner's Guide. Jennifer Buckle & Stephen Fleming, $63.95

The death of a child has a tremendous and overwhelming impact on parents and siblings, completely altering the psychological landscape of the family. In the aftermath of such a tragedy, parents face the challenge of not only dealing with their own grief, but also that of their surviving children. How can someone attempt to cease parenting a deceased child while maintaining this role with his/her other children? Is it possible for a mother or father to effectively deal with feelings of grief and loss while simultaneously helping their surviving children?

Parenting After the Death of a Child addresses this complex and daunting dilemma. Following on the heels of a qualitative research study that involved interviewing bereaved parents, both fathers and mothers, Buckle and Fleming have put together several different stories of loss and recovery to create an invaluable resource for clinicians, students, and grieving parents. The authors present the experience of losing a child and its subsequent impact on a family in a novel and effective way, demonstrating the strength and importance of their book for the counseling field.


Partnered Grief: When Gay and Lesbian Partners Grieve. Harold Ivan Smith & Joy Johnson, $3.95

Insightful and compassionate, this is a unique guide for partners, family, friends and professionals.

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The Quiet Mind: Resolving Grief. Loretta Oleck, $56.95

  • For Children, Teens and Adults
  • Easy and Ready to Use Activities
  • Includes Book and CD

THE QUIET MIND: RESOLVING GRIEF is a compassionate guide for anyone who has experienced a loss. The photographs are linked to exercises and visualizations that aid in the process of healing grief, promoting resiliency, as well as offering strategies to help alleviate and resolve the pain of loss. The combination of activities and creative options along with the visual cues of the photographs lay out an easy-to-follow groundwork for healthy and needed change. The Quiet Mind series is suitable for educators, mental health professionals, and parents looking for practical and creative ways to modify or diminish negative behaviors and symptoms.


Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How Caregivers Can Companion Traumatized Grievers through Catch-Up Mourning. Alan Wolfelt, $35.95

No matter the cause, PTSD results in symptoms of acute stress, including anxiety, persistent thoughts or flashbacks, and a host of other physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual challenges. In this guide for counselors and caregivers, Dr. Alan Wolfelt reframes PTSD as a form of grief. Helping PTSD sufferers mourn their unacknowledged and “carried” grief over the traumatic events that caused their symptoms is the key to helping them heal. Rather than seeking to quickly treat away symptoms of PTSD, caregivers who follow Dr. Wolfelt’s “companioning” philosophy will instead see the natural and necessary PTSD symptoms as indications that the sufferer needs additional support and encouragement to express himself. This holistic new approach acknowledges clinical PTSD treatments as part of the solution while emphasizing that authentic mourning is the primary and most essential healer.


Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book: Helping Children and Young People Cope with Change Through Nature. Caroline Jay, illustrated by Unity-Joy Dale, $29.95

This activity book uses nature as a gentle way of helping children aged 5+ understand change, loss and death. Through creative activities such as making a paper memory tree, writing and drawing about feelings, and looking closely at nature, children learn about natural changes and how to cope with and express feelings of grief.

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Setting Up and Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups: a Practical Guide. Dodie Graves, $33.95

This book provides a practical introduction to setting up and facilitating bereavement support groups, giving facilitators the confidence to run a group. It guides the reader through all the stages of setting up a group, and examines different types of facilitation and the skills needed. Case studies illustrate different types of group, such as closed, time-limited groups and open groups, with a discussion about the potential of online groups. Chapters also cover group dynamics, handling challenging situations, and overcoming problems that may arise.

This accessible book helps to make groups successful for both participants and facilitators, and is a valued source of information and guidance for those working with bereaved.


Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide, Revised Edition. Christopher Lukas & Henry Seiden, $22.95

Silent Grief is a book for and about “suicide survivors” – those who have been left behind by the suicide of a friend or loved one. Author Christopher Lukas is a suicide survivor himself — several members of his family have taken their own lives — and the book draws on his own experiences, as well as those of numerous other suicide survivors. These personal testimonies are combined with the professional expertise of Henry M. Seiden, a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

The authors present information on common experiences of bereavement, grief reactions and various ways of coping. Their message is that it is important to share one's experience of “survival” with others and they encourage survivors to overcome the perceived stigma or shame associated with suicide and to seek support from self-help groups, psychotherapy, family therapy, Internet support forums or simply a friend or family member who will listen.

Silent Grief gives valuable insights into living in the wake of suicide and provides useful strategies and support for those affected by a suicide, as well as professionals in the field of psychology, social work, and medicine.


65 Interactive Healing Activities to Guide Children through the Grieving Process. Wanda Cook, $24.95 (grades 1-6)

Children who experience the death of a family member or friend or face a community tragedy return to school with thoughts and feelings that affect their daily lives. Creative activities can allow children to express their feelings and guide them through the grieving process. This research based book includes many reproducible activity sheets and interactive activities to give children an opportunity to express themselves through words; art; storytelling; games; puzzles; and special-interest activities, such as gardening.

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Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Experiencing Loss and Bereavement: Theory and Compassionate Practice. Edited by Sue Read, $52.95

This authoritative edited text looks at how diverse and complicated experiences of loss can be for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). It discusses current theory, practice issues in health and care settings, and specific considerations for children, individuals with autism, those in forensic environments, and those facing their own death.


Talking About Death and Bereavement in School: How to Help Children Aged 4 to 11 to Feel Supported and Understood. Ann Chadwick, $22.95

This short, easy to read book offers simple but important advice and guidance for all staff in a school setting who are in need of easily digestible and practical guidance on how to support children after bereavement. It includes advice on explaining death to children, insights into how children may be feeling and how they may react, and ways in which they can be supported. The book also covers how bereavement can affect a child and how it can affect the whole school in the case of a death of a pupil or staff member. It also stresses the importance of teaching the facts of death to children and includes ideas on how to incorporate this into lessons.


Treating Traumatic Bereavement: a Practitioner's Guide. Laurie Anne Pearlman, et al, $53.50

This book presents an integrated treatment approach for those struggling to adapt after the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one. The authors weave together evidence-based clinical strategies grounded in cutting-edge knowledge about both trauma and grief. The book offers a clear framework and many practical tools for building survivors' psychological and interpersonal resources, processing their trauma, and facilitating mourning. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes over 30 reproducible handouts. Purchasers can access a companion website to download and print these materials as well as supplemental handouts and a sample 25-session treatment plan.

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The Truth about Grief: the Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss. Ruth Davis Konigsberg, $17.00

The five stages of grief are so deeply imbedded in our culture that no American can escape them. Every time we experience loss — a personal or national one — we hear them recited: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

In The Truth about Grief, Ruth Davis Konigsberg shows how the five stages proposed by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kűbler -Ross more than forty years ago, became a national myth. She explains that current research paints a completely different picture of how we actually grieve. In the course of clarifying our picture of grief, Konigsberg tells its history, revealing how social and cultural forces have shaped our approach to loss. Deeply researched and provocative, The Truth about Grief draws on history, culture, and science to upend our country's most entrenched beliefs about its most common experience.

The strength of Konigsberg's message is its liberating force: there is no manual to grieving; you can do it freestyle.


The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading Bereavement Support Group. Alan Wolfelt, $25.95

For bereavement caregivers who want to start and run an effective grief support group for adults, this new Support Group Guide discusses the role of support groups for mourners and describes the steps involved in getting a group started. Responding to problems in the group is also addressed, as is a model for evaluating your groupís progress. In addition, information is included on ceremonies you can use to support people in grief on special occasions and holidays. This Support Group Guide is a must for all bereavement group leaders.


When a Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope. Robert McKelvey, $29.95

How is it possible for practitioners of the healing arts to cope with the deaths of children and the devastating grief of their families? Physician Robert McKelvey looks squarely at this painful question and gets to the heart of it. In When a Child Dies the focus is on the grieving process of physicians and nurses for their child patients. There is a wealth of information here that will be recognizable and comforting to those already in the medical profession and that will help in the training of those about to enter the profession. Physicians, nurses, and medical students, as well as sociologists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, the clergy, and families, will find this book invaluable.


When Kids are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in School. Donna Burns, $36.95

WHEN KIDS ARE GRIEVING offers strategies to help students affected by divorce; the death of a parent;, relative, friend, or pet; violence; chronic illness; suicide; and more. The author examines grief experiences from different developmental levels, underscoring the importance of understanding how children experience grief. Serving both as a resource and a workbook, this reader-friendly primer will help educators and school counselors understand and respond to the extraordinary challenges that children and adolescents may face when dealing with loss and grief.

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Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. William Steele & Caelen Kuban, $44.00

WORKING WITH GRIEVING AND TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS features the Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP) intervention model, proven in successfully addressing violent situations such as murder, domestic violence, and physical abuse, as well as non-violent grief- and trauma-inducing situations including divorce, critical injuries, car fatalities, terminal illness, and environmental disasters.

Filled with practical and proven activities for use with children and adolescents experiencing trauma and grief, this resource is based on the authors' experience working with all types of traumatic events in school, agency, and community-based programs.


Writing in Bereavement: a Creative Handbook. Jane Moss, $34.95

WRITING IN BEREAVEMENT is a practical creative handbook that will assist counsellors, volunteers and others in their work with bereaved adults. Writing is a powerful outlet for the emotions that accompany grief and it is therefore a valuable therapeutic tool to help those who are bereaved communicate their experiences and adjust to life after their loss. Jane Moss provides imaginative creative writing exercises for groups and individuals, using a variety of genres and literary forms and techniques. She offers advice on how to plan and run successful workshops with the bereaved, and how to evaluate their effectiveness. Using the techniques in this book, counsellors can help grieving individuals find a voice to cope with profound changes in their life, complete unfinished conversations, write for remembrance, use creativity as a respite from sadness, and finally begin to move forward from grief and imagine the future.


Young Peopleís Experiences of Loss and Bereavement: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach. Jane Ribbens McCarthy, $46.95

Young Peopleís Experiences of Loss and Bereavement offers an in-depth, interdisciplinary overview of our knowledge and theorizing of bereavement and young people. Looking through a great range of relevant literatures, this book explores how loss and bereavement impact upon young people's lives. Young People's Experiences of Loss and Bereavement provides essential reading on issues of loss, change and bereavement for students, researchers and professionals alike.

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Complete Booklist

After the Storm: Healing after Trauma, Tragedy and Terror. Kendall Johnson, $19.50

After the Suicide: Helping the Bereaved to Find a Path from Grief to Recovery. Kari Dyregrov, Einar Plyhn & Gudrun Dieserud, $31.95

Autism and Loss. Rachel Forrester-Jones & Sarah Broadhurst, $61.95

Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $44.50

A Caregiver’s Handbook to Perinatal Loss. Gary Vogel, $8.50

Clinical Dimensions of Anticipatory Mourning: Theory and Practice in Working with the Dying, Their Loved Ones and Their Caregivers. Therese Rando (ed), $45.95

Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: a Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Chaplains and Other Bedside Caregivers. Jane Heustis & Marcia Jenkins, $24.95

Companioning You! A Soulful Guide to Caring for Yourself While You Care for the Dying and the Bereaved. Alan Wolfelt, $16.95

Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences: a Guide for Caregivers, 2nd Edition. Alan Wolfelt, $16.95

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children. Liana Lowenstein, $31.95

Death and Bereavement across Cultures. Colin Murray Parkes et al (eds), $45.95

Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow. Kenneth Doka, $39.99

Effective Grief and Bereavement Support: the Role of Family, Friends, Colleagues, Schools and Support Professionals. Kari Dyregrov & Atle Dyregrov, $34.95

Families Facing Death: a Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Volunteers, Revised Edition. Elliott Rosen, $45.99

Give Sorrow Words: Working with Dying Children. Dorothy Judd, $44.95

Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: a Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. J. William Worden, $54.50

Grief Counseling Homework Planner. Phil Rich, $64.99

Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss through the Arts. Laura Seftel, $33.95

GriefWork for Teens: Healing from Loss. Ester Leutenberg & Fran Zamore, $58.95

GriefWork Healing from Loss: Reproducible, Interactive & Educational Handouts. Fran Zinmore & Ester Leutenberg, $53.95

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Grieving Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Mourn. Kenneth Doka & Terry Martin, $40.50

Helping Grieving People When Tears are Not Enough: a Handbook for Care Providers. J. Shep Jeffreys, $57.95

Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn: Practical Rituals for Caregivers. Mark Markell, $18.95

A Hospital Handbook on Multiculturalism and Religion: Practical Guidelines for Healthcare Workers, Revised Edition. Neville Kirkwood, $11.50

How to Design and Facilitate Grief Support Groups. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, $32.95

How to Break Bad News to People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Guide for Carers and Professionals. Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, $25.95

Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family. Froma Walsh & Monica McGoldrick (eds), $41.00

Loss During Pregnancy or in the Newborn Period: Principles of Care with Clinical Cases and Analyses. James Woods & Jennifer Esposito (eds), $47.95

Men Don’t Cry…Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief. Terry Martin & Kenneth Doka, $40.95

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

On the Death of a Child, 3rd Edition. Celia Hindmarch, $56.50

The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss. George Bonanno, $20.00

Parenting After the Death of a Child: a Practitioner's Guide. Jennifer Buckle & Stephen Fleming, $63.95

Reframing PTSD as Traumatic Grief: How Caregivers Can Companion Traumatized Grievers through Catch-Up Mourning. Alan Wolfelt, $35.95

The Quiet Mind: Resolving Grief. Loretta Oleck, $56.95

Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book: Helping Children and Young People Cope with Change Through Nature. Caroline Jay, illustrated by Unity-Joy Dale, $29.95

Setting Up and Facilitating Bereavement Support Groups: a Practical Guide. Dodie Graves, $33.95

Sudden Death in Childhood: Support for the Bereaved Family. Ann Dent & Alison Stewart, $44.95

Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities Experiencing Loss and Bereavement: Theory and Compassionate Practice. Edited by Sue Read, $52.95

Swallowed by a Snake: the Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing. Thomas Golden, $18.95

Talking About Death and Bereavement in School: How to Help Children Aged 4 to 11 to Feel Supported and Understood. Ann Chadwick, $22.95

Treating Traumatic Bereavement: a Practitioner's Guide. Laurie Anne Pearlman, et al, $53.50

The Truth about Grief: the Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss. Ruth Davis Konigsberg, $17.00

The Understanding Your Grief Support Group Guide: Starting and Leading Bereavement Support Group. Alan Wolfelt, $25.95

When a Parent Is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children. Joan Hamilton, $12.95

When a Baby Dies: a Handbook for Healing and Helping. Rana Limbo & Sara Wheeler, $22.95

When a Child Dies: How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope. Robert McKelvey, $29.95

Working with the Dying and Bereaved. Pauline Sutcliffe et al (eds), $38.95

Writing in Bereavement: a Creative Handbook. Jane Moss, $34.95

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Professional Resources for Working with Children & Teens

After a Suicide: a Workbook for Grieving Kids, The Dough Center, $18.95

The Art of Healing Childhood Grief: a School-Based Expressive Arts Program Promoting Social and Emotional Literacy. Anne Black & Penelope Simpson, $65.95

Breaking the Silence: a Guide to Helping Children with Complicated Grief – Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence, and Abuse, 2nd Edition. Linda Goldman, $37.50

But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: for Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors. Barbara Rubel, $18.95

Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies. William Worden, $29.50

Children Grieve, Too: Helping Children Cope with Grief. Joy Johnson, $4.95

Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. Charles Corr & David Balk, Editors, $77.50

Communicating with Children When a Parent is at the End of Life. Rachel Fearnley, $38.95

Counseling Children and Adolescents through Grief and Loss. &Jodi Ann Mullen, $32.50

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children. Liana Lowenstein, $31.95

Death and the Adolescent: a Resource Handbook for Bereavement Support Groups in Schools. G. Baxter, $20.95

Family Therapy and the Autism Spectrum: Autism Conversations in Narrative Practice. Marilyn Monteiro, $42.95

Good Grief: a Kid’s Guide for Dealing with Change and Loss—Story & Discussion

Gray's Guide to Loss: Helping Children with ASD Learn from Life's Setbacks. Jenison Autism Journal/Carol Gray, $9.95

Grief in Young Children: a Handbook for Adults. Atle Dyregrov, $18.95

The Grieving Student: a Teacher’s Guide. David Schonfeld & Marcia Quackenbush, $38.95

Questions for Grades 2-6. Kim Frank, Illustrated by Ashley Jones, $18.95

Growing through Grief: a K-12 Curriculum to Help Young People Through All Kinds of Loss. Donna O'Toole, $82.95

Healing Activities for Children in Grief. Gay McWhorter, $38.95

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Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $54.50

Helping Bereaved Children: a Handbook for Practitioners, 3rd Edition. Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb, $32 .50

Helping Children Grieve …When Someone They Love Dies. Theresa Huntley, $17.95

Helping Teens Work through Grief. Mary Kelly Perschy, $35.50

Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood. Alicia Lieberman et al, $49.95

Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives. Phyllis Silverman, $27.95

Overcoming Loss: Activities and Stories to Help Transform Childrne's Grief and Loss. Julia Sorensen, $35.00

Pet Loss and Children: Establishing a Healthy Foundation. Cheri Barton Ross, $34.95

65 Interactive Healing Activities to Guide Children through the Grieving Process. Wanda Cook, $24.95 (grades 1-6)

Standing Tall: a Video about Teen Grief. Centering Corporation, $39.95 (20 Min)

A Student Dies, a School Mourns: Dealing with Death and Loss in the School Community. Ralph Klicker, $31.50

Understanding Children’s Experiences of Parental Bereavement. John Holland, $35.95

When Kids are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in School. Donna Burns, $36.95

Why Did You Die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief & Loss. Erika Leeuwenburgh & Ellen Goldring, $27.95

The Wilderness of Grief: Finding Your Way. Alan Wolfelt, $19.95

Without You — Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and its Effects. Tamar Granot, $42.95

Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. William Steele & Caelen Kuban, $44.00

Young People’s Experiences of Loss and Bereavement: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach. Jane Ribbens McCarthy, $46.95

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