Healing Resources

Here you can find material written on a number of subjects - such as how to help yourself heal when someone dies; a guide to cremation services; a "how-to" in helping children deal with funerals; and others.


Do Funerals Matter? By William G. Hoy

Do Funerals Matter?
by Dr. William G. "Bill" Hoy, DMin, FT
Do Funerals Matter? is a creative interweaving of historical, sociocultural, and research-based perspectives on death rituals, drawing from myriad sources to create a picture of what death rituals have been, and where, especially in the Western world, they aregoing. Readers will appreciate the book’s theory- and research-based approach to the ways cultural groups memorialize their dead. Here are clear clinical and practical applications in the author’s exploration of the five "anchors" of death-related ritual practice, as well as help for professionals counseling the bereaved surrounding the funeral ritual. Based on nearly three decades of research and teaching on funeral rites, this volume promises to fill an important gap in the cross-cultural literature on bereavement while answering an important question for our generation: Do Funerals Matter?

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Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies
by Dr. Alan Wolfelt
This compassionate, friendly workbook affirms the importance of the personalized funeral ritual and helps families create a ceremony that will be both healing and meaningful for years to come. Designed to complement the role of the clergy, celebrant and funeral director in the funeral planning process, A Guide for Families walks readers through the many decisions they will make at the time of a death.

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Healing Your Holiday Grief
by Dr. Alan Wolfelt
Grieving the death of someone loved is always hard, but during the holiday season it can seem overwhelming. Is it possible to mourn and celebrate at the same time?

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Living When a Loved One Has Died
by Earl Grollman
An easy-to-read best selling book that helps reader cope with denial, anger, loss, letting go and moving on.

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Healing Grief
by Victor M. Parachin
Healing Grief is an ideal resource for those who mourn and for pastors, chaplains, and other grief counselors to give to those who have experienced loss.

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How Will I Get Through The Holiday? 12 Ideas for Those Whose Loved One Has Died
by James E. Miller
This assuring and consoling book is easy to read and sure to help you.  It contains suggestions and quotations for grievers of all ages.

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One you love has died: Ideas for how your grief can help you heal
by James E. Miller
Jim Miller's book communicates the basics of grief is six short chapters.  It contains illustrations from the lives of well-know people, as well as wisdom from the ages to assure and inspire the reader.

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One you love is dying: 12 Thoughts to Guide You On the Journey
by James E. Miller
Most people do not know what to do when when someone close to them is dying.  Jim Miller offers sensitive, direct advise for caregivers.

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When Love Gets Tough: The Nursing Home Decision
by Doug Manning
This book, first written in 1983, has touched over a million people providing wisdom and guidance in making a nursing home placement for a loved one.

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Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child (Good Grief Series Book 4)
by Gary Roe

Bestselling author, hospice chaplain, and grief specialist Gary Roe uses his three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to give us this heartfelt, easy-to-read, and intensely practical book. In Shattered, Roe walks the reader through the powerful impact a child’s death can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually.  

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The Elephant in the Room: A Childrens Book for Grief and Loss

The Elephant in the Room is a children’s storybook with whimsical illustrations and rhyming verses of positive strategies for coping with grief and loss. The gender-neutral elephant character demonstrates the potential emotions that children may experience when faced with any type of loss such as death of a pet or a relative, a friend moving away, foster care, hospitalization, etc. This book can serve to initiate a discussion or to provide unconscious messages of love, power, and healing. 

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Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief

The death of someone we love cracks us open inviting us to become the person we were born to be. This is the book Tom Zuba wishes he had read after his daughter Erin died. And after his wife Trici died. It's the book he wishes he'd been handed following his son Rory's death. But Tom had to live it. First. Before he could write it. For you. In the beginning, Tom did grief the old way. Repressing, denying, pretending, numbing and stuffing every feeling and every emotion that arose. He created pain on top of pain until he began searching for a new way. A new way to do grief. Once he gave himself permission to mourn, healing began. Along the way, Tom discovered that: * Grief is not the enemy. Grief can be one of our greatest teachers. * It's the stories we tell that determine whether or not we will heal. * We will always have a relationship with the people we love that have died. * We were not born to suffer. We were born to be radiant. There is a new way to do grief. Let Tom Zuba teach you how. 

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Grief Is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss
by Dr. Kenneth Doka

In this “volume of rare sensitivity, penetrating understanding, and profound insights” (Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When a Loved One Has Died), Dr. Kenneth Doka explores a new, compassionate way to grieve, explaining that
grief is not an illness to get over but an individual and ongoing journey.

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Progressing Through Grief: Guided Exercises to Understand Your Emotions and Recover from Loss
by Stephanie Jose

Grieving is a highly personal experience and reactions differ from person to person. Feelings of loss are arguably the most unique, confusing feelings with which to cope. Therapist and grief expert, Stephanie Jose, understands this. She wrote Progressing Through Grief as an interactive resource to gently meet you wherever you are today, as you move through your grief and towards healing. Stephanie has spent countless hours working with grieving clients, and she saw the need for a resource that would address the various feelings of grief that occur at any stage of the process.

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