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. HoyDo 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.

Purchase Book through Willowgreen Publishing


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.

Purchase Book through Insight Books