Our aftercare aftercare program assists those who need some additional emotional support, either in the early days of loss and grieving or later. We maintain close ties with community support groups, counselors, psychologists, and other community service professionals, and we sponsor memorial services, seminars, and workshops in cooperation with public health agencies. Call us if you need a speaker, would like to schedule a tour or visit our library, or have questions about any of the events on our calendar.
Our lending library contains hundreds of books and videos about grief, loss, death, and healing. It includes factual books for dealing with children and loss (including other kinds of loss, such as divorce and moving); books specific to special situations, such as a military-related death or the death of an infant; classics about the process of death and dying; and personal memoirs by respected authors. Located in our Kirkwood Avenue location, the library is open to anyone during regular business hours.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Tell Me, Papa
By: Joy and Marvin Johnson
Easy to read book that explains death and the funeral. Does a nice job of briefly explaining cremation and body donation.
By: Joy and Marv Johnson
A book written for siblings about when a baby dies.
By: Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
Beautifully illustrated book which explains the cycles in life: plants. animals and people.
The Saddest Time
By: Norma Simon and Jacqueline Rogers
Three stories for children, all in one book, about the death of an uncle, a classmate and a grandmother.
Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement
By: Karen Gravelle and Charles Haskins
Several young people express their feelings as they experience and cope with the death of a parent, sibling or close friend.
When Someone Dies
By: Sharon Greenlee
Good for both children and adults, this book talks about the feelings experienced when someone dies and gives suggestions for surviving the changes that occur.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
By: Leo Buscaglia
Explains the cycle of life and death using the change of seasons and a leaf named Freddie.
Losing Uncle Tim
By: Mary Kate Jordan
The illness and death of a favorite uncle from AIDS is sensitively told by his young nephew.
A Quilt for Elizabeth
By: Benette W. Tiffault
After her father's death, Elizabeth and her grandmother make a quilt and share their memories and feelings about him.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
By: Judith Viorst
A book about the death and burial of the family pet cat and how one little boy tries to understand what death is about and his feelings about his cat.
The Next Place
By: Warren Hanson
An illustrated book that addresses the questions and fears we have of where loved ones go after death.
BOOKS FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST INFANTS
MEMOIRS ABOUT DEATH & DYING