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Grief Therapy

Grief Therapy

A gift book, a self-help book that has helped hundreds of thousands of readers. Its succinct, meaningful guidelines and hope-filled illustrations have reassured those who grieve that out of their pain can come profound, transforming healing.

Grief Unseen : healing pregnancy loss through the arts

Grief Unseen : healing pregnancy loss through the arts

At least one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet pregnancy loss remains a taboo topic and effective aftercare is rarely available for those who have experienced it. Grief Unseen explains the different kinds of childbearing losses, such as failed fertility treatment, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth, and explores their emotional impact on women and their partners, and the process of healing.

Grief in Young Children: a handbook for adults

Grief in Young Children: a handbook for adults

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 Interrupted

Grief Interrupted

A heartfelt guide for grieving mothers, from someone who has found her way out of the pain and darkness of this uniquely difficult loss.   None of us escapes life without experiencing grief in one form or another. But the journey of grieving parents, specifically that of the grieving mother, is something no one can imagine unless they have lived it. Is there a way through? Is it possible to live vibrantly again, to find joy and purpose in life after your teenage child has passed on?   Grief Interrupted is a letter of love, hope, and healing from one mother in grief to another. 

Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library

Books on death and grief can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
BF575 This section is focused on coping with grief
BF789  This section is focused on the psychological aspects of dealing with death and the process of dying
Men and Grief

Men and Grief

A guide for men surviving the death of a loved one; a resource for caregivers and mental health professionals.

Death 101

Death 101

The purpose of "Death 101: A Workbook for Educating and Healing" is to provide an understanding of dying, death, and bereavement that will assist individuals to cope better with and understand their own death and the death of others. It enables us to examine cultural attitudes and assumptions about dying and death. The workbook is meant as a supplement to textbooks on dying and death, to accompany the academic material necessary to increase our knowledge about death education. At the same time, it is intended to be an independent method of working through loss, a personal guide for the journey through grief.

Option B

Option B

This book is about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.   After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again.  Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death

Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death

Often when death is the inevitable and impending outcome of a health diagnosis, doctors are reluctant to discuss alternatives to treatment, feeding into a culture of denial that can result in expensive, ineffective, and unnecessary over treatment that may or may not extend life but almost always damages the quality of life. Here, a seasoned doctor and researcher looks at the ways in which we are accustomed to treating illness at all costs, even at the expense of the quality of a patient's life. He considers our culture of denial, the medical profession's role in over treating patients and end of life care, and the patient's options and role in these decisions. The goal is to help patients and families make informed decisions that may help the seriously ill live better with their illnesses.

Men Coping with Grief

Men Coping with Grief

The primary purpose of ""Men Coping With Grief"" is to bring together, in a single publication, a very diverse group of authors who have considerable knowledge to share about the ways men grieve and how their bereavement experiences impact various aspects of their lives.