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Grief Healing Books

BOOKS FOR ADULTS

The Caring Soul Series is a collection of inspirational books based on the experiences and wisdom of people who have faced challenging life events ranging from serious illness and death to grief.  Each book in the series has been carefully selected to provide knowledge, relief, and comfort for anyone facing a difficult time in their lives.

The Art of Dying - A practical, spiritual, and inspirational self-help book for terminally ill people and their loved ones.  The heart of the book is advice from and voices of people who supported their loved ones until the end, and from those who have since passed.  Faced with terminal diagnosis, yet little guidance on how to cope with what comes next, both patients and loved ones may feel lost in the storm of new emotions, uncertainty, and fear that follow.

Till Sickness Do Us Part - Courageous couples share how they faced health scares and what they learned.  This book is intended for those seeking information regarding how to cope with difficult health issues in their marriage or relationship, or those wanting to support someone facing these challenges.  This book discusses everything from pain, grief, anxiety, and relationship imbalance, to the taboo subjects such as sex and guilt.

Mommy, Can I Call You In Heaven? - How we coped with cancer as a family.  "No one taught me how to navigate life with cancer.  Parenting four minor children and not knowing if I would live in 6 months was an emotional roller coaster.  It was a jungle to find answers and resources.  I learned that knowledge is power" -Susan Binau.  This book is about the hardest subject: when a family must take responsibility and cope with life-threatening disease.  When Susan was diagnosed with colon cancer she witnessed first-hand the lack of support for families in her situation.  She spent the next 10 years developing resources for other families in need.

Danish versions also available.

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

The Super Dog Zam Grief Series workbooks are developed  to support families with grieving children.  Rather than becoming frustrated by the lack of support from their surroundings, adults have the opportunity to empower their families to discuss grief and death.

How To Use Zam: When a loved one dies, children need extra help and support.  This book provides guidelines for parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals using Zam workbooks.

Parent's Guide: This guide was written to help you understand how to support your grieving child.  The parent's guide is a resource for understanding how children grieve, and an inspiration for adults who wish to help grieving children and families.  Coping with loss is never easy, but having resources and tools such as the Zam workbooks makes it easier to navigate, make decisions, and help others.

The Super Dog Zam (Ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-13): The biggest challenge when it comes to children in grief is not the grief itself, but the fact that their surroundings during times of grief often demand silence.  Why?  Unfortunately, death and grief are unspoken topics for many, and one of our culture's biggest taboos.  The Super Dog Zam books were written with motivation from children, teachers, and psychologists.  The Zam books use a story and activity format to guide children as they cope with the illness, dying, or death of a loved one.  These books were written with help from her son Andy and daughter Malene.

Super Dog Zam shares his heartfelt story of loss and grief.  Through his story, Zam provides support to children who have experienced the death of a loved one.  This developmentally tailored book gives children and adolescents a forum to explore and express their feelings.  Zam and his friends help to facilitate meaningful conversation between children and caregivers, who can foster the healing process.  - Kristin Wieneke Malatino (Child Psychologist, PhD)

The Super Dog is a great tool for children who have lost a loved one to use as part of their healing process.  The fact that it's a simple make-believe fantasy makes it easy for children to access the emotions surrounding death.  The story and workbook can work well for individual children as well as for groups, as it facilitates a discussion about the difficult subject of death.

- Karen Simon (Director, Montessori School of Celebration)

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