In this section, you will find an array of resources for books, movies, support groups, and speaking engagements around grief and loss. This resource center will be continually updated for your reference.
I welcome you to comment in this section, and share resources that have helped you and your family. And of course, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like me to submit information on your behalf.
National Bereavement Resource Guide
The National Bereavement Resource Guide is a compilation of state and local resources – camps and grief organizations organized by state, plus books and websites for children and their families experiencing loss. View the National Bereavement Resource Guide here.
Comfort Prayers by June Cotner
Better Because of You
Secrets Happy People Know – Hallmark Book Series
The Daily Book of Positive Quotations – Linda Picone
Keep Going, The Art of Perseverance – Josheph M Marshall III
There is a book entitled, This Is Not the Life I Ordered, 50 ways to keep your head above water when life keeps dragging you down. There is a great part in there about trying to make sense and deal with your situation, whatever that may be.
“Jan says, ‘There are great mysteries in life that I will never completely understand, so I choose to focus on HOW. I look for how everywhere. I ask, ‘How can I make what happened work in our lives? How can we move forward? How can I help? I still search for an occasional why every now and then. I don’t think we can completely rid ourselves of the whys. Yet, I prefer the hows, because they empower me and give me a proactive attitude regarding change.”
This is one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite comedians.
“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity…
“You can clutch your past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell, journalist
Coin of this Realm
This is not despair,
Not the retreat into the deep wound but a conscious living of each day
This is the placing of one foot before the other,
Not the free stride of the unencumbered but the careful tread of the initiated foot
This is learning how to walk without familiar landmarks, alone even in the company of others,
Not ready for a new direction
This is the living of each day, aware that what you cannot predict may still loose sudden tears,
Yet that laughter too is possible
This is when you struggle as plants in arid soil strive
without conscious knowing to stay alive until the rain
This is a time for faith that this most naked agony of loss will ease,
And not corrode the spirit
This is the time to trust that day after labored day you will move forward,
Open to joy as well as pain;
Two-sided coin, you proffer for remembrance