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Dealing with Grief Resource List

Denominational Help

Speak to your own priest, pastor, minister or rabbi; or contact a house of worship in your area.

Also: Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services, Bereavement Services, New York
Telephone: 212 582 9100

Lutheran Community Services, Bereavement Services, New York
Telephone: 212 406 9110

Catholic Charities USA
Telephone: 703 549 1390

Catholic Charities Counseling Services, Archdiocese of NY
Telephone: 212 371 1000

Contact local Catholic Diocesan Family Life Office for bereavement ministry services


American Association of Retired Persons
601 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20049
Telephone: 202 434 2260
Fax 202 434 6474
Write or call for pamphlets on widowed persons services, directory of services for the widowed

The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P. O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Telephone: 630 990 0010
Fax 630 990 0246
Not-for-profit mutual assistance self-help organization to assist families, parents, grandparents, siblings in positive resolution of grief following the death of a child; information; education; local chapters; newsletter; books, pamphlets, audiovisual material, other resources at nominal charge. No individual dues or fees.

The Dougy Center
P. O. Box 86852
3909 S. E. 52nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97286
Telephone: 503 775 5683
Fax 503 777 3097
The National Center for Grieving Children & Families: Crisis intervention manuals for facilitators, schools, national directory of children’s grief services, videos, books, write-in memory books, volunteer opportunities.

Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S Street, N W, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
Telephone: 202 638 5419
Fax 202 638 5312
Monthly newsletter on bereavement; videos, books, free brochures.

1111 Tower Road
Schaumberg, IL 60173
Telephone: 800 266 3206
Fax 847 310 0120
Not-for-profit international organization that offers training and curricula for child and adult peer support groups after death, divorce, painful family transitions.

Grief Recovery Online
Articles. Helpline. Links to other sites. Information for professionals.

Widows & Widowers
Links to, for example, the Social Security Administration, other grief support groups, web sites.

The Bruderhof Grief Companion
The site features writings from a variety of classic and contemporary writers that grieving people have found helpful and comforting. It includes five full-length books which can be freely downloaded and a "Sharing Board" to share your loss and grief with others

Books for Adults

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: Comforting Catholics in Their Time of Grief by Glenn M. Spencer, Jr. Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1999. Useful for people suffering loss and for those who want to help those who grieve.

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Harper San Francisco, 2001. Meditative book in which the Oxford don, author and Christian apologist wrestles with God, faith and himself after the death of his beloved wife from cancer — the same disease that had killed his mother when he was a boy.

Mourning & Mitzvah by Anne Brener. Jewish Lights Press, VT, 2001. Therapeutic exercises, traditional Jewish concepts, practical advice in journal form designed to walk the mourner through grief to healing.

On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. Simon & Schuster, 1997. A classic. Stages of grieving, fear of death, attitudes toward death and dying, the dying patient’s family.

The Orphaned Adult: Confront the Death of a Parent by Marc D. Angel, Jason Aronson Publishers, 1997. “All humans are destined to be orphans…dealing with life without…a living mother and/or father.” Mourning rituals, family dynamics, parent-child relationships covered. Generous use of Scriptures.

Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp. Random House, 1992. Comforting words to help get through all the finalities of life.

Praying Through Grief: Healing Prayer Services for Those Who Mourn by Sr. Mauryeen O’Brien, O.P. Random House, 1992. Includes meditation, scripture, song, ritual.

Shaken Faith: Hanging in There When God Seems Far Away by Antoinette Bosco. Twenty-Third Publishers, 2001. Having experienced the tragedy of one son’s suicide and another’s murder, the author offers astute and mature spiritual insights.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner. Schocken Books, New York, 2000. Bestseller written after the death of the author’s only son. Fine use of Scripture as he meditates on good and evil, joy and sorrow, gain and loss.

Books for Children

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams. HarperCollins Children’s Books. A popular classic first published in 1952. Memorable characters and story teach about love and friendship, life and death.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia. Henry Holt & Co, 1982. The changing seasons, the nature of life and death are gently explained to the young reader.

When A Grandparent Dies: A Kid’s Own Workbook by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Karen Savary. Jewish Lights Press, VT, 1995. For 7 - 11 year olds to handle their emotions, learn Jewish traditions of mourning.

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown. Little, Brown, New York, 1998. Illustrations and text about dinosaurs to help youngsters cope with feelings about death.

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