Death

A Grief Like No Other: Surviving the Violent Death of Someone You Know

By Kathleen O'Hara

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Dealing with the violent death of a loved one brings its own special brand of grieving. Victim's families can spend years dealing with legal ramifications, guilt, and a myriad of other circumstances that don't accompany "normal" deaths. Although this is a book for those left behind in the aftermath of violence, it offers concrete and practical steps and stages, allowing family and friends safe passage through this incredibly harrowing journey.
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The Seven T’s: Finding Hope and Healing in the Wake of Tragedy

By Judy Collins

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Singer-songwriter Judy Collins draws on her personal experience with her son's suicide to guide readers through grieving the loss of a loved one who has died under tragic circumstances.
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I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One

By Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, PhD.

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Some of the difficult topics covered in this book are the first few weeks after a loss, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression.
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The Grief Recovery Handbook: the Action Program for Moving beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses Including Health, Career and Faith

By John W. James and Russell Friedman

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Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss, including how to choose which loss you should work on first, how to deal with growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home, loss of faith, loss of career, loss of health and much more.
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On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have To Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Families

By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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Dr. Kubler-Ross explores the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, she gives the reader a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient's family, bringing hope to all who are involved.
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The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolson

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolson

In The Freak Observer, by Blythe Woolston, Loa Lindgren is not your typical 16-year-old and yet she is a quintessential one. Her life is certainly not the ideal. In the past year her family has fallen apart, having lost the one thing that their lives revolved around: her little sister, Asta, named for the stars. Born with Rett’s syndrome, she stopped growing after a few months and was destined to remain infantile her entire life, until she suddenly died. Without the constant need to care for Asta, Loa and her family are like planets without a star to revolve around, cut loose to wander the universe. They are, of course, also stricken with grief, each one reacting in their own way. Her father has fits of violence. Loa wakes screaming from nightmares--just one terrifying symptom of a case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

With everything else that has gone on in Loa’s life recently, from a friend’s hit and run death to a strange relationship exposed on the Internet, she is dealing with more than her share of sorrow and shame. She also has an after-school job that deepens her exhaustion but is a vital part of their family’s pitiful income.

Diary of a Witness

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.

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Optimist's Daughter

Eudora Welty

"The Optimist's Daughter is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents." (Book Description)

9780679728832
Adult

Last Lecture 

Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

"Reflections of a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who lectured on 'Really achieving your childhood dreams,' shortly after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. His advice concerned seizing the moment while living, rather than dying." (Book Description)

9781401323257
Adult

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

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In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. The sequel, Catching Fire, came out in 2009, with the third book in the series due out in 2010.
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