Grief

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.

Coping With a Broken Heart

Coping With a Broken Heart

Headquarters Library, Saturday, February 12, 12:30-3:00
Valentine's Day can be a difficult time if you have lost a loved one. Understand the impact grief can have and get information on ways to cope. Affirm life through sharing of stories. Please make a reservation by calling Mary Washington Hospice (540) 741-2377. Lunch will be served.

Mockingbird

By Kathryn Erskine

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Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

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Bird Lake Moon

By Kevin Henkes

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Twelve-year-old Mitch and his mother are spending the summer with his grandparents at Bird Lake after his parents separate. Ten-year-old Spencer and his family have returned to the lake where Spencer's little brother drowned long ago, and as the boys become friends and spend time together, each of them begins to heal.
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Finding Days Bottom

By Candice Ransom

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After her father dies, eleven-year-old Jane-Ery slowly finds healing through her relationship with her grandfather and their rural Virginia home. J Fic Ran
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Each Little Bird That Sings

By Deborah Wiles

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Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto. J Fic Wil
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Grandad Bill's Song

By Jane Yolen

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A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings. JE Fic Yol

Suggested for ages 4 - 7

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How Do We Tell the Children? A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children Two to Teen Cope When Someone Dies

By Dan Schaefer

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"Dr. Schaefer, working with child psychologists and trauma experts, and drawing on more than three decades of experience with families in crisis, has put together a practical guide for anyone who works or lives with children -- parents, care-givers, counselors, or teachers -- for dealing with children's inevitable questions about loss and change, life and death." adult 155.937 Sc

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