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Read This...When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones

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Read This...TM When I'm Dead helps you gather all the important details about your life in one place for your loved ones. This fill-in-the-blank guidebook is presented in an upbeat and cleaver approach, and helps you journal answers to questions you loved ones will need and want to know. Who is the lawyer? Where are the keys to the boat? Where is that safe deposit box? Who are the pallbearers? Open casket or cremation? What organization should be listed for donations? Should it be a party or a wake? Did he want people to know about the struggles he overcame, or was that supposed to be private? These types of questions quickly come to mind during the "chaos" and accompanying fog when a loved one passes.

Later more questions arise: What was that story about the streetcar? What was the name of the club he joined? Who was her best friend, and who gave her this bracelet? Where was the family from in Norway? What was so important about this old rocking chair? Is it valuable because of who made it or was it used in a famous movie scene?

Read This...TM When I'm Dead helps you answer all these questions and more. It is a priceless gift for your loved ones. Live better knowing you have captured your life's treasures.

Read This...TM When I'm Dead is presented by the Read This Gurus, Annie Presley and Christy Howard, and was inspired by their own experiences. Their desire is to engage, educate and inspire the ultimate author to organize their stuff, their stories and the emotional journeys of their lives.

Read This...TM When I'm Dead is the first in the Read This...TM series. The books help readers capture life's treasures as they reflect and quickly journal about meaningful matters. Now pertinent and priceless information is forever recorded leading to a sense of peace and better living.

Seasons of Grief and Healing

Seasons of Grief and Healing

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Drawn from Jim Miller's best-selling Winter Grief, Summer Grace, this small book makes a thoughtful, inexpensive gift or a give-away item from pastors, counselors, lay visitors, and others.
Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey

Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey

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Langley offers comfort and encouragement to those struggling with recent loss or grief, helping them find language for complex emotions, and open their hearts through poetry.

Send My Roots Rain is a companion full of stories--sometimes wry and funny, always observant and accepting--for letting grief unfold and teach us. Langley invites a keen awareness that the passage through grief is the navigation of a narrow strait, requiring patience, skill, and worthy companions. These poems can be those companions on the journey.

Langley has carefully selected 60 poems and arranged them in a meaningful arc, beginning with the shock of early grief, leading through a sensitive exploration of a new inner space. She introduces each section, encouraging the ongoing embrace of the healing power of poems, writing, and entry into the grieving process. Each poem is followed by a brief meditation and quotation, with questions for contemplation, journaling, or group discussion.

Still a Mother: Journeys Through Perinatal Bereavement

Still a Mother: Journeys Through Perinatal Bereavement

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More than 1 million women suffer fetal loss each year, yet most of those women will struggle to find words to share their grief or describe their experience. As some of the least talked about types of loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death can be incredibly isolating. The women who experience it become members of a secret society, silenced by shame or guilt, by confusion and loss of control. In Still a Mother, chaplains Joy Freeman and Tabatha Johnson share their own experiences and collect the stories of nearly a dozen other women who have sustained such loss, not only ending the silence but also helping to equip pastors, congregations, family, and friends in ministering more compassionately and attentively to other mothers who grieve. Features practical insights for pastoral care in each chapter.
Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

Understanding Your Grief Journal: Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

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This companion workbook to Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart is designed to help mourners explore the many facets of their unique grief through journalling. Ten essential touchstones for mourners are covered, including being open to the presence of loss, dispelling misconceptions about grief, embracing the uniqueness of grief, seeking reconciliation, and reaching out for help. Journalers are asked specific questions about their feelings of grief as they relate to the ten essential touchstones and are provided with writing space for their reflections.
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

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Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner's need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person's grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have. Questions
Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children lg hardback

Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children lg hardback

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How can we answer the many questions young children have about death?

Doris Stickney and her minister husband were looking for a meaningful way to explain to neighborhood children the death of a five-year-old friend -- an explanation that would satisfy not only the children but adult minds as well. While they were preparing for the child's memorial service, the fable of the water bug that changed into a dragonfly came to mind.

"Water Bugs and Dragonflies" tells the story of a small colony of water bugs living happily below the surface of a quiet pond. Every so often one of them climbs up a lily stalk and disappears from sight, never to return. Those left behind are faced with the mystery of figuring out what has become of them.

Revealing the "miracle that makes shiny dragonflies out of ugly bugs", this graceful story reminds us that God has given us the means of transforming our metaphorical selves into dragonflies capable of winging off contentedly into a new world. Recognizing that "the old answers will not satisfy today's children", Stickney presents instead a simple, wise tale that illuminates a difficult reality without pretending to contain all the answers.

This bona fide bestseller -- more than 150,000 copies have been printed -- is presented here in a deluxe gift edition, including newly rendered full-color illustrations. Set in large type so that young readers can enjoy it themselves, Water Bugs also includes accompanying information that offers the author's own insights for explaining how adults can effectively assist children in coping with death.

Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children paperback

Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children paperback

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Aimed primarily at children this book uses the allegory of metamorphosis to assist in understanding death.
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children coloring book

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children coloring book

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The Pilgrim Press introduces its perennial bestseller "Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children" by Doris Stickney in coloring book format.
What Can I Do?: Ideas to Help

What Can I Do?: Ideas to Help

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Barbara A. Glanz knows grief from personal experience. Her son died at a very young age and her husband of many years died recently. Although the ideas in the book come primarily from people who have lost a loved one, most of the ideas are applicable to any kind of loss: the loss of a job, a divorce, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a pet, the loss of health, a move, or desertion. Written for the person who wants to help the one who is grieving, this book is filled with immediately practical ideas as well as long term, specific ways to help someone move from grieving to growth, and eventually to cherishing good memories.
When a Child You Love Is Grieving

When a Child You Love Is Grieving

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Acts of caring and compassion can make all the difference in a grieving child's life. Adults can often worry about saying and doing the right thing, too often giving children quick answers instead of the support they really need.Widely-recognized grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains that quick answers are not what children need when they are grieving. They need support, and most of all they need to be allowed to grieve-for as long as it takes.With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend-anyone that loves a child and wants to offer his or her support. This new and revised edition of When a Child You Love is Grieving will help ensure that the child is receiving the healthy and necessary outlets during the loss of a loved one.
When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss (Revised)

When Death Has Touched Your Life: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers at a Time of Loss (Revised)

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For times that call for contemplation or prayer, for times of difficulty or worry, for times of joy and happiness, for special occasions or special events, these booklets can help you find the rights words, the meaningful thought, the comforting reflection. For the cost of a greeting card, each Looking Up booklet provides 24 pages of insight, wisdom, meditation, direction, comfort, and prayer. Useful booklet for pastors and caregivers, or from friend to friend. Looking Up conveys caring in exceptional ways.
When Grief Breaks Your Heart

When Grief Breaks Your Heart

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Every week there are members of your church who have experienced or are facing grief. Knowing what to do or how to help in these situations can be difficult. Pastors and church leaders are involved as supporters of the bereaved as they walk with persons through their grief.

Grief affects everyone. When Grief Breaks Your Heart is an ideal resource for pastors, chaplains, other grief counselors, church leaders, and grief support groups to use and to give to those who have experienced a loss.

Sadness, sorrow, disappointment, mourning, and grief are facts of life. People need help in knowing how to deal with grief, how to work through it, and how to grow because of it.

In When Grief Breaks Your Heart, best-selling author James W. Moore explores two major questions:

- What does faith say about the grief experience?

- How does faith help mend a broken heart?

The book, therefore, is about grief and grace. Moore shows how these two words belong together:
- God's grace sustains people through the grief experience

- God's love supports people when they have nowhere else to turn

- God's grace brings the healing touch people so desperately need when their hearts are crushed.

This book is appropriate for anyone who is experiencing grief. Pastors especially will find it helpful to keep a quantity on hand to give to people during grief experiences and grief counseling.

Memorial books are a lasting and fitting tribute to individual contributors who have honored their loved ones. See the Related Products Section below.

Check outbookson the subject of grief and appropriate Bulletins. See some examples in the Related Products Section below.

Did you know. . .
Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone important to you. The word "grief" comes from the same root as "grave."

Although many times focused only on emotional responses to loss, grief also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. Grief responses are influenced by personality, family, culture, and spiritual and religious beliefs and practices.

While many who grieve may be able to work through their grief independently, accepting additional support from counseling and support groups may promote the process of healing.

The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us "For everything there is a season...
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance..."
When the One You Love Is Gone

When the One You Love Is Gone

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When a loved one dies, you don't get over it, but you can move forward.

The bad news is that we never fully "get over" the loss of those we hold most dear; we bear those scars to the grave. The good news is that God is at work in us turning our loss and pain into something beautiful. God can take the scars and the mess and the heartache of our lives-- yours and mine--- and use it to give new life, new life to us and new life to others.

God is not in the business of zapping our loved ones and stealing them away from us. But in a world where death waits for every person, God stands ready. God stands ready to receive our beloved dead as they cross over; and God stands ready to guide us through the saddest days, to walk with us through our grief, and to take us into places we never could have imagined places of hope and renewal. If God could take a cross and broken body and make of them redemption, God can take your pain and heartache and fashion them into new life.

This book is composed of the reflections that point to broader lessons that will help those who find themselves passing through grief, as well as the pastors, counselors, and friends whose job is to accompany the traveler.

When Your Child Dies

When Your Child Dies

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The loss of a child is something no parent is prepared to face. Drawing on her experience as a counselor, Theresa Huntley gives grieving parents tools to begin to cope with this devastating loss. She discusses the difficult task of mourning and the different ways of grieving. Huntley also reveals how the magnitude of the loss will affect parents' other relationships.
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing

When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing

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Affirming a pet owner's struggle with grief when his or her pet dies, this book helps mourners understand why their feelings are so strong and helps them overcome the loss. Included are practical suggestions for mourning and ideas for remembering and memorializing one's pet. Among the issues covered are understanding the many emotions experienced after the death of a pet; understanding why grief for pets is unique; pet funerals and burial or cremation; celebrating and remembering the life of one's pet; coping with feelings about euthanasia; helping children understand the death of their pet; and things to keep in mind before getting another pet.
Worst Loss How Families Heal

Worst Loss How Families Heal

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The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.