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Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death: 100 Practical Ideas for Family and Friends

Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death: 100 Practical Ideas for Family and Friends

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Practical methods for healing after the loss of a member of the military

When a loved one is killed in the line of duty, this book affirms that survivors' grief is shaped by the unique circumstances of the death. Because military deaths are almost always sudden and violent, the traumatic nature of the loss creates a two-part grief--one focused on the manner in which the person died, the other focused on the long-term repercussions of life without this special person. This guide acknowledges the unique mixture of sadness, pride, anger, and blame that often characterizes grief after a military death, including in the event of a military suicide, and offers ideas for constructively expressing thoughts and feelings. Anyone whose life has been touched by a military death will find compassionate understanding and healing guidance in the pages of this handbook.

Healing Your Grieving Heart After Miscarriage: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Families

Healing Your Grieving Heart After Miscarriage: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Families

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The miscarriage of a hoped-for child is a shattering loss and those who had already begun to feel attached to the baby will naturally grieve--particularly the mother and father but also siblings this baby would have had, extended family, and friends. This compassionate guide contains 100 practical ideas to help those affected by the tragedy of miscarriage, from teaching the principles of grief and mourning to practical, action-oriented tips for coping with the natural difficulties of a loss. Fostering communication between partners, explaining the loss to others, and reconciling anger and guilt are some of the additional topics covered in this compassionate book for those grieving in the aftermath of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Healing Your Grieving Heart After Stillbirth: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Familiies

Healing Your Grieving Heart After Stillbirth: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Familiies

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Beloved grief educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt compassionately explores the common feelings of shock, anger, guilt, and sadness that accompany a stillborn child, offering suggestions for expressing feelings, remembering the child, and healing as a family. Ideas to help each unique person--mother, father, grandparent, sibling, friend--are included, as are thoughts from families who experienced a stillbirth. This new addition to Dr. Wolfelt's popular series is a healing companion to families when they need it most.
Holding on to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God

Holding on to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God

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A healing book for those in the wake of life's devastating storms.
We can never plan for the unexpected turns of this life that sometimes lead to great personal suffering. Sometimes that suffering can overshadow everything and threaten to pull us under. Nancy Guthrie knows what it is to be plunged into life's abyss. Framing her own story of staggering loss and soaring hope with the biblical story of Job, she takes you by the hand and guides you on a pathway through pain--straight to the heart of God. Holding On to Hope offers an uplifting perspective, not only for those experiencing monumental loss, but for anyone going through difficulty and failure. (Includes an 8-week study on the book of Job for readers who want to dig deeper into what the Bible says about dealing with suffering and grief.)
I Miss My Pet: A First Look at When a Pet Dies

I Miss My Pet: A First Look at When a Pet Dies

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Are there kids in your life who could use some comfort after losing a beloved pet? This book will offer the gentle reassurance that is needed when a pet dies. Younger children who lose their puppy, kitten, or other pet are introduced to the idea of death. They are encouraged to understand that sadness is a first important step in the process of emotional healing, after the death of a loved one.

Parents, teachers, and gift givers will find:

  • language that is simple, direct, and easier for younger children to understand
  • information on how to cope with the loss of a beloved pet
  • a helpful book written by a psychotherapist and counselor
  • a whole series of books for children to explore emotional issues
  • The A First Look At series promotes positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers, and encourage kids to ask questions and confront social and emotional questions that sometimes present problems. Books feature appealing full-color illustrations on every page plus a page of advice to parents and teachers.

    I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: A Companion Workbook for Surviving, Coping, & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (Updated)

    I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: A Companion Workbook for Surviving, Coping, & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (Updated)

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    Based on the bereavement classic I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye, this grief and loss workbook offers step-by-step support and encouragement on your way to understanding and dealing with grief.

    Called a support group in your hands by professionals and mourners alike, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: A Companion Workbook acts as a comforting touchstone to navigate the unique emotions and challenges when learning how to cope with death. Tapping into their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, PhD, explore sudden loss and its role in the cycle of life.

    Using a combination of self-exploration questions, visualization activities, and journaling, grieving readers will learn how to work through their anger, guilt, and loss of purpose towards an uplifting place of endurance and growth. The updated edition also touches upon new discussions, including:

  • The unique circumstance of loss
  • Men and women's grieving styles
  • Religion and faith
  • Grief's unanswerable questions.
  • Combined with the classic grief recovery book I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye, this workbook truly places a support vehicle in the hands of those who are mourning.

    Praise for I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye:

    This book, by women who have done their homework on grief, can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief 's wilderness. -- George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist

    As one who deals with unexpected death, I am so pleased to find a truly valuable reference for those souls who are blindsided by such misery. -- E. Charles Douville, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Providence, Portland

    The authors have captured a means of discussing and exploring a very painful life passage in real life, down to earth language and experience. Many thanks to Pam and Brook for their generosity in sharing their discoveries to further our healing. -- Charlotte A. Tomaino, PhD, Neuropsychologist

    I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (Updated)

    I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One (Updated)

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    Now there is a hand to hold...

    Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for thse who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss. This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.

    Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.

    These pages have offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.

    Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.

    PRAISE FOR I WASN'T READY TO SAY GOODBYE

    "I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to friends and counselors as well."
    Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen

    "This book, by women who have done their homework on grief... can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief 's wilderness. Oustanding references of where to see other help."
    George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist

    "Finally, you have found a friend who can not only explain what has just occurred, but can take you by the hand and lead you to a place of healing and personal growth. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a family member, a close personal associate or a friend, this guide can help you survive and cope, but even more importantly... heal."
    The Rebecca Review

    "For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, or for those who want to help someone who is, this is a highly recommended read."
    Midwest Book Review

    Inside the Broken Heart: Grief Understanding for Widows and Widowers

    Inside the Broken Heart: Grief Understanding for Widows and Widowers

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    How does the heart understand grief when it is broken by the death of a husband or wife? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. Inside the Broken Heart is for anyone who has ever grieved the death of a spouse and asked 'why?' The book meets the reader at a spiritual place reserved specifically for widows and widowers. Author Julie Yarbrough survived the sudden and untimely death of her beloved husband, a prominent United Methodist minister. As a lay grief facilitator, she believes that those who seek comfort and inspiration in grief best identify with an authentic point of view. We grieve because we love, in direct proportion to the depth of our love. Spousal love is a sacred gift ordained by God, the death of husband or wife unlike any other experience of loss. The marriage vow moment 'until death do us part' forever changes those who survive. Grief cannot be understood until it is experienced. Grief is not a crisis of faith, it is a crisis of the heart. Inside the Broken Heart uses topical references from the Bible to illuminate the unfamiliar emotions and questions of grief for the surviving spouse. Because we must grieve in order to live, the book explains spiritual and practical issues of grief and suggests specific coping strategies for widows and widowers. As journey through 'the valley of the shadow of death, ' Inside the Broken Heart guides the way back to fullness of life. Through rediscovery of hope, pain and sorrow are vanquished, death is rendered powerless, and grief is no more. We are healed by God's triumphant adequacy, 'He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3). Julie Yarbrough has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and experienced the pain and anguish of great grief, and she knows firsthand the comfort and strength that only God can provide. I commend this remarkable grief ministry program to you highly. James W. Moore, Pastor in Residence, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas With wisdom informed by her own experience and a warm regard for those who grieve, Julie Yarbrough guides the brokenhearted on an honest journey toward acceptance and hope. A refreshingly excellent resource for grief support. Stephan Bauman, Senior Minister, Christ Church New York City Julie Yarbrough weaves understanding, care, and comfort together in such a way that the seemingly intolerable becomes tolerable, one breath at a time. This resource provides everything you need to promote, establish, and conduct grief groups throughout the year. Judith Bone, Director of Adult Discipleship, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennesse
    Invisible String

    Invisible String

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    A steady best-seller and The Invisible String is reaching all over the World! WITH OVER 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD, this accessible, bestselling picture book phenomenon about the unbreakable connections between loved ones has healed a generation of readers--children and adults alike. "That's impossible," said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. "What kind of string?" They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, "An Invisible String made of love."

    That's where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. Parents and loved ones feel the tug whenever kids give it; and kids feel the tug that comes right back: The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Whether there's a loved one far away, or a parent in the next room, this delightful book illustrates a new way to cope with something all children and parents confront sooner or later; a child's fear of loneliness and separation.
    The Invisible String has sold over 1 Million copies. In addition to being shared by all ages as a gift for many of life's milestone moments, it is also being used by schools, psychologists, hospices, grief support groups, the military, hospitals, the prison system and multiple organizations worldwide for any kind of loss or separation issues, and gives children a tangible understanding of LOVE.

    FROM THE AUTHOR
    What began as a way of comforting my own son Elijah when he was sad that I was going to work and he was going to pre-school, became my book The Invisible String. Children of all ages (And yes! Adults too!) feel a great sense of peace and joy realizing that we are all connected to the ones that we love... (pets, friends, grandparents, cousins etc... and especially those that have passed on)...through the Invisible String. A string that can never be lost, cut, or torn. A string that can reach all the way to the moon or down to the ocean floor. A string that anger, time, or bad feelings can never make go away. No-one is too young or too old to remember that we are never, really all alone. God Bless you all and never forget about The String.
    Bye for now, may your strings soar far and wide... and let's spread the word!!!
    Love, Patrice

    Life After the Death of My Son: What I'm Learning

    Life After the Death of My Son: What I'm Learning

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    On the morning of February 6, 1991, Dennis Apple discovered the lifeless body of his son on their family room couch. Eighteen-year-old Denny had died without warning from what was later explained as complications due to Mono. Sixteen years later, Dennis still struggles with living in a world without his son.Life After the Death of My Son shares a glimpse of the unspeakable pain, helplessness, frustration, and eventual healing that Dennis and his wife, Buelah, have experienced since losing their son. Using excerpts from his journal--which he began the day after Denny died--Dennis explores the dark, lonely road of grieving for a child. He discloses his anger and disappointment with God, discusses his frustrations with friends and family, and shares how he's dealt with the grief attacks, which continue to sneak up and surprise him. His painful, yet promising story offers comfort and connection to those walking similar paths. With understanding and compassion, Dennis offers grieving parents insight from 10 lessons he's learned--and continues to learn. His gentle words and honest understanding will guide those with grieving hearts on their difficult journey; giving them hope; helping them to discover ways in which God is able to continue the life of the child they loved.