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Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring

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One of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time takes a moving, personal look at human mortality. As he shares his own experiences with aging, loss, grief, and fear, Nouwen gently and eloquently reveals the gifts that the living and dying can give to one another.
Read This...When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones

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.

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.

The Understanding Your Grief Journal (Updated): Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

The Understanding Your Grief Journal (Updated): Exploring the Ten Essential Touchstones

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This companion workbook to the second edition of Dr. Wolfelt's bestseller Understanding Your Grief helps you explore the many facets of your grief through guided journaling. After you read a section in Understanding Your Grief, the journal asks you questions about what you've just read. It invites you to consider, clarify, and jot down your thoughts and feelings. A good grief journal is a safe place of solace--somewhere you can express yourself no matter what you are experiencing. If you're grieving a death or a significant loss of any kind, this journal and its companion text will help you understand and embrace your grief, actively mourn, and move toward healing. You'll find that the journal can also be used to help honor the person who died and/or work through any lingering relationship issues. As you express your emotions in this journal, you will feel them beginning to soften as well as become more integrated into your ongoing life. Write as much as or as little as you'd like. Even just a little engagement with this journal will help you befriend your grief and give you healing momentum.
Understanding Your Grief (Updated): Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

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

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Since its debut thirty years ago, this favorite by one of the world's most beloved grief counselors has found a place in the homes and hearts of hundreds of thousands of mourners across the globe. Filled with compassion and hope, Understanding Your Grief helps you understand and befriend your painful, complex thoughts and feelings after the death of someone loved. Befriending grief may sound counterintuitive, but actually, your grief is your love for the person who died in a different form, and like that love, it's also natural and necessary. Perhaps above all, Understanding Your Grief is practical. It's built on Dr. Wolfelt's Ten Touchstones, which are basic principles to learn and actions to take to help yourself engage with your grief and create momentum toward healing. This second edition maintains the content of the first edition but builds on it by adding concise wisdom on new topics such as the myth of closure, complicated and traumatic grief, grief overload, unmourned grief, loneliness, the power of ritual, and more. Excellent as an empathetic handbook for anyone in mourning as well as a text for support groups, Understanding Your Grief pairs with a guided journal.
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 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.