Miscellaneous Topics

Healing the Emotional Side of Loss and Grief
~ The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock
Four simple phrases – “Please forgive me,” “I forgive you,” “Thank you,” and “I love you” – carry enormous power. In many ways, they contain the most powerful words in our language. These four phrases provide us with a clear path to emotional wellness; they guide us through the thickets of interpersonal difficulties to a conscious way of living that is full of integrity and grace.

Alzheimer’s Disease
~ “to remember love”, two promises that led me to the notes in the ashes by Tonya Ferguson
~ Still Alice by Lisa Genova (a work of fiction)

End of Life
~ What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying by Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.
What Really Matters is a collection of stories from the files of a hospice physician that reveal the end-of-life wisdom of several dying patients and their families. Each touching story provides a glimpse into the final days of life of a terminally ill patient through the eyes of the doctor who provided medical care during that difficult time.

Suicide Prevention
~ Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention by Earl A. Grollman
~ A Teenager’s Book About Suicide by Earl Grollman
~ Hurting Yourself by Jeanne Harper (for teens who have attempted suicide)
~ Save the Teens by Carolyn Zahnow

Spouse Abuse
~ Battered Woman by Lenore Walker
~ The Battered Woman Syndrome by Lenore Walker

AIDS Death
~ AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
~ Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One from AIDS by Katherine Donnelly
~ Losing Uncle Tim by Mary Kate Jordan (explaining AIDS death to children age 8+)

Pregnancy After Loss
~ Another Baby? Maybe. . . by Sherokee Ilse with Maribeth Doerr
~ Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Ann Douglas
~ Helping Children Cope with Infant Sibling Death
~ Talking With Children About Perinatal Loss by Bereavement Services Resource
~ Where’s Jess? A book for Siblings by Ray and Jody Goldstein (death of a young sibling)
~ How I Came to Hold You by Ben Wakeling

Of Interest to Parents, Educators, School Counselors
~ Supporting Children After Suicide by Sarah Montgomery and Susan Coale
~ The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton and Susan Schaefer Bernardo (young children coping with tragic or frightening events)
~ Understanding Teenage Depression by Maureen Empfield & Nicholas Bakalar
~ When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain
~ The Scale of Peace by Elizabeth Ann Rogers (about prejudice)
~ Nobody Knew What to Do by Becky McCain (bullying ages 6-9)
~ Don’t Pick on Me by Susan Green (bullying ages 9-12)
~ My Body is Private by Linda Girard (sexual abuse ages 6-10)
~ The Hurt by Teddi Doleski (hurtful words and healing ages 6-8)

Mental Illness ~ Bi-Polar Disorder
~ Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
~ An Unquiet Mind – A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
~ Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
~ The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks

Death of a Pet
~ Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz

Addiction and Recovery
~ Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Woititz
~ Struggle for Intimacy by Janet Woititz
~ Coping with the Stressed-Out People in Your Life by Ronald G. Nathan and Marian R. Stuart
~ Kids Are Worth It!: Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline by Barbara Coloroso