After someone we love dies, it is not uncommon to receive an ADC, or an After Death Communication. In their book “Hello from Heaven!” Bill and Judy Guggenheim compile years of people’s first-hand experiences with ADCs. This book is a comforting and gentle read for those of us who need a reminder that our relationships don’t end with death!
Experiencing a loss can bring about a whirlwind of emotions. When the feeling of relief enters in, it can bring with it shame and misunderstanding. Jennifer Elison’s Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief provides readers with a judgment-free journey into what this relief means, and how we can express it.
The death of a friend can often be a disenfranchised loss in that your grief is not as widely recognized as the grief of the family. Harold Ivan Smith’s Grieving the Death of a Friend recognizes the impact of this type of loss and gives hope to the reader that you are not alone in your healing.
Blending families and taking on the role of the stepparent can be a daunting task. Throw bereavement into the mix, and a whole new layer is added! In Diane Ingram Fromme’s “Stepparenting the Grieving Child,” the author uses her experience along with the insight of professionals to demonstrate how she navigated (and sometimes faltered) on her journey. This is a must-read for any stepparent facing this situation!
One of the most prolific authors in our library is our dear friend and mentor to Olivia’s House, Alan Wolfelt! One of his newest releases, “When Your Soulmate Dies,” acts as a navigation tool for discovering healing after the love of your life dies. Borrow this book today!
For those who have experienced the death of an adult child, it can be difficult finding other parents to connect to. Dorothy Ferguson’s “When Winter Follows Spring” is a book written by someone who understands this loss on a personal level and will guide the reader into finding comfort through connection.
Nadine Galinsky Feldman’s When A Grandchild Dies captures the complexity of emotions that follow such a tragic loss. While working through their own bereavement, grandparents are tasked with also supporting their own child in mourning, which can cause their grief to become disenfranchised and minimized. This resource is a wonderful paper companion to have nearby during the time when you need a support and an understanding author.
To Dance with White Dog by Terry Kay is a heartwarming book that will keep you invested from beginning to end! This novel tells the story of Sam, an older man with grown children whose wife dies of cancer. Shortly after she dies, Sam finds that a pesky white dog starts showing up at his back door. . .only no one seems to see the dog but him! Sam’s children mean well in looking after him, but they tend to hover. . .and do they ever see the dog? If you could use a laugh, a cry, and a good read, this is the book for you!
In 2006, a tragedy struck our community when an armed man entered an Amish schoolhouse and took the lives of ten children. Jonas Bieler had previously lived in the same Amish community and had lost his own daughter years prior to this catastrophe, so his insight into the aftermath was acute. In Think No Evil, aptly named, Jonas writes about the overwhelming sense of forgiveness, love, and support that emanated from his former Amish community. Jonas came to our center years ago to extend this resource with Leslie, and to share the stories of unity that followed the unthinkable tragedy.
We lost one of the greats in Joan Didion. Loss, however, is a topic that Didion was quite familiar with. In her book The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan openly shares the story of her infant daughter’s brush with death, which surprisingly led into the death of Joan’s husband, and how she chose to find healing. We are honored to carry this book, and Joan’s legacy, on our shelves.