Suggested Reads

Creating Community Anywhere: Finding Support and Connection In a Fragmented World by Carolyn R. Shaffer & Kristin Anundsen.
Being part of a community is so essential today, and yet many people find themselves isolated. This book emphasizes how being part of a community not only can enrich your life, but possibly prolong it, as well.
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The Next Place, by Warren Hanson.
The Next Place is a message of hope, a gift of compassion and above all a celebration of life. Exquisite color illustrations guide readers of all ages and all faiths through the verse. Now approaching 600,000 copies sold.
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Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish.
This humorous and heart touching story relates real interaction, dialogue and contemplation about death when a group of women loose a best friend. The book takes you on their road trip, as well as their inner journeys. A delight to read.
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When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
This book is a colorfully illustrated book to read with children when there has been a loss of a loved one. When Dinosaurs Die explains what death means, and helps children to understand their feelings.
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Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss by Michaelene Mundy.
This softly illustrated book helps children deal with confusion, and their emotions. Sad Isn’t Bad encourages children to cry, ask questions and trust that things will be alright.
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How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D. with Michael Spring.
This book not only offers a way to heal from the damaging effects of resentment, but also offers a model for forgiveness that helps create peace with others and for ourselves.
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Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
Not only does this book suggest that past trauma can explain anxiety, depression, physical pain, fatigue and illness, but it also includes a CD with guided Somatic Experiencing exercises for releasing the trauma.
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Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at The End of Life by Ira Byock, M.D.
Written by this Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician about the dying experience with his father.  Included are true stories about some of his patients and a closer look at the need for death-with-dignity and care at life’s end.
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A Year To Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
Very motivational. If someone were to reach an absolute still point in their life, this book would serve to examine each aspect of their living in an inspiring way.
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Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley.
These two hospice nurses spent over 10 years accumulating case studies to share for the awakening of people to the realities of dying. Each story reveals feelings and final moments which give insight to the gifts the dying leave us.
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