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And all subsided in the hush
that followed, in the calm
of great wings folding
and shadowy forms lying down.

I rose and left that room,
the house of my grief
and my bondage, my book
never again to be opened.

To see as once I saw,
steadied by the darkness
in which I walked
and would make my way.

John Haines

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Grief Recovery Support Materials: Books, Writings, Videos


Loving Grief is a sacred text, a guide to the mysteries of grief; mysteries no one would willingly pursue but to which everyone will eventually be initiated. Paul Bennett’s generosity in sharing the very intimate journey of he and his wife, Bonnie, as they faced her death sets the tone. He teaches by example how to keep a broken heart open and growing in love. He lives the range of grief from the dreadful dailiness of loss to the transcendent glimpses of the eternal with lyrical grace. His griefscape is full and lush and productive, having no relationship to the arid, emptiness of depression.

In the stream of time, Paul Bennett has defined a space between the living and the dead where hearts can meet. Although the stream inevitably flows toward a future that the living and the dead can’t share, the space between them is timeless. This book is good nourishment for anyone who is ready to go deeply into life and love. -- KC Conway LCSW

Video: “By the Waters of Babylon,” by Dr. James E. Miller, produced by Willow Green Production” Fort Wayne, IN; 219-424-7916 Highly recommended. Used as an aid by many professional bereavement counselors.

Compassion Book Service for children and adults. 704-675-9670

On Life After Death, by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Known for her decades of work/ministry to the dying. Unlike some in the medical profession, Dr. Ross took the time to LISTEN to her dying patients. Their response may surprise you. Highly recommended!

The Widow's Handbook, A Guide for Living,” by Charlotte Foehner & Carol Cozart (Fulcrum, Inc., Golden, CO). Deals with the emotional and practical aspects of loss. This book is highly recommended for widowers and divorced people also. An example of topics covered, include chapters on: Enlisting Legal Help, Your Financial Advisory Team, Settling the Estate, Filing Claims for Life Insurance and Survivor Benefits, Social Security, Medicare, Health Insurance and Disability, Your Budget, Your Checkbook and Your Credit.

Remember the Secret, by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. A beautiful story about love, caring, and loss --especially helpful for children facing life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one. This book provides a wonderful way for children to learn about the value of life as well as the reality of death and dying. Full color illustrations.

Sad Hug, Mad Hug, Happy Hug (58198)B. Thousands of caring adults have relied on this book to restore a child's sense of security after the loss of a loved one. Highly recommended!

"Mourning has Broken"    A collection of creative writing about grief and healing.
Foreword by Alan Wolfelt, PhD
Edited by Mara Koven and Liz Pearl
KOPE Associates,2004
ISBN 0-9738040-0-9

Channing L.Bete Co. Inc.
200 State Rd.
South Deerfield, MA 01373


Loyola Books

Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children.

Downham- Miller, Sally. Mourning and Dancing for Schools: A Grief and Recovery
Sourcebook for Students, Teachers and Parents.

James, W. John, Friedman, Russell. Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for
Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses.

Litz, Brett T. Early Intervention for Trauma and Traumatic Loss.

Talbot, Kay. What Forever Means After a Death of a Child: Transcending the Trauma,
Living with the Loss.


Children’s books on death and grief

Deits, Bob. Life After Loss: A Personal Guide Dealing with Death, Divorce, Job Change, and Relocation. 1992. Fisher Books.

Doka, Kenneth J. Living With Grief: Children, Adolescents and Loss. 2000. Hospice
Foundation of America.

Lee, John H. Grieving: A Key to Healing (Cassette)

Matsakis, Ph.D, Aphrodite. I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors.

Rinpoche, Sogyal. Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying. 1995.
Rigpa Fellowship.

Rosenbloom, Dena, Williams, Mary Beth, Watkins, Barbara E. Life After Trauma:
Workbook for Healing

Rothman, Juliet. A Birthday Present for Daniel: A Child’s Story of Loss. 1996.
Prometheus Books.

Schiraldi, Glenn R. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook

The Center is expanding.

Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services has immediate openings for two full-time licensed psychologists. Click here for more information

The Center is expanding. Click here to for more about our newest clincial professional counselor, Elizabeth Cerven

New Groups

The Center is now taking names for new Healing Our Losses Group. See attached flyer and FAQ for detailed info. Contact Us by phone or email to find out more.

New Workshops
Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new CHANGE OF HEART . . . . Vulnerability and Self-transcendence workshop . . . [read more]

Center colleague Allan Schnarr, MDiv, PhD offering new "TRANSFORMING LOVE - Creativity as a way of new life" workshop . . . [read more]

News and Events
Thank You! Our 30th Anniversary celebration was a hit. To read more, click on this link.

Center Grief Recovery celebrates 30 Years with Open House Fundraiser. To learn more, click on this link.

We are excited to announce that Paul Martin, PsyD has become the Center's assistant director. To learn more about Paul's practice click on this link.

The Center Expands Again! Please join us in welcoming Megan Kelleher, LCSW who comes to us with wonderfully empathic presence, and a broad range of helping skills. You can learn more about her by visiting our Therapists section or clicking on this link.

Community Walk for Grief Support: Celebrating 25 Years of Transformation
The Center celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a fund raiser walk in Rogers Park, Chicago on June 4.
[read more]

New Articles

New interview on ideas for what to say and do to support the bereaved, by the Center's Meg Kelleher, LCSW. [read here]

Pain Bonds Us - I feel close to you when you let your pain show. A protective shield inside me slides away. [read more]

Private Practice: Dynamic Psychotherapy and Bereavement Counseling (CEU) [read more]

You Know Therapy Is Working When . . . - You feel increasingly uncomfortable with the status quo when it is causing harm. [read more]

Ideas About Mourning - For the griever the future feels shattered; everything hoped for is broken and gone/ lost like a broken mirror. [read more]

Myths and Realities of Mourning - Regrettably, our society maintains a host of unrealistic assumptions and inappropriate expectations when it comes to the work of grief and mourning. Here are some myths to consider: [read more]

The Difference Between Grief and Mourning - It is critical to know the difference between grief and mourning. Both processes are there to help the bereaved face the reality that their loved one is gone and then to slowly begin to accommodate to that fact. [read more]


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