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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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Hospice, Funeral and End of Life Books and Other Resources


Caring for the Dead: Your Final Acts of Love:
A Complete Guide for Those Making Funeral Arrangements With or Without a Funeral Director
Carlson, Lisa
Upper Access Publishers, 1998.

Legal requirements for home death in all states, the most comprehensive guide for funeral issues. An update on legalities has been compiled since the book was published and is available at

Handbook for Creating a Home Funeral
Lyons, Jerri and Janelle Van Melvin, 1998

Living Into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community.
Poer, Nancy Jewel
White Feather Publishing, 2002

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
Harris, Jmark
Scribner, 2007

My Final Wishes (pre-planning booklet)
Threshold Care Circle

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond
Manahan, Nancy and Bohan, Becky
Beaver’s Pond Press, 2007

Laughing in a Waterfall: A Mother’s Memoir
Dietzel, Marianne
Laughing Bridge Publishing, 2010

She Would Draw Flowers
Bergh, Kirsten Savitri

Alison’s Gift: The Song of a Thousand Hearts Opening
Hogan, Pat
Nosila Publishing, 1999

Web sites

Nursing Homes, Hospices, & End-of-Life Resources

Resource Guide: A Manual for Home Funeral Care.
Knox, Elizabeth
Free download at

Minnesota Threshold Network

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Funeral Ethics Organization

Natural Transitions

Trust for Natural Legacies

Living Consciously Dying Gracefully

Funeral planning, customs, etiquette, grief, find a funeral home, pet loss.

Funeral Consumers Alliance:
A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. We do for funeral purchases what Consumer Reports does for products.

Growth House:
Free access to over 4,000 pages of high-quality education materials about end-of-life care, palliative medicine, and hospice care, including the full text of several books. We provide education both for the general public and for health care professionals.

Hospice Foundation of America:
Books, videos, and other end of life resources including how to locate hospice near you

Grief support groups, condolence advice, funeral etiquette and more.

American Hospice Foundation:
Articles, publications and products (for sale), and workshops addressing end of life issues.

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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