We will be adding our literature and videos over the summer months. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact the office at (613) 567-4278 and we can have a volunteer email you some literature, or join us at our monthly Support & Share Night program where we provide over 70 pieces of literature to choose from.
LITERATURE FOR YOUTH:
Our ‘Voices of Youth’ series below, was created by Marie Abbott in 2010. Marie was a teenage summer student who wanted to create a legacy project for her to complete during her summer stay. After some research, she learned that all the grief literature written for youth was written by adults. She set out to change this by creating our ‘Voices of Youth’ literature series, written entirely by youth.
She spent the summer contacting youth from our past programs, youth around Canada and other parts of the world who had experience death and grief and asked them to send in their stories and answer some questions about their grief journeys. She created a team of youth to review together the stories and answers and created the first 4 handouts. She also reviewed many websites for youth and books and then listed the top ones.
Thank you Marie for your wonderful legacy!
1 – Voices of Youth – STORIES AND POEMS ON GRIEF
2 – Voices of Youth – WHAT IS GRIEF
3 – Voices of Youth – COPING WITH GRIEF
4 – Voices of Youth – SUPPORTING A GRIEVING FRIEND
5 – Grief BOOKS for TEENS and KIDS
6 – Grief WEBSITES for Youth
LITERATURE FOR VARIOUS LOSSES:
- The Importance of Our Story, by Joyce Jensen
- How Do We Tell The Children, by Daniel Schafer and Christine Lyons
- Suggestions for Helping Yourself Through Grief, from Hope for Bereaved
- Hello Grief
- My Spouse Is Dead
- ALWAYS WITH ME: Parents Talk About the Death of a Child
How does a parent cope after the death of a child? Each essay in Always With Me: Parents Talk about the Death of a Child reveals the experiences of parents who have lived through the devastation and upheaval of their child’s death. Parents describe the maelstrom they face in their inner landscapes, coping strategies, and realigned place in the world. The writers in this collection of stories take on such topics as shock and isolation, despair, guilt, and how they attempt to make sense of their shattered lives. They offer insights into how their grief and loss are worked through, and why certain personal connections are severed, others strengthened. Importantly, they describe how, with lives altered indelibly, they try to press forward to find a new place in the world.
What people are saying about the book:
“The death of one’s child is possibly the harshest blow life can deliver. This extraordinary anthology offers diverse perspectives on how and why parents survive the pain of their child’s death. It is aimed at general readers, other survivors, and those who work with grieving families. The book is sad but not depressing. Read it in small doses to fully appreciate the depths of parental love, sorrow, remorse, and yearning represented here.”
—DEBORAH YAFFE, Senior Instructor Emerita, University of Victoria
“This book is a gift to all of us. The collection of vignettes takes us into the centre of the heartbreaking and unimaginable pain that parents who have lost children live through as they try to make sense of a world where the natural order of things is gone. Raw, honest, and powerful, the stories cannot but make an impression on the reader. The book is instructive and filled with valuable lessons not only for those in the helping professions—social workers, nurses, physicians, teachers, therapists—but also for the general public that needs to get past its discomfort with all parents’ worst nightmare and learn how better to provide compassionate support to bereaved parents and their families.”
—THERESE JENNISSEN, Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University
“I was deeply moved by the immediacy of this book’s stories, the candour of the writing. Between its pages, I found important insights on the nature of loss, grief, and hope. These heartfelt testimonies, so representative of what it means to be human, provide a close understanding of grieving. One by one, these stories change us for the better. As a health professional, I now feel closer to my fellow humans and more skilled to be there for them in times of profound pain. After the last word was read, I was left with a deep sense of compassion and gratitude for those who so generously shared their journey. True to its title, this book will always be with me.”
—RACHEL THIBEAULT, Ph.D. FCAOT, O.C., Sisyphus Resilience Consulting