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  • Advice on Dying
    the Dalai Lama. Atria Books, 2002.
  • The Art of Dying
    by Patricia Weenolsen. St. Martin’s Griffin, 1996.
  • The Goldfish Went on Vacation: A Memoir of Loss
    by Patty Dann. Trumpeter Books, 2007.
  • Grief’s Courageous Journey
    by Sandi Caplan & Gordon Lang. New Harbinger, 1995.
  • Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
    by Joanne Lynn, MD and Joan Harrold, MD. Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Learning to Fall
    by Philip Simmons. Bantam, 2000.
  • Lift Up Your Hearts
    by Mauryeen O'Brien. ACTA Publications, 2000.
  • Losing a Parent
    by Fiona Marshall. Fisher Books, 2000.
  • Staying in Charge
    by Karen Orloff Kaplan. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Talking about Death
    by Virginia Morris. Algonquin, 2004.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
    by Mitch Albom. Doubleday, 1997.
  • What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life
    by David Kuhl, MD. PublicAffairs, 2002.
  • When You Know You're Dying
    by James Miller. Willowgreen Publishing, 1997.
  • The Last Lecture
    by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow, Hyperion, 2008

Kids & Teens Coping with Death & Loss

  • Bereaved Children and Teens
    by Earl Grollman.  Beacon press, 1995
  • Flamingo Dream
    by Donna J. Napoli. Greenwillow, 2002.

  • Gentle Willow A Story for Children about Dying
    by Joyce Mills. Magination, 2004
  • The Grieving Child
    by Helen Fitzgerald. Fireside Book, 1992.
  • The Grieving Teen
    by Helen Fitzgerald. Fireside Book, 2000.
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief
    by Mary Ann & James Emswiler. Bantam Books, 2000.
  • Help for the Hard Times Getting through Loss
    by Earl Hipp. Hazelden, 1995.
  • Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One
    by William Kroen, Spirit, 1996.
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
    by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen. Bantam Books, 1983.
  • A Pillow for My Mom
    by Charissa Sgouros. Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • Rudi’s Pond
    by Eve Bunting. Clarion, 2004.
  • The Saddest Time
    by Norma Simon. Albert Whitman & Company, 1986.
  • A Story for Hippo: A Book About Loss
    by Simon Puttock et al. Scholastic Press, 2001.
  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers
    by Earl Grollman. Beacon Press, 1993.
  • When the Sun Goes Down: A Serendipitous Guide to Planning Your Own Funeral
    by Betty Breuhaus. iUniverse, Inc. 2007.
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child
    by Earl Grollman.Beacon Press, 1990.
  • Talking with Children About Loss
    by Maria Trozzi. A Perigee Book, 1999.
  • What is Death
    by Etan Bortizer. Veronica Lane Books, 2004.
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
    by T. Romain. Free Spirit, 1999.
  • What's Heaven?
    by Maria Shriver. Golden Books, 1999.

Parents Coping with the Death of a Child

  • The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child
    by Barbara Rosof. Henry Holt and Company, 1994.

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