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“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep”
– Unknown


Bereaved Family Support

“Especially when you’re grieving… Remember to take care of yourself with kindness, compassion, and without judgement.”


Online Grief Support

Bereaved Parents of Childhood Cancer (Facebook Group)

Parents who lost children to cancer (Facebook Group)

Momcology – Bereaved (Facebook Group)

Compassionate Friends (Facebook Group) –

Bereaved Parents of the USA (Facebook Group) –

Southern ME Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA (Facebook Group)

Helping Parents Heal (Facebook Group)

Helping Children with Grief

What’s Your Grief (Facebook Group)

Still Standing Magazine (Facebook Group)

Coping with Death and Grief – The Bereavement Process Explained

Tom Zuba, Permission to Mourn (Tom Zuba on fb) – 

David Kessler, (David Kessler on fb) –

“i. cry.
for the life you lived
and the one you didn’t.”
– Unknown


Bereavement Retreats and Trips

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love.
It’s all the love you want to give but cannot.
All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.”
– Unknown


Bereaved Sibling Camps

“A mother always carries her children.
Sometimes she carries their life.
Sometimes she carries their death.
But she will always carry them, no matter where they are.”
– Rachel Lewis


Books Dealing With Grief and the Afterlife
  • Let me Sow Love: Letters of Hope for Bereaved Parents – Cancer-specific child loss (order here)

  • It’s Ok That you’re Not Ok.
    Megan Devine.
    On Grief and Grieving. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler
    Transcending Loss. Ashley Davis Bush
    To Heaven and Back. Mary Neal, MD
    Permission to Mourn. Tom Zuba
    Becoming Radiant. Tom Zuba
    Bearing the Unbearable. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
    Grief Is A Journey. Dr. Kenneth J. Doka.
    Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul. Jack Canfield & Mark Hansen
    Imagine Heaven. John Burke.
    Transcending Loss. Ashley Davis Bush.
    The Unspeakable Loss of a Child. Nisha Zenoff.
    Living After Losing A Child. Ellen Mitchell.
    The Grief Club. Melody Beattie
    Please Be Patient I’m Grieving. Gary Roe.
    Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child. Gary Roe.
    From Mother to Mother On the Loss of a Child. Emily R. Long
    Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. David Kessler.
    Many Lives, Many Masters. Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
    Adventures of the Soul. James Van Praagh
    Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife – Eben Alexander
    I Am Enough. Marissa Peer
    Signs-The Secret Language of the Universe. Laura Lynne Jackson
    A to Z Healing Toolbox. Susan Hannifin-MacNab
    When Heaven Calls by Matt Fraser
    Through A Season of Grief by Bill Dunn
    A Place Called Heaven by Dr. Robert Jeffress
    Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst
    I Didn’t See That Coming by Lysa TerKeurst
    I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye by Brook Noel
    Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over by John Westfall
    There is more to life than this by Theresa Caputo
    The Grieving Garden by Redfern & Gilbert
    When the Bough Breaks by Judith R. Bernstein
    Keep Moving by Maggie Smith
    Grieving is Loving by Joanne Cacciatore
    Navigating Grief: A Guided Journal by Mia Roldan
    The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
    Speaking in Tears (poems) by Grace Andren
    Healing after Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman
    The Other Side of Sadness by George A. Bonanno
    How to Carry What Can’t be Fixed: A Journal for Grief by Megan Devine
    It’s okay to laugh (crying is cool too) by Nora McInerny
    No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny

*sibling-loss specific

  • The Dragon Fly Story by Kelly Owen*
  • Ben’s Flying Flowers by Inger Maier*
  • Finn’s Feather by Rachel Noble and Zoey Abbott*
  • Where do they go? By Julia Alvarez
    The memory box by Joanna Rowland
    Something very sad happened by Bonnie Zucker
    A hug from heaven by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
    Tear soup by Pat Swiebert
    Ida, always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
    The invisible string by Patrice Karst
    Always and forever by Alan Durant
    The littlest angel by Charles Tazewell
    Where are you? By Laura Olivieri
    The empty place by Roberta Temes
    Gentle willow by Joyce Mills
    The fox and the feather by Kendall Lanning
    Grief is a Mess by Jackie Schuld
    Maybe Tomorrow by Charlotte Agell (supporting a grieving friend)
    The Grief Bubble-Journal by Kerry DeBay
    The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (supporting a grieving friend)
    The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown
    My Heart by Corinna luyken
    The Next Place by Warren Hanson




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