Bereavement Library

We have a bereavement library that we encourage people to utilize. It includes all kinds of grief support from loss of a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, miscarriage and suicide. If you are seeking support for yourself or another during your grieving process we invite you to call us at 641-753-7704.    Our services are free and confidential.

Don’t Take My Grief Away, Doug Manning

Gently, with warm, consoling, and practical guidance, Doug Manning addresses the painful, often disorienting aftermath of the death of a loved one, helping the bereaved cope with the emotions and confront the decisions that are an evitable part of this time of radical life adjustment. He begins with the premise “Grief is not an enemy; it is a friend. It is the natural process of walking through the hurt and growing through the walk.” Manning helps readers face up to grief, move through it, and learn to live again. Doug Manning helps us to understand what happens when someone dies, to accept it, and to face the feelings of loss, separation, and even guilt we learn to experience grief in a realistic yet healing way.

I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can, Linda Feinberg

How young widows and widowers can cope and heal
The normal grief experience at the death of a spouse is difficult enough, but the unique painful issues that arise with the death of a young person-single parenthood, financial insecurity, isolation-often seem unbearable. Linda Sones Feinberg, a specialist in grief and loss therapy, uses interviews and professional experience to guide young widows and widowers through a grieving process unique to them.

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss, Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving. 

This book that can be used for either children or adults.  Tear Soup uses the metaphor of making soup to illustrate the grieving process.  This book gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.


Widowed, Dr. Joyce Brothers

America’s best-known psychologist writes intimately about her own widowhood and advises others on coping with loss. In 1989, Dr. Joyce Brother’s husband of more than thirty years passed away. As a widow, Dr. Brothers found herself emotionally lost and alone at sea in an ocean of grief that, at times, threatened to drown her. Widowed is the story of how she dealt with her despair, overcame the loneliness, and gradually put her life back together. This is a very, very personal story of lasting love. It is Dr. Brother’s hope that others, anyone who has a parent or loved one, will benefit from what she learned. Dr. Brothers recounts confronting the grief’s loneliness and loss head-on by refusing to surrender to self-pity. She avoids hollow phrases and clichés of inspiration dealing instead, with her feelings directly. The book is filled with stories that every person who has lived through the death of a spouse will immediately recognize as real and honest.

 Midlife Orphan, Jane Brooks

Facing Life’s Changes Now That Your Parents Are GoneNo matter how old we are, losing our parents hurts. We may underestimate the emotional impact of losing our parents in the midst of midlife but even without our awareness, this experience can affect us in both positive and negative ways. In this thoughtful exploration of a neglected subject, Jane Brooks reveals some of the issues underlying this life passage.


Silent Grief, Christopher Lukas and Henry M. Seiden

Silent Grief brings the taboo subject of suicide out into the open, where survivors, their counselors, and friends can begin to understand and accept the past and look toward the future with new hope and compassion. Authoritative, deeply felt, Silent Grief is an important book that can make a difference in millions of lives.



Children & Grief, The Loss Of A Parent, Grandparent or Sibling


Lifetimes, Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

The beautiful way to explain death to children
When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen…
How can we help a child to understand? Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring beautiful way. Lifetimes tells about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between.


The Dragonfly Door, John Adams & Water Bugs & Dragonflies

Explaining Death to Children
This is a tender story about loss and change. It was written to help parents express their views about life and death.



A Quilt For Elizabeth, BenetteTiffault

“Healing after the loss of her father in this book is helped when Elizabeth lives through all her grief, anger at illness, and sorrowful feelings at losing the parent she loved so well. In this most valuable resource, a surprise way offered by a wise grandmother helps Elizabeth keep parts of her beloved daddy forever in memory.”


When Dinosaurs Die, Laurie Krasney Brown & Marc Brown

A Guide to Understanding Death
An explanation of what death is and the many different ways that people deal with it. The factual text is paired with comforting cartoon-style illustrations of friendly-looking dinosaur families.


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