Reflections

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Forever Remembered
by Dan Zadra (Compiler), Marcia Woodard 

A Gift for the Grieving Heart

Book Description: Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lonely and devastating experience. This book coupled with caring friends and loving family is sure to help ease the sorrow and bring enormous comfort. Each page of reveals a unique personal and treasured insight on grieving-many of them from a well-known celebrity or beloved public figure. these tender and remarkable messages remind us that regardless of fame or fortune grief inevitably touches each of our lives. But the essential message is one of hope: life does go on it must go on. In fact it is by living out our lives with the memories of our loved ones sheltered safely in our hearts that we honor and cherish them best 

After loosing my 27 year old daughter in a car accident 4 days after Xmas, this book has brought me hope and some peace, at last!! 

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A Bouquet for Mother (!Notable Keepsake Gift Book Series)
by Linda Ellis (Author of the poem "The Dash")

A book of beautiful compilation of poetry especially for Mothers.

In these busy, hectic lives we lead
too often we forget,
to be thankful to the person
to whom we owe our greatest debt.

Because roses will wither
and then slowly fade away,
instead Iíll send a dozen thank youís
in this gratitude bouquet.

Safe Passage : Words to Help the Grieving Hold Fast and Let Go
by Molly Fumia

Words of comfort for those who have suffered a loss move the reader through the raw emotions of grief--denial, anger, confusion, guilt, and loneliness--to acceptance and transformation. Original. 

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Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek

Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek (11), known to his friends as ďMattie,Ē began writing poetry and short stories at the age of three. Some of his works explore the uncensored reality of living with a rare form of Muscular dystrophy and with the grief associated with the loss of his three siblings to the same life-threatening condition. But most of his work proclaims the innocent hope, profound wisdom and delightful humor of childhood. Heartsongs is a collection of earlier poems and artwork of this gifted, courageous, award-winning poet. 

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Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek

Mattie J.T. Stepanek takes us on a Journey Through Heartsongs with more of his moving poems. These poems share the rare wisdom that Mattie has acquired through his struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the death of his three siblings from the same disease. His life view is one of love and generosity and as a poet and a peacemaker, his desire is to bring his message of peace to as many people as possible. 
 

About the Author 
Eleven-year-old Mattie Stepanek has been writing poetry and short stories since the age of three. In 1999 he was awarded the Melinda Lawrence International Book Award for inspirational written works by the Children's Hospice International. He has served as the Maryland State Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and in 2002 he will become the National Goodwill Ambassador. He lives with his mother Jeni, where he is home schooled. 

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Hope through Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek

Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President 
"Mattie will inspire readers of all ages with thoughts and images that bring both tears and expanded hearts." 

Book Description 
The award-winning bestselling poetry of 11-year-old Mattie Stepanek has touched the lives of hundreds and thousands of people. From Heartsongs, to Vietnam War Memorial, to Prayer for a Journey, Mattie has written movingly and courageously about life and death, love and loss, faith and hope, innocence and joy. His struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy has given him wisdom and insight, and his life, work, and message have been recognized by Oprah, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, ABC TVís Good Morning America, People, NBC TVís the Today show, and C- PANís BookTV

This title will be published in/on April 2002. You may order it now, and we will ship it to you when it arrives. 
 

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  Pictures Your Heart Remembers : Building Lasting Memories of Love & Acceptance in Your Family by John, Ph.D. Trent, John T. Trent 

"...What we do with the pictures in our hands is up to us. To bring life or death to those pictures is up to us. To bring light or darkness to them is up to us. To bring a blessing or a curse to them is up to us. We can do with the pictures what we please. We can keep them boxed away in the attic, or we can take them down and try to see the story the pictures tell. We can curse the past like victims of circumstance, or we can bless it like victors over our circumstances. It's up to us. It's our choice.

Book Review by Meg Avery

 
Healing After Loss : Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief 

by Martha Whitmore Hickman 

For those recovering from the death of a loved one, here is a collection of daily affirmations and meditations to ease the grieving process and pave the way for healing to begin. 

 
Living With Loss, Healing With Hope : A Jewish Perspective 
by Earl A., Rabbi Grollman 

I just finished reading the book "Living With Loss, Healing With Hope" by Rabbi Earl A. Grollman (Beacon Press, copyright 2000) and wanted to share these paragraphs. It is a good book, short, easy to read, not leaning too heavily on religion, some good poetry. This last paragraph says so much!

Death has led you to the edge of an abyss of desolation. it has threatened to overwhelm you with despair and meaninglessness.

Now you must begin to build a bridge across the abyss through those things that count the most - memory, family, friendship, and love.

Try to strike that delicate balance between a yesterday that should be remembered and a tomorrow that must be created.

Shared by Meg James' Mom

Earl Grollman's Living When a Loved One Has Died has brought comfort to more than 250,000 readers. In Living with Loss, Healing with Hope, Grollman speaks directly to mourners of the Jewish faith. By weaving quotations from Jewish writers and philosophers into his comforting and expert prose, Grollman guides readers through the journey of mourning, healing, and hope.

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Pictures Your Heart Remembers :
Building Lasting Memories of Love & Acceptance in Your Family
by John, Ph.D. Trent, John T. Trent

Book Review by Meg Avery

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Bytes of Poetry: A Lovestories.com Anthology 
by Alanna Webb 

Bytes of Poetry December 7, 1999 Reviewer: Charles Albano from New Jersey, USA I found the selection of poems in Bytes of Poetry to be as delectable and intriguing as the contents of a good candy sampler. The poems address experiences we have all had in the course of living, experiences of an emotional nature, particularly those involved in relating to loved ones. Topics such as loving, longing, mating, finding meaning together, and parting are tastefully explored. The poems manage, again and again, to strike home with insight and directness. They touch the heart as they should because they are sincere and heartfelt. Everything is within the range of empathy and rings true. I am pleased to see poetry "come home" again. The book is worth reading several times. 

Stars In The Deepest Night
by Genesse Bourdeau Gentry

The author, Genesse Bourdeau Gentry , February 28, 2000 STARS IN THE DEEPEST NIGHT is my gift to bereaved parents.. The poems in this collection come as close as I could get to putting in words my feelings of grief, heartbreak, despair, loneliness, reconnection, hope and healing after the death of my daughter. Bereaved parents say this book is a "source of comfort, reflecting [their] own thoughts and pain perfectly." Many carry it with them wherever they go. As more than one person has said, "I have read every book I could find on this subject. I have never seen anyone capture the feelings of a...

Always Follow Your Dreams

A Collection of Poems to Inspire and Encourage Your Dreams 
by Susan Polis Schutz (Editor) 

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Life Can Be Hard Sometimes ...but It's Going to
 Be Okay 

A Collection of Poems
    by Susan Polis Schutz (Editor)

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Mottos to Live By

A Collection of Poems
by Susan Polis Schutz (Editor)

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Chasing Away the Clouds 
Words of Encouragement That Will Help You Through
Any Hard Times and Bring More Happiness to
Your Life
by Douglas Pagels (Introduction)

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Dear Cheyenne
A Journey into Grief, A Collection of Angels & Love, A Celebration of Motherhood by Joanne Cacciatore 

The author, Joanne Cacciatore jcaccia@ix.netcom.com , May 27, 1998 

Grief is a life long process I want to share a letter I received after publishing the first edition of "Dear Cheyenne" from a mother who had just read the book:

"Dear Joanne, I received a copy of your book...I cannot express to you how much it affected me. My son died nearly twenty five years ago. Yet, so long ago, grieving for a dead infant was unacceptable. So instead of acknowledging my deep loss, I pretended he never existed. For more than a decade, no one knew that the pain still lingered deep within me. I purchased your book and for the first time since my son's death, I cried for him. It felt wonderful! Thank you for helping me realize that his life is important. Thank you for the courage to finally verbalize my pain and regain my rights as his mother to mourn his death. This book should be available to every grieving parent in the world! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!

Nancy Rios Houston, Texas, USA 

The publisher, M.I.S.S. , May 27, 1998 Book Synopsis: This book contains a wealth of helpful information for families after the death of a child. The lack of societal support and the overriding feelings of isolation and debilitating guilt/grief exacerbates a parent's disconnectedness. This book helps to make reality more clear after the tragedy of a child's death. It teaches skills necessary to integrate our pain into the day to day life we once knew as "normal." 

This book contains beautiful poetry, appropriate for memorial services, honest grief information and a self help section. It also includes information on how men and women often express grief unique from one another. 

This is the true emotional path of the journey...a side rarely embarked into.

"The best book on grief I have ever read." -J.L. bereaved mom

"Who better to softly bind the wound of one, than he who has suffered the wound himself." -Thomas Jefferson 

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