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  Buy "A Time To Grieve" at amazon

By Carol Staudacher

This one was given to me by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board councellor who came to see us right after Micheal died.

Very helpful because each page begins with a quote from someone who has survived the death of a loved one, related to the many emotions we go through, and questions we ask, during our grief, including pain, guilt, anger, shame, fear...  It then has a very comforting comment from the author on that specific emotion, question or "stage of grief" and then a comforting  meditation follows.

Broken down into three sections: Retreating, Working Through and Resolving, each quote is a very brief chapter unto itself, so even early in this journey when it is impossible to concentrate to read, this book is "do-able".  In the beginning I felt like almost every "chapter" was written for me.  It will make you cry... but it will comfort you to know that you are not the first person to have these feelings and questions.

I really recommend this book for the newly bereaved, but anyone who has lost someone they love will find comfort in it's pages.

Love and hugs,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

  Buy "Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child" at amazon

Nine mothers in collaboratin with Ellen Mitchell, whose children died as young adults, share thier stories.  Gave me much comfort and support during the early months of my first year of grief.

This is one that jumped off the shelf at the bookstore at me.

Very highly recommend to mothers who lost thier children as young adults or even older teenagers.

Love and hugs,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

buy "Love Never Dies" at

Most of the books on the market deal mainly with general grief, and of the limited number that deal with child loss, few of those deal with the loss of a young adult or adult child.

Sandy lost her 18 year old son in 1996 and her book not only tackles the grief process that we are all wading our way painfully through, it takes you through her desperate quest to prove to herself (in part with the help of the now famous John Edward) that there is life after and that her son is still part of her life.

If you like and believe in the work of John Edward (John's contact from Sandy's son is referred to several times in one of John's books) and others like him, I think this book will bring you some amount of comfort.

I highly recommend it.
Love and hugs to all,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

Child Loss / Thinking of you today Brun
« on: January 26, 2007, 09:25:07 PM »
Just wanted to let you know Brun, that even though I didn't have a chance to get to my computer until so late, I was thinking of you today on Jim's birthday.

Hoping you found some peace, and felt his presence all around you to help you get through it.

Love and hugs,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

Child Loss / Thank you to everyone
« on: January 25, 2007, 09:22:17 PM »
I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for thier thoughts and support today - one of the toughest so far.  And although my son's name is Micheal, not Adam, I do appreciate all of your posts, knowing the warm hearts and kindness with which they were sent.

Love and gratitude to you all,
Johanna and Micheal.

Child Loss / Thinking of you today Don
« on: January 23, 2007, 06:59:18 AM »

Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts today, on Donny's birthday, as you go through this day of bitter-sweet memories.

Take good care of yourself, and may your wonderful memories of the great times you had with Donny sustain you today.

Love and big hugs,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

Child Loss / Micheal's 24th Birthday - November 11, 2007
« on: December 02, 2006, 06:47:28 PM »
"To the world, he was just one - To us, he was the whole world"

Child Loss / Posting to January calendar
« on: December 02, 2006, 06:29:16 PM »
Just adding Micheal's angel date.
Love and hugs,
Johanna, Micheal's mom

Child Loss / Micheal's 23rd Birthday - Nov 11, 2006
« on: December 02, 2006, 06:27:38 PM »
Born November 11, 1983 at 1:12pm. 6 pounds 2 1/2 ounces.

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