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For those left behind: Web, film, and book resources

Helpful web sites
General information and articles
Books — ask your local bookstore for help
Documentary films: check with a counselling service or university for availablity
For professionals, educators, counsellors

The internet has made connecting with compassion easier than ever before. There is however, a remoteness to the medium. We have chosen just a sample to help people trying to cope with loss. Films, books, and counselling services may also provide support.

Helpful web sites

Discussing Death with Children/ in the classroom - This article by American opsychologist Gerry Koocher, was published U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. It outlines good examples of the developmental and other issues relevant to talking
with children about death.
A Place to Honor Grief - Tom Golden LCSW of the Crisis, Grief, and Healing Page - is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. We have 47 e-mail support groups and two web sites. Our integrated approach to on-line grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of many kinds.
Loss of a child - was created to remind you that while you may well feel overwhelmed by life circumstances, no problem is greater than your ability to solve it. Having said this, we all need a hand from time to time. So click on the index for the sections that apply to you (and there will probably be several). Take your time to read each page. Copy them and print them up if you feel the need. In each section, you will find useful information, immediate help, email addresses, telephone numbers, message boards, links to helpful books, and terrific sections on hope and laughter. You may not feel needed at the moment but believe me, you are. You may not feel loved at the moment but believe me, you are. You may feel like there is no hope but believe me, there is. You are needed. You are loved. There is hope.
The Compassionate Friends - The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Virtual Memorial Garden - The Virtual Memorial Garden is not a place of death but somewhere people can celebrate their family, friends and pets; to tell the rest of us about them and why they were special.

General information and articles

Some of these resources are academic, others are Government or other sites to help with the basics and provide further links.

Experiences of grief - A Guide to Understanding the Grieving Process
Grief and children - Simple guidelines to help children with loss and grief from the Better Health channel, Victorian Government.
The Club No One Wants to Join — A Dozen Lessons I've Learned from Grieving Children and Adolescents - A beautiful article from an expert in the field

Books — ask your local bookstore for helpBack to top

"The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses"
"Meaning Reconstruction & the Experience of Loss" Neimeyer, editor American Psychological Association Washington DC 2001. Neimeyer and others regard grief as part of the spectrum of losses which challenge us as humans, others of which may include divorce or childhood trauma or abuse. These workers understand that ongoing bonds with the child or person who has died not only do occur anyhow but may actually increase the ability to "live well"; and look at processes or structures which increase our ability to integrate the painful experience/s into a full and coherent experience of being.
"Handbook of Grief and Loss" Nehmeyer, Centre for Grief Education Melbourne 2002 Written during an Australian residency period, this handbook draws on the theories of meaning re-construction and includes detailed ideas for grief-work such as journalling, memorial rituals, etc, which an inidividual can use either in their own re-building process or while helping others.
Zagdanski Doris “What’s Dead Mean” Michelle Anderson PublishingA child's book about death with stick figure drawings to help adults working with young children eg to age 8 to begin to comprehend their own experience with death.

Documentary films: check with a counselling service or university for availablityBack to top

“A Child’s Grief” Magic Lantern Communication, Reunion films 1994 Simcha Jacobovichi (Director)
Bereaved families of Ontario. This documentary follows a bereaved children’s group through a series of therapeutic sessions. Footage from the sessions is complemented by interviews with a number of the families of the children at their homes, with the grief counsellor and art therapist and other professionals. A very moving portrayal of the psychological world of bereaved children and ways to help them.
"Hard Medicine: A Journey in Adult Grief" Greg Parish & Gerardine OSullivan, Centre for Grief Education Monash University Melbourne. This documentary follows 4 bereaved adults from a variety of backgrounds and types of losses, looking at what is hard and what has helped in their journeys. Hard hitting but again very moving in its portrayal of real issues and real courage.
"It’s a Long Road" Noreen Lange 2002 Elephant Productions WA. This documentary follows five mothers of children with a disability and gives their experiences of “denial, disappointment, grief, anger, feeling isolated, depression, despairing, expectations of others, having other children, siblings, living in the country acceptance, issues regarding genetic disorders”. I found it very honest, thorough, and helpful. (RB)
"Surviving Death" Canadian Film Commission. A Canadian documentary following 5 individuals who have lost eg brother, mother, son, partner, and their varying responses.

For professionals, educators, counsellorsBack to top

Centre for Grief Education - The Centre for Grief Education is an independent, not for profit organisation which opened in January 1996 and is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia. Registered as a public benevolent institution the Centre receives operational funding through the state palliative care program of the Victorian Department of Human Services.
National Association for Loss and Grief (Australia) Inc - Email: