Monday, March 26, 2012

When An Adult Child Dies: Resources for Bereaved Parents

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I don't think of him every day; I think of him every hour of every day. ~ Gregory Peck, in an interview many years after the death of his son

In the ordinary course of events, we parents don't expect to out-live our own grown children. But when an adult child does precede us in death, it shatters our assumptive world and brings us to our knees. It goes against what we perceive to be the natural order of things, and it feels very, very unfair.

At such a sorrowful time, where can bereaved parents turn for understanding, comfort and support?

Recently I was asked to suggest a list of resources for a support group aimed at parents coping with the death of an adult child. The resources I've assembled are listed below, including links to a number of articles I've found in my travels around the Internet, some books I've read myself and personally recommend, and several helpful and informative websites. (These and other resources are listed on my website's Death of an Infant, Child or Grandchild page.)

If you know of any other resources you’d like to see added to the list, or if you'd like to comment on my selections, you are most welcome to do so in the Comments section below.


When Your Child Dies By Suicide by Dr. Harry Barry


Surviving Grief: Death of a Child (I Have No Intention of Saying Goodbye) by Sandy Fox

Alive in Memory by Maria Kubitz

Kelly Buckley Blog by Kelly Buckley


A Mosaic Heart: Reshaping the Shards of a Shattered Life by Terry Jones-Brady

A Season of Grief: A Comforting Companion for Difficult Days by Ann Dawson

A Vow Made True: From Grief to Hope by Dolores Carruthers

After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss through the Years by Ann Finkbeiner

Amazing Adventures with Dev by Melody Boulton and Devon Allen Merritt

And a Sword Shall Pierce Your Heart: Moving from Despair to Meaning After the Death of a Child by Charlotte Mathes

Disaster Falls by Stephane Gerson

Dreaming Kevin: The Path to Healing by Carla Blowey

Gratitude in Grief: Finding Daily Joy and a Life of Purpose Following the Death of My Son by Kelly S. Buckley

Grieving Parents: Surviving Loss As A Couple by Nathalie Himmelrich

Heartbroken: Grief and Hope Inside the Opioid Crisis by Ellen Krohne et al

Heaven's Animator by Kathy Andrews

Just One Little Thing by Kelly S. Buckley

Love Never Dies: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Love by Sandy Goodman

Making Toast: A Family Story by Roger Rosenblatt

May We All Heal: Playbook for Creative Healing After Loss by Nathalie Himmelrich

No Words: A True Story of Love, Tragic Loss, and Ultimate Survival by Renee Kimberling

Parents Like Us: Guide to Parenting A Young Person with A Substance Abuse Disorder by Parents for Parents  

Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go by Mark Ireland

Surviving My First Year of Child Loss: Personal Stories edited by Nathalie Himmelrich

The Angel Tales: Refuge for a Parent's Healing Heart by Deneene Florino

The Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child by Suzanne Redfern and Susan Gilbert

The Lively Shadow: Living With the Death of a Child by Donald Murray

The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After A Child Dies? by Nisha Zenoff

We Regret to Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them by Joanne Steen

When Every Day Matters: A Mother's Memoir on Love, Loss and Life by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

You Are the Mother of All Mothers - A Message of Hope for the Grieving Heart By Angela Miller


David Kessler and Brené Brown on Grief and Finding Meaning

Enduring the Death of a Child: What It's Like and How to Help a Grieving Parent

Jill Harrington: Loss of a Young Adult 

Websites, Organizations:

Bereaved Parents of the USA - Home Page

Center for Loss and Trauma - Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

The Compassionate Friends: National

Fathers Forever

GPS (Grieving Parents Sharing) HOPE

GriefHaven: Providing Support and Resources to Those Who've Lost a Child

Grieving Dads: To The Brink and Back

Grieving Parents Support Network

Helping Parents Heal

Hospice of the Valley's Grief Support Services

Lamenting Sons: Fathers in Grief

MISS Foundation: Mothers in Sympathy and Support

Mothers Finding Meaning Again - Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Open to Hope

POMC: Parents Of Murdered Children

The Good Grief Project

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© by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, BC-TMH   

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