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Further help for the bereaved



Bereavement book list

christian Reading

Jennifer Round will happily obtain copies on request tel. 01625 828961 or email:

‘Lament for a Son’ by Nicholas Wolterstorff, a personal wrestling with grief and faith, Eerdmans ISBN 978-0- 8028-0294-1

‘Living through Grief’ by Harold Bauman £1.99 or £2.99 as a hardback edition Lion Hudson ISBN 978-0-7459- 4569-9

‘Waterbugs and Dragonflies’ by Doris Stickney, £2.50, explaining death to children

‘Return to the Fold’ by Linda Bodicoat has prayers following the death of animals, different scenarios, expresses feelings of loss including by children and the elderly and in between.
Anglican Society for the welfare of animals, Rose Cottage, Highfield St, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire LE9 7HS.
Web, email £5.20inc p&p

‘Living through Bereavement’ by David M Owen, with the help of Christian thought and prayer.

‘Comfort in bereavement the Christian Hope' by William Purcell

‘Pocket Words of Comfort’ by Christopher Herbert

Other reading

‘Children and Bereavement’ leaflet from the Mothers Union

‘All in the end is harvest’ Editor Agnes Whitaker for Cruse Bereavement Services, an anthology with helpful comments.  Pub. DLT ISBN 0-232- 51624-3, £8.49 from Amazon

‘Don't let them tell you how to grieve’, poems by Gina Claye, especially for those who have lost a child

‘Michael Rosen's Sad Book’ a picture book suitable for children and adults

Desolate hillside ©: James McCracken

When we need more help

Support organisations
These organisations all provide telephone support by people who have
experience themselves of bereavement,
local groups and literature: see
below for contact details.

Professional counselling
There is no set pattern for grieving, though some things are common and normal. They include anger with the loved one for dying, or feelings of guilt, reasonable or unreasonable.Flashbacks can occur out of the blue and can be distressing.
If such feelings continue to be overwhelming especially if they are affecting someone’s employment, education or personal relationships then it may be best to consult a counsellor who will be familiar with the many difficult feelings which bereavement can bring, and suggest strategies for coping with them. Your GP should be able to refer you to a qualified counsellor.

Support organisations

CRUSE Originally for widows, now covers full range including children.
Cruse Bereavement Care, PO Box 800, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1RG
Day by Day Helpline 0844 477 9400 email:
Young Person's freephone helpline 0808 808 1677 and email

WINSTONS WISH For bereaved children and their families/carers.
Winston’s Wish Head Office, Westmoreland House 80-86 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7JT
Helpline 08452 03 04 05
General Enquiries: 01242 515157
Fax: 01242 546187;

For those who have lost a child, of any age.
Helpline 0845 1 23 23 04. The line is always answered
by a bereaved parent. E mail

(Sands) Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY.
Head Office: 020 7436 7940 10am - 5pm, Monday
- Friday. Sands National Helpline: 020 7436 5881 email

The Flamsteed Centre, Albert Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5GU Tel: 0115 944 1117
E-Mail: National
Helpline - 0844 561 6855
Support by email Carol at
Minicom Brenda on 01925 826204 Typetalk Brenda on 18002 - 01925 826204

All these organisations provide telephone support,
local groups and literature.

A blessing for anyone bereaved

May God bless you and be with you in this time of
deep sorrow.
In the tears of others, know that he weeps with you.
In the touch of others, know that his arms are holding
In the practical work of others, know that he is helping
you to cope from day to day.
In the words of others, know that he is speaking to
In the prayers of others, know that he hears you.
And in the desolation of this time, know that by
each tear, touch, act, word and prayer, others are
bringing God’s love to you to filter into those empty
spaces with compassion and understanding.