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Most of us are not prepared to plan and carry out a funeral ceremony for the death of someone we love. And so much of the information available on this critically important subject fails to focus on what is most important: having a personalized, meaningful funeral that helps families and friends begin mourning after the death of someone they love

In addition to the information contained on this website, a list of recommended readings is provided below to help you understand your choices and allow you to plan the most meaningful funeral for your loved one.

General Grief

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

Written by:  Brook Noel & Pamela Blair, Ph.D.

Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death

Written by: Sarah York

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

Written by: Joanna Cacciatore

It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

Written by: Megan Devine

Good Grief: A Companion for Every Loss

Written by: Granger E. Westberg

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Losing a Parent

The Orphaned Adult: Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents

Written by: Alexander Levy

Healing After the Loss of Your Mother: A Grief & Comfort Manual

Written by: Elaine Mallon

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss

Written by: Hope Edelman

The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives

Written by: Denna Babul RN & Karin Luise

Loss of a Parent: Adult Grief When Parents Die (Healing from the Loss of a Parent)

Written by: Theresa Jackson

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Losing a Child

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child

Written by: Ellen Mitchell

Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child (Good Grief Series)

Written by: Gary Roe

Gone but Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child

Written by: David W. Wiersbe

The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies?

Written by: Ellen Mitchell

Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss

Written by: Rachel Lewis

The Miscarriage Map: What To Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting

Written by: Dr. Sunita Osborn

The Brink of Being: Talking About Miscarriage

Written by: Julia Bueno

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Losing a Significant Other

The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief

Written by: Nora McInerny

The Tender Scar: Life After the Death of a Spouse

Written by: Richard L. Mabry

I'm Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal

Written by: Linda Feinberg

Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse

Written by: Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge & Robert C. De Vries

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Losing a Sibling

SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A SIBLING: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies

Written by: Nora McInerny

Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss

Written by: Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

Sibling Grief: Healing After the Death of a Sister or Brother

Written by: P. Gill White

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For Grieving Kids

The Invisible String

Written by: Patrice Karst

I’ll Always Love You

Written by: Hans Wilhelm

The Memory Box

Written by: Joanna Rowland

Lost in the Clouds: A gentle story to help children understand death and grief

Written by: Christine Harder Tangvald

Someone I Love Died

Written by: Rachel Lewis

My Sibling Still: for those who've lost a sibling to miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death

Written by: Megan Lacourrege

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Written by: Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

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Suicide Loss

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss

Written by: Michael F. Myers & Carla Fine

Aftermath: Picking Up the Pieces After a Suicide

Written by: Gary Roe

The Sudden Loss Survival Guide: Seven Essential Practices for Healing Grief (Bereavement, Suicide, Mourning)

Written by: Chelsea Hanson

Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families After a Suicide

Written by: Beverly Cobain & Jean Larch

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Recommended Links

Someone you loved has died. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful, and sometimes lonely. No words, written or spoken, can take away the pain you now feel.

The following organizations are additional sources of information, education, and referral that may bring you some comfort and encouragement as you make a commitment to help yourself heal.

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. -Warren Buffet

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National Self-Help Organizations and Support Groups

American Association of Suicidology

Information and resources; referrals to suicide survivor groups

Center for Loss and Life Transition

Resources, education and training, and referral for bereaved families; provides a certificate program in Death and Grief studies for bereavement professionals

The Compassionate Friends

Information and resources for bereaved families who have experienced the death of a child

The Dougy Center

Information, education, referral, and support for children and families; publishes a national directory of support programs for bereaved children


Pregnancy and infant loss support

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Education, resources, and advocacy for bereaved families

Parents of Murdered Children, Inc

Information, resources, and support for bereaved families

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

A resource of suicide bereavement support groups and community suicide prevention efforts.

After A Suicide Resource Directory: Coping with Grief, Trauma, and Distress

A comprehensive list of suicide grief sources. 

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing

Connecting those who have lost someone due to substance use and addiction.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Public education about suicide and guides for survivors navigating grief.

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Local to Michigan

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Grief Support

Support groups including cancer support, youth programs, and social activities.

Ele’s Place

A Grand Rapids program dedicated to helping children and teens cope with grief.

Widowed Person’s Service

A Grand Rapids peer support organization offering support groups, social events, and resources.