Funeral Resources In Print

Where to Purchase Publications about Funerals, Grief and Dying

There are numerous books on the subjects of death, dying, grief and funerals. Here is a sampling of the available publications. You can purchase these and other publications on the web at the following sources.

Funeral Service Foundation
13625 Bishop’s Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005-6607

Publications: Death and Dying — Adults

Final Gifts : Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs,and Communications of the Dying
Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley
Bantam Books, 1997; ISBN: 0553378767

On Death and Dying
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Collier Books, 1997; ISBN: 0684839385

Publications: Death and Dying — Children & Teens

Daddy’s Promise
Cindy Klein Cohen, John T. Heiney, Michael J. Gordon (Illustrator)
Promise Pubns; 1997; ISBN: 0965649806 ; Ages 4-8

Dog Heaven
Cynthia Rylant
Scholastic Trade, 1995; Ages 3-6; ISBN: 0590417010
A book for parent-child discuss the mystery of dying.

Guiding Your Child Through Grief
Mary Ann Emswiler M.A. M.P.S, James P. Emswiler
Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub (Trd Pap); 2000; ISBN: 0553380257

Heaven’s Not a Crying Place:
Teaching Your Child About Funerals, Death, and the Life Beyond
Joey O’Connor; Fleming H Revell Co; 1997; ISBN: 0800756436
A minister, parent, and mortician’s son writes to help children to deal with, learn from, and grow through death.

I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand: A Child’s Guide to Grief and Loss
by Pat Palmer, Dianne O’Quinn Burke (Illustrator)
Impact Publishers, Inc., 1994; ISBN: 0915166828

The Grieving Teen : A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends
Helen Fitzgerald
Simon & Schuster (Paper); 2000; ISBN: 0684868040

What’s Heaven?
Maria Shriver, Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)
Golden Books Pub Co; 1999; ISBN: 0307440435; Ages 4-8
Journalist Maria Shriver shares conversations between a mother and a young daughter following the death of the child’s great-grandmother.

When Your Friend’s Child Dies: A Guide to Being a Thoughtful and Caring Friend
Julane Grant

Publications: Grief

Awakening from Grief
John E. Welshons
Open Heart Publications, 2000, ISBN: 1-928732-57-7

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies
Marta Felber
Ave Maria Press, 2000; ISBN: 0877939322

Good Grief: Making Sense of Death, Dying & Funerals
Mark H Shearon, 1997; ISBN: 0965813304

Healing the Grieving Heart:
100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends & Caregivers
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.; Companion Press, 1993

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and
Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
Brook Noel, Pamela D. Blair
Champion Pr Ltd, 2000; ISBN: 1891400274

In Lieu of Flowers : A Conversation for the Living
Nancy Cobb; Pantheon Books, 2000; ISBN: 0375403418

When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter
Judith R. Bernstein, Nora Donaghy (Editor)
Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1998; ISBN: 0836252829

Publications: Funeral Customs and Practices

A Cemetery Should Be Forever
John F. Llewellyn
Tropico Press, 1998, ISBN: 0-9665801-2-5

Ethnic Variations in Dying, Death, and Grief
Edited by Donald P. Irish, Kathleen F. Lundquist, Vivian Jenkins Nelsen

Taylor & Francis, 1993, ISBN: 1-56032-278-0

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife
Edited by Christopher Jay Johnson, PhD and Marsha G. McGee, PhD
The Charles Press, 1998, ISBN: 0-914783-85-8

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Padma Sambhava, Robert A. Thurman (Translator); Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing,1994; ISBN: 0553370901

Publications: Funeral Planning

Baker’s Funeral Handbook
Paul E. Engle, Editor
Baker Book House Company, 1996
Resource guide for pastors planning funeral, memorial and graveside services for nine denominations; readings for victims of suicides and accidents, non-believers, and children; and Funeral Planning Guide.

Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Caregivers
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., Companion Press, 1994
Background on the value of funeral ceremonies and how to maximize their value in the healing process

Goodnight, Sweet Prince
William Schmidt

Readings for Remembrance: A Collection for Funerals and Memorial Services
Eleanor C. Munro (Introduction); Penguin USA; ISBN: 0140280642

Leading Today’s Funerals: A Pastoral Guide for Improving Bereavement Ministry
Daniel Scott Lloyd; Baker Book House, 1997; ISBN: 0801090326

In Memoriam: A Practical Guide to Planning a Memorial Service
Amanda Bennett, Terrence B. Foley, Terence Foley
Fireside,1997; ISBN: 0684819023

An Insiders Guide to Funerals
Jay Tankersley
The Funeral Advisory Company, 1999; ISBN: 0967468604

Sourcebook of Funerals
John Tbodo, Henry G. Brinton, Charles E. Ferrill
Communication Resources, 1998; ISBN: 0930921135

Let the Choice Be Mine: A Personal Guide to Planning Your Own Funeral
Cathy Robertson
Cathy Robertson Publishing, 1996; ID 83864
Workbook to note your wishes and pass along to loved ones to use as reference upon your death.

The Funeral: An Endangered Tradition — Making Sense of the Final Farewell
Johnette Hartnett
Good Mourning, South Burlington, VT, 1993; ISDN:

Publications: Funeral Practices – Non-traditional

Funerals Without God: A Practical Guide to Non-Religious Funerals
Jane Wynne Willson
Prometheus Books,1991; ISBN: 0879756411

The Rituals Resource Book: Alternative Weddings, Funerals, Holidays & Other Rites of Passage
Susan M. Mumm
Alexandra Yul Pub & Distributing, 1995; ISBN: 0961964510
Nurses share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life.

A Humanist Funeral Service
Corliss Lamont; Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 1977
Readings and meditations designed for the humanist service.

Publications: The Lighter Side of the Darker Side

Funerals of the Famous Vol. 3
Editors of American Funeral Director magazine
Kates-Boylston Publications;1999; ISBN: 0967782007
Read about the funerals of Thomas Jefferson, Elvis Presley, and Princess Diana.

The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action
Wendy Northcutt; E P Dutton, 2000; ISBN: 0525945725
Recognizes those who ensure the survival of our species by removing themselves from the gene pool in an idiotic way.

Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die
Karol A. Jackowski
Hyperion, 2000; ISBN: 0786885475

The Definitive Guide to Underground Humor: Quaint Quotes About Death, Funny Funeral Home Stories and Hilarious Headstone Epitaphs
Edward Bergin, Wiley Miller, Anita Wise

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Thomas Lynch

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