Books for Grief Support
Communities We Support
Quotes, Prayers, & Bible Verses
“Dear Lord, I never expected to outlive my child. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. This loss affects so many people. I don’t know how to move on. I ask you to give me good memories of our life together. Help me trust you with the painful circumstances surrounding my child’s death. I want to glorify you, even in my pain. Show me how to do that and protect me from bitterness. Give me a new purpose for living and a way to honor my child’s life. I trust you, and I honor you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you asthe world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Books for Grief Support
Bearing the Unbearable Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief
Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
A companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of shared humanity
Facing Death and the Life After
Graham calls for Christians to confront the sobering face of death–realistically, but with the confidence that through Christ the final enemy can be conquered.
Grieving Dads To the Brink and Back
Kelly Farley with David Dicola
Written from a man’s perspective, this book helps a grieving dad know that he is not alone.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
This book has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. We cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Secure in the Everlasting Arms
In a life filled with uncertainty, Elisabeth Elliot clings to the God who never leaves her side
Surviving the Loss of a Child Support for Grieving Parents
Elizabeth B. Brown
Words of healing from someone who has lost their own child.
180 Devotions for When Life is Hard
Renae Brumbaugh Green
Encouragement for a Woman’s Heart
When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One Finding Hope Together
David and Nancy Guthrie
At a time when nobody seems to understand, David and Nancy do. Let them, along with others who’ve walked this road, take your household from hurt to healing.
Child Loss The heartbreak and the Hope
After losing two sons, Hinton wrote this for you to see life from a new perspective that moves far beyond the heartbreak of a child loss into the light of hope.
Written as a tribute to the thousands of donor families around the country that provide the gift of life through the selfless act of organ and tissue donation.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Keller shows there is meaning and reason behind pain and suffering and can be overcome only by understanding our relationship with God.
From Mother to Mother on the Loss of a Child
Emily R. Long
Dozens of mothers put their hearts into words to share with other grieving mothers.
You Are the Mother of all Mothers A Message of Hope for the Grieving Heart
Offers freedom from misplaced blame and is a brave invitation to embrace peace, joy, and wholehearted living once again.
Beyond Tears Living After Losing a Child
Nine mothers whose children died as young adults lend comfort and direction to other bereaved parents in a chorus of supported voices. They share what to expect in the first year and beyond.
90 Minutes in Heaven - A True Story of Death and Life
Don Piper with Cecil Murphy
Offers a glimpse into the very real dimension of God’s reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Life After Losing A Child A Mother’s Grief and Spiritual Journey
Genda Beebout Pyzer
Following the loss of her 16-year-old son Ryan, Glenda began writing a blog to talk about her grief. What developed was a journey through her emotions, memories, and spiritual awakening.
Walking the Small Group Tightrope
Russ Robinson, Bill Donahue
Meeting the challenges every group faces.
A Grace Disguised How the Soul Grows Through Loss
Gerald L Sittser
After losing his mother, wife, and child in a tragic accident, Sittser wrote this book about coming to the end of ourselves so we can come to the beginning of a new life, one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings.
A Grace Revealed How God Redeems the Story of Your Life
Gerald L Sittser
A Grace Revealed brings the story of Sittser’s family full circle, revealing God’s redeeming work in the midst of circumstances that could easily have destroyed them. As Sittser reminds us, our lives tell a good story after all.
My Dream of Heaven
Rebecca Ruter Springer Biblical
Truths with emotional impressions
The Voice of an Angel
A Mother’s guide to grief and how to thrive after the loss of a child.
When Life Is Changed Forever
Within these helpful pages, the author skillfully offers the sure hope that life can be lived fully again while facing the truth that it can never be the same
Suffering Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
Paul David Tripp
This raw yet hope-filled book will help you cling to God’s promises when trials come and move forward with the hope of the gospel.
Colors of Goodbye
A memoir of holding on, letting go, and reclaiming the joy in the wake of loss.
It’s Okay Not to Be Okay-Moving Forward One Day at a Time
This book will help you overcome your struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. Not self-help. God help.
Choose Joy Because Happiness Isn’t Enough
After losing her son to suicide, Warren wrote this book to send your spiritual roots deep into the soil of God’s love so that you can develop convictions and certainties about Him that will become the source of your strength when happiness isn’t enough.
Granger E. Westberg
A faith-based guide to understanding and healing.
A memoir of loss and love.
Lament for a Son
After losing his son in a mountain climbing accident, he shares the depths of his grief and his faith in his future.
The Unspeakable Loss How Do You Live After a Child Dies?
Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D.
Support, Guidance, and Wisdom from others who have been there.
Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief
The death of someone we love cracks us open inviting us to become the person we were born to be.
Communities We Support
The EM5 Fly Foundation
The EM5 Fly Foundation was created to honor the short life and big heart of 15 year-old Evan Melau, who was taken from this earthly world way too soon. The mission of this foundation is simple: help others, create joy. Or as Evan would say, “spread it around!” EM5 achieves this by raising funds that assist families, children, teenagers and student athletes in the form of events, monetary donations, gift cards, holiday gift baskets, scholarships, and more.
Media – Ian’s Place In the News
Article – Healing Through Hope
Podcast – Christ Church
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“We know the dark place you are in right now; we’ve been there. You don’t believe you will walk back into the light and laugh and find joy, but you will. We are here to help.”
Article – Shining Bright
Catching up with ABC7 meteorologist Tracy Butler on career, family, and how her sunny outlook allows her to weather any of life’s storms Downer’s Grove Magazine Online
Video – ABC7 Eyewitness News
CLARENDON HILLS, Illinois – October 20, 2021, marks the beginning of “Healing Through Hope,” in the western suburbs of Chicago. All are invited to attend the open house for Ian’s Place, a community of support and hope for grieving parents.