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Kate Berridge, Vigor Mortis – the End of the Death Taboo (www.amazon.co.uk)

This is Kate Berridge’s provocative account of how and why we have tamed the thing we most fear, Death.

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Linda Feinberg, I’m Grieving As Fast As I Can (on being widowed) (New Horizon Press, 1994) (www.amazon.co.uk)

How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal

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Phyllis R. Silverman & Madelyn Kelly, A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One (OUP, 2009) (www.amazon.co.uk)

Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children

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Kay Redfield Jamison, Night Falls Fast (Picador, 2000) (www.amazon.co.uk)

Understanding Suicide: Written by Kay Redfield Jamison

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Kate Hill, The Long Sleep: Young People and Suicide (Virago Press, 1995) (www.amazon.co.uk)

This is an exploration of the origins, symptoms and meanings of young peoples’ suicidal crises

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Alison Wertheimer, A Special Scar 2nd Edition: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide (www.amazon.co.uk)

The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide

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Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking, (Harper Perennial, 2006) (www.amazon.co.uk)

A portrait of a marriage and a life – in good times and bad – that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child

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Lindsay Nicholson, Living on the Seabed (Vermilion 2005) (www.amazon.co.uk)

A memoir of love, life and survival

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Blake Morrison, And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Granta Books, 2007) (www.amazon.co.uk)

And When Did You Last See Your Father? is a portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement.

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Anna Blundy, Every Time We Say Goodbye (Arrow Books Ltd, 1999) – death of an absent father (www.amazon.co.uk)

Anna Blundy’s honest account of her personal experience of losing her father

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Simon Carr, The Boys Are Back in Town (Arrow Books Ltd, 2001) – father bringing up boys after the death of his wife (www.amazon.co.uk)

Carr’s emotionally honest, compellingly anarchic and sharply comic story of a single parent’s struggle is at once heartbreaking and wonderfully life-affirming.

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Natascha McElhone, After You (Viking Penguin) (www.amazon.co.uk)

After You is a triumphant testament to the resilience of the human spirit after Natascha’s loss of her beloved husband

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Susan Hill, In the Springtime of the Year (Penguin Books Ltd, 1977) (www.amazon.co.uk)

Susan Hill’s true account of an lyrical exploration of love and loss and grief and mourning.

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Christopher Reid, A Scattering (Arete Books)

Agnes Whitaker (ed), All in the End is Harvest (anthology) (Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 1984) agnes-whitaker-ed-all-in-the-end-is-harvest-anthology-darton-longman-todd-ltd-1984

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Elizabeth Basset, Beyond the Blue Mountains, an anthology on living and dying (Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999)

Beyond the Blue Mountains talks of death with gentleness and insight through the voices of wise men and women throughout history. Each quotation is a gem – from the whole spectrum of faith – waking the heart to a poignant alertness and deep understanding of the meaning of death. To read this book is to […]

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Susan Varley, Badger’s Parting Gifts (Picture Lions, 1994) (www.amazon.co.uk)

A helpful reading guide from Child Bereavement UK that provides tips for reading Badger’s Parting Gifts with children and helping them better understand grief.

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John Burningham, Granpa (Red Fox, 2003) (www.amazon.co.uk)

An illustration to help and support children with grief

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Doris Stickney, Waterbugs and Dragonflies (www.amazon.co.uk)

Each booklet will help you find the right words…a caring thought…a comforting reflection to communicate compassion in extraordinary ways for children

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Ginny Perkins & Leon Morris, Remembering Mum (www.amazon.co.uk)

The book reminds the reader of the need to express grief in a society which all too often sees death as a taboo subject.

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Michael Rosen, “Michael Rosen’s Sad Book” (www.amazon.co.uk)

A beautifully illustrated read for adults and children about love and loss which explains why it’s ok to be sad sometimes

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