• Arranging a Funeral: What You can do Yourselves: a Nz Guide
    Arranging a Funeral: What You can do Yourselves: a Nz Guide
    ISBN: 9780473237745
    Title: Arranging a Funeral: What You can do Yourselves: a Nz Guide

    Two men have made it their mission to spread the acceptance of DIY funerals, and to aid those who choose to go that way.

    They are Philip Tomlinson of Timaru and Paul Briggs of Nelson.

    The pair are in open rebellion against the funeral industry because both feel the New Zealand funeral industry has become too commercialised and demands too much money from families.

    Tomlinson, a retired mathematician, has even published a book on the subject, Arranging a Funeral, to give people some pointers on doing it themselves.

    Tomlinson warns it would be a big ask for someone to just pick up his book after a death and begin organising the funeral, though it has been done.

    Instead, both Tomlinson and Briggs insist the key to DIY send-offs is pre-preparation, especially as there will be risk-averse family members who will insist a funeral is not cobbled together.

    "Unless preparations have been put together, a funeral director is almost certainly rung," Tomlinson says.

    Broadly speaking, there are seven key areas that need to be done to organise a funeral.

    These are:

    1. The interim care of the deceased.

    2. Completing the legal paperwork.

    3. Transporting the deceased.

    4. Informing the community of the death.

    5. Acquiring a coffin.

    6. Organising the burial, or cremation.

    7. Organising the funeral service.

    Only the first, and possibly the third, areas present any real difficulties.

    Cremations and burials can be arranged directly once the paperwork is done, and do not require a funeral director. Death notices can be placed in newspapers without aid. A hall, church or other reception place can be arranged, catering planned, flowers ordered.

    To achieve these things just requires organisation and a little knowledge, and that, says Briggs, is not something you want to be learning when there's a body in the bedroom.

    "Very few people do want to think about it or do any planning, so when a death happens they are totally unprepared," says Briggs, who was prompted into his stance after his father's funeral, which felt totally out of keeping with the man. With the stress and grief, it is a terrible time to be thinking about DIY.

    He says it is entirely possible for professional funeral directors to do as little as 20 per cent of the work in the funeral process - picking up the deceased and storing them in preparation for the burial or cremation. The family can do the rest.
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    Some funeral directors may be resistant to being hired to do so little, Briggs says, and they may even try to insist that people pay a "minimum" package price for the service that's the same as their no frills cremation package, sometimes in the region of $2500.

    Negotiating may be hard, and both Tomlinson and Briggs say they have had "wrestles" with funeral directors to get what they consider to be fair and transparent pricing.

    Some families even prefer to store and transport their loved ones' bodies themselves, though Tomlinson cautions care both in regards to the dignity of the deceased, as well as the risk to the backs of those lifting bodies which are quite literally dead weights.

    Dealing with dead bodies is something our society has made unfamiliar to most of us, says Tomlinson, but it is entirely possible. However, how hot the weather is and the length of time until the deceased is buried or cremated are both factors that need to be considered. Some keen DIYers even buy dry ice to help keep bodies cool, Tomlinson says, removing the need for contracting a funeral director to store the body.

    A possible hitch to managing a body is it can be hard to organise a coffin in a short space of time as not all funeral directors may be happy to sell you a casket on its own, Tomlinson says.

    If a casket can can be bought in advance - and the internet makes sourcing one easier - a great deal of pressure is taken off the DIY funeral arranger. Once a body is in a coffin, it is easier to manage.

    Tomlinson says the cost of a traditional funeral is a big burden for many families, and prices of $8000 to $10,000 seem relatively common.

    And he bridles at some of the things that have come to be seen as normal, such as the standard practice to burn or immediately bury an immaculately finished expensive coffin.

    People may think that is a fitting way to show respect for the dead, and if that is people's choice, so be it, says Tomlinson. But for others a home-made MDF coffin, on which loved ones have written and drawn messages and tributes to the dead may be an equally valid choice.

    Similarly, Tomlinson believes much of the embalming that is done before burials is unnecessary, and just adds to costs.

    Both however warn that people who wish to do things themselves may find hurdles in the way.

    Tomlinson says he's fought with funeral directors to get quotes for the provision of limited services such as body collection and storage.

    Crematoria may even try to insist only funeral directors can arrange cremations. But Tomlinson says you can insist that you are a funeral director and legally so. If need be, quote from the Internal Affairs brochure, "A funeral director means a person whose business is or includes the burial and/or cremation of bodies."


    Why people do funerals themselves, according to Philip Tomlinson in his book Arranging a Funeral:

    You may be disenchanted by the social pressure to purchase a "standard funeral".

    You may feel the obligation to "present" an entertainment-oriented funeral while carrying grief is an awful ordeal.

    You may feel professional services are inordinately expensive or even unaffordable.

    You may find that purchasing a full funeral package, in which everything is done for you, leaves you "wringing your hands", wanting to do something.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • Badger's Parting Gifts
    Badger's Parting Gifts
    ISBN: 9781849395144
    Title: Badger's Parting Gifts
    Author: VARLEY SUSAN

    An award-winning picture book about bereavement.
    & & & & & Badger is so old that he knows he will soon die. He tries to prepare his friends for this event, but when he does die, they are still grief-stricken. Gradually they come to terms with their grief by remembering all the practical things Badger taught them, and so Badger lives on in his friends' memories of him.

    & & & & & A beautiful story sensitively and reassuringly told -- perfect for helping children understand death.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
  • Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, & What Matters in the End
    Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, & What Matters in the End
    ISBN: 9781846685811
    Title: Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, & What Matters in the End
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL

    New York Times Number One bestseller Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emerges with story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound: What happens to people's teeth as they get old? Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the dreadful news that they will die? This is a story told only as Atul Gawande can - penetrating people's lives and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems, he observes, routinely fail to serve - or even acknowledge - people's needs and priorities beyond mere survival. And the consequences are devastating lives, families, and even whole economies. But, as he reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. Atul Gawande has delivered an engrossing tale of science, history and remarkable characters in the vein of Oliver Sacks.Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art. Atul Gawande will deliver this year's BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures on the subject of The Future of Medicine.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00
  • Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End
    Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End
    ISBN: 9781846685828
    Title: Being Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL

    From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto and Reith Lecturer 2014, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.
    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality - about what it's like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn't, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.

    Never before has aging been such an important topic. The systems that we have put in place to manage our mortality are manifestly failing; but, as Gawande reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. The ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death, but a good life - all the way to the very end.

    Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Being With Dying Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
    Being With Dying Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
    ISBN: 9781590307182
    Title: Being With Dying Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
    Author: HALIFAX JOAN

    The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Best Death: How to Die Well
    Best Death: How to Die Well
    ISBN: 9780702259722
    Title: Best Death: How to Die Well
    Author: WINCH SARAH

    In April 2008 Sarah Winch's husband, Lincoln, died from kidney cancer that was diagnosed only four months earlier. He was 48. Sarah and Lincoln prepared as best they could for his death. Her 30 years as a registered nurse and ethicist, specifically focused on end-of-life care, did not fully prepare Sarah for Lincoln's death, but it did help them plan for the best death possible.This book advocates for taking control of the final stages of life. It opens up the conversation around death and encourages us to become more informed about how we want to die. This is an intimate, compassionate and practical guide, from someone with uniquely relevant personal and professional experience.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Better Send Off: the Ultimate Funeral Guide
    Better Send Off: the Ultimate Funeral Guide
    ISBN: 9780994106971
    Title: Better Send Off: the Ultimate Funeral Guide

    Are you currently planning a funeral for a loved one?

    During this difficult time, Better Send Off want to make the funeral planning process not only stress and hassle free for you, but cost effective.

    Better Send Off is a one-stop for everything you need to personalise the celebration of your loved one's life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Beyond Words: Grieving When Your Child Has Died
    Beyond Words: Grieving When Your Child Has Died
    ISBN: 9780987654007
    Title: Beyond Words: Grieving When Your Child Has Died

    The death of a child is a heartfelt experience like no other.It is a deep grief experience that goes beyond words.The loss affects bereaved parents emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. It makes more demands on them than most others ever realise. Many bereaved parents say that the only people who can ever genuinely begin to understand what it's like for them are other bereaved parents. Hearing from others who have 'been there' can make all the difference. For this reason, Beyond Words is a handbook that features the honest words, perspectives and suggestions of many bereaved parents. It also offers useful information about managing grief, support options and ideas that may be helpful on the grief journey. It is comforting, encouraging, informative and practical. It will also provide understanding and insights to professionals and others seeking to effectively support bereaved parents. From Wellington based Skylight publishers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Cigarette Lighter
    Cigarette Lighter
    ISBN: 9781501307362
    Title: Cigarette Lighter

    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Smokers, survivalists, teenagers, collectors.. The cigarette lighter is a charged, complex, yet often entirely disposable object that moves across these various groups of people, acquiring and emitting different meanings while always supplying its primary function, that of ignition. While the lighter may seem at first a niche object-only for old fashioned cigarette smokers-in this book Jack Pendarvis explodes the lighter as something with deep history, as something with quirky episodes in cultural contexts, and as something that dances with wide ranging taboos and traditions. Pendarvis shows how the lighter tarries with the cheapest ends of consumer culture as much as it displays more profound dramas of human survival, technological advances, and aesthetics.Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Coping With Grief
    Coping With Grief
    ISBN: 9780733330889
    Title: Coping With Grief

    This best-selling book offers sensitive and practical advice on how to deal with the grieving process, from coping with the funeral to managing anniversaries and special dates. Suitable for both the bereaved and their support team, it explains what to expect emotionally, psychologically and practically from the first day through the first year, as well as outlining the physical and emotional reactions to grief, why men and women react differently, how children deal with grief and some of the long-term consequences of bereavement. Whether you have been be reaved, or are part of the bereaveds support team, this self-help book will prove invaluable, and show you how to survive or help others survive, the most challenging experience a human being can have; the loss of a loved one.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Coping With Grief 3ed
    Coping With Grief 3ed
    ISBN: 9780733304385
    Title: Coping With Grief 3ed

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • Death Expands Us
    Death Expands Us
    ISBN: 9780473388171
    Title: Death Expands Us

    he loss of a loved one leaves an empty space in our lives that can't be filled. Stephanie Harris is a professional grief coach who has experienced profound loss in her own lifetime. She understands firsthand how the death of someone close can leave the living feeling victimized, isolated, trapped, and traumatized. She also knows that tragedy can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Life will always go on after a death, but the loss of someone we dearly love changes us, profoundly and permanently. Only by taking responsibility for our own lives and embracing this transformation can we hope to find peace and freedom. When we grieve, our pain holds us captive. This essential work can open our eyes to possibilities that will set us free. Death Expands Us offers much more than coping methods and comforting spiritual balms. With insight, honesty, and grace, Harris maps a clear pathway that we can follow through a harsh, unfamiliar landscape of personal grief. She shares common experiences and offers helpful strategies and compassionate guidance that will enable us to emerge even stronger on the other side. Stephanie Harris is a growth coach and bodywork therapist who specializes in grief management and recovery. Her career has taken her around the world, from the Maldives to Iceland. Born in South Africa and based in New Zealand, she holds a diploma in somatology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Death: Vintage Minis
    Death: Vintage Minis
    ISBN: 9781784872601
    Title: Death: Vintage Minis

    When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario?

    In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all.

    Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes


    Also in the Vintage Minis series:
    Calm by Tim Parks
    Drinking by John Cheever
    Babies by Anne Enright
    Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last
    Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last
    ISBN: 9780593069639
    Title: Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

    Lee Lipsenthal had a charmed life: married to the love of his life, the proud father of two remarkable children, working as medical director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. In his personal relationships and with his patients, Lee was committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.

    The power of those beliefs were tested in July 2009 when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, leaving him with a 90 percent chance of dying within five years. As Lee and his wife Kathy navigated his diagnosis, illness and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and even as he faced his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before.

    In the bestselling tradition of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and The Last Lecture, Enjoy Every Sandwich distils everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose and peace in our lives. Told with humour and heart, this deeply inspiring book will help readers embrace their humanity, accept uncertainty and live a life of gratitude - whether they are facing the end now or not.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $34.00

  • Final Exit
    Final Exit
    ISBN: 9780385336536
    Title: Final Exit

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Five Invitations
    Five Invitations
    ISBN: 9781743538616
    Title: Five Invitations

    This beautiful book is at home in an energising genre that finally allow us to talk about death, other examples of which include The Last Lecture and When Breath Becomes Air. Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most in life. So begins Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, MD Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. A renowned teacher of compassionate care-giving, Ostaseski has distilled the lessons gleaned over the course of his career into a powerful and inspiring exploration of the essential wisdom dying has to impart to all of us about how to forge rich and meaningful lives. The 'Five Invitations' show us how to accept and embrace dying in the midst of a death-denying era and explain how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives. This stunning, unforgettable book offers a radical path to transformation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Grace in Dying: a Message of Hope Comfort & Spiritual Transformation
    Grace in Dying: a Message of Hope Comfort & Spiritual Transformation
    ISBN: 9780062515650
    Title: Grace in Dying: a Message of Hope Comfort & Spiritual Transformation

    A moving illumination of the final transition of our lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Grief
    ISBN: 9781401308940
    Title: Grief

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Grief Observed
    Grief Observed
    ISBN: 9780571066247
    Title: Grief Observed
    Author: LEWIS C S

    A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian apologist on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Grief Observed
    Grief Observed
    ISBN: 9780571290680
    Title: Grief Observed
    Author: LEWIS C S

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Grief Observed Readers' Edition
    Grief Observed Readers' Edition
    ISBN: 9780571310876
    Title: Grief Observed Readers' Edition
    Author: LEWIS C S

    In April 1956, C.S. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, married Joy Davidman, an American poet with two small children. After four brief, intensely happy years, Davidman died of cancer and Lewis found himself alone again, and inconsolable. To defend himself against the loss of belief in God, Lewis wrote this journal, an eloquent statement of rediscovered faith. In it he freely confesses his doubts, his rage, and his awareness of human frailty. In it he finds again the way back to life. Now a modern classic, 'A Grief Observed' has offered solace and insight to countless readers worldwide.This expanded edition will include the original text of 'A Grief Observed' as well as new and specially commissioned responses to the book and its themes from respected contemporary writers and thinkers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death & Surviving
    Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death & Surviving
    ISBN: 9780241270769
    Title: Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death & Surviving
    Author: SAMUEL JULIA

    Death is the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. Grief Works is a compassionate guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the 'expected' death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child, and provide clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved.
    With deeply moving case studies of real people's stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice, Grief Works will be passed down through generations as the definitive guide for anyone who has lost a loved one, and revolutionise the way we talk about life, loss and death.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Heal & Move On: Seven Steps to Recovering from a Break-up
    Heal & Move On: Seven Steps to Recovering from a Break-up
    ISBN: 9781408802601
    Title: Heal & Move On: Seven Steps to Recovering from a Break-up

    Whether your partner left or it's you who decided to end the relationship, breaking-up is painful, difficult and sometimes overwhelming. Friends and family urge you to forget the past and reach for the future. However, it is never that simple. Before you can move on, you need to understand what went wrong, mourn the loss and, mostimportantly, to heal. In this compassionate book, marital therapist, Andrew G Marshall takes you from hearing the bad news or making the decision to leave, through the fall-out from the split, the first steps of recovery and finally onto making a new life. He covers:- Knowing when to stop trying and accept the inevitable.- Why the break-up hurts so much.- Emotional first-aid to make it through the worst times.- The difference between looking back and learning, and becoming trapped in the past.- What helps and what hinders recovery.- Making sense of your break-up.- Helping your children cope.- Learning how to fly high again.With over 25 years' experience as a marital therapist, Marshall draws on hundreds of case studies, and provides sensible, compassionate and practical advice.(Some of the exercises in this book have appeared inI Love You But I'm Not In Love With Youby Andrew G. Marshall, published by Bloomsbury)

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Healing After Loss Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
    Healing After Loss Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
    ISBN: 9780380773381
    Title: Healing After Loss Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief

    For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Heart & the Bottle Book & Cd
    Heart & the Bottle Book & Cd
    ISBN: 9780007345953
    Title: Heart & the Bottle Book & Cd

    Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming, uplifting tale, due to be featured in a major motion picture. Once there was a girl who was full of wonderment at how the world worked. She shared all her dreams and excitement with her father, who always had the answer to every question. That is until one day when his chair was empty, not to be filled again - how would the girl ever find meaning from her life again?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
  • Heart & the Bottle Mini Hb Ed
    Heart & the Bottle Mini Hb Ed
    ISBN: 9780007429004
    Title: Heart & the Bottle Mini Hb Ed

    Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming, uplifting tale, due to be featured in a major motion picture. Once there was a girl who was full of wonderment at how the world worked. She shared all her dreams and excitement with her father, who always had the answer to every question. That is until one day when his chair was empty, not to be filled again “ how would she find the meaning of life now?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $16.00
  • Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide
    Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide
    ISBN: 9781583227206
    Title: Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Teen Suicide

    Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it. Here, Kate bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival for navigating an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to teenage suicide prevention for marginalized youth who want to stay on the edge, but alive. Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 Alternatives to Suicide that range from the playful (Moisturize), to the irreverent (Disbelieve the Binary), to the highly controversial (Get Laid. Please). Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life. Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one kind and spirited package. A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTQI community, transsexual author and performance artist, Kate Bornstein is the author of the wildly successful books My Gender Workbook and Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and The Rest of Us.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • History of Suicide : My Sister's Unfinished Life
    History of Suicide : My Sister's Unfinished Life
    ISBN: 9781783781171
    Title: History of Suicide : My Sister's Unfinished Life

    On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky's 21-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she took her mother's car keys, went into the garage, and closed the garage door. Her body was found the next morning. Those are the simple facts, but the act of suicide is far from simple. For 20 years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by Kim's suicide. Now, she recreates with unsparing honesty her sister's inner life, and the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our own reactions and responses to it - especially the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye Surviving, Coping & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
    I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye Surviving, Coping & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
    ISBN: 9781402212215
    Title: I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye Surviving, Coping & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One

    <p><i>Now there is a hand to hold... </i></p><p>Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for thse who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss. This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.</p><p>Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief. <br><br>These pages have offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.</p><p>Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.</p><p><b><font color="#FF0000">PRAISE FOR I WASN'T READY TO SAY GOODBYE </font></b></p><p><i>"I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to friends and counselors as well."</i><br><b>Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen</b></p><p><i>"This book, by women who have done their homework on grief... can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief 's wilderness. Oustanding references of where to see other help."</i><br><b>George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist</b></p><p><i>"Finally, you have found a friend who can notonly explain what has just occurred, but can take you by the hand and lead you to a place of healing and personal growth. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a family member, a close personal associate or a friend, this guide can help you survive and cope, but even more importantly... heal."</i><br><b>The Rebecca Review</b></p><p><i>"For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, or for those who want to help someone who is, this is a highly recommended read."</i><br><b>Midwest Book Review</b></p>

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • I'll See Myself Out, Thank You
    I'll See Myself Out, Thank You
    ISBN: 9780992627096
    Title: I'll See Myself Out, Thank You


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Infinite Thread
    Infinite Thread
    ISBN: 9781582700465
    Title: Infinite Thread

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Kissing Shadows
    Kissing Shadows
    ISBN: 9781869692032
    Title: Kissing Shadows
    Author: RENEE

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Le Snob Guide to Cigars
    Le Snob Guide to Cigars
    ISBN: 9781742701714
    Title: Le Snob Guide to Cigars
    Author: GANLEY COLIN

    For the men and women who appreciate the finer things in life, The Le Snobs are your guides to the work of skilled artisans, culinary connoisseurs and inspired designers from around the world. Impeccably stylish and beautifully understated, these handbooks will appeal to anyone seeking perfection and, importantly, ensure you always know more than everyone else. Witty, assured and informative, these books are the perfect foil for your passion for the finer things in life. Evocative and richly appointed with little-known facts, this book is about savouring the world's most sophisticated tobacco products to the full. It celebrates the fine distinctions between brand, place, tradition and taste that elevate cigar appreciation to an art in itself. Le Snob: Cigars reaches across the Caribbean from the powerful tobaccos of Central America, through Cuba's rich aromas, to the Dominican Republic's finesse to show you the finest cigars available today, and why it is worth being a snob about the cigars you choose to smoke. With the cachet knowledge every expert must possess, plus authentic insights into the lives and skills of cigar producers, Le Snob: Cigars offers impeccable advice on all aspects of this traditional, from pronunciation to professional tasting techniques. The book also features an authoritative directory of rare and prestige cigars to help you explore the very finest international styles in greater depth.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
  • Les Tres Riches Heures De Mrs Mole
    Les Tres Riches Heures De Mrs Mole
    ISBN: 9780007449101
    Title: Les Tres Riches Heures De Mrs Mole

    47 jewel-like drawings by Ronald Searle made for his wife, Monica, each time she underwent chemotherapy. On New Year ""s Eve 1969, Monica Searle was diagnosed with a rare and virulent form of breast cancer. Each time she underwent treatment, Ronald produced a Mrs Mole drawing to cheer every dreaded chemotherapy session and evoke the blissful future ahead "". Filled with light and illuminated in glowing colours, the drawings speak of love, optimism and hope. Like the mediaeval illuminated manuscripts such as the 15th-century Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, to which the title of this book refers, the 47 drawings are on an intimate scale and were never intended for publication. The story of Monica ""s survival against the odds and the part played by the encouragement of her husband will move many people who have either experienced cancer for themselves or been affected through a close family member or friend.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • Let's Talk About Death Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die
    Let's Talk About Death Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die
    ISBN: 9781633881129
    Title: Let's Talk About Death Asking the Questions that Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die

    Experts in end-of-life care tell us that we should talk about death and dying with relatives and friends, but how do we get such conversations off the ground in a society that historically has avoided the topic? This book provides one example of such a conversation. The coauthors take up challenging questions about pain, caregiving, grief, and what comes after death. Their unlikely collaboration is itself connected to death: the murders of two of Irene's closest friends and Steve's support in perpetuating memories of those friends' lives and not just their violent ends.&

    The authors share the results of a no-holds-barred discussion they conducted for several years over email. Readers can consider a range of views on complicated issues to which there are no right answers. Letting ourselves pose certain questions has the potential to profoundly change the way we think about death, how we choose to die, and, just as importantly, the way we live.

    Honest, probing, sensitive, and even humorous at times, the completely open discussions in this book will help readers deal with a topic that most of us try to avoid but that everyone will face eventually.

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Lifetimes a Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
    Lifetimes a Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
    ISBN: 9780553344028
    Title: Lifetimes a Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

    When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand?

    Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.

    Lifetimes. . . a very special, very important book for you and your child. The book that explains-beautifully-that all living things have their own special Lifetimes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Living at the End of Life
    Living at the End of Life
    ISBN: 9781402787287
    Title: Living at the End of Life

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Living When a Loved One Has Died
    Living When a Loved One Has Died
    ISBN: 9780807027196
    Title: Living When a Loved One Has Died

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Manual for Heartache
    Manual for Heartache
    ISBN: 9781509824458
    Title: Manual for Heartache

    When Cathy Rentzenbrink was still a teenager, her happy family was torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. In A Manual for Heartache she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope.This is a moving, warm and uplifting book that offers solidarity and comfort to anyone going through a painful time, whatever it might be. It's a book that will help to soothe an aching heart and assure its readers that they're not alone.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • More Six Feet Down Under Memoirs of a Nz Funeral Director
    More Six Feet Down Under Memoirs of a Nz Funeral Director
    ISBN: 9780473196325
    Title: More Six Feet Down Under Memoirs of a Nz Funeral Director
    Author: MANN CHRIS

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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