Our Lending library

There are many different books available concerning grief. We hope to have available books that cover most all the topics concerning the different types of grief soon. Below are a few books currently available in our lending library. Additional resources are available at Olivet Books & Gifts and the Alpena County Public Library.


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The Empty Chair — “The kitchen table is a family focal point – a center for school projects, cookie decorating, sharing the day’s events over an evening meal.  A place for watching TV, doing homework, making plans.

When our loved one dies, there is all too suddenly an empty chair at the table.  We may rearrange the furniture, purchase a new table, or even move to another location.  The fact is that life at that table has been forever altered and the hole in our hearts cannot be mended by removing or replacing the empty chair.

The Empty Chair is written to help survivors after a suicide to go on living.     


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Please Hear of My Lost Love —

The original edition of Please Hear of My Lost Love was printed with donations from several companies as a gift for the families of the victims of the 9/11/01 attacks. This edition has been published in response to the many requests for a book for other families who will not be able to view their loved ones. 

Please Hear of My Lost Love.

Nothing you can do will make 

It all better.

Nothing you can say will make the hurt go away.

So just listen while I tell you the significance of a love that left a hole in my heart.

 -Doug Manning, Excerpt from Please Hear of My Lost Love used with permission.


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Don’t take my grief away from me.  How to Walk Through Grief and Learn to Live Again

This book by Doug Manning addresses topics such as understanding death, grief, changes, and the dawning of a new day.  Doug’s writing style allows you to read the most difficult topics with understanding.


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 Building Memories — Planning a Meaningful Funeral 

This book addresses issues that should be considered prior to a death such as family unity in making decisions, pre-planning a funeral, “Why have a Funeral?”, type of service, and how to make the service personal.  Because this book is intended to be read while one is still alive, there is also a section of planning pages to make notes should one desire.


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Building Memories — Planning a Meaningful Cremation

This book addresses issues that should be considered prior to a death such as when the body will be cremated, family unity in making decisions, pre-planning a funeral, “Why have a Funeral?”, type of service, and how to make the service personal.  Because this book is intended to be read while one is still alive, there is also a section of planning pages to make notes should one desire.


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On Death and Dying — by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD

For almost 40 years this book has helped survivors deal with death and the grieving process as well as those who are going through the dying process and the family and friends around them.


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Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies — by Richard Gilbert

“The experience of losing a parent in death is almost universal – and yet many who feel this loss for the first time are surprised at how painful it can be.  Even those will into adulthood are often taken aback by the deep sense of being “Orphaned,” that the death of a mother or father can bring.”  From the back cover description. 


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The Wilderness of Grief —  Grieving the death of someone loved can feel very much like being plucked out of your normal life and dropped into a wilderness in which you feel lost, alone and afraid. This beautiful gift book reveals the trail markers - or touchstones - that will help guide you through the wilderness of grief. As Dr. Wolfelt writes, "If you do your work of mourning, if you become an intrepid traveler on your journey, if you strive to follow these ten touchstones, I promise that you will find your way out of the wilderness, and you will learn to make the most of the rest of your precious life." 

Dr. Wolfelt's loyal readers will recognize the wilderness metaphor and touchstones from his bestseller Unerstanding Your Grief. In fact, this book is an excerpted version of the comprehensive Understanding Your Grief, making it a reader-friendly, digestible gift book for anyone who mourns, especially the newly grieving.

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