As people approach death, many experience mental and spiritual transformation, Mary Anne Sanders’s research has shown. In Nearing Death Awareness: A guide to the language, visions and dreams of the dying, she describes some of the ways in which this manifests itself, and advises family and carers on how best to respond (Jessica Kingsley, £11.99 (£10.80); 978-1-84310-857-3).
Russell Herbert’s Living Hope: A practical theology of hope for the dying is more about hope than dying. He looks at what hope means, how it develops, and how we might cultivate its development, with particular reference to Moltmann (Epworth, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-7162-0613-2).
Andrew Pratt and Marjorie Dobson have written a collection of songs, poems, prose, and prayers to help those who have been bereaved, or who are caring for such people. Poppies and Snowdrops includes among its material chapters for use in cases of sudden death, large-scale tragedy, and at funerals (Inspire, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-85852-308-8).
New Journeys Now Begin: Learning on the path of grief and loss is written as a companion for people living with bereavement. The author, Tom Gordon, is a hospice chaplain. He communicates mainly through the stories of people he has met, believing that in them we can find support. The stories are accompanied by his reflections and poems (Wild Goose, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-1-905010-08-0).
How to Help a Child Cope with Grief is a guide by Janice Perkins for adults who live and work with bereaved children. It suggests practical ways of helping children live with grief, advising about what not to say as well as making positive suggestions, such as activities to help them remember the person who has died (Foulsham, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-572-03309-5).
Still Here With Me: Teenagers and children on losing a parent is edited by Suzanne Sjöqvist. It is a collection, published in Sweden in 2005, in which children talk about how the death of a parent affected them (Jessica Kingsley, £13.99 (£12.60); 978-1-84310-501-5).
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