Reading & Resources



option bOption B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

By: Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

Sheryl Sandberg shares her story of the sudden loss of her husband, Adam Grant adds research findings and together they offer practical advice to help build strength for life’s challenges.


just one thingJust One Thing

By: Rick Hanson              

Simple practices grounded in brain science, positive psychology and Buddhist teachings that give a very practical “how” to beginning to move forward with life after loss.


resilientResilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness

By: Rick Hanson              

True resilience is about much more than simply surviving the worst day of your life.  It’s about thriving every day of your life.  This book will teach you how to grow strengths inside yourself – like grit, gratitude and compassion – for lasting well-being in a changing world.


life is goodLife is Good: The Book – How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride

By:  Bert and John Jacobs

This inspiring book of wisdom celebrates the power of optimism, highlighting ten key “superpowers” accessible to us all: openness, courage, simplicity, humour, gratitude, fun, compassion, creativity, authenticity and love.


the five ways we grieveThe Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to Healing after the Loss of a Loved One

By: Susan A. Berger

This book debunks the common myth of the stages of grief and offers five identity types that represent different ways of creating meaning from the loss of a loved one in an effort to redefine purpose in life after loss.


man's search for meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning

By: Viktor Frankl

The classic chronicle of Frankl’s experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate and his method of surviving that adversity by identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about.


after thisAfter This

By: Claire Bidwell Smith

A grief counsellor explores the question she confronts daily with her clients: what happens after we die?  She explores grief and the afterlife from multiple perspectives and shares her own personal journey.


life on PurposeLife On Purpose

By: Viktor J. Strecher

Life on Purpose explores the incredible connection between purposeful living and the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity. Dr. Vic Strecher reveals the elements necessary for a purposeful life and how to acquire them, and outlines an elegant strategy for improving energy, willpower, and long-term happiness, and well-being. He integrates these core themes into his own personal story—how the tragic loss of his daughter led him to reconsider his own life—and how a deeper understanding of purposeful living helped him not only survive, but thrive.




Option B

Interactive website that helps people build resilience and find meaning in the face of adversity.

Crazy Good Grief

Inspiring positive healing and grief after the loss of a loved one.

The Centre for Greater Good

Science-based articles on living a meaningful life with sections relating to compassion, mindfulness and self-care.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Journey Program for Grief and Loss

Resource list of articles on understanding grief, talking to children about death and healing from loss.

The Mindful Movement Guided meditations to promote mindfulness




International Children’s Memorial Place, PEI     

A 12-acre parkland and memorial site dedicated to the mission to promote and foster the health and well-being of individuals and/or families who grieve for the physical or emotional loss of a child.

The Lighthouse, Oakville ON     

Peer support for grieving children, youth and their families.  They provide a safe place where experiences are shared and support given to each other as they move through the grief process.

The Coping Centre, Cambridge ON          

The Coping Centre offers a peaceful place for support, understanding, compassion and encouragement in the uniqueness of one’s grief journey.  They offer a special support program for those who have lost a loved one by suicide.

Parent Grief Support Group, Georgetown ON   

A group of bereaved parents get together once a month to offer comfort and support to one another.  We believe that sharing our stories and listening to those of others is of tremendous benefit to our healing.  We talk, we cry, we laugh together and we fully understand each other in a way that no one else can.  No matter the age of your child, the manner in which they died or when they died, you are welcome in our group.  Monthly Group Meetings are held at Norval United Church.

This is a community group sponsored by Jones Funeral Home and the Norval United Church.  All bereaved parents are welcome.

Contact Group Facilitator for the schedule – Sharon Schwegler or call church office 905-877-6122

‘Walking Through Grief’ Support Group, Georgetown ON            

A 9-week program for anyone experiencing the pain and grief of losing a loved one, whether the loss is recent or happened some time ago.  Participants learn about grief, discover ways of dealing with it and share stories with others who are finding their way through grief.  The program is supported by Jones Funeral Home, facilitated by Rev. Paul Ivany and held at Norval United Church

For information contact Norval United Church 905-877-6122 or email


Halton Hills Family Health Team

Individual Counselling and Group Programs facilitated by Mental Health Professionals are available for rostered patients at no cost.


The Rock (Reach Out Center for Kids), Georgetown        

Available on self-referral basis, youth age 17 and under and their families can access therapists and trained counsellors to address an array of mental health concerns, including coping with grief and loss.

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