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.

* A copy of this book has been donated to Halton Hills Public Library in memory of Zach and Kaya

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.

* A copy of this book has been donated to Halton Hills Public Library in memory of Zach and Kaya

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.

* A copy of this book has been donated to Halton Hills Public Library in memory of Zach and Kaya

The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach us about Living Fully

By: Frank Ostasteski

In this book, the founder of the Zen Hospice Project offers valuable insights gained from witnessing many people face their final passage that guide us toward appreciating life’s preciousness.  These are relatable for anyone navigating a life transition, coping with loss, serious illness or a personal crisis. Weaving together pragmatic tools, real life stories and ancient wisdom, Frank helps us discover how an awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life free of regret.

* A copy of this book has been donated to Halton Hills Public Library in memory of Zach and Kaya

Life 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.

Further Reading About Mediumship:

How To Become a Medium: A Step-By-Step Guide to Connecting With the Other Side

By: Mary Anne Kennedy

How to Become a Medium is based on the understanding that, as spiritual beings, we all possess the innate ability to communicate with those on the other side, and it provides practical guidance that helps readers understand the soul journey, establish a spiritual practice and develop the skills to communicate with our loved ones who have passed. Mary-Anne shares her personal experiences with grief, fear, and anxiety, and talks about how instrumental learning to meditate and learning to speak with spirit were in her own healing. Through examples of her own mediumship practice, she also enlightens readers with messages from the other side about love, forgiveness, healing, and moving on with our lives here in the physical world.


My Gift of Light: A Bereaved Mother’s Loving Pilgrimage from Skeptic to Psychic Medium

By: Sandy Wiltshire

My Gift of Light  is an honest and vulnerable sharing of Sandy Wiltshire’s experiences in the spiritual realm following the sudden and tragic loss of her daughter, Kim.  Desperately seeking connection with her daughter, and through the depths of her own despair, Sandy discovered and developed her ability to be a clear channel of reaffirming messages from those on the other side.  She eventually established a mediumship practice that became dedicated to bringing messages from the other side to parents who had lost children.


Where Two Worlds Meet: How to Develop Evidential Mediumship

By: Janet Nohavec

Where Two Worlds Meet offers a clear and concise framework to help understand how evidential mediumship works and provides systematic techniques for developing the ability to communicate with those on the other side. Whether the reader is searching for understanding of how their loved ones are continuing to communicate with them, or has a desire the develop the skills themselves, this book provides useful information. The author emphasizes that mediumship is sacred work, and therefore carries tremendous responsibility.



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

A free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died.  It equips parents with the words and confidence to help children grieve loss in healthy ways. can help you understand grief and work through some of the difficult issues you may be facing. has been developed by a team of national and international grief experts together with people who have experienced significant loss in their own lives. It is not meant to replace professional counselling or other health care services.



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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