BFO Ottawa has an extensive library dealing with different topics surrounding grief. Here you'll find our top picks that are intended to help people who are dealing with grief that stems from many different types of losses.

Always with Me: Parents Talk about the Death of a Child

How does a parent cope after the death of a child? Each essay in Always With Me: Parents Talk about the Death of a Child reveals the experiences of parents who have lived through the devastation and upheaval of their child’s death. Parents describe the maelstrom they face in their inner landscapes, coping strategies, and realigned place in the world. The writers in this collection of stories take on such topics as shock and isolation, despair, guilt, and how they attempt to make sense of their shattered lives. They offer insights into how their grief and loss are worked through, and why certain personal connections are severed, others strengthened. Importantly, they describe how, with lives altered indelibly, they try to press forward to find a new place in the world.

Books are available to purchase in Ottawa at:
– Octopus Books, 116 Third Avenue
– BFO Ottawa office, 211 Bronson Ave., #303

To order copies online:  visit Demeter Press 

"When I lost my beloved son Chris in 2012, reading books about what I was experiencing helped me through the darkest time of my life. Learning about others and how they moved forward after such a tragic loss carried so much credibility. I was given the opportunity to contribute to this book “Always With Me: Parents Talk about the Death of a Child”. I have done so, in the hopes that it will provide solace to those who have lost a child and insight to those supporting bereaved parents. "
Barb Hayduk
BFO Ottawa contributor.

The death of a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss, or the death of an older child, is the worst experience a parent can endure.

This book by Nathalie Himmelrich includes 26  heart-wrenchingly honest essays by parents who convey their personal challenges and the ways they coped during the first twelve months after losing their children.

This book shows you how to:

Build resilience in the midst of despair and hopelessness

Nurture your mind, body, and soul as you grieve

Discover hope without masking the reality of your pain

Find ways to live with purpose, not just survive

Feel supported and know that you are not alone

This book also helps friends and family understand a grieving parent’s struggle and how best to provide support.

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