Recommended Reads


Hitting Home (pdf)
An elevator mechanic whose son died from a workplace injury tells his story.
(Autumn 2008, with permission by Construction Safety Association of Ontario)

When a Fatality Happens: Dealing with families in a Crisis (pdf)
What every CEO, HR, manager, and union should know!


Recommended Reads (and videos)

Book, magazine, video and website resources recommended by our family members

We all find that reading, whether novels, short stories, magazines or poems, to be helpful at different times in our lives. If you have found a book, poem, video, or other resource you think may be helpful for other families living with the outcome of a workplace tragedy, please consider sending the title, author and short summary to to share with other family members.


Alphabetical, by primary author’s last name or publisher:

Living With Loss™ Magazine
Living With Loss™Magazine (formerly Bereavement Magazine) functions as a “support group in print.” Articles, stories and poems are written and submitted by the bereaved for the bereaved and are professionally edited for publication. Ten professionals eminent in the field of grief intervention also contribute in each issue. Published six times a year, this ‘friend who arrives in the mailbox’ offers comfort and compassion in the privacy of the home.For more information, visit Bereavement Publications Inc. at Print and online edition subscriptions are available.
Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul:
Stories about Life, Death and
Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One
by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
ISBN-13: 978-1623611019 (paperback edition)
The Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss
by Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
ISBN-13: 978-0743201520 (paperback)When Elizabeth’s brother Ted died, she struggled to understand the impact and experience of sibling grief. With little available in professional literature, the author sets out to interview hundreds of experts on sibling grief – those who have suffered from it.

The Meaning of Life
by Bradley Grieve
ISBN: 978-1449414078 (paperback edition)
“A book of questions that encourages the reader with humour and hopeful thoughts. It contains pictures of playful animals giving a perspective on how things look differently.”

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief
by Ann Hood “This book makes excellent reading for anyone who is grieving or supporting someone in their journey through grief.  It is a memoir from the mothers’ point of view on losing her 5 year old daughter to a random strep infection.   It speaks volumes as to how individual the grief journey is, yet hits on all the peaks and valleys that grief has in common in all the different paths that it takes.”
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (fiction)
by Rachel Joyce
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner
ISBN: 9781400034727 (paperback edition)
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
By Kristin Neff, PhD.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye: Surviving, coping and healing after the sudden death of a loved one
by Brook Noel & Pamela Blair, PhD.
ISBN: 9781402212215 (trade paperback)
ISBN: 9781402234330 (ebook)
A Widow’s Awakening
by Maryanne Pope
Get Over It!
By Audrey Stringer
Scaling the Mountain of Grief
By Audrey Stringer
Soldier On: Overcoming Grief by Living Through it
by Enid Stronach
ISBN: 978-1-926863-15-3
Good Grief (fiction)
by Lolly Winston
ISBN-13: 978-0446694841“An excellent book. This book will make you laugh, cry and get mad too. It is about a woman who is suddenly faced with becoming a young widow.”

Helping Children Grieve

A child’s questions about illness and death can be difficult to answer. These resources use gentle language and have been found helpful by other families helping children to grieve. Please note that since the content deals with sensitive subject matter, we strongly recommend that you preview this content before using it with your child.

When Families Grieve
By Sesame StreetOriginally produced as a PBS primetime television special, this video can be watched through streaming video and has print resources available for download. Available online at
Last Week My Brother Anthony Died
by Martha W. Hickman
ISBN-13: 9780687211289
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
by Leo Buscaglia
ISBN-13: 9780943432892

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