Some Helpful Resources

On this page you will find a number of resources that you can download featuring Religious and Non-religious readings as well as music and hymns for religious and secular services.

We also have a range of Books on grief and loss that you may find helpful.
 

Readings

Readings for Non-Religious Services.

Readings for Religious Services.

Music

Funeral Hymns for

Religious Services.

Music for Non-Religious Funeral Services.

Books on Grief and Loss

Coping with grief and loss at such a difficult time is never easy.

Children's understanding of death is very different to adults and must be treated carefully.

Below are a number of books on grief and healing that we recommend for both adults and children.

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We only promote books that we have read and that we feel that would be helpful to our families.)

It's Ok That You're Not OK

 

In It's OK That You're Not OK, Megan Devine reveals a path for navigating grief and loss, not by trying to escape it, but by learning to live inside of it with more grace and strength.

 

Through stories, research, life tips, and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face.

 

Here she debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, 'happy' life, replacing it with the skills and tools to help us experience and witness the pain of loss in ourselves and others — so we may meet our grief knowing it to be a natural step in the greater journey of love.

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The Invisible String

 

Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared The Invisible String the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief.

 

In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!" the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can't see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach? Does it ever go away?

 

This heartwarming picture book for all ages explores questions about the intangible yet unbreakable connections between us, and opens up deeper conversations about love.

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Coping with Grief - 5th Edition

 

The go-to book on the grieving process.

This new edition of the bestselling classic offers sensitive and practical advice on how to deal with the grieving process, from coping with the funeral to managing anniversaries and special dates.

 

Suitable for both the bereaved and their support team, it explains what to expect emotionally, psychologically and practically from the first day through the first year, as well as outlining the physical and emotional reactions to grief, why men and women react differently, how children deal with grief, and some of the long-term consequences of bereavement.

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The Goodbye Book

 

From bestselling author Todd Parr, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.


Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them.

 

An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.

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