Resource Library for the grief and death

Books

I was recommended a number of books from various people in my professional community. I ordered them on amazon. Book Depository is another one. There are some for kids and some for adults.

Children’s books

Healing images for children: Teaching Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Children Facing Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses, Nancy Klein, MA.

Water Bugs and Dragonfiles: Explaining Death to Young Children (Looking Up),  Stickney, Doris

Lillibit’s Dream by Stanislav Grof also available to watch Stan Grof read it online. Follow link: http://lillibitsdream.com/?page_id=7

There are lots of other books out there on the usual web sites amazon, google books and book depository.

Grown Up’s Books

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. Moorjani, Anita

Proof of Heaving, Alexander, Eben.

Healing through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair. Greenspan, Miriam.

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully: The Profound Practice of Transference of Consciousness, Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang

 The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts, Harris, Russ

To Live Until We Say Goodbye, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times , Chödrön, Pema

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness, Chödrön, Pema

Leaves falling Gently. Living fully with serious and life limiting illnesses through mindfulness, compassion and connectedness. Bauer-Wu, Susan.

The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Eisenstein, Charles.

The Wizard of US. Heuston, Jean. (this is the one that inspired my image of Oisin as a Hero on a Hero’s journey. The book here talks about how we can all take a hero’s journey.)

Man’s search for meaning, Frankly, Viktor.

The Journey. Bays, Brandon.

Be Here Now, Ram Dass

Be Love now, Ram Dass

Articles

Most of the material in the below links are about how to “be” with suffering, which has so often been the focus of my therapeutic work with others as a clinical psychologist. Trying to be with our suffering is a great challenge to us humans when we are so biologically designed to fix and get rid.

Article of grief, loss and mortality: 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103421302/butterflyboyarticles/Psychologica-Volume%2034-Number2-Summer2012-V3-Final-Aug9.pdf

Article on loving your grief: 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103421302/butterflyboyarticles/LOVE%20YOUR%20GRIE2.dot

Article about death:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103421302/butterflyboyarticles/DEATH.pdf

http://www.stanislavgrof.com/pdf/Death%20and%20Dying.pdf

https://www.ramdass.org/mantras-2/

https://www.ramdass.org/dying-is-absolutely-safe/

https://www.ramdass.org/learning-grieve/

 Kundalini yoga Resources, meditations, blessing

I practice Kundalini yoga, which is a powerful and tranformative form of yoga. I regard it as a way of life. It involves postures, breathing, chants and mantras. The mantras are often sung and there is some beautiful Kundalini yoga music that can accompany practice. Some of the mantras  are blessings and to send healing energy to a loved one. Here are some of the mantras I found helpful and some web links.

Poota Mata Kee Asees :   A mother repeats this prayer for their child’s protection and blessing. Some mothers say it daily, and others repeat it 11, 56, or 108 times on their child’s birthdays.  This is a blessing from the mother that her child may feel Divine. I said this mantra (almost) every day for Oisin, 11 times over each time whilst playing the below music…

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/mantra/Poota-Mata-Kee-Asees/MAN-000156.aspx

Healing mantra Ra, Ma, Da, Sa, Sa , Say, So, HungChant this for 11 minutes. Snatam Kaur has a lovely version of this to practice with on her album Grace. Here is some more information:  http://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/healthy-happy-holy-lifestyle/healthy/ra-ma-da-sa-sa-say-so-hung-ultimate-healing-tool. You tube has a clip of how to do this meditation and you you can follow along with it.

Wahe Guru MantraThis is a mantra you can just say out loud over and over or you could mentally chant it by chanting Wahe on your inhale and Guru on the exhale.  Really meditate & chant from the heart on this one. Wahe is a statement of awe and ecstasy. Guru is the one who brings us from darkness to light. Wahe Guru is an expression of complete ecstatic awe of the Divine.  This is a mantra of the Infinity of ecstasy and dwelling in God. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light (from ignorance to true understanding). It is the Infinite teachers of the soul. A trikutee mantra, it balances the energies of the generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny. Nirinjan Kaur has a lovely version of Wahe Guru on her album Prem Siri.

 http://www.spiritvoyage.com.  A really good overall resource for beautiful music and meditations. It has a number of mantras for a broken heart, for healing, for strength etc.

http://www.3ho.org for more info and resources on Kundalini Yoga.

http://lilablog.com/?s=broken+heart  This takes you to a link where there is a meditation for a broken heart and a very beutifully written peace about heart break.

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