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Fresh Grief: Grieving the recent loss of a loved one

The initial stages of grief can cause you to feel disoriented, anxious, afraid, and angry—and for good reason: you are suddenly without the person who helped define who you are —be it a spouse, close friend, parent, or child.

While it is not a time for psychotherapy, it is a good time to:

  1. join a grief and loss group
  2. visit with a grief counselor
  3. read the best books on grief
  4. listen to encouraging audios and
  5. watch movies about how others survive the death of a loved one.

Can’t, won’t, rushed past, or are stuck

If you have:

  1. delayed/denied your grief
  2. attempted to rush past it, or
  3. gotten stuck and are unable to function months after your loss,

it is advisable to work one-on-one with a trained grief counselor. To help the counseling process, it is wise to read about the different kinds of grief, listen to guided imagery meditations, and watch films to better understand how others’ have handled a similar experience.

Starting Over: Rebuilding a life after loss

There is a myth that after you make it through all of the “firsts” of the first year after loss, the second year is easier.

In reality the second year is different but not necessarily easier. Tough questions beg to be answered: “Will I ever be happy again?” “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” “Do I have to settle for whatever comes my way?”

The second year is a perfect time to read, listen to audios and watch movies to motivate you to rebuild your life—as you move from grieving the loss of your loved one to reclaiming your life without their physical presence.

Terminal Illness: Grieving the loss of one’s own life.

You know you were going to die but since you don’t know the exact date it is easy to ignore the eventuality—until you receive a terminal diagnosis. Suddenly what once happened to others becomes personal, and you are forced to develop a new relationship with yourself and grieve the loss of your life.

If you are like most people you don’t know where to begin—but begin you must—if you want peace for yourself and with others.

With a bit of guidance from our recommended books, audios and films—your fears and doubts can be addressed, lingering resentments can be resolved and a sense of purpose and affection can develop with your family and friends.

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CAREGIVING


Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Halifax, Joan

 

 

DyingWell_coverDying Well

Byock, M.D., Ira

 

 

Final Chapter: The Needs of the Dying (10th Ed), A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life

Kessler, David

 

 

Final Journey: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life

Callahan, Maggie

 

 

The Art of Being a Healing Presence

Miller, James E.

 

 

The End of Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One

Feldman, Dave and Laser, S. Andrew

 

The Four Things that Matter Most: A Book about Living

Byock, M.D., Ira

 

 

The Needs of the Dying

Kessler, David

 

 

What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life

Kuhl, M.D., David

 

 

GRIEF


 

:: General

 

Healing after Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief

Hickman, Martha Whitmore

 

 

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies

Rando, Therese

 

 

Living When a Loved One Has Died (poems)

Grollman. Earl A.

 

 

Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times

Wolpe, David

 

 

Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl, Victor Safe Passage: Words to Help Grieving (short readings)

Fumia, Molly

 

 

Surviving Grief: Learning to Live Again

Sanders, Catherine M.

 

 

The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning

Lamm, Maurice

 

 

The Courage to Grieve

Tatelbaum, Judy

 

 

The Year of Magical Thinking

Didion, Joan

 

 

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Kushner, Harold

 

 

When God and Grief Meet: True Stories of Comfort and Courage

Eib, Lynn

 

 

When There are No Words

Walton, Charlie

 

 

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Hard Times

Chodron, Pema

 

 

 

:: Grieving Traumatic Loss – Auto Accident

 

A Grace Disguised, How the Soul Grows through Loss

Sittser, Jerry

 

 

 

:: Grieving a Loved One’s Suicide

 

Dying to be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide

Cobain, Beverly

 

 

Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir

Sharples, Madeline

 

 

Life after the Death of My Son

Apple, Dennis

 

 

Night Falls Fast

Jamieson, Kay Redfield

 

 

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

Fine, Carla

 

 

 

:: Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

 

Surviving the Death of a Sibling, When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies

Wray, T. J.

 

 

 

:: Grieving the Loss of a Spouse/Partner

 

A Grief Observed

Lewis, C. S.

 

 

I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows/Widowers Can Cope

Feinberg, Linda

 

 

Man Faces Grief

Golden Thomas

 

 

Men and Grief

Staudacher, Carol

 

 

Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of Masculine Side of Healing

Golden, Thomas

 

 

The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments

Bridges, William

 

 

Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye

Noel, Brook

 

 

When Your Soul Aches: Hope & Help for Women Who have Lost Their Husbands

Rabey, Lois

 

 

Widows Wear Stilettos: A Practical and Emotional Guide for the Young Widow

Fleet, Carol Brody and Harriet, Syd

 

 

 

:: Rebuilding One’s Life after the Loss of a Spouse/Partner

 

Vicki Panagotacos PhD FT - Gaining Traction:  Starting Over After the Death of a PartnerGaining Traction: Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner

Panagotacos, Vicki, PhD, FT

 

 

Getting on the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse

Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan and DeVries, Robert C.

 

 

Living Alone and Loving It: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life

Feldon, Barbara

 

 

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

Aikan, Becky

 

 

Widow to Widow, Rebuilding your Life

Ginsburg, Genevieve Davis

 

 

 

:: Grieving the Loss of a Child

 

Beyond Tears: Living after Losing a Child

Mitchell, Ellen, Volpe, Rita, et al

 

 

Lament for a Son

Wolterstorff, Nicholas

 

 

There are No Words

Walton, Charlie

 

 

When the Bough Breaks: Forever after the Death of a Son or Daughter

Bernstein, Judith

 

 

Alex: The Life of a Child

Deford, Frank

Based on true events, film follows former sports writer, his wife and their baby daughter, Alex, after she is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Alex shows remarkable courage and strength until her death at age eight.

 

:: Dealing with Death of Grown Child

 

Kayak Mourning

Rosenblatt, Roger

 

 

Making Toast

Rosenblatt, Roger

 

 

 

:: Grieving the Loss of a Parent – Adults

 

Grieving the Death of a Mother

Smith, Harold Ivan

 

 


Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss

Edelman, Hope

 

 

The Orphaned Adult

Levy, Alexander

 

 

When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults

Myers, Edward

 

 

Children Who are Grieving

 

:: General

 

What Do We Tell the Children?What Do We Tell the Children?

Primo, Joseph

 

 

Cat HeavenCat Heaven

Rylant, Cynthia

 

 

Dog HeavenDog Heaven

Rylant, Cynthia

 

 

Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to KnowGreat Answers to Difficult Questions about Death: What Children Need to Know

Goldman, Linda

 

 

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person DiesHelp Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When Special Person Dies

Silverman, Janice

 

I Miss YouI Miss You: A First Look at Death

Thomas, Pat

 

 

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way...Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Mellonie, Bryan.

 

 

Talking to Children About LossTalking to Children About Loss

Trozzo, Maria

 

 

Tear SoupTear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Schwiebert, Pat

 

 

The Invisible StringThe Invisible String

Karst, Patrice

 

 

The Next PlaceThe Next Place

Hanson, Warren

 

 

What's Heaven?What’s Heaven

Shriver, Maria

 

 

When a Pet DiesWhen a Pet Dies

Rogers, Fred

 

 

 

:: Pre-school Children

 

A Quilt for Elizabeth...A Quilt for Elizabeth

Tiffault, B.

 

 

Everett Anderson's GoodbyeEverett Anderson’s Goodbye

Clifton, Lucille

 

 

Jasper’s DayJasper’s Day

Parker, Marjorie Blain

About terminally ill dog who is part of a loving family

 

Last Week By Brother Anthony DiedLast Week My Brother Anthony Died

Hickman, M.W.

 

 

LifetimesLifetimes

Mellonie, Bryan and Robert Ingpen

 

 

Saying Goodbye to DaddySaying Goodbye to Daddy

Vigna, Judith

 

 

Talking About DeathTalking About Death

Grollman, Earl A.

This is a most practical guide for parents and other adults who are faced with explaining death to a child.

 

The Happy FuneralThe Happy Funeral

Bunting, E.

 

 

When Dinosaurs DieWhen Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death

Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown

 

 

Why Did Grandpa Die?Why Did Grandpa Die?

Shook-Hazen, B.

 

 

:: Elementary School Children

 

A Taste of BlackberriesA Taste of Blackberries

Smith, D. B.

 

 

Dusty was My FriendDusty Was My Friend

Claudy, A.F.

Story of an eight-year-old boy whose ten-year-old friend died in a car accident.

 

Emily_Sad_HappyEmily’s Sadhappy Season

Lowden-Golightly, S.

 

 

The Flat Rabbit

Bárður Oskarsson

When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road in their neighborhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her.

MustardMustard

Graeber, C.

Aging and death of a cat.

Poppy's ChairPoppy’s Chair

Graeber, C.

 

 

Saying Goodbye to GrandmaSaying Goodbye to Grandma

Thomas, J. R.

 

 

Talking About DeathTalking About Death

Grollman, Earl A.

This is a most practical guide for parents and other adults who are faced with explaining death to a child.

 

AccidentThe Accident

Carrick, C.

Little boy’s reaction to his dog being run over by a truck

 

 

:: Middle School Children

 

Bridge to TerabithiaBridge to Terabithia

Paterson, K.

 

 

Lanky LonglegsLanky Longlegs

Lorenzen, K.

 

 

Sun & SpoonSun & Spoon

Henkes, Kevin

 

 

Tear SoupTear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Schiebert, Pat and Deklyen, Chuck

 

 

You Shouldn't Have to Say GoodbyeYou Shouldn’t Have to Say Goodbye

Hermes, P.

 

 

Where the Balloons GoWhere the Balloons Go

Coleman, Paul

 

 

Beat the Turtle DrumBeat the Turtle Drum

Greene, C.

Book for children who have lost a sibling

 

A Child's View of GriefChild’s View of Grief

Wolfert, Alan D.

Concise resource for parents of grieving kids explores several key principles for helping children cope with grief

 

book_blankPuggy Brown Ears’ Purr Song

Fausey, Linda.

This is a beautifully illustrated story about a cat’s loss of his best cat friend.

 

Tiger EyesTiger Eyes

Blume, Judy

 

 

 

:: Teens

 

book_blankA Matter of Time

Schotter, R.

 

 

Fire in My Heart, Ice in My VeinsFire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins : A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss

Traisman, Enid Samuel

 

 

Healing Your Grieving HeartHealing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Teens

Wolfert, Alan D.

 

 

Helping TeensWork Through GriefHelping Teens Work Through Grief

Perschy, Mary Kelly

 

 

Straight Talk about Death for TeenagersStraight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope With Losing Someone You Love

Grollman, Earl A.

 

 

The Grieving TeenThe Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends

Fitzgerald, Helen

 

 

When A Friend DiesWhen a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing

Gootman, Marilyn E.

 

 

Grieving the Loss of a Pet

 

Animals in SpiritAnimals in Spirit: Our Faithful Companions

Penelope Smith

 

 

Cold Noses at the Pearly GatesCold Noses at the Pearly Gates

Kurz, Gary

 

 

Goodbye FriendGoodbye Friend

Kowalski, Gary

 

 

I Will See You in HeavenI Will See You in Heaven

Wintz, Jack

 

 

The Loss of a PetThe Loss of a Pet

Sife, Wallace

 

 

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Empowering Guided Imagery, Self-Hypnosis & Meditation Audios for a Better Life.

For good or bad, most of us walk around in a trance convinced we can’t change our thoughts nor can we live with them. The truth is you can do both.

Even though guided meditation, guided imagery and self-hypnosis differ in some ways they work well together and have a lot in common – they all provide positive experiential learning. Meditation allows the mind to open and become aware; the hypnotic quality of guided imagery provides the direction toward emotional and physical healing. (Many physical conditions are not solely biological; most are affected by thoughts, emotions & mood.) The process is a simple one: you take back control of your mind. As you relax your perceptions soften, which allows you to reclaim ignored strengths and develop new important resources.

Bottom line, our audios reconnect you to the personal power you were born to use – to strengthen resolve, facilitate healing and encourage curiosity – so you can embrace a future that is personally meaningful.

VISIT AUDIO COLLECTION

 

 

By other authors

Kabat Zinn Series 3 Audio Book

 

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 3

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CHILD LOSS

A Beautiful Boy
Parents deal with the fact that their only son committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They move through the haze of the funeral, the reporters, and flat condolences testing their already failing marriage.

 

Alex:  The Life of a Child

Based on true events, film follows former sports writer, his wife and their baby daughter, Alex, after she is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Alex shows remarkable courage and strength until her death at age eight.

This video (VHS Only) is available from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for a $12 or more donation. If you would like a copy, please send a note, with your donation to:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Office
Attn: Communications Department
6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

REF:  http://www.cff.org/aboutCFFoundation/Publications/Videos/

Book Version:

Broken Circle Breakdown

A young couple, who earlier fell in love at first sight, now deal with their religious differences after their daughter becomes seriously ill.

 

Gravity

A brilliant medical engineer, still grieving the death of her child, accepts a routine spacewalk. What was supposed to be a routine shuttle mission becomes a disaster. The shuttle is destroyed, and she and her partner are alone and tethered to nothing but each other.

In the Bedroom

Young man spends his high school post-grad summer as a lobster fisherman before leaving for college. A woman ten years his senior and separated from her husband, starts a relationship with the young man.  His parents are divided on whether to support the relationship. After the women’s estranged husband, free on bail, breaks into the house and kills the young son, the parents’ fight over the loss.

In the Gloaming

Movie about the effects of AIDS on a family as the parents struggle with their son’s life and illness.

 

My Sister’s Keeper

Child is conceived via in vitro so the parents would have a genetic match/donor for a daughter who has leukemia. Family falls apart as they work through the turmoil.

 

Mystic River

Three young boys are playing when one it captured and raped by another man in the backseat of a car. Since the fateful day the three boys are no longer close. Flash forward 25 years, the main character’s wife dies while he serving a two year prison sentence. After release he marries again and has two children, one of whom is murdered.

Ordinary People

Complex film about the death of a son in a boating accident, the subsequent tensions between parents and the emotional problems of the remaining son.

 

Philomena

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent, film focuses on an elderly mother’s trek with British journalist to the US to find her grown son, a boy she had conceived out-of-wedlock decades earlier and been forced to put up for adoption by her Irish-Catholic family. It appears to be a wasted trip until a person comes forward and explains the truth about her son.

Rabbit Hole

Couple struggles to cope with the death of their 4-year old son who was killed by a car when he ran into the street after his dog. The mother wants to give away her son’s belongings and sell the house, the father wants to stay and have another child.

Reign Over Me

Melodrama about two men who meet after long break in friendship. One of them has lost his wife and three daughters on 9/11 and he has isolated himself since. The other tries to help him return to the world and in the process, he renews his own relationship with his wife and family.

Steel Magnolias

Revolving around a beauty parlor in a small town in modern-day Louisiana, film is story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives are filled with humor and heartbreak. After one of the woman buries her 27-year old daughter, one of the five tells her that her daughter is now with God. The mother explodes.

Terms of Endearment

A widowed mother and fatherless daughter develop love-hate relationship as the daughter grows up. The film follows their searches for romantic love to the day when the 30 year old daughter is diagnosed with cancer. So begins a tense bedside vigil as they argue over who will raise the children.

The Laramie Project

Laramie, WY is a small town that was put on the map in 1998 when a gay college student was found tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left to die. A national debate regarding hate crimes and homophobia was started as a result of the death. Film adaption of the play in which Laramie residents express their thoughts and opinions regarding the death.

Still Walking

Drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion to commemorate the death of a drowned in a tragic accident 15 years earlier. As the festive gathering commences and a lavish meal is prepared, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bonds this family as powerfully as does love.

The Sweet Hereafter

Small community is torn apart by a tragic accident which kills most of the town’s children. An ambulance-chasing lawyer visits the victims’ parents and stirs up a class action lawsuit against anyone they can blame. Things steadily spiral downhill until one young girl, who is in a wheelchair after the accident, finds the courage to lead everyone toward healing.

Taking Chance

True story of Marine who volunteered to escort the remains of a nineteen year old soldier killed in Iraq to his small hometown in remote Wyoming.

 

The Way

An American father goes to France to retrieve the body of his adult son who died while walking the Camino de Santiago trail in the Pyrenees in Spain. After walking the ancient spiritual trail himself, he decides to spread the son’s ashes along the trail instead of bringing them back to US.

 

FRIEND LOSS

Beaches

Childhood best friends live through decades of competition, jealousy and conflict until one of them is diagnosed with a terminal disease and dies leaving the gift of her daughter for her friend to raise.

 

GENERAL

Five People You Meet in Heaven

An elderly maintenance man, who has spent his life repairing the rides in an amusement park, grieves the loss of his wife until the day he is killed trying to save a young girl’s life. He’s greeted in the afterlife by five people he knew while alive, who explain to him the key moments in his life, and what he could learn from them.

The Big Chill

Comedy-drama. Couple who are struggling to keep their marriage together put their relationship on hold in order to open their house to former college pals who are coming together for the funeral of a man who was part of their original group. The weekend together causes each of them to examine their own lives.

Tuesdays with Morrie

A successful newspaper columnist who is emotionally and spiritually bankrupt comes across an episode of the news show Nightline and learns that his former university professor is battling ALS—better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At first, he is reluctant to visit his former mentor since he had failed to fulfill the promise to stay in touch. He eventually overcomes his uneasiness and the two begin to meet on a weekly basis as he re-assumes the role of the professor’s student.

 

PARENT LOSS

Big Fish

Young man holds bedside vigil for his elderly father—a man he had not known except through the legends he had heard from others. As the father dies he talks about his elaborate youth. Doubting his father’s stories, the son journeys to find someone who would tell him the truth about his father’s younger years.

Corrina, Corrina

Comedy-drama. Songwriter’s wife dies leaving him a broken man who buries himself in work rather than grieve. Realizing he and his daughter need help, he places an ad for a maid who can double as a nanny. After a long series of unsuitable applicants, dad meets a woman who isn’t much on cooking and cleaning but who makes an immediate connection with his daughter.

Da

Irish/ American playwright living in New York tries to escape the influence of his deceased adoptive father. Instead he is confronted by ghosts of his father and mother, as well as himself as an adolescent. He finally realizes his success was actually driven by the failures of his adopted father.

Incredibly Loud and Incredibly Close

Young son is convinced his father, who died in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, has left a hidden message for him somewhere in NYC. He begins searching the five Burroughs for a lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

Life as a House

A down-and-out architect draws disapproval as he sets out to change his life—only to discover he has terminal cancer. Attempting to reconnect with his estranged wife and troubled son, he keeps the diagnosis to himself and spends his last summer building his dream home with his son.

Step-Mom

Mother is diagnosed with terminal lymphoma as her ex-husband and girlfriend plan on marrying.  The family dynamic start to change as the two women establish a shaky truce and finally bond, as the mother accepts the fact that the girlfriend will become her children’s step-mother.

Tender Mercies

Alcoholic country music singer finds himself working at a gas station where widow and son are coping with the death of the husband/father killed in the Vietnam War.

 

The Boys Are Back

Successful sports journalist, who had never taken life seriously, assumes responsibility for raising two sons from different marriages after his wife unexpectedly dies. One son from a previous marriage returns to live with his father and step-brother and, in frustration, the grieving father throws the rules out the window.

The Descendants

Attorney and children suffer the slow death of wife/mother after a boating accident has put her in the hospital with a coma. Father learns that his wife was having an affair and planned on divorcing him. He and the kids set out to find the lover without really knowing what they will do once they find him.

The Secret Life of Bees

A 14-year-old in a small Southern town in the 1960’s becomes haunted by memories of shooting her mother when she was a young girl. Living with an emotionally distant father and her African-American housekeeper she runs away to find the place where the only picture she has of her mother was taken.

Two Weeks

Four adult siblings meet at house to be with their dying mother. They expect to visit and leave quickly but end up having to spend two weeks together.

 

We Bought the Zoo

True and amazing story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to a zoo.

 

 

SPOUSAL/PARTNER LOSS

A Single Man

A Brit teaching English at a California college is so distraught after his gay partner’s death from AIDS that he decids to kill himself. Throughout his methodical preparations, he repeatedly runs into people who offer him glimpses of why he should stay alive.

Corrina, Corrina

Comedy-drama. Songwriter’s wife dies leaving him a broken man who buries himself in work rather than grieve. Realizing he and his daughter need help, he places an ad for a maid who can double as a nanny. After a long series of unsuitable applicants, dad meets a woman who isn’t much on cooking and cleaning but who makes an immediate connection with his daughter.

Meet Joe Black

A powerful wealthy man oversees a worldwide media empire while coping with the loss of his beloved wife. At a 65th birthday party he has a heart attack and is visited by an angel of death named Joe Black. Much to the man’s surprise he doesn’t want to die. The rest of the movie is about the two men striking a bizarre deal.

Message in a Bottle

A mother goes on a vacation by herself while her son visits his father. Running on the beach, she finds a bottle washed up on the shore. She opens it and finds a love letter inside.  Captivated by the author’s words of love, she returns to her job at the newspaper and eventually locates the man who is trying to survive the tragic death of his beloved wife.

Moonlight Mile

Romantic drama set in a Massachusetts town in the early ’70s. While the protagonist mourns the death of his fiancée, he moves in with her parents so he can cancel the wedding plans. In a surprising twist he connects to a woman whose husband is missing in action.

My Life

Terminally ill husband prepares for his death from kidney cancer as his pregnant wife prepares to have their first baby. The father starts to make home movies to be shown to his son after his death.

 

PS I love you 

A young woman copes with her husband’s sudden death from a brain tumor by withdrawing from everyone—until a surprise 30th birthday party is given to her by family and friends. A cake is delivered, and with it is a message from her deceased husband. The message turns out to the first of many meaningful messages he wrote before his death—all ending with “P.S. I Love You.”

Reign Over Me

Melodrama about two men who meet after long break in friendship. One of them has lost his wife and three daughters on 9/11 and he has isolated himself since. The other tries to help him return to the world and in the process, he renews his own relationship with his wife and family.

Shadowlands

A isolated British bachelor lives in his world of philosophy and religion until an intelligent American female poet, fleeing an abusive marriage, arrives with her young son for a visit. The novelist agrees to a platonic marriage so the woman can obtain British citizenship. Shortly thereafter the woman is diagnosed with terminal illness and the relationship becomes a true commitment.

Shipping News

An emotionally drained newspaper reporter is in a bad marriage with a woman who tries to sell their daughter into adoption before the mother is killed in a car wreck. After the death the father takes his daughter to Newfoundland, his ancestral home, and starts to rebuild his life by getting a job as shipping columnist for the local newspaper.

Still Mine

“Still Mine” is a wonderful film based on the true story of a long-married couple who face the delicate subject of aging and dementia with a steady intent to buck the system and stay together as long as possible. The acting is superb and the movie ends prior to what will be an inevitable reality. Truly inspirational.

Read:  New York Times Review

Tender Mercies

Alcoholic country music singer finds himself working at a gas station where widow and son are coping with the death of the husband/father killed in the Vietnam War.

 

The Boys Are Back

Successful sports journalist, who had never taken life seriously, assumes responsibility for raising two sons from different marriages after his wife unexpectedly dies. One son from a previous marriage returns to live with his father and step-brother and, in frustration, the grieving father throws the rules out the window.

The Descendants

Attorney and children suffer the slow death of wife/mother after a boating accident puts her in the hospital with a coma. Father learns that his wife was having an affair and planned on divorcing him. He and the kids set out to find the lover without really knowing what they will do once they find him.

The Intouchables

Comedy about a wealthy man’s ability to accept the death of his wife and his later permanent disability as a result of a paragliding accident. A renewed interest in life develops as a result of his relationship with an unemployed caregiver from the wrong side of the tracks.  A true story, the film is the highest grossing French film in history.

Up

Animated. Good for all ages. Elderly couple turns a ramshackle house into their dream home while saving for a trip to the legendary Paradise Falls. Real life gets in the way and his wife dies. Having made his

living being a balloon man, the old man decides to suspend the house from helium-filled balloons and find Paradise Falls. Much to his surprise he has a Wilderness Explorer scout as a stowaway.

We Bought the Zoo

True and amazing story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to a zoo.

 

 

CHILDREN’S MOVIES

Grades: K-4

  • Annie
  • Ann of Green Gables
  • Babe
  • Babar
  • Bambi (could be too intense for children even though it is a classic)
  • Black Beauty
  • Black Stallion
  • Brother Bear
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Cinderella
  • ET
  • Finding Nemo
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Jack the Bear
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Kolya
  • Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • My Life as a Dog
  • Peter Pan
  • The Black Stallion
  • The Education of the Little Tree
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Princess
  • Unstrung Heroes
  • Up
  • We Bought the Zoo

Grades 5-8

  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • Beetlejuice
  • Clara’s Heart
  • Ever After
  • Dead Poet’s Society
  • Finding Forrester
  • Forrest Gump
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Life as a House
  • Marvin’s Room
  • Remember the Titans
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • The Learning Tree
  • Untamed Heart
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?