BASIS RESOURCES


CareNotes Booklets:

  • 12 Reflections for the first 12 Weeks of Grief
  • Celebrating the Memory of a Child Who Has Died
  • Celebrating Your Last Christmas With a Loved One
  • Cherishing Your Memories of a Loved One
  • Climbing Up From Depression
  • Dealing With the Anger That Comes With Grief
  • Five Habits of Those Who Grieve Well
  • Giving Yourself Permission to Grieve
  • Grieving as a Woman
  • Grieving the Death of a Grown Son or Daughter
  • Grieving When You Lose Someone Close – for teens
  • Handling Grief as a Man
  • Handling the Heartbreak of a Child’s Death
  • Handling the Heartbreak When A Baby Dies
  • Healing Thoughts to Soothe a Grieving Heart
  • Helping a Child Grieve and Grow
  • Losing Someone Close
  • Mourning a Miscarriage
  • On the First Anniversary of Your Loss
  • Taking the Time You Need to Grieve Your Loss
  • The Four Tasks of Grieving
  • Walking With God Through Grief and Loss
  • When Nothing You Do Seems To Ease Your Grief
  • When a Painful Loss Shakes Your Faith

Other Booklets:

  • Grief: Finding Hope Again by Paul David Tripp
  • Grieving a Suicide: Help for the Aftershock by David Powlison
  • How Can I Live With My Loss? From the Discovery Series
  • When Tears Remain by Luke Veldt & Jeff Olson

Audio:

  • CD - Encouragement from Parents from people in the BASIS Ministry

Books:

  • Choosing Joy by Crystal J. Smallwood
  • Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth C. Haugk
  • If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? by David Biebel
  • Journeying Through Grief {a set of 4 short books sent at intervals in the first year after a loss} from Stephen Ministries
  • Why Does It have to Hurt? The Meaning of Christian Suffering by Dan G. McCartney

Books by Parents:

  • Grief is a Family Affair by Marilyn & Matthew Heavilin
  • Jonathan, You Left Too Soon by David Biebel
  • Keeper of the Stars, Healer of Hurting Hearts by various bereaved parents
  • Promesas de Esperanza para Corazones Quebrantados  [Spanish version]
  • Remembering Bill – Coping With the Death of a Teenage Friend by a community of people who dealt with the death of Bill Van Derbeek
  • Until It’s All Crystal Clear: Finding Light Through the Shadow of Death by Don & Iris Allison

The above listed resources are provided at no cost. Request materials ONLINE or PRINT A RESOURCE REQUEST FORM to mail to the BASIS office. If you would like to make a donation to the BASIS ministry, it is appreciated.

 

Recommended for children/teens:

PDF Resource Files. Contact us if you would like further assistance in this area of ministry.

Recommended Reading:

  • What Is Heaven Like?  by Beverly Lewis

For any child who is coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, or even those young ones who are simply curious, What Is Heaven Like? poignantly addresses the questions kids ask most often.

  • What’s Heaven?  by Maria Shriver

This book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven.

  • When Good-Bye is Forever  by Lois Rock

A simple, colorful book that may be helpful to read to young children before attending a funeral to say goodbye. It talks about different goodbyes we experience throughout life. The book ends with how one day we will be reunited with our loved ones in Heaven.

  • My Heart Is Sad by Connie S. Owens

This detailed book walks along side a boy who’s grandma dies. It talks about the sadness the family feels as well as the funeral. It does a great job of explaining how the body stops working when someone dies, which can be helpful to children before attending a funeral. The book also mentions how one day loved ones will be reunited in Heaven.

  • Sad Isn’t Bad  by Michaelene Mundy

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss-that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend.

  • I Miss You, A First Look at Death  by Pat Thomas

When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one's death.

  • The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst

Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a message that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all.

  • Lifetimes  by Bryann Mellonie and Rober Ingpen

Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.

  • Badger’s Parting Gifts  by Susan Varley

Badger's friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. This book talks about the lessons Badger left his friends and ways how his friends now will remember the impact he had on their lives.

  • Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents who have Experienced Pregnancy Loss  by Cathy Blanford

This book addresses the sadness that a child experiences when an anticipated baby has died. The child’s fears and feelings of guilt are addressed as well as other confusing feelings.

  • We Were Going to Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead  by Pat Schwiebert

This book helps children cope with a prenatal death or stillbirth. The narrator briefly recalls how he had looked forward to having a sibling, imagining the two of them "building a fort and playing tricks on our parents," and recalling how he had loved listening to the baby inside his mother. "But something happened, the baby died. Our baby is not going to live with us."

  • Remembering our Baby: A Workbook for Brothers and Sister Who’s Sibling Died Before Birth  by Patti Keough

This is a workbook that begins with the family finding out about the death. It includes questions and things to do to remember the baby.