Thanks to the generosity of Lynn Follett of the Manchester Based Grief Support Group, STEPPING STONES, we have acquired several new books and  for our Library, as well as two videos.  Thanks, Lynn for your help and support!

You can reach Lynn at

 We’ll be updating the list on the website soon!

 Note:  Neither The Compassionate Friends at a National level nor TCF East Of The River CT Chapter endorses any book for value, authenticity or subject matter. 

Our books and CDs are available to borrow from any meeting and may be reserved ahead of time by emailing  Subject line: LIBRARY

There is no time limit on how long a book may be loaned.   Each borrower will be asked to complete a sign out card with name, address, phone and email.

In addition, we also have more than a dozen various handouts and information pamphlets that members are welcomed to take and keep.

We welcome additions to The Library in the form of both new and  respectfully used materials.



Don’t Take My Grief Away Doug Manning
Empty Arms Sherokee Ilse
For God And Suzi Elise Yarbro
Giving Sorrow Words Candy Lightner & Nancy Hathaway
Harsh Grief Gentle Hope Mary A. White
HEAVEN IS REAL Don Piper & Cecil Murphey
Life On The Other Side Sylvia Browne
Living When A Loved One Has Died Earl A. Grollman
Moving Beyond Grief Ruth Sissom
Parent Grief Narratives Of Loss & Relationship Paul C. Rosenblatt
Question And Answers About Suicide David Lester
Talking To Heaven James Van Praagh
The Footprints Book Of Prayers Margaret Fishback Powers


LIGHT AMONGST THE SHADOWS(how to help those you care for when suicide occurs) Iris M. Bolton & Stephanie Weber
JOURNEY THROUGH THE SHADOWS(hope for healing after someonE you love has committed suicide Iris M. Bolton & Stephanie Weber




Loaning Library Helps Grieving Parents

With more than 75 books, a dozen copies of the National Magazine publication WE NEED NOT WALK ALONE, Loaning Library2 music CDs, 1 “talking book” and 2 meditation CDs, The Compassionate Friends East Of The River Loaning Library is growing.

 Subject matter includes books that speak directly to parental grief, the journey of fathers after the loss of a child and general bereavement, as well as books with spiritual and religious perspectives.  There are several books available by authors who have journeyed through tremendous trials and tribulations including Michael J. Fox’s ALWAYS LOOKING UP, RESILIENCE by the late Elizabeth Edwards, and WHY I WORE LIPSTICK TO MY MASTECTOMY by Geralyn Lucas.  In additional to the non-fiction, self-help and informational books, the library offers several works of fiction as evidenced by THE LOVELY BONES, and CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (which also have been made into motional pictures). 

 Members are welcomed to borrow any book for whatever time is needed.  “We understand that sometimes it is hard to read, particularly right after a loss,” says Chapter Co-Leader, Jim Darby. 

“My wife and I have read several books together and some of them took us months, just because our concentration and focus is so different than it was before December 4, 2008 [the night of our daughter’s death].  We want to make it easy for anyone in need to take their time with whatever books they find of value to them.  All it takes to borrow a book is to fill out a card with your name, phone, email and pop it into our little file box.” 

 In addition Jim notes that  all books and CDs are available to borrow from any meeting and may be reserved ahead of time by  Subject line: LIBRARY.

 Thus far, all contributions to the library have been made by parents who have donated from their own personal libraries.  Gently used books are always welcomed, as are donations of new books or funding toward the library.

 The Chapter wishes to say Thank You to the contributors that have made the loaning library possible:

♥   Dave Evans, Ryan’s dad   ♥  Denise Larivee, Kellie’s mom    ♥  
♥   Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby, RobynApril’s mom   ♥  


Neither The Compassionate Friends at a National level nor TCF East Of The River CT Chapter endorses any book in making them available to our members.♥