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Sep 14

Books on Grief, Trauma, and Suicide

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 14, 2023 at 12:35 PM by Robyn Benda

Healing from Grief, Trauma, and Suicide

On September 10, 2023 the East Grand Forks Campbell Library spent the afternoon at Altu's TEARS (Together We Educate About the Realities of Suicide) annual Talk & Walk Event. We were able to bring many resources and partner with Lotus, Inc. Lotus, Inc. offers one-to-one individual support by a certified peer recovery specialist at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library and provides aid to members of our community facing struggles with substance use disorders. 

Here is a list of books we have at the library that can help you further understand and process the realities of suicide, grief, and trauma. 

Grief & Loss | Suicide | Trauma & Mental Illness | Books for Children

Books on Grief & Loss

57032570 Notes on Grief

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 Call Number: 155.9 ADICHIE 2021

 An exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's beloved father’s death in the summer of 2020

56912326It's Your Loss: Living with Grief is Hard, We Hope This Book Will Help

by Emma Hopkinson

Call Number: 155.9 DONALDSON 2021

Written by two women who experienced loss at a young age, this incredible grieving book will help you navigate any kind of loss, whether it’s the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or the loss of your job.

50891548Grieving is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable

by Joanne Cacciatore, PhD

Call Number: 155.937 CACCIATORE

In the style of a quote-a-day collection, this book from Wisdom’s bestselling author Joanne Cacciatore distills down the award-winning book Bearing the Unbearable into easy-to-access small chunks and includes much brand-new material, including new prose and poems from Dr. Jo and other sources as well.

34261775It's OK that You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn't Understand

by Megan Devine

Call Number: 155.9 DEVINE

Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides--as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner—Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing.

59568630 A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing

by Amanda Held Opelt

Call Number: 204.42 OPELT 2022

In a raw and inspiring reflection on grief—selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year—a mourning sister processes her personal story of loss by exploring the history of bereavement customs.

174015955 Hope and Healing During the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One

by Jayne Flaagan

Call Number: 155.937 FLAAGAN 2014

Written for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Your loss may have been recent or many years ago. You may have lost someone to death, a separation or divorce. Whatever the time frame or reason for your grieving, this book will help you along the road to recovery.

Books on Suicide

9781640600638Reclaiming Life: Faith, Hope and Suicide Loss

Call Number: DVD 248.866 RECLAIMING

Each year, over one million people end their lives by suicide. All death unsettles us, but suicide causes a very distinct set of emotional, moral, and religious scars. It brings with it an ache, a chaos, darkness, a stigma that only one who has survived it can understand. Through powerful first-hand experience, this video offers hope to those who have experienced suicide loss.

55025421 Certain and Impossible Events 

by Candace Jane Opper

Call Number: 362.28 OPPER

Orbits the death of a fourteen-year-old boy who shot and killed himself a week after Kurt Cobain’s suicide had become international news. Haunted by the hazy circumstances around her classmate’s death, Candace Jane Opper takes a kaleidoscopic lens to the cultural history of suicide in America, unearthing an invisible network and revealing the ways that no individual suicide—well-known or hardly documented—exists in a vacuum.

36082755 Teens Talk about Suicide, Death, and Grieving

 edited by Jennifer Landau

 Call Number: 155.937 LANDAU

Losing a loved one is devastating at any age, but it can be especially trying for those going through the changes that adolescence brings. These engrossing stories offer first-person narratives of young adults coping with the death of someone close to them.

59891747Sinkhole: A Legacy of Suicide

by Juliet Patterson

Call Number: 362.280973 PATTERSON 2022

In 2009, Juliet Patterson was recovering from a serious car accident when she learned her father had died by suicide. His death was part of a disturbing pattern in her family. Her father’s father had taken his own life; so had her mother’s. Over the weeks and months that followed, grieving and in physical pain, Patterson kept returning to one Why? Why had her family lost so many men, so many fathers, and what lay beneath the silence that had taken hold?

33296283 What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen

by Kate Fagan

Call Number: 616.85 FAGAN

From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.

54705911 The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift

by Steve Leder

Call Number: 306.9 LEDER

As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains

Books on Trauma & Mental Illness

57927106The Healing Power of Storytelling: Using Personal Narrative to Navigate illness, Trauma, and Loss

by Annie Brewster, MD with Rachel Zimmerman

Call Number: 616.89 BREWSTER 2022

For patients, care providers, and anyone who has faced a traumatic or life-changing health event: a research-backed guide to reframing your story and reclaiming your life through narrative medicine. 

56385861Call of the Wild: How We Heal Trauma, Awaken Our Power, and Use It for Good

by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Call Number:155.9 JOHNSON

From trauma educator and somatic guide Kimberly Ann Johnson comes a cutting-edge guide for tapping into the wisdom and resilience of the body to rewire the nervous system, heal from trauma, and live fully.

58082213 Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Heath

 by Thomas Insel, MD

 Call Number: 362.20973 INSEL 2022

As director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel was giving a presentation when the father of a boy with schizophrenia yelled from the back of the room, “Our house is on fire and you’re telling me about the chemistry of the paint! What are you doing to put out the fire?” Dr. Insel knew in his heart that the answer was not nearly enough. The gargantuan American mental health industry was not healing millions who were desperately in need. He left his position atop the mental health research world to investigate all that was broken—and what a better path to mental health might look like.

Books for Children

25322329 Death is Stupid

by Anastasia Higginbotham

Call Number: Easy 155.937 HIGGINBOTHAM

This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death—but refuses to succumb to banalities when talking about it. Necessary and beautiful, Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for talking about death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.

51353321 Facing Death

by Stephanie Finne

Call Number: Easy 155.937

In this book, readers will learn about healthy ways to cope with the death of a loved one, the different stages of grieving, and ways to help others who are experiencing loss.

54720612Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing

by Kenesha Sneed

Call Number: Easy SNEED

Eisha lives with her mother, a ceramic artist, who helps her make a special shape out of a piece of clay. The shape reminds Eisha of her father, of the ocean, of a lemon. As Eisha goes through her neighborhood doing errands with her mother, the piece of clay hardens and then shatters into pieces when Eisha taps it. In poignant and powerful words and pictures, Kenesha Sneed shows how Eisha learns to live with the sense of loss and of the joyful power of making something new out of what is left behind.

51955076 Mom's Sweater

 by Jayde Perkin

 Call Number: Easy PERKIN

What does it look like to live on, even when Mom is gone? In this grounded, sensitive story, a young girl looks for ways of dealing with the anger, loneliness, and jealousy that death can create. Finding comfort in her mother’s old sweater, she discovers that grief doesn’t necessarily grow smaller over time—but little by little, day by day, we can grow into grief.

24396881 The Goodbye Book

by Todd Parr

Call Number: Easy PARR

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.

60576116 Sitting Shiva

by Michelle Theodore

Call Number: Easy SILVER

When her friends and family arrive at her house to sit shiva, laden with cakes and stories, she refuses to come downstairs. But the laughter and memories gradually bring her into the fold, where she is comforted by her community. By the end of the book, she feels stronger and more nourished, and she understands the beautiful tradition.

Jun 03

Tough Times by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 3, 2022 at 10:11 AM by Genesis Gaule

What should I do? How can I help? 

Uff, the news is tough now. When we hear about people being hurt and killed, there is a tremendous amount of sadness our communities share. When the lives of children and our vulnerable are ended or permanently damaged, we feel a loss that can’t be easily removed.

So what do we do? How can we help?

Did you notice how the questions changed from the first line? From I to we. Yes, first I take care of myself. Then we look beyond ourselves and care for our community.

There is no fixing what has already happened, but we can look around us and see who needs our support, our consideration, patience, time and a fair shake. Even as I write this, tears build from the losses in our beautiful nation. 

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
--Soren Kierkegaard

Between backwards and forwards is now. Might I suggest we take the moment to pause. Breathe. Sincerely reflect on what has happened and consider what we’re going to do next. Let’s make conscious choices that will lead to a peaceful and beautiful place for all of us to live in safety. 

Our library offers materials that give ideas on how to locate peace during chaos or at least be reminded of its existence. The library shares these materials with patrons in hopes that there is a bit of comfort found in them. There is not an easy journey through tough times, but a smile goes a long, long way. Here are a few suggestions to find at the library:


  • can you say peaceCan you Say Peace? by Karen Katz
    Children around the world wish in many different languages for peace // Easy KATZ
  • When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
    How the simple act of being kind affects all aspects of a child's life // Easy GRAY SMITH
  • Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin
    How to promote world peace and find peace within oneself // Easy 172.42 HALPERIN
  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
    How one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change // Easy 333.72 WINTER


  • humankindHuman(Kind) by Ashlee Eiland
    How reclaiming human worth and embracing radical kindness will bring us back together // 241.4 EILAND
  • The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
    The unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life // 177.7 FERRUCCI
  • Wild Communion by Ruth Baetz
    Experiencing peace in nature // 155.91 BAETZ
  • A Walk Around the Block by Spike Carlsen
    Explore the ordinary things we take for granted in our everyday life // 031.02 CARLSEN
  • World of Wonders by Aimee Nexhukumatathil
    In praise of fireflies, whale sharks, and other astonishments // 590 NEZHUKUMATATHIL

oil painting. idyllic lake with tree-covered mountains in background and a birch tree in foregroundEven a painting!

We can all be strong at times and have other times when a shoulder is needed. I have confidence in our community to offer that shoulder when needed. If each of us finds and offers a tiny bit of peace each day, our actions will help guide our elected officials, school administrators and employers to focus on keeping our communities safe. 

Nov 04

There is a Book to Help by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 4, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Genesis Gaule

In a perfect world, children would never be exposed to difficulties and hardships. They would never have to grow up too soon or feel unsafe. They could simply be kids. Unfortunately, life doesn’t discriminate. When these struggles arise, it can be difficult to find a way to answer questions or work through their feelings in an age appropriate way. 

Books can be a great tool to help children (and adults!) find the words for their feelings and cope. Whether it is for more common obstacles like bullying and divorce or other sensitive issues like, poverty, domestic violence, immigrating to a new country, or death of a loved one, books can help provide advice and comfort. Picture books are also a great way to encourage empathy for others in children that may be living these situations. 

These books are best read together with plenty of time afterwards for questions. With books that deal with sensitive subjects, it is always good practice for a grownup to read the book beforehand, and determine if there is a struggle that you or your child is facing, there is a book to help.

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  • The Color Collector by Nicholas Solis and Renia Metallinou
    Topic: Homesickness, friendship // Easy SOLIS
  • My name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, and Catherine Stock
    Topic: Refugee, names // Easy WILLIAMS
  • Home is in Between by Mitali Perkins and Lavanya Naidu
    Topic: Traditions, culture // Easy PERKINS

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