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At Olivia's House, we love good resources! We are intent on creating many of our own in the future through Olivia's IN-House Productions, but until then we composed this list of resources we think everyone should have.

Olivia's House Celebration of Life Cookbook - Recipes, Reunions, and Remembering
by Olivia's House

One of the most original resources we offer to the public is our Olivia's House Celebration of Life Cookbook. Created in 2009 with the help of our families, this resource provides great recipes and wonderful memories!

To receive your copy of this 75-page cookbook, send a $20.00 donation to Olivia's House with "cookbook" in the memo line.

Healing The Bereaved Child

by Alan Wolfelt

This resource is considered the "Grief Bible" by our staff! We use this resource in our trainings at Olivia's House and love the simple way Alan explains the importance of companioning children.
ISBN # 1-879651-10-6

You can purchase this book by calling The Center for Loss and Transition in Fort Collins, CO at 970-226-6050.

A Tiny Boat At Sea

by Izetta Smith

This resource is used at least once a week by our Bereavement Specialist as she supports families working to explain an impending death or a serious illness to a child. The book is pamphlet size and explains the important developmental needs of children during a crisis. The author included wonderful dialogue concerning the illness and the death to empower not only the parent but also the child!
ISBN # 0-9724241-3

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Mick Harte Was Here

by Barbara Park

This resource is required reading in our Companion Training. Barbara Park, the author, got into the skin of the main character, 10-year-old Phoebe, after the death of her older brother Mick. If you want to understand the pain of a family who experiences the death of a child/sibling, this up close and personal story will be the best teacher for you, all the while grabbing your heart!
ISBN # 0-679-88203-0

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I Miss You

by Pat Thomas

This resource is a favorite in the library at Olivia's House- so much so that we have over 10 copies on the shelves and many weeks, they are all signed out! This is our "go to" resource in explaining the important facts and beliefs surrounding death to children from ages 3 to 12. We are certain that this book should be in the hands of any parent or teacher explaining a death to a child and recommend it as a resource at least once a week. Pictures and questions at the bottom of each page provide for wonderful dialogue with adult and child.
ISBN# 0-7500-3073-9

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

   Rebuilding: Guided Imagery for Grief and Loss
   by Karen Stabley 
   Not every family is lucky enough to have a grief center in their backyard and    this handy tool is a perfect companion for a family that may not be able to    walk through our doors for direct services. This resource was created by our    dear friend and registered art therapist, Karen Stabley. Working in partnership    with Olivia's House as an adjunctive therapist, Karen understands the special    needs children have when working through the death of a loved one. A    guided imagery CD designed for healing and growth will be instrumental  in assisting children and adults to feel comfort and begin to process their loss. 
You can purchase this CD directly from Karen Stabley at

You can access this wonderfully comprehensive resource, complete with video "About Uncle Jack" here.