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Loan Library

The following resource materials can be borrowed by contacting the Social Worker's Office located at the Sackville Memorial Hospital, 8 Main Street. Call (506) 364-4131.

Order Online

You may also buy most of the books online from Tidewater Books in Sackville, New Brunswick. Tidewater has a special order form set up on their web site just for THPCO web site visitors (a new window will open when you click the link). Use the code THPC1 when you order any of the books below (put this in the Promotional Code field of the form). Tidewater will donate 10% of the sale to THPCO.

Books - Children

  • The Fall Of Freddy The Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages (1982). Buscaglia, Leo. SLACK Incorporated. This is a warm story about how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons and the coming of winter.
  • Goodbye Mousie (2001). Harris, Robie H. Aladdin Paperbacks. A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
  • I Don't Know How To Help Them: A Book for Friends and Families of Bereaved Parents (1996). Maurer, Linda. Linda Maurer. Assists parents and their family and friends in coping with the loss of a child.
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide (1999). Jameson, Kay Redfield. Alfred A Knopf Inc. A profound and impassioned book inspired by the author's own attempt at suicide and her journey to life.
  • Ten Needles (2007). Collins, Sean and LaTulippe, Martin. Faye Editions. Story about the life of a 13 year old boy from Moncton, New Brunswick, stricken with cancer, who continues to remind us of living life, each day, each moment, as if it were our last. A story of courage, determination, and generosity of spirit.
  • What Children Need When They Grieve (2004). Rathkey, Julia Wilcox. Three Rivers Press. From the experience of her husband's death (at the World Trade Centre), the author shares a guide for helping children cope with death.
  • When A Parent Is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children (2001). Hamilton, Joan. Pottersfield Press. This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill.
  • Why did Grandpa die? A Book About Death (1985). Hazen, Barbara Shook. Western Publishing Company. This story shows children the comfort of sharing feelings, and how the memory can help to wash away the sadness of a death.

Books - Grief & Bereavement

  • Advice For Surviving and Growing After The Suicide of a Loved One.
  • After The Darkest Hour The Sun Will Shine Again: A Parent’s Guide to Coping with the Loss of a Child (1997). Mehren, Elizabeth. Fireside Press.
  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying (1993). Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia. Bantam Press. This is a simple, yet profound, book about how to look deeply beyond notions of birth and death to our true nature, where there is no fear, only freedom, happiness, peace, and continuation.
  • Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Third Edition (2002). Springer Publishing. A handbook for the mental health practitioner.
  • In The Center Of The Night: Journey Through a Bereavement (1984). Blankenship, Jayne. Putnam Publishing Group. The true story of a young woman's widowhood and the journey from the anguish of the first months alone to the awareness of the enrichment that grief can bring.
  • No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life (2002). Nhat Hanh, Thich. Riverhead. A simple book about how to look beyond birth and death to our true nature, where there is no fear, only freedom, happiness and peace.
  • The Heart Of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love (2000). Attig, Thomas. Oxford University Press. A book of stories and practical suggestions.
  • The Mourner's Dance: What We Do When People Die (2002). Ashenburg, Katherine. Macfarlane Walter & Ross. It reveals how, in the wake of death, we find solace and go on living.
  • The Perfect Stranger's Guide To Funerals and Grieving Practices: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies (2000). Matlins, Stuart (Editor). SkyLight Paths Publishing A guide to etiquette in other people's religious ceremonies.
  • Privileged Presence: Personal Stories of Connections in Health Care (2006). Crocker, Liz and Johnson, Bev. Bull Publishing company. The stories in this book share the wisdom of personal experiences so that all readers can gain new insights. Some stories will provide the comfort of familiarity; some will inspire the confidence for patients to become actively engaged in their own health care; some will speak to the compassion of clinicians; some will evoke the courage and determination to make a change in a hospital practice or policy; and some will simply and quietly support intuition and instincts.
  • What Can I Say and Do? How to Support Someone who is Grieving a Loss (2000). Osmont, Kelly. Centering Corporation. To help you with others who are grieving or needing emotional support.
  • Widowed (1992). Brothers, Joyce. Ballantine Books. Author shares her intimate journey of widowhood, and offers the knowledge she has gained on the way.

Books - Support During the Journey of Hospice Palliative Care

  • A Caregiver's Guide: A Handbook About End of Life Care (2004). Macmillan, Karen and others. The Military Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Easy to understand medical and nursing information for family caregivers.
  • A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer and Related Diseases (2000). McCann-Beranger, Judith. Bunim & Bannigan Ltd.. Practical information for caring for a person with Alzheimer Disease and other dementia.
  • Bearing Up With Cancer: Life and Living With ... (2003). Smith, Annie. Second Story Press. A woman's journey with treatment for cancer.
  • Chicken Soup For The Caregiver's Soul: Stories that Inspire Caregivers in the Home, the Community and the World (2004). Canfield, Jack. Health Communications Inc. Short stories to help lift you up.
  • Comfort Prayers: Prayers and Poems to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire (2004). Cotner, June. Andrews McMeel Publishing. Thoughts of those who have survived their own trials and then imparted their wisdom in the form of prayer, poem or prose.
  • Easing The Hurt: A Handbook Of Comfort For Families and Friends Of People Who Are Seriously Ill (1998). Latimer, Elizabeth. E Latimer. Help for those who are dealing with serious illness in a loved one or themselves. It is a combination of thought, ideas, suggestions and reflections.
  • I Don't Know What To Say: How to Help and Support Someone Who is Dying (1988). Buckman, Robert. Key Porter Books. This authoritative and empathetic guide offers practical advice for the friends and families of the terminally ill.
  • Miles To Go: A Handbook Of Comfort and Support For People Who Are Seriously Ill (2001). Latimer, Elizabeth. E Latimer. Help for those who are dealing with serious illness. It is a combination of thought, ideas, suggestions and reflections.
  • The Caregiver's Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parents Without Losing Yourself (2004). Abramson, Alexis. Perigee. Ideas how to care for parents and yourself.
  • The Dying Of The Light: Living With Alzheimer's Disease: A Personal Journey (1992). Olson, Arthur. General Store Publishing House. A husband's experience: personal and practical advice.
  • The Little Book Of Hugs (1983). Keating, Kathleen. Angus & Robertson Publishers. A little book on hugs, promoting health & happiness.
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson (1997). Albom, Mitch. Broadway Books. This is a magical chronicle of a dying professor and his students’ time together on Tuesdays.
  • Understanding Prostate Cancer (2004). McCormack, Michael, Pellerin, Colette, and Saad, Fred.. Rogers Media Publishing. A clear guide to the most recent strategies for managing prostate cancer, its causes and the treatment options available.
  • What To Eat When You Don't Feel Like Eating (1994). Haller, James. Robert Pope Foundation. A book designed for cancer patients, those facing life-threatening diseases, and for those now started on the road to recovery.


  • Caring For Loved Ones At Home.
  • CBC - Passionate Eye - Children Full Of Life. Follows a classroom of students in Japan who, over a period of time, learn to share their feelings and coping mechanisms after having lost someone dear to them.
  • Wit. A dying woman's journey with cancer.


  • Classical Masterpieces - The Best Of 25 Piano Favorites
  • Classical Masterpieces - The Best Of Chopin
  • Classical Masterpieces - The Best Of Classics For Relaxation
  • Classical Masterpieces - The Best Of Classics For Meditation
  • The Healing Garden - Balance
  • The Healing Garden - Energy
  • The Healing Garden - Relaxation
  • The Healing Garden - Sleep Well

Online Resources - National Organizations

  • Canadian Association of Community Care
  • Canadian Association of Community Care is 'A national voice for community care'. Provides information through publications/studies on important issues such as senior care, respite care, informal caregivers and caring for children with special needs. This organization has officially announced their merger with the Canadian Healthcare Association and will be called Canadian Healthcare Association.
  • Canadian Cancer Society Provides quick links for patients, families/friends, donors, volunteers, advocates and media for information on cancer, prevention, research, support services, publications and how you can help.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada Within the Public Health Agency and an alphabetical index provides a summary of some very helpful websites. Easily connects you through 'H' for Hospice or 'P' for Palliative care to a variety of resources across Canada. Examples: Alternative therapies, caring for someone to the end of life, ethics to other valuable resources.
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association 'Promotes excellence in care for persons approaching death in order to lessen the burdens of suffering, loneliness, and grief. Develops standards, supports research, advocates improved policies, and works to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to hospice palliative care' [Quoted from Canadian Health Network].
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice 'Provides information and resources about different aspects of end-of-life care to patients, families, health care providers, and volunteers. Emphasizes collaboration between patients and health team to develop care plans ' [Quoted from Canadian Health Network].
  • Victorian Order of Nurses (VON)
  • Lab Tests Online
  • A public resource on clinical lab testing from the laboratory professionals who do the testing 

Online Resources - Regional

Other links

  • Living Lessons Living Lessons Info Line 1-877-203-4636. 'Describes a social marketing campaign that promotes hospice palliative care and educates patients, caregivers, medical professionals, volunteers, policy makers, and the public about end of life care. Web site includes resources and a list of Canadian organizations.' [Quoted from Canadian Health Network].
  • The Survivor Movie This Flash presentation was created by
  • Life and Death Matters An online Learning Center with resources for teachers, students and those interested in hospice palliative care. "Increasing the capacity of individuals to provide excellent care for the dying"
  • Disability Health Promotion Network A "resource to assist persons living with disabilities, seniors and their failies and caregivers locate information on the web to assist them in taking control of their own health. This searchable website will allow users to read articles we have written and refer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Users will also be able to link to reliable health information sources found on the web about living with a disability and seniors."
  • Community Deathcare Canada Community Deathcare Canada is "an emerging national non-profit group, coming together in response to the needs and interests of Canadians who seek to re-engage with dying and death care in a more meaningful, holistic, and environmentally sustainable ways."