Books

Helpful books on life, loss, and making the most of the time we have.

What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth

Drawing on the wisdom of ancient philosophers, the insights of evolutionary biologists, and the optimism of positive psychologists, What Doesn’t Kill Us reveals how all of us can navigate change and adversity— traumatic or otherwise—to find new meaning, purpose, and direction in life.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living

The world's greatest spiritual leader teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how we can fine the same inner peace.

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

Worth Fighting For is both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa shares the details of Patrick’s twenty-one-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable.

The Year of Magical Thinking

From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

Books for Kids

Books to help children process their grief.

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them... But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages

This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

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.

Tools for Caregivers

An invaluable tool for caregivers and those surviving loss, these sites deliver personal messages and important information to everyone in your “village” and allow easy sign-ups to fulfill your needs.

CarePages

CarePages websites are free patient blogs that connect friends and family during a health challenge.

LIVESTRONG Rally

LIVESTRONG Rally is a community organizational tool that lets your loved ones know how they can support you through your cancer journey. Start one for yourself or someone you love. No one should face cancer alone. It’s time to Rally your community around you.

Pancreatic Cancer Resources

Resources to help with education and support with Pancreatic Cancer and the issues surrounding it.

PanCan.org

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic.org

Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

The Johns Hopkins iCarebook for Pancreatic Cancer HD

The Johns Hopkins iCareBook for Pancreatic Cancer is an educational guide for patients, family members and friends facing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Created by leading experts in the field, this interactive application (app) includes text, illustrations, animations and videos. Emphasis is placed on multi-disciplinary care and the team approach.