July 2, 2010

Recommended Reading

Ambiguous Loss by Pauline Boss, Harvard University Press, 1999
"Ambiguous loss differs from ordinary loss in that there is no verification of death or no certainty that the person will come back or return to the way they used to be...with ambiguous loss, there is no closure; the challenge is how to live with ambiguity."..."With its message of hope, this eloquent book offers guidance and understanding to those struggling to regain their lives."

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child, by Barkin C., Cohen A., et. al., St. Martin's Griffin, 2009

"In Beyond Tears, nine mothers share their individual stories of how to survive in the darkest hour. They candidly share with other bereaved parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond."

Footprints of Courage, by Jan Jenkins, Heaven's Ink, 2010

"Written with exceptional candor and shocking detail, Footprints of Courage is the first look inside the tragic and untold saga of the Chris Jenkins murder investigation undertaken by the family who loved him. Chris’s parents and sister took extraordinary measures to force the truth into the light, including securing the assistance of global leaders in water rescue and recovery, appearing dozens of times on local and national newscasts describing how Chris may have died, even analyzing autopsy and recovery photos for clues – the list of steps they were forced to take on their own initiative is endless. Chris’s disappearance captivated a city, and then a nation, when the public learned that dozens of young men in the preceding twelve years had met a similar fate. While pushing to unravel the mystery of his murder, Chris’s courageous family paved the way for federal involvement in the possible serial homicides of more than seventy victims."

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