Aftercare

Continuing Care

We realize that the grief journey does not end with your loved one’s funeral. That is why we offer continuing care to all of the families we serve. Sue Carpenter is our Continuing Care Coordinator. Sue maintains contact with all of our families throughout their first year of grief. She provides a series of books called the Continuing Care Series which speak to the feelings and thoughts people have throughout different periods of that first year. 

Sue also coordinates an annual Time of Remembrance service for which we invite all of the families back to the funeral home on the first Saturday of December. This service gives families a chance to prepare themselves for that first holiday season without their loved one. Our families find this a very comforting time and have continually commented on how helpful it was to them and how it made that first holiday a little bit easier. Families are presented with several commemorative gifts at the service to take home and use for their own holiday time. 

Resource Library Selections

The materials in our Resource Library have been completed with the needs of our families in mind. They are available from our Funeral Home for your use. They are provided in an attempt to make your grief journey easier. Please feel free to contact us to borrow any resource you feel would benefit you or your family at a time of grief. In order that we may continue to care for all of our families, we ask that you return any materials borrowed within three weeks.

For Children:

  1. Children and Grief: Big Issues for Little Hearts by Johnette Hartnett 
  2. Talking About a Death (A Dialogue Between Parent and Child) by Earl A. Grollman 
  3. Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One (a guide for grownups) by William C. Kroen, Ph.D. 
  4. When a Friend Dies (A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing) by Marilyn E. Gootman Ed.D. 
  5. Sad Isn't Bad by Abbey Press. 
  6. Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens (100 Practical Ideas) by Alan D. Wolfelt

For Parents:

  1. A Time for Healing (Surviving the Death of a Child) by Joyce Brahier
  2. Empty Cradle, Broken Heart (Surviving the Death of Your Baby) by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. 
  3. When There Are No Words (Finding Your Way to Cope With Loss & Grief) by Charlie Walton 
  4. Healing a Teen's Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

For Spouses:

  1. Widower (When Men are Left Alone) by Scott Campbell and Phyllis R. Silverman 
  2. Men & Grief (A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One) by Carol Studacher 
  3. Widows Are Special (They Know the Sun Will Rise Again) by Kathleen L. Peabody

Homicidal & Suicidal Grief:

  1. My Son…My Son…(A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss, or Suicide) by Iris Bolton
  2. Just Us by Wanda Henry-Jenkins

General:

  1. Finding Your Way after Your Parent Dies (Hope for Grieving Adults) by Richard Gilbert
  2. Grieving the Death of a Friend by Harold Ivan Smith
  3. Beyond Sympathy by Janice Harris Lord 
  4. Death Etiquette for the 90's (What to Do/What to Say) by Johnette Hartnett 
  5. The 36-Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace, M.A. and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Death of a Pet:

  1. When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers 
  2. (ON VIDEO) The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

Local Help Resources

  1. Bereaved Parents of Rhode Island - Dr. Ray Cooney 401-647-7430
  2. Candlelighters - Harbro Children's Hospital
  3. Hospice Care of Rhode Island - Pawtucket, RI 410-727-7070 - http://www.hhcri.org   
  4.  Hospice Care of South County - Charlestown, RI 401-788-2000 
  5. Kent County VNA - Warwick, RI 401-737-6050 
  6. St. Gregory the Great Church Widowed Persons - Warwick, RI
  7. St. Francis de Sales Church - North Kingstown 8. Roger William Hospital
    - Providence, RI 401-456-2284 
  8. Friends Way- (http://www.friendsway.org/)

We offer continuing care to all of the families we serve.

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