Bibliography – Section One: Literature on Death and Dying

HEALING THE SPIRIT: INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF ORGAN AND TISSUE DONORS AND THEIR FAMILIES by Robin Cowherd
Nine different donor families describe the most difficult experience in life: the death of a loved one. Each family discusses the transformative effect loss has had on their lives, and how the human race can endure life’s struggles when we help one another.

THE NEXT PLACE by Warren Hanson
A celebration of life. An inspirational journey of light and hope. Illustrated.

Personal Stories

ALEC’S LEGACY by Frank Robinson
The author shares his personal experiences about the loss of his nineteen-year-old son, Alec, in an automobile accident.

WHEN GOOD-BYE IS FOREVER: LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN AFTER THE LOSS OF A CHILD by John Bramblett
A bereaved Father’s inspiring guide to overcoming tragedy

ROSES IN DECEMBER by Marilyn Willett Heavilin
Heavilin reaches out to help those who are grieving find God’s comfort. For those who need comfort or who must give comfort.

MY DEAR JASMINE: A JOURNEY FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH by Norma Garcia
A powerful, yet simple book celebrating the life of her daughter, Jasmine. Ms. Garcia takes us through the ups and downs of the grieving process, and the impact her daughter had on others through organ donation.

KATIE’S BOOK OF PROVERBS by Katherine N. Barton
A loving reflection by Katie’s father Jonathon-a collection of Katie’s favorite sayings along with photos of her throughout the book.

SWIMMING WITH MAYA: A MOTHER’S STORY by Eleanor Vincent
An award-winning writer tells about living with, loving and losing her daughter, then learning to believe in life again through the donation of her organs.

REMEMBER LEE: THE END IS THE BEGINNING by Linda Leith-Musser
A mother’s journey through loss.

THE ANDREW POEMS by Shelly Wagner
A touching book of poems written by a mother who lost her young child.

SEARCHING FOR THE NEW NORMAL by Rexanne Williams
The author invites us along on her own personal and searing journey through grief after the completed suicide of her son Daniel. It is also a testimony to the enduring power of love.

THE NICHOLAS EFFECT: A BOY’S GIFT TO THE WORLD by Reg Green
A young boy from California, Nicholas Green, was killed by highway robbers while vacationing in Italy with his family. His parents agreed to donate his organs to seven Italians waiting for transplants. A story of grace, dignity and how one family turned senseless tragedy into a life-affirming gesture.

Recipient Stories

NICK’S NEW HEART: THE STORY OF LOVE, STRENGTH AND COURAGE by Susan May
The story of one of the first successful heart transplants in the US performed on a one-year-old baby, as told by his mother

TO THE EDGE AND BACK by Chris Klug with Steve Jackson
Snowboarder Chris Klug battled for years to have his extreme sport accepted in the mainstream, rose through the World Cup ranks, and won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics less than two years after undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant.