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Out of their hands
Produced by: Teresa Goff
Twenty five years ago, four stunned mothers who'd lost their children, one an adult, one a teenager, the others younger, were introduced at a Toronto hospital by a chaplain. They found they could talk to each other with more ease than to other people. Their friendship grew to an organization, Bereaved Parents of Ontario, that now has hundreds of members. Producer Teresa Goff of the CBC brings us their stories and what the organization has done for them. This program is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

Out of Their Hands was produced by Teresa Goff and Karen Levine of the CBC. It airs as part of the international documentary exchange series Crossing Boundaries.

Resources

Links:
Bereaved Families of Ontario
You've heard the founders, now visit the organization's website.

Grief.com
A web resource to explore and understand the bereavement process.

The Growth House
This website provides resources for families dealing with life-threatening illness and end of life care.

Books:
The Next Place
by: Warren Hanson 1997
Filled with tranquil illustrations, this book offers children and adults alike comfort in imagining what "the next place" might be like.

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
by: Pat Schweibert and Taylor Bills, Illustrated by Chuck DeKlyen 1999
Tear soup is a wonderfully illustrated children's book for adults written about how we each grieve loss in our lives.

On Children and Death
by: Elizabeth Kubler Ross 1997
Based on a decade of working with dying children, Kubler's book offers the families of dead and dying children the help -- and hope -- they need to survive.

I Miss You: A First Look at Death
by: Pat Thomas, Illustrated byLesley Harker 2001
This sensitive book shows children that grief is a natural feeling following loss, and that death is just a part of life.

Programs by Teresa Goff
My Life So Far

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