Our Library

In honor of Robert N.Smith, a library has been created in the funeral home, which includes many books covering a wide array of topics on the death of loved ones and the grieving process. We have sections on the loss of a child,suicide, death of a parent, death of a spouse, and dealing with grief. We encourage visitors to browse through the books and borrow any that would be of interest.

Book Name Author
A Time to Grieve Carol Staudacher
A Decembered Grief Harold Smith
After Good-bye Lynette Freisen
ABC’s of Healthy Grieving Harold Smith
A Grace Disguised Jerry Sittser
Adventures of a Clay Pot Richard Ryley
After the Darkest Hour Elizabeth Mehren
After the Death of a Child Ann Finkbiner
A Piece of My Heart Molly Fumie
Always Too Soon Allison Gilbert
A Grief Observed C. S. Lewis
Awakening from Grief John E. Welshons
Be Not Afraid (3) Johann C. Arnold
Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences Alan D. Wolfelt
Companion Through the Darkness Stephanie Ericcson
Dying We Live Edward S. Gleason
Dancing in my Nightgown Betty Auchard
Dying to be Free Beverly Cobain & Jean Larch
Don’t Take My Grief Away from Me Doug Manning
Father Loss Neil Chetnik
Finding Your Way After a Spouse Dies Marta Felber
Grieving a Suicide Albert Hsu
Grief: Climb Toward Understanding Phyllis Davies
Grieving the Death of a Mother Harold Smith
God of the Valley Steve Griffiths
Guest of My Life Elizabeth Watson
Grieving: A Beginners Guide Jerusha McCormack
Grief’s Courageous Journey Sandi Caplan & Gordon Lang
Grief Andrew Holleran
Getting to the Other Side of Grief Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge
Grieving Mindfully Sameet M. Kumar
He Giveth More Grace Richard Ryley
How to Handle Trouble John Carmody
How to Survive the Loss of a Child Catherine Sanders
Heading Through the Shadow of Loss Deborah Coryell
How to go on Living When Someone Dies Therese A. Rendo
Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One Ann Sandin
Healing After Loss(2) Martha W. Hickman
I’m Grieving as fast as I can Linda Feinberg
Lament for a Son Nicholas Wolstersdorff
Letting Go With Love Nancy O’Connor
Life After Loss(3) Bob Deits
Little Pieces of Light Joyce Rupp
Living When a Loved One Has Died Earl A. Grollman
Letters from Motherless Daughters Hope Edelman
Markings on the Window Sill Ronald Greer
My Beautiful Sand Castle Moment Carol H. Adams
Our Walk with Elephants Peggy Boone
Remember with Love Elizabeth Levang
Safe Passage Molly Fumia
Turning My Mourning into Dancing(2) Henry Nouwen
Traveling Through Grief Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge
To Henry in Heaven Herbert Brokering
The Worst Loss Barbara Rosof
The Empty Room Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
The Gift of Memory Marianne Richmond
The Courage to Grieve Judy Tatelbaum
The Empty Chair Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge
The 36 Hour Day Nancy L. Mace
This Thing Called Grief Thomas Ellis
Transcending Loss Ashley D. Prend
Through a Season of Grief Bill Dunn & Kathy Leonard
The Healing Power of Grief G. Lintermanns & M. Stolzmann
The Dancing Ground Richard Ryley
You Are Not Alone (4) Lynn Hughes
Until We Meet Again Guideposts
Understanding Your Grief Alan Wolfelt
Understanding the Emotional & Physical Effects of Grief Brook Noel
Up from Grief Bernadine Kreis
When Your Child Dies Theresa Huntley
When You Don’t Know What to Say Harold Smith
When Your Parent Dies Ron Klug
When Parents Die Edward Myers
When People Grieve Paula D’Arcy
When We Hurt Philip Yancey
When a Loved One Dies Philip Williams
When Your Baby Dies Louis Gamino
When Your Spouse Dies Cathleen Curry
When We Remember Melissa Abraham
Winter Grief-Summer Grief James E. Miller
Winter’s Gift Jane Donovan
Widow to Widow Genevieve Ginsburg
When Families Grieve Sesame Street
Will the Circle be Unbroken Studs Terkel
When Children Grieve John James & Russell Friedman


The Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home has compiled this list to aid you in locating a bereavement group. If you find that any of the information listed below is incorrect or if you know of a group that should be added to this list, please contact us.

National Grief Recovery Hotline

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Hotline for people who have lost loved ones that offers grief counseling over the phone, seminars and outreach programs.

Infant Death

SIDS Alliance

General Bereavement Group

Meets 1st Wednesday of the Month, weather permitting.
7-8:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Room, St. Stephens RC Church
75 Sanfordville Rd, Warwick
Contact: Judy Battista 845-987-4207

Warwick United Methodist Church

meets 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the church.


Victims/Survivors of a drunk-driving crash
Counselors available to help survivors survive.

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc.

For bereavement services call:
(Emergency) - 845-561-6111
(Non-Emergency) - 845-565-4849
The Children's Grieving Center: call 845-561-6111

Sharing & Caring Support Group

For families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death
Contact St. Anthony's Community Hospital
Meets first Wednesday of each month @7:30 pm


Please use our contact page to request a booklet.

Be Gentle with Yourself While Grieving
Dealing with the Deep Sorrow of Sudden Death
Finding Your Way After the Death of a Spouse
Giving Yourself Permission to Grieve
Healing Thoughts to Soothe a Grieving Heart
Making Sense of Your Life after a Loved One’s Death
Overcoming Loneliness After Loss
Taking Care of Yourself While Grieving
When Death Comes Unexpectedly to Someone You Love
What Everyone Should Know about the First Year of Grief

For Children and Teens

Grieving When you Lose Someone Close
When a Classmate Dies
When Your Parent Dies
When Your Grandparent Dies
When Your Grandparent Dies – A Child’s Guide to Good Grief

Seasonal booklets

Making Lent a Season for Healing Your Grief
Grieving at Christmas
Getting Through the Holidays When You’ve Lost a Loved One
Losing a Loved One Near the Holidays
Your First Christmas after a Loved One Dies