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Ewing Funeral Home donation

Abby Goodenow (center), Ewing Funeral Home, presents Britt Public Library donation to Shannon Nielsen (left), Children's Librarian, and Linda Friedow, Library Director.

BRITT | In an effort to provide support for the families in our communities who have lost loved ones, the staff of Ewing Funeral Home have promoted and supported programs such as GriefShare and Families in Transition in recent years.

This year, Ewing Funeral Home made the first of what is to become an annual contribution of books to each of the public libraries in the communities of Britt, Kanawha, Clarion, Belmond and Dows. This first donation consisted of 6 books, with titles for both adults and children, covering a variety of grief topics.

"Our public libraries are such a valuable cornerstone of our communities, we felt that rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, we wanted to combine our efforts with those of the libraries and their staffs," said Michael Ewing. "We felt like this was the best way to make these books available to as many people as possible at no cost to those who might benefit."

Ewing Funeral Home plans to contribute books each year, and will continue to support the other programs mentioned above. There are also copies of the books available to borrow from the funeral home. Please contact your local library, or reach out to Brianne Ewing at the funeral home to learn more about these resources.

"Our goal is to help our families in their grief journeys, and over the next several years, add more and more titles at the libraries in order to help reach those in need of love and support."

The books donated include: for adults – “Grieving, A Beginner’s Guide,” by Jerusha Hull McCormack, a comprehensive look at grief, “Poor Your Soul,” by Mira Ptacin, on loss of a pregnancy, and “Silent Grief” by Christopher Lukas and Henry M. Seiden, on grieving a loss from suicide; for children, “Love That Dog,” by Sharon Creech, on using creative writing to work through grief process, “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney,” by Judith Viorst, on the death of a pet, and “When Dinosaurs Die,” by Laurie Krasny Brown, helps address frequently asked questions from children about death and dying.

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