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A message from the Bryant’s:

Understanding that each individual travels through their own journey of grief, we have found that finding an excellent grief counselor has been a key tool in our recovery process. We decided, from day one, that not only is losing a child hard enough, but when a parent witnesses a horrific traumatic death of that child, he or she should not try to take on healing on their own. As we strive in our daily lives to find some glimmer of understanding as to WHY, we have survived these years without Annabelle through the support of loving family, friends, clergy, professionals, publications, and the special little brother Annabelle left behind, our son, Drew. We are happy to announce the birth of our third child, Brady. He was born on June 15th, 2007 and has brought us so much joy, he is truly a gift from God and Annabelle.


Here are some books that we would recommend for individuals who are suffering from the loss of a child:

  1. One of the first books we read just after Annabelle’s death is called The Worst Lost- How Families Heal from the Death of a Child by Barbara D. Rosof. We felt that was a really helpful book to read early on in our grief.
  2. I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye-surviving, coping, & healing after the sudden death of a loved one by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PH.D.
  3. Help Your Marriage Survive The Death Of A Child by Paul C. Rosenblatt.
  4. Gone But Not Lost Grieving the Death of a Child by David W. Wiersbe.
  5. Grieving: Our Path back to Peace by James R. White.
  6. A Grace Disguised How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser.

Faith related publications:

  1. Sit Down, GOD…I’m Angry by R.F. Smith Jr.
  2. Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand by Anne Graham Lotz.
  3. Getting Through The Night Finding Your Way After the Loss of a Loved One by Eugenia Price.

Other Resources:

  1. Life After Loss Dealing with grief:
  2. The Compassionate Friends:
  3. Grief & Bereavement Devotionals:
  4. Bereaved Parents of the USA:
  5. Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents:

Traumatic Grief:

  1. Check with your local county for services available to you from the Mental Health Department.
  2. EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing:
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) integrates elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies. EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach. During EMDR, the client attends to past and present experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Then the client is instructed to let new material become the focus of the next set of dual attention. This sequence of dual attention and personal association is repeated many times in the session.


Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Shapiro, F. (2002). EMDR as an Integrative Psychotherapy Approach: Experts of Diverse Orientations Explore the Paradigm Prism. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

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