I poked around on the Internet looking for resources that could help me learn more. While this booklet I found was meant for teens I found a lot of the information in it helpful. I'm posting a link to it here as much for me to refer back to as to share with others:
There are also a number of thoughts I came upon at http://homeinsteaders.org/category/death/ that inspire me. One of my favorites at this moment is:
everyone dies but not everyone lives.”
So, I find myself thinking that -- while I know everything happens for a reason -- I need a few crutches like those mentioned above to get me through this time.