Grief and Loss

The following are resources for parents to consider when helping children process grief and loss.

How To Interact With Grieving Children

Tips for Supporting Grieving Children

Developmental Issues In Grief

Books Relating to Grief and Loss (these books can be purchased at a bookstore, or on-line and are also available for short-term loan this summer at the Nottingham front office)

Children’s Books

  • Fall of Freddy The Leaf (Leo Buscaglia)
  • Rabbityness (Jo Empson)
  • Life is Like the Wind (Shona Innes)
  •  Always Remember (Cece Meng)
  • When I Die Will I Get Better (Peter Books)
  • Love, Hugs and Hope: When Scary Things Happen (Christy Monson)
  • Ida, Always (Caron Levis)
  • Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs (Susan Schaefer Bernardo)(remembering someone you miss)
  • Lifetimes (Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen)(explaining death to children)
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide To Understanding Death (Laurie Drasny Brown and Marc Brown)(general death issues, but pre-read pp. 28-29 to determine if appropriate for your child)
  • A Bunch Of Balloons (Dorothy Ferguson)(black and white drawings)
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend: A Fable About Loss and Healing (Ann Howard Binkow)(focuses on death of a pet and respecting different ways of grieving)
  • When Someone Very Special Dies (Marge Heegaard)(activity book)
  • Help Me Say Goodbye (Janis Silver)(activity book)
  • Let’s Talk About Feeling Sad (Joy Berry)
  • Where Are You?: A Children’s Book About Loss (Laura Olivieri)(death of family member)
  • Tear Soup (Pat Schwiebert and Chuck Deklyen)
  • Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)(chapter book)

Adult Resources To Help Grieving Children

  • Touching Grief: Frequently Asked Questions About Child and Adolescent Grief (Jean B. McCaw)
  • Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers (Alan B. Wolfet)
  • Honoring Grief: Creating A Space To Let Yourself Heal (Alaxandra Kennedy)
  • When Did You Die?: Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief & Loss (Erika Leeuwenburgh)
  • The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide (Helen Fitzgerald)
  • Good Mourning: A Resource for Healing (Robin McMahon)