Reading Resources for and about Kids and Grief

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For Children
 

After a Death: An Activity Book for Children
Author: The Dougy Center
This easy-to-use workbook is designed for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. With a mixture of creative activities and tips for dealing with changes at school, home and with friends, this is a great tool for all grieving children.

Get Sad When Somebody Dies
Author: Timony Shinada-Izotov
Written by a 6 year old following the death of his 6 month old baby sister.

Heaven’s Brightest Star
Author: Kara Glad
A book for children who have lost a sibling due to premature birth. Explains the NICU.

How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children
Author: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
This coloring book for kids ages 3-8 explores many of the feelings grieving children often experience. The expressive, easy-to-color drawings clearly depict disbelief, fear, anger, loneliness, happiness, sadness, and other normal grief feelings.

No New Baby
Author: Marilyn Gryte
For siblings who have a brother or sister die before birth.

Remembering Our Baby
Author: Patti Keough
A workbook for children whose brother or sister dies before birth. Includes pages for writing and drawing to help share thoughts and feelings.

Sibling Grief
Author: Sherokee Ilse, Susan Erling Martinez and Linda Hammer Burns
Helps teach and support children who have had a sibling die, including miscarriage and infant loss, as well as older siblings. It also helps parents understand their surviving children’s needs.

Someone Came Before You
Author: Pat Schwiebert
This book is for the child who comes after the one who died. It explains in a gentle way the parents desire for a child and the sadness that comes over them when that baby dies.

Something Happened
Author: Cathy Blanford
Helps a young child understand what has happened when there has been a pregnancy loss.

The Dougy Center
Online resources including articles and activities to help children with their grief.

Thumpy’s Story
Author: Nancy Dodge
Helps children understand their feelings about death through the story of grieving bunnies.

We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead
Author: Pat Schwiebert
Helps children find confront and manage grief over the loss of a young sibling.

Where’s Jess?
Author: Joy and Marv Johnson
For children ages 3 – 6 who’ve had a brother or sister die.

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About Children
 

Children’s Grief Education Association
Helpful articles and practical advice regarding children and grief.

Fernside, Supporting Children and Families Through Grief
Various articles on how to help a grieving child.

Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers
Author: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
Some of the ideas teach about children’s unique mourning styles and needs. Others suggest simple activities and “companioning” tips.

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas
Author: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
This book is for young and middle readers (6-12 years) grieving the death of someone loved. The text is simple and straightforward, teaching children about grief and affirming that their thoughts and feelings are not only normal, but necessary.

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas
Author: Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
In this compassionate book for grieving teenagers, Dr. Wolfelt speaks honestly and straightforwardly to teens, affirming their thoughts and feelings and giving them dozens of teen-friendly ideas for understanding and coping with their grief.

Helping Children Cope With Death
Author: The Dougy Center
This guidebook offers a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of how children grieve and strategies to support them. You will learn how children understand death, how to talk with children about death at various developmental stages, how to be helpful and when to seek outside help.

Helping Teens Cope With Death
Author: The Dougy Center
This practical guide covers the unique grief responses of teenagers and the specific challenges they face when grieving a death. You will learn how death impacts teenagers and ways that you can help them. The book also offers advice from parents and caregivers of bereaved teens on how to support adolescents and how to determine when professional help is needed.

New York Life Foundation
Articles, practical advice, links to online resources. Separate sections for young children and teens.

Open to Hope
Online articles and activities for parents to help children with their grief.

PBS
Tips for parents of bereaved children with links to online resources.

The Denver Hospice Griefwords Library
Articles that provide wonderful insight into helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

The Dougy Center
Online resources for parents to help understand their children’s grief.

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