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Grief Support



  • Centering Corp (recommended by Compassionate Friends)
  • Compassion Books
  • Lafser, Christine O'Keefe. An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death. (ISBN 0-8294-1173-9) Chicago: Loyola Press, 1998.
  • Lafser, Christine O'Keefe. Longing for My Child: Reflections for Parents and Siblings After a Child's Death. (ISBN 0-8294-1754-0) Chicago: Loyola Press, 2002.
  • Winsch, Jane Loretta. After the Funeral. (ISBN 0-8091-6625-9) Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1995. This small book addresses many different feelings and questions children have following a death. Illustrations are culturally diverse and the brief text invites further discussion. Ages 3 to 10.
  • Heegaard, Marge Eaton. Coping with Death and Grief. (ISBN 0-8225-0043-4) Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1990. Children tell their own stories of loss, helping to reassure the reader than he or she is not alone. Ages 8 to 12.
  • Fitzgerald, Helen. The Grieving Child - A Parent's Guide. (ISBN 0-6717-6762-3) New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. An excellent guide to understanding and helping children cope with grief.
  • Kroen, PhD., William C.. Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups. (ISBN 1-5754-2000-7) Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997. A brief guide for parents answering frequently asked questions.
  • Mellonie, Bryan, and Robert Ingpen. Lifetimes. (ISBN 0-5533-4402-1) New York: Bantam Books, 1983. A gentle explanation of the life cycle of nature. Ages 3 to 8. Review: I found this was a little hard for our 2 1/2 year old to follow.
  • Vigna, Judith. Saying Goodbye to Daddy. (ISBN 0-8075-7253-5) Morton Grove: Albert Whitman & Company, 1991. A sensitive book about coping with sudden death. Ages 5 to 10.
  • Grollman, Earl A.. Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers. (ISBN 0-8070-2501-1) Boston: Beacon Press, 1993. Easy to read, straightforward information about handling grief. Ages 12 and up.
  • Grollman, Earl A.. Talking about Death - A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. (ISBN 0-8070-2363-9) Boston: Beacon Press, 1991. To be read with children ages 3 to 6; helps parents answer children's questions.
  • Romain, Trevor. What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?. (ISBN 1-5754-2055-4) Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1999. A helpful, informative book for kids about their experiences following a death. Ages 6 to 12.
  • The Water Beetles and Dragonflies: A helpful story useful in explaining the concept of life after death to children and adults.
  • First Experiences - When a Pet Dies: Mr. Rogers wrote this book to help children with the death of a Pet. It can give you some ideas about how to talk about death with a young child.
  • Books and pamphlets written by Mr. Rogers to help children understand death.

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