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Other resources that can help you cope 

Everyone grieves and heals differently. For some, support groups may be the way. For others, more personal outlets like books, articles, poems and other resources may be the best way to cope and heal. For many, a combination of both outward, group activities as well as personal, inward reflecting practices will be best to help begin the healing process.

It’s important to find which combination or resources works best for you and your family. If you feel that you need help in making these decisions, please contact our Pastoral Care department or Child Life department.

Memory and reflection books

Pastoral Care memory scrapbook (for older kids?) [PDF of this book, is a PDF available?]

NICU book of poems (for parents of babies) [PDF of this book, book still being created]

I will remove this section until we're able to get the PDFs of the books up, but wanted you to see it before I did.

Online resources and videos

The Dougy Center | The National Center for Grieving Children & Families

KidsHealth library | Grief and bereavement resources

Sesame Street | Dealing with grief and loss

Books

Many of the following books can be found at your local library or online via amazon.com or other books retailers. They are broken down by age category for easy browsing, but that doesn't mean that a book listed in one category may not be a good resource for someone in another age group.

For parents: 

  • 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child by The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
  • A Gift for the Bereaved Parent by Zamir Hussain
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis
  • Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart by Alan Wolfelt
  • Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One by William C. Kroen, PhD, LMHC, from Free Spirit Publishing
  • How do we tell the children? by Dan Schaefer and Christine Lyons
  • I’ll Cry to Understand… A piece at a time by Karen E. Weis
  • Lean on Me Gently, Helping the Grieving Child by Doug Manning
  • Lifetimes, The beautiful way to explain death to children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • Preparing the Children by Kathy Nussbaum
  • Talking about Death, A dialogue between parent and child by Earl Grollman
  • Talking with Children about Loss by Maria Trozzi
  • The Death of Adult children Through the Eyes of Grieving Parents by Ron Graber and Jeana Bacon
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
  • When a Man Faces Grief/When a Man You Know is Grieving by Thomas Golden and James E. Miller
  • When the Bough Breaks by Judith R. Bernstein

For grandparents:

  • For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret H. Gerner

For teens:

  • Fire in my Heart, Ice in my Veins by Enid Samuel Traisman
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan Wolfelt
  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
  • The Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan D. Wolfelt and Megan E. Wolfelt
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
  • Weird is Normal When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler
  • When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman, EdD, from Free Spirit Publishing

For children:

  • Gentle Willow by Joyce C. Mills
  • God Gave us Heaven by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids by Alan Wolfelt
  • Help Me Say Goodbye by Janis Silverman
  • I Miss You by Pat Thomas
  • I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand by Dr. Pat Palmer
  • I Wonder What You Do On Your First Day in Heaven by Phoebe Walsh
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • Sad Isn’t Bad by Michaelene Mundy
  • Someone Came Before You by Pat Schwiebert (for children born after an infant is lost)
  • Something Happened by Cathy Blanford (for children when there is a pregnancy loss)
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson
  • The Saddest Time by Norma Simon and Jacqueline Rogers
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain, from Free Spirit Publishing
  • When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown
  • When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegard
  • When Something Terrible Happens by Marge Heegard
  • Where are You? by Laura Olivieri
  • Why Did You Die: Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss by Ellen Goldring

 

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