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Death & Grieving: A Resource List

Books for Children

Ages 4 to 8

  • A Bunch of Balloons; by Dorothy Ferguson; Centering Corporation, 1992
  • A Child’s Simple Guide Through Grief; by Alexis Cunningham; Jalmar Press, 2001
  • Badger's Parting Gifts; by Susan Varley; William Morrow, 1985
  • Charlotte's Web; by E.B. White; Harper and Row, 1952
  • Gentle Willow; by Joyce Mills; Magination Press, 2003
  • If Nathan Were Here; by Mary Bahr; Erdmann’s Books for Young Readers, 2000
  • Old Pig; by Margaret Wild; Dial, 1996
  • Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss; by Michaelene Mundy; Abbey Press, 1998
  • Talking About Death; by Earl A. Grollman; Beacon, 1990
  • Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss; Pat Schwiebert Grief Watch, 1999
  • The Saddest Time; by Norma Simon; A. Whitman, 1992
  • Very Best of Friends; by Margaret Wild; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death; Laury Krasny Brown, 1998
  • You Hold Me and I'll Hold You; by Jo Carson; Orchard, 1992
  • Freddie the Leaf; by Leo Buscaglia, 1982
  • The Invisible String; by Patrice Karst, 2000

Ages 9 to 12

  • Beat the Turtle Drum; by Constance Green; Econo-Clad Books, 2000
  • Blackwater; by Eve Bunting; HarperCollins, 2000
  • If Nathan Were Here; by Mary Bahr; Erdmann’s Books for Young Readers, 2000
  • Little Men; by Louisa May Alcott; IndyPublish, 2001
  • Little Women; by Louisa May Alcott; Sterling, 2004
  • A Taste of Blackberries; by Doris Smith; Econo-Clad Books, 1999

Young Adult

  • The Bridge to Terabithia; by Katherine Paterson; HarperCollins, 1978
  • The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends; Helen Fitzgerald; Simon & Schuster, 2000
  • On My Honor; by Marion Dane Bauer; Econo-Clad Books, 1999
  • A Separate Peace; by John Knowles; MacMillan, 1960
  • When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing; by Marilyn Gootman; Free Spirit Press, 1994

Books for Adults

  • Children Mourning, Mourning Children; Hospice Foundation of America, 2001
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief; by Mary Ann Emswiler; Bantam Books, 2000
  • Helping Children Grieve; by Ruth Arent; Champion Press, 2005
  • How Do We Tell the Children? A Parents Guide to Helping Children Cope When Someone Dies; by Dan Schaefer; Newmarket Press, 4th ed, 2010
  • It's OK to Cry: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Through the Losses of Life; by H. Norman Wright; WaterBrook Press, 2004
  • Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies; by Theresa Huntley; Augsburg Fortress Pub, 2002
  • When Children Grieve; by John James; HarperCollins, 2002
  • When Your Child Loses A Loved One; by Theresa Huntley; Augsburg, 2001
  • Your Grieving Child: Answers To Questions On Death And Dying; by Bill Dodds; Our Sunday Visitor, 2001
Compiled by Catherine Smith, MLS, medical librarian at the Family Health Library, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO.
Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2010-06-04
Last reviewed: 2010-06-04

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