Children 4-8 Years

  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie and Marc Brown
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Thomas and Harker
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
  • Where’s Jess: For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die by Marvin and Joy Johnson
  • The Empty Place: A Child’s Guide Through Grief by Roberta Temes
  • I Had A Friend Named Peter – Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend by Janice Cohn
  • What’s Heaven? by Maria Shriver
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • Don’t Despair on Thursday!: The Children’s Grief-Management Book by Adolph Moser
  • The Fall of Freddie the Lead by Leo Buscaglia
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie
  • Can You Hear Me Smiling? by Aariane R. Jackson and Leigh Lawhon
  • I Found a Dead Bird: A Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death by Jan Thorill
  • Part of Me Died, Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teenagers by Virginia Lynn Fry
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain
  • When People Die by Sarah Levete
  • Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
  • Always Remember by Cece Meng

Children 9-12 Years

  • Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills
  • The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love by Clea Adams and Barbara Gibson
  • The Snowman: A Book About Children and Grief by Robin Vogel
  • Good Grief: A Kids Guide for Dealing with Change and Loss by Kim Frank
  • Sad Isn’t Bad by Michaelene Murphy
  • The Magic Moth by Virginia Lee
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart: For Kids by Alan Rubel
  • But I Didn’t Get to Say Goodbye by Barbara Rubel
  • Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed by Amy, Allie, and David Dennison


  • The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald2
  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl Grollman
  • You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent by Lynne Hughes
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt
  • When a Friend Dies – A Book for Teens About Grieving by Marilyn Gootman
  • Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies by E. Richter


  • Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
  • Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief by James and Mary Ann Emswiler
  • Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies by Janis Silverman
  • Talking With Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi
  • The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resource Offering Practical and Compassionate Advice on
  • Coping with All Aspects of Death and Dying by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Grief in Children: A Handbook for Adults by Dyregrov and Yule
  • I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg
  • The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide by Helen Fitzgerald and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl Grollman
  • The Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child by Suzanne Redfern
  • Alec’s Legacy by Frank Robinson
  • Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum by Karla Helbert
  • What Do We Tell the Children? by Dan Schaefer and Christine Lyons
  • Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child when a Parent is Sick by Paula Rauch and Anna Muriel
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child by Early A. Grollman

Serious Illness

  • How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue (adults)
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills (young children)

Art Journals and Workbooks

  • When Some Very Special Dies by Marge Heedgaard (school-aged)
  • When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness by Marge Heegaard (school-aged)
  • How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children by Alan Wolfelt (children)
  • Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Centering Corporation (teens)
  • Good Grief for Kids by Katherine Zotovich (school-aged and teens)
  • Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance by Kathy and Amy Eldon (teens and adults)

Pet Loss

  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
  • The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran
  • When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers


  • Living with Grief: Child, Adolescents and Loss by Kenneth Doka and Jack Gordon
  • Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies by Teresa M. Huntley
  • Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden
  • Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt