Full Circle provides a comprehensive list of resources for all ages. Our suggested resources include websites, books, and journals. We include resources for pet loss and serious illness. We have a variety of resources at our Full Circle location and others can be purchased or may be available in your local library. See a list of resources below and let us know how we can help you.


National Alliance for Grieving Children
Bereaved Parents of USA
Compassionate Friends – Online support and groups for those dealing with the death of a child or sibling
Funeral Arrangements – Resources/Advice
Mothers In Sympathy and Support (MISS Foundation) – Supporting families who have experienced the death of a child from any cause
Creative Heartwork – Organization that combines the grief process and creative expression
Comfort Zone Camp – Bereavement camps for children ages 7-17
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
KidsAid – A site for children to express their grief through art and writing
Healing Garden for Children – Interactive web page for children dealing with grief and loss
Emotional Healing After A Miscarriage — A Guide for Women, Partners, Family and Friends
Grief Interventions for Children with ADHD — describes the different ways children with ADHD experience loss and how parents can tailor interventions to the child’s specific needs

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 Fitzgerald
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

Adults (cont’d)

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 & 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