Bereavement Book List & Resources

Bereavement book list

Bereavement Book List & Resources

Explaining death and loss to children is a difficult task. Grieving situations may involve a family member, a friend or a pet. Sharing picture books can provide comfort to grieving children and a safe environment to ask questions. The bereavement book list below will help open a dialogue and support children on the difficult topic of death and bereavement. It is important to select a book suitable for your situation and the nature of your child. Read through the book yourself before sharing with a child. Not all books will be suitable for all children or all situations.

Bereavement Book List

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Further Reading


General Information
Baylor University: Grief Interventions for Children with ADHD
Childline: When Someone Dies
Child Mind Institute: Trauma and Grief
The New Yorker: How to Talk to Kids about Death, According to Picture Books
Child Bereavement UK:
Supporting Families and Educating Professionals
Ryans Heart: Just for Me! Healing activities for grieving children and teens
Youth Light: Activities for Grieving Children

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

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