Picture Books & 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 books 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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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!
Winston Wish: Getting Support for a Bereaved Child
Child Mind Institute: Trauma and Grief
Family Lives: Coping with Bereavement
Childline: When Someone Dies
The Dougy Centre: How to help a grieving child
Child Mind Institute: Trauma and Grief articles
The New Yorker: How to Talk to Kids about Death, According to Picture Books
Sudden Death UK: Child bereavement support organisations
PBS Parents: When Families Grieve – activities, advice and information
Medium: How to Help Children Deal With Grief or Loss of Sibling
Educational Articles and Lesson Plans
Child Bereavement UK: Supporting Families and Educating Professionals
Child Development Institute: How to Talk to Kids About Death
Ryans Heart: Just for Me! Healing activities for grieving children and teens
Youth Light: Activities for Grieving Children
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.
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