A Little Bit of Rob

“We went crabbing last night–just Mom and Dad and me. It was our first time ever without Rob. Rob was my big brother. He died last month.” Barbara J. Turner’s sensitive story, accompanied by Marni Backer’s beautiful paintings, offers comfort to families who have lost a loved one. Ages 4 and up.

A Sky of Diamonds

Full of practical strategies, this storybook for children aged 5-9 addresses loss, grief and hope. Written from the perspective of Mia who has experienced the sudden death of her mother, it covers the different stages of grief, from initial disbelief, anger and sadness to resolution and hope. The book highlights the importance of giving children… More A Sky of Diamonds

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope – A Read Aloud Story for People of All Ages About Loving and Losing, Friendship and Hope

Our classic Read-Aloud Story for people of all ages about loving & losing, friendship & hope. Aarvy has lost his family and is filled with despair and hopelessness until a true friend helps him learn about the strengths within himself. Beautiful line drawings by Kore Loy McWhirter can be colored in.  Aarvy helps us learn… More Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope – A Read Aloud Story for People of All Ages About Loving and Losing, Friendship and Hope

After Charlotte’s Mom Died

A sensitive and helpful story discusses the fearful and uncertain feelings of a six-year-old child after the sudden loss of her mother and the ways in which she and her father are taught to deal with the situation through the help of a therapist.

Ben’s Flying Flowers

When Emily loses her brother after a long illness, she feels alone, angry, and very, very sad. With the understanding and support of her parents, Emily learns that it helps when she snuggles with her parents. It helps when she talks about her feelings and asks questions about Ben. And it helps when she does… More Ben’s Flying Flowers

Can You Hear Me Smiling? A Child Grieves A Sister

Book Cover, Can You Hear Me Smiling? A Child Grieves A Sister

Nine year old Aariane tells the story of her 12 year old sister’s illness and death. Touches on their close relationship, as well as their fights, her confusion and grief. Wonderful story for children who have lost a sibling. Ages 8 and up.

Daddy’s Promise

Daddy’s Promise is about a little boy’s journey of discovery after the death of his father. Jesse is angry and filled with questions. Why did his daddy have to die? What happens when someone dies? Where do they go? Jesse’s questions are answered both by his mother, and in a series of dreams where Jesse… More Daddy’s Promise

Gentle Willow

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This book was written for children who may not survive their illness. This comforting story will also help all children to deal with the death of friends, family members, or even pets. This profound story is ultimately one of joy and hope.

Grief Is Like A Snowflake

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After the death of his father, Little Tree learns to cope with his loss, with the love and support of his friends and family. A beautifully written, very comforting story.

Helping Children Grieve (DVD)

This video resource offers helpful information to adults (parents, caregivers, professionals) on how to help children of all ages grieve with hope and heart. You will meet two experts: Khris Ford and Paula D’Arcy, whose personal experiences with death give them intimate knowledge and compassion. And you will meet others who are now in the… More Helping Children Grieve (DVD)

How It Feels When A Parent Dies

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In this moving and insightful book about what it means to children when a parent dies. Eighteen children, boys and girls, from seven to sixteen years old, speak openly, honestly, unreservedly, of their experiences and feelings.

Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute? Explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand.

This honest, sensitive and beautifully illustrated picture book is designed to help explain the concept of death to children aged 3+. Written in Alex’s own words, it is based on the real-life conversations that Elke Barber had with her then three-year-old son, Alex, after the sudden death of his father. The book provides reassurance and… More Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute? Explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand.

It Must Hurt A Lot

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Describes a boy’s reactions of anger, grief, and eventual acceptance when his dog dies. Includes suggestions to parents for helping a child deal with loss.

Luna’s Red Hat

It is a beautiful spring day, and Luna is having a picnic in the park with her family, wearing her Mum’s red hat. Luna’s Mum died one year ago and she still finds it difficult to understand why. She feels that it may have been her fault and worries that her Dad might leave her… More Luna’s Red Hat

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Sad things happen to everyone, and sometimes people feel sad for no reason at all. What makes Michael Rosen sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died suddenly at the age of eighteen. In this book the author writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to… More Michael Rosen’s Sad Book