When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother’s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn’t know… More The Scar
My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them… But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers… More The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
Thumpy talks about losing his sibling, Bun, and how he and the other members of his family feel. Very appropriate for children ages 7 and up, or read to younger children.
The touching story, presented in the context of Judaic tradition, of a handyman, Mr. Fixit, who tries to fix his sick friend, Dr. Mender. Written by a child psychiatrist who lost her husband to a brain tumor, to help children cope with loss of a parent. Ages 6 and up.
The love of music connects a family, even one separated by a death. “My family’s story was played on the piano,” the boy says. His father, a songwriter at heart, played “all the time,” his wife standing at his side, the two of them singing. Eventually, son and father played, the boy’s hands on the… More Waiting to Sing
My daddy died when I was (one…two…) three years old. Today we are out in the garden. It always makes me think about my daddy because he LOVED his garden. Sometimes, I wonder what happened to my daddy’s body… This picture book aims to help children aged 3+ to understand what happens to the body… More What Happened to Daddy’s Body?
This “first experience book” explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies. Ages 5-8.
Designed to help families sort through complex emotions, remember the life of a loved one and find strength in one another after the loss of a family member. Kit includes two books (one for a child and one for a parent) and a DVD.
In this simple book, counselor Sharon Greenlee explains the hurt, fear, and confusion felt by children and adults alike after a death has occurred. Accompanied by delicate watercolors, When Someone Dies offers suggestions for easing the pain, surviving the changes, and remembering the good times.
This simple story profiles a young child’s questions and concerns following the loss of a young sibling. Ages 3-6.