Suggested Reading

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Books for Children

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf
Leo Buscaglia
ages 3-6 yrs

Badger's Parting Gift

Susan Varley

ages 4-8 yrs

Charlotte's Web

E.B. White
ages 5-10 yrs

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope

Donna O'Toole
ages 6 yrs and up

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Kids

Alan Wolfelt
ages 6-12 yrs

When Someone Dies

Sharon Greenlee
ages 6-12 yrs

Books and Resources for Adolescents

Book Resources

A Student Dies, a School Mourns

Ralph L. Klicker

Closing the Gap: A strategy for bringing parents and teens together

Jay McGraw


Dead is a Four Letter Word

John Kennedy Saynor

Facing Change

Donna O'Toole


Fire in My Heart. Ice in My Veins

Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W.


Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens

Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.


Losing Someone You Love: When a brother or sister dies

Elizabeth Richter


Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers

Earl A. Grollman


Teens Speak Out…

High School Students


The Privilege of Youth

Dave Pelzer

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Sean Covey

When Death Walks In

Mark Scrivani

You Are Not Alone

Lynne B. Hughes

Website Resources

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children 

Based in Barrie, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children provides child-directed support within a peer-to-peer group in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory safe, home-like atmosphere for children, teens and their families grieving the death of a loved-one; supporting them as they adjust emotionally, to regenerate a sense of self and reconstruct their world.

Winston's Wish 

Winston's Wish, a charity for bereaved children, helps young people re-adjust to life after the death of a parent or sibling.



A website developed by Cruse Bereavement Care's Youth Involvement Project which aims to support young people, after the death of someone close to them. RD4U means the "road for you".


The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families 

Provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.  

Books for Parents/ Caregivers

The Grieving Child

Helen Fitzgerald


Bereaved Children and Teens

Earl Grollman


Helping Children Cope with Grief

Alan Wolfelt


150 Facts About Grieving Children

Erin Linn


Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Grief, Loss and Change

Barbara Coloroso

Loss of Sibling Books

Losing Someone You Love: When a brother or sister dies

Elizabeth Richter

Healing the Adult Sibling's Grieving Heart

Alan D. Wolfelt, PH.D.

Loss of Parent Books

When Parents Die

Edward Myers

Motherless Daughters

Hope Edelman

The Orphaned Adult

Alexander Levy


Neil Chethik

Loss of Loved One Books

When Parents Die

Edward Myers

Ordinary People

Judith Guest

When Someone You Love Dies

Therese Rando

Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister dies 

Elizabeth Richter

 Necessary Losses

Judith Viorst

Motherless Daughters

Hope Edelman

Survivors of Suicide

Rita Robinson


When Bad Things Happen To Good People

Harold Kushner


The Mourning Handbook

Helen Fitzgerald

Perinatal Loss Books

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart- Surviving the Death of Your Baby

Deborah Davis

A Silent Sorrow- Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family

Ingrid Kohn & Perry-Lynn Moffitt

Still to be Born- A Guide to Bereaved Parents Who are Making Decisions About Their Future

Pat Schweibert & Paul Kirk

Ended Beginnings: Healing and Childbearing Losses

Claudia Panuthos & Catherine Romeo

Empty Arms- Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death

Sherokee Ilse

When a Baby Dies- A Handbook for Healing and Helping

Rana Limbo & Sara Wheeler Rich

Loss of Child Books

After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss Through the Years

Ann Findbeiner

The Bereaved Parent

Harriet Sarnoff Schiff

The Bereaved Parent's Survival Guide

Juliet Cassuto Rothman

A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies

Ann McCracken & Mary Semel

How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life

Catherine Sanders

I Can't Stop Crying: It's so Hard After Someone You Love Dies

John Martin & Frank Ferris

In My Thoughts: A Handbook For Families Who Have Lost a Child In Death

Barbara Klich

Recovering From the Loss of a Child

Katherine Fair Donnelly

When the Bough Breaks

Judith Bernstein

Life Came to a Standstill 

Gwendolyn Broadmore 

Spousal Loss Books

Living and Working with Bereavement: A Guide for Widowed Men and Women

Elsie Palmer and Jill Watt

Beginnings: A Book for Widows
Betty Jane Wylie    

Lynn Cane    

Widow to Widow
Phyllis Silverman    

Widower: When Men Are Left Alone  
Phyllis Silverman and Scott Campbell    

Men and Grief: A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One
Carol Staudacher