GRIEF AND CHILDREN
Resources for Bereaved Kids
Grief and children...
Local Support Groups
Grief and children...
- RAINBOWS- 1-800-266-3206 www.rainbows.org
Local peer support groups for grieving children and their families.
Groups are led by trained adults. Online newsletter and referrals.
"Guiding kids through life's storms".
- DOUGY CENTERS- www.dougy.org
Peer support groups for grieving children, at local child grief centers
or with trained providers. For children and adults wanting to help a
grieving child. Website has an extensive list of books about children
Internet Grief Forums for Teens
Grief and children links...
Books About Grief and Children
For All Ages:
- "Tear Soup",
by Pat Schweibert. Tear Soup is one of the best and most popular grief
resources we know of. It looks and reads like a fairy tale, or child's
fable, but it is actually most informative about grief for adults as
well as childeren. A must read.
- "Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss", by Michaelene Mundy
Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss--that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. Written by a school counselor, this book helps comfort children facing of the worst and hardest kind of reality.
For Ages: 4-8:
- "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf",
by Leo Buscaglia. A sensitive story about death and dying, this book
remains a classic. As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along
with his companion leaves, he learns that death is a part of life. May
help young children understand death and to talk about it.
- "Daddy's Promise", Cindy K.
Cohen, Especially helpful for children who have lost a parent, this
book addresses many of the emotions a child may experience: guilt,
anger, sadness and fear. A hopeful and constructive book that should
help open dialogue with the child.
- "Everett Anderson's Goodbye", Lucille Clifton. A beautifully illustrated Reading Rainbow selection. A simple, poetic telling of Everett Anderson's feelings as he copes with his father's death.
For Ages 6-11:
- "Dusty Was My Friend: Coming to Terms With Loss",
by Andrea F. Clardy. Eight-year-old Benjamin remembers his friend
Dusty, who was killed in a car accident, and tries to understand his
own feelings about losing a friend in this way.
For Ages 9-12:
- "Don't Despair on Thursdays! The Children's Grief Management Book", by Adolph Moser. From The Emotional Impact Series, a highly praised handbook for children dealing with a grievous loss.
Children's Sympathy Gifts
If you think that a comfort item or special gift might be helpful to a grieving child, click on the link above to explore our hand-picked selection of baskets and gifts.
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