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 and grieving.

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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