Resources for Bereaved Kids

Grief and children...

Local Support Groups

Grief and children...

  • RAINBOWS- 1-800-266-3206
    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".
    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.

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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.

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  • "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.

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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.

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  • "Angel Catcher for Kids" offers a healthy way for a child to cope with the painful and often confusing process of grieving. Designed to help a child overcome the loss of a loved one, this journal also invites the child to record precious memories of the special person who has died. Angel Catcher for Kids will help a child to catch-and hold-an angel.

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  • "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.

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  • "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.

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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.

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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.

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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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