Dr. William Kroen offers sound advice, comfort and compassion to any adult helping a child cope with death. Weaving in anecdotes about real children and their families, he explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death and offers suggestions for how to respond to children at different ages and stages. Specific strategies are offered to guide and support them through the grieving process.
Healing Your Grieving Heart For Kids : 100 Practical Ideas: Simple Advice and Activities for Children After a Death by Alan D. Wolfelt
With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, they explain how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of loss, and seek and accept support when a loved one dies. See also, Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens and Healing Your Grieving Heart.
This book offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a loved one.
Labels: Ages 6-12
Henry the dog explains how he felt after his grandfather died, and how the children who make up his family felt and worked through their feelings of grief; includes a "memory book" for young readers who have lost someone.
Saying goodbye to someone you love is always hard. Saying goodbye when someone you love dies is perhaps the hardest thing of all. This book explores the pain and grief of saying goodbye in the simplest of words and images and offers hope that the sadness will ease and that death is not the end. A wonderful discussion starter, this book will be a helpful tool for parents and educators seeking to guide young children through the painful process of loss.
Describes the overwhelming emotions involved in dealing with the death of a loved one and discusses how to cope with such a situation.
Labels: Ages 5-10
Are You Sad Too? : Helping Children Deal with Loss and Death by Dinah Seibert, Judy C. Drolet, Joyce V. Fetro
Labels: Birth - 10
Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
Labels: Ages 4-8
Examines, in simple text, how to deal with feelings of grief when people or pets die, or when friends move away.
Labels: Ages 9 - 12
As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with his companion leaves, he learns about the delicate balance between life and death.
Labels: Ages 7-10
Children ask different adults and themselves about death and receive a wide variety of answers. Includes an afterword and suggestions for parents.
Labels: Ages 3-8
The narrator's favorite Grandma lives through the park and down the hill. On the way to visit her, the little girl picks purple flowers -- Grandma's favorite. One day, when the girl knocks on Grandma's door, Grandma moves slowly and is too tired to play. That night, she passes away. Throughout winter, the little girl misses her terribly. But when spring arrives, the sight of purple flowers she and her grandmother planted in the garden makes her smile again.
Although she loves her father, their home in New York City, and third-grade teacher Miss Meadows, Annie misses her mother who died recently. Eight-year-old Annie lives in a sunny apartment in Manhattan with her father, Professor Rossi. Life would be pretty good if only Annie didn't so achingly miss her mother. When Mrs. Rossi died suddenly, she left not only Annie but also a classfull of students - who pour out their hearts in a scrapbook Annie will treasure forever. With tenderness and humor, Amy Hest reveals the struggles of a father and daughter as they forge a new life together.
In this touching and beautifully illustrated book, children will learn about death alongside Bruno, whose grandfather passes away. Throughout the narrative, Bruno's emotions mature from confusion, anger, and loneliness to acceptance. Experiencing the bewilderment that often accompanies the death of a loved one, Bruno asks, "Is Grandpa just sleeping? Is he in a grave or in heaven? Why did he leave without saying goodbye? "With humor and delicacy, this poignant story portrays the complexity of losing a friend and relative and teaches children that in death lies a beauty and depth to life.
Sister Bear loves taking care of her pet goldfish, Goldie. Sister feeds Goldie every morning and evening, cleans out her tank, and even gets her a beautiful fishbowl castle! But when Papa and Mama find Goldie floating belly-up in her tank, they worry about how Sister will feel. How will the Bear family cope with the loss of Goldie, the best goldfish in the world?