- Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 practical ideas: simple advice and activities for children after a death
by Alan Wolfelt. Letting out our grief is called mourning. This books helps children mourn so they can feel better and
live a happy and full life again.
- Healing a Teen’s Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas for families, friends and caregivers: by Alan Wolfelt. An ideal
resource for parents, teachers, coaches and others who want to help a teen in grief.
- The Seasons of Grief; Helping Your Children Grow
through Their Loss by Donna
Gaffney A helpful book for both parents and professionals with important advice on helping children grow through crises.
- Suicide Prevention, Intervention
and Postvention by Earl Grollman.
How to recognize the warning signs of potential suicide, how to intervene when a suicide has been attempted and how to comfort
the family after a life has been taken.
- What Does That Mean: A Dictionary of Death, Dying and Grief Terms for Grieving Children and Those who Love Them.
By Harold Ivan Smith and Joy Johnson
- Never Too Young To Know: Death in Children’s Lives by Phyllis Rolfe Silverman The experience of death and
loss is unavoidable and this book offers practical and a theoretical approach to how children cope with death. The wide range
of effects of loss upon children are explored, the challenges they face as they grieve and the ways of supporting them as
they change and grow in the process.
- Bereaved Children and Teens: a support guide for parents and professionals. Edited by Earl Grollman, rabbi and author of books on death
and loss. A complete resource for parents and professionals seeking to help children cope with the death of someone
Talk about Death for Teenagers: by
Earl Grollman. Excellent book for adults and teens.
- Talking About Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child: by Earl Grollman. Award winning book. Named hero of the heartland for his work
with children following the Oklahoma City bombing. Helpful and sensitive advice for families coping with loss.
- Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions
to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence: by Kenneth Hardy and Tracey Laszloffy Author identifies four critical factors that push some adolescents
to commit harmful, even deadly acts: devaluation, erosion or community, dehumanized loss and rage. Guidance on connecting
with aggressive teens, and managing difficult situations are discussed.
- How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue. Practical handbook prepares parents to address children’s
fears with honest and profound empathy.
- When a Parent Has Cancer: A guide to caring for your children by Wendy Schlessel Harpham, MD Provides comfort and reassurance and practical advice to families
facing cancer. A physician and cancer survivor , offers help for parents. Also included is a book called Becky and the
Worry Cup: children’s book that tells the story of a 7 year old girl’s experiences with her mother’s cancer.
- Life and Loss: a guide to help
grieving children by Linda
Goldman A teaching manual for everyone who works, lives, or loves grieving children. Teaches adults to help young people
through the grief process with care, understanding and love.
- The Goldfish Went on Vacation: a memoir
of loss and learning to tell the truth about it. By Patty Dann.
A touching memoir about loss and what comes after. A collage of vignettes chronicles the story of a wife slowly losing her
husband whose brain could no longer remember the purpose of a paperclip. Out of a tragedy, she has created a book to help
others live. She guides her young son through this ordeal with patience, honesty and true presence.
- Breaking the Silence: A guide to helping
children with complicated grief- suicide, homicide, AIDS, violence and abuse. By Linda Goldman. Designed for educators, mental health professionals, caregivers and parents, it
presents techniques, words, activities and methods to initiate discussion of these sensitive issues. Provides valuable
tools to break down the process of grieving for children. Resources are offered for facilitating the grieving process at home,
school or in treatment.
- Helping the Bereaved Chilld: grief gardening, growth through grief and other touchstones for caregivers. By Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. A must read for child counselors, hospice caregivers,
funeral directors, school counselors, teachers, clergy and parents. Understand children and grief, counseling techniques,
helping grieving children at school, helping the grieving adolescent and self care for the child’s counselor.
- But I Didn’t Say Goodbye:
for professionals helping child suicide survivors by Barbara Rubel A practical approach to working with children who are suffering the loss
of a loved one due to suicide.
- After a Parent’s Suicide: helping children heal by Margo Requarth. Helps adults explain suicide to a child and how children
grieve, how grief impacts adolescents, as well as spiritual and religious perspectives on suicide and how to help children
return to normalcy.
- No Time to Say Goodbye: surviving
the suicide of a loved one. By Carla Fine . Brings suicide survivors from the darkness into the light, speaking frankly and
with compassion about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger and loneliness that are shared by all survivors.
- Caring for Your Grieving Child:
engaging activities for dealing with loss and transition by Martha Wakenshaw Excellent resource of information and advice for both parents of children who
are grieving and professionals who work with children. It is a perfect guide to a child’s response to stress and loss.
- The Worst Loss: how families
heal from the death of a child
by Barbara D. Rosof, Written by a child psycho-therapist, author draws on families’ stories as well as research on grieving
to answer questions such as: how do families survive the worst loss? What helps people heal? What have families and clinicians
learned that will help others through their loss and enbable them to rebuild their lives? This book will serve as a powerful
Year of Magical Thinking by
Joan Didion. An author shares an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage and a life, in good
time and bad times-that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. This is the story of how one woman
attempts to make sense of the weeks and months after the sudden death of her husband.
- Surviving a Sibling: Discovering Life After Loss by Scott Mastley Sibling grief is profound,
with universal components that are minimally addressed by grief specialists. This book describes the attachment, expectation
and response to loss through Scott’s experience of the death of his brother, Chris.
- When Children Grieve: for adults to help children
deal with death, divorce, pet loss, moving and other losses. By John James and Russell Friedman.
- The Grief Recovery Handbook: by J.James and R.Friedman Wonderful book with actual steps
to take that can help people move through their own grief in healthy ways.
- A Grief
Disguised: how the soul grows through love by Jerry Sittser. Loss.
It’s a word that many of us fear and few of us can evade. It stalked Jerry one night and struck with full fury on a
lonely road in Idaho. In an instant, a tragic accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife and his
young daughter. This is a moving medication on the losses we all suffer and the grace that can transform us. Amazingly important
Grief Like No Other: surviving the violent death of someone you love by Kathleen O’Hara. This is helpful if someone has dealt with a violent death
from such things as: suicide, drug overdose, and death by vehicular homicide and drunk drivers. This type of grief is different
as it may be filled with intense feelings of guilt, anger, PTSD, and at times years spent with legal ramifications. A seven
stage plan to help those survive the unthinkable.
- Liberating Losses: when death brings relief: by Jennifer Elison, and Chris McGonigle. A pioneering and remarkable book
about a profound and complex subject not previously addressed or understood. As taboo as it is to admit, not every death
brings great sadness. Labeled “nontraditional loss response” by therapists, a positive reaction following a death
is more frequently encountered now that medical treatments keep people alive much longer than they or their families may wish.
- The Price of Privilege: how parental
pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids by Madeline Levine, Ph.D. With up to date scientific research,
compelling clinical cases and a refined sense of empathy, Levine teaches us about the difficult challenges faced by affluent
families and provides useful, strategies for helping them toward more fulfilling lives. Teaches parents to teach their children
what they need to learn the most- how to manage their emotions and impulses, form healthy relationships, think for themselves
and become useful, well adjusted and moral people.
- Being a Wounded Healer: how to heal ourselves while we are healing others by Douglas C. Smith, Wonderful book for everyone
who wants to find healing in the midst of pain and suffering.
- Ambiguous Loss: learning to live with unresolved grief by Pauline Boss. Frozen sadness: this is
what we have when we cannot really know what we have lost. And this is what Pauline Boss illuminates, and helps to ease as
she addresses such things as divorce, adoption, addiction, chronic mental illness, immigration, or Alzheimer’s. Wonderful
If You Need Me: a true story A
remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. Dramatic, funny, deeply moving and simply unforgettable- it is a story
of finding God by helping others and offers proof of the miracles that happen every day when a heart is grateful and life
and love restored. Author lost husband in a sudden accident, and had four young children. She became a minister and
then served as chaplain for search and resuce missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones were
missing, and to the wardens who sometimes had to deal with dreadful outcomes.
- Coming Out, Coming In: nurturing the well-being and
inclusion of gay youth in mainstream society. By Linda Goldman. Provides a comprehensive primer for psychologists, clinicians, educators, and
families to help us how to provide the care, respect, and unconditional love that all youth deserve, regardless of differences.
- The Lovely Bones: by Alice Sebold The novel about
a young girl who was murdered in 1973 who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected,
even as she is watching life on earth continue without her-her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer
trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds,
miraculously in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.