Grief Support Bibliography

Children – Elementary School Age

  • Badger’s Parting Gifts – Susan Varley
  • Brave Bart – A Story for Traumatized and Grieving Children – Caroline H. Sheppard, ACSW
  • Flamingo Dreams – Donna Jo Napoli *(Addresses death due to cancer)
  • Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart – 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers – Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart – 100 Practical Ideas – Simple Advice and Activities for Children After Death – Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • Help Me Say Goodbye – Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies – Janis Silverman
  • Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One – A Guide for Grownups – William C. Kroen, PhD, LMHC
  • How Can I Help, Papa – A Child’s Journey Through Loss and Healing – Elissa Al-Chokhachy    *(Grandparent’s prolonged death)
  • I Had a Friend Named Peter – Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend – Janice Cohn, DSW
  • I Heard Your Mommy Died – Mark Scrivani
  • I Heard Your Daddy Died – Mark Scrivani
  • I Miss You – A First Look at Death – Pat Thomas
  • “I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand…”  A Childs Guide to Grief and Loss – Dr. Pat Palmer
  • Lifetimes – The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children – Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
  • No New Baby – For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth – Marilyn Gryte
  • Sad Isn’t Bad – A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss – Michaelene Mundy
  • Saying Goodbye – Jim & Joan Boulden
  • Talking With Children About Loss – Words, Strategies, and Wisdom to Help Children Cope with Death, Divorce and Other Difficult Times – Maria Trozzi with Katy Massimini
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf – Leo Buscaglia, PhD
  • This Book is For All Kids, but Especially My Sister Libby.  Libby Died – Jack Simon, Age 5 as told to his mom, usually at bedtime
  • That Summer – Tony Johnston
  • What’s Heaven? – Maria Shriver *(Death of a grandparent)
  • When Children Grieve – For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving And Other Losses – John W. James and Russell Friedman with Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews
  • When Dinosaurs Die – A Guide to Understanding Death – Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Middle School Age

  • Help Me Say Goodbye – Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies – Janis Silverman
  • If Nathan Were Here – Mary Bahr *(Death of a friend)
  • Remember… A Child Remembers – Enid Samuel Traisman, MSW
  • Tear Soup – A Recipe for Healing After Loss – Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
  • The Legend of Rainbow Bridge – William N. Britton *(Death of pet)
  • What is Death? – Etan Boritzer
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? – Trevor Romain
  • When Someone Dies – Sharon Greenlee
  • When Something Terrible Happens – Children Can Learn to Cope With Grief – Marge Heegaard


  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens – 100 Practical Ideas – Simple Tips for Understanding and Expressing Your Grief – Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • How it Feels When a Parent Dies – Jill Krementz
  • I Will Remember You – What to do When Someone You Love Dies – A Guidebook Through Grief for Teens – Laura Dower
  • Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers – How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love – Earl A. Grollman
  • The Grieving Teen – A Guidebook for Teenagers and Their Families – Helen Fitzgerald
  • When a Friend Dies – A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing – Marilyn E. Goodman, EdD


  • After the Death of a Child – Living the Loss Through the Years – Ann D. Finkbeiner
  • Angel Catcher – A Journal of Loss and Remembrance – Kathy and Amy Eldon
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart – Surviving the Death of Your Baby – Deborah L. Davis, PhD
  • Good Grief – Healing Through the Shadow of Loss – Deborah Morris Coryell
  • Healing your Grieving Heart – 100 Practical Ideas – Compassionate Advice and Simple Activities to Help You Through Your Loss – Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Parent – A Guide for Adults – Lois F. Anker, CSW with Catherine Whitney
  • If the Dragon Wins Build Another – The ABC’s of Grief – M. Kathryn Meyers
  • I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can – How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal – Linda Feinberg
  • It Must Have Been the Moonglow – Reflections of the First Year of Widowhood – Phyllis Greene
  • I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye – Surviving, Coping & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One – Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PhD
  • Living When a Loved One Has Died – Earl A. Grollman
  • Longing For Dad – Father Loss and its Impact – Beth M. Erickson, PhD
  • Losing a Parent – Practical Help for You and Other Family Members – Fiona Marshall
  • Memories of My Sister: Dealing With Sudden Death – Linda Rener, MPH, MSN, RN
  • No Time for Goodbyes – Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice After a Tragic Death – Janice Harris Lord
  • The Bereaved Parent – Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
  • The Ethan Chronicles – Requiem for a Life Stolen – Marsha A. Willis *(Teenage son’s traffic death)
  • The Last Violet – Mourning My Mother – Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad
  • The Lone Twin – Understanding Twin Bereavement and Loss – Joan Woodward
  • Understanding Grief – Helping Yourself Heal – Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
  • When a Loved One Dies – Meditations for the Journey Through Grief – Philip W. Williams
  • Widow to Widow – Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life – Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, MS


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