Child’s View of Grief

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Lori Mackey (illustrator)

This concise resource for parents of grieving kids explores several key principles for helping children cope with grief and offers ways to create an emotional environment filled with love and acceptance. It answers common questions such as “What should I say to children when someone they love dies?” and “Should young children attend funerals?” This guide also identifies and explains typical behaviors, thoughts, and feelings of grieving kids and offers adults tips for responding to them.

Children Grieve Too!: A Handbook for Parents of Grieving Children

Lauren Schneider

Death is Hard to Live With: Teenagers Talk About How They Cope with Loss

Janet Bode

Attachment & Loss

John Bowlby

Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love: Your Emotional Journey Through End of Life and Grief

Norine Dresser and Fredda Wasserman

Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals

Earl A. Grollman

Childhood & Death

Hannelore, Corr, Charles A.

Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives

Phyllis R. Silverman

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children

Phyllis Silverman and Madeline Kelly

Helping Bereaved Children: A Handbook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb

An Intimate Loneliness: Supporting Bereaved Parents and Siblings

Gordon Riches/Pam Dawson

This book explores how family members come to terms with the loss of a sibling. Through research, they studied how the finding of meaning and interpretation of grief affects the bereaved parents and children.

The Family Tree: The Night of the Storm by Laurie Copmann.

Laurie Copmann

This book is an excellent read for grieving families. It is a heartwarming story about a tree that loses a branch. The family creates a plan for the lost branch. The message is uplifting and helps heal hearts full of sadness. For more information about the book visit