Bibliography – Section Two: Children, Teens and Parental Grief

Teen Grief

TEENS, LOSS AND GRIEF by Edward Myers and Kelly Adams
A self-help manual for teenagers who are struggling with bereavement and emotional difficulties resulting from loss. Offering insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss.

HEALING A TEEN’S GRIEVING HEART: 100 PRACTICAL IDEAS by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
This is a book written for families, friends and caregivers. Practical, realistic ideas are presented in a simple, easy-to-use format that allows the reader to flip to any page and being helping a grieving teen today.

HELPING TEENS COPE WITH DEATH by the Dougy Center
Every teen’s grief journey is unique. Each handles it differently. Advice from other parents of teens is reassuring and comforting as this 57-page book offers tips on navigating anger, guilt and frustration as well as suggestions for coping with holidays and anniversaries.

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT DEATH FOR TEENAGERS by Earl A. Grollman
This book discusses normal reactions to the shock of a death, how grief can affect a teenager’s relationships, and how they can work through their grief and begin to live again.

FIRE IN MY HEART, ICE IN MY VEINS by Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W.
This fill-in journal for teenagers experiencing a loss begins “Experiencing the death of a person you care about is probably the most painful and confusing event you ever have to face. Having it happen now, when you are already dealing with the ups and downs of being a teenager, may feel unbearable at times …” Traisman’s book provides a creative guide through the grief process.

Children Grief

THE GRIEVING CHILD: A PARENT’S GUIDE by Helen Fitzgerald
Offering practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a loved one, Fitzgerald provides invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child’s emotional responses. As death shatters the seemingly secure world of childhood, The Grieving Child can help a child adjust to a new life.

HELP ME SAY GOODBYE: ACTIVITIES FOR HELPING KIDS COPE WHEN A SPECIAL PERSON DIES by Janis Silverman
When someone they love dies or becomes terminally ill, children need help coping with grief and finding ways to remember and honor their special someone. This art therapy book encourages children to express their feelings in words or pictures, helping them deal with their feelings.

SAD ISN’T BAD by Michaelene Mundy
Offering children of all ages a comforting, realistic look at loss, and is full of positive life-affirming help for coping with loss as a child.

I MISS YOU: A FIRST LOOK AT DEATH by Pat Thomas
This book explores the difficult issue of death for young children. Children’s feelings and questions about death are looked at in a simple but realistic way. Designed to help them understand their loss and to come to terms with their feelings.

WHEN DINOSAURS DIE: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING DEATH by Laurie Krasney Brown and Marc Brown
An honest, respectful and unthreatening book written to help children understand death and grief.

BADGER’S PARTING GIFTS by Susan Varley
All the woodland creatures love old Badger, who is their confidant, advisor, and friend. Badger’s friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them. Told simply, directly and honestly, this uplifting story will be of value to both children and their parents.

WHEN SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL DIES by Marge Heegard, MA, ATR, LICSW
This book was designed to teach basic concepts of death and to help children understand and express their feelings. Communication is increased and coping skills are developed as they illustrate their books with their personal story.

HOW I FEEL: A COLORING BOOK FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
Designed for children ages 3 – 8

35 WAYS TO HELP A GRIEVING CHILD by The Dougy Center
Simple and practical suggestions for supporting a grieving child. Drawn from stories, suggestions and insight shared by children and their family members.

GUIDING YOUR CHILD THROUGH GRIEF by Mary Ann Emswiler, M.A., M.P.S. and James P. Emswiler, M.A., M.ED.
Offering expert advice to help children grieve the death of a parent or sibling.

THE COLORS OF GRIEF: UNDERSTANDING A CHILD’S JOURNEY THROUGH LOSS FROM BIRTH TO ADULTHOOD by Janis A. Di Ciacco Ph.D.
Drawing on the latest research in neurology and psychology, Ms. Di Ciacco illustrates the child’s grieving process by describing their key stages of development, which range from infancy to early adulthood.

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE by William C. Kroen, Ph.D. LMHC
Weaving in anecdotes about real children and their families, the author explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death. He then describes specific strategies that can be used to guide and support them through the grieving process.

WHEN FAMILIES GRIEVE by Sesame Workshop
Includes a Sesame Street DVD, A children’s story and a guide for parents and caregivers. From the people who created Sesame Street, this kit is designed to help your family sort through complex emotions, remember the life of a loved one, and find strength in one another.

WHEN PARENTS DIE: LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE LOSS OF A PARENT by Rebecca Abrams
The author draws on her personal and professional understanding of parental loss, as well as the experiences of many other adults, teenagers and young children, to provide the read with an honest, compassionate and insightful exploration of the experience of losing a parent.

HEALING THE BEREAVED CHILD: GRIEF GARDENING, GROWTH THROUGH GRIEF AND OTHER TOUCHSTONES FOR CAREGIVERS by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
A must-read for child counselors, hospice caregivers, funeral directors, school counselors and teachers, clergy, parents-anyone who wants to offer support and companionship to children affected by the death of a loved one.

DO SPIDERS NEED LEGGINS WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE? By Terri Sebastian and Buttons Boggs
A collection of stories told by a mother to her son. A legacy in memory of this son who died at 16 years old and who was an organ donor. (Illustrated)

Parental Grief

THE SPIRITUAL LIVES OF BEREAVED PARENTS by Dennis Klass Ph.D.
This insightful book describes how parents lose, find, or relocate spiritual anchors after the death of their child.

A BROKEN HEART STILL BEATS: AFTER YOUR CHILD DIES by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel
A journalist and a social worker, both of whom have lost a child, compiled this collection of poetry, fiction and essays. The seasoned wisdom chosen explores the shock, grief, and the search for meaning that comes with the death of a child. These words offer rare insight and comfort when you need it most.

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS: FOREVER AFTER THE DEATH OF A SON OR DAUGHTER by Judith R. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Offers bereaved parents the comfort of learning how others have navigated the road of loss. Asses the enduring consequences of loss and acknowledges that no family “recovers”, but adapts to a new, altered life.

PARENTAL LOSS OF A CHILD edited by Therese A. Rando
Written to acquaint professional in all disciplines with the experience of parental loss of a child, and provides practical information for anyone dealing with any aspect of child loss.

THE WORST LOSS: HOW FAMILIES HEAL FROM THE DEATH OF A CHILD by Barbara D. Rosof, M.S.
The author draws on families’ own stories as well as groundbreaking research on grieving to answer questions related to loss, and to help families know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.

LEARNING TO LIVE, LAUGH AND LOVE AGAIN AFTER THE DEATH OF AN ADULT CHILD by Jan Jaworski
The author shares her story of the death of her 31 year-old daughter to cancer, and her struggle to rebuild her life and marriage.

HEALING A PARENT’S GRIEVING HEART by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
Compassionate advice and simple activities that have helped grieving parents to understand and reconcile their grief.

NEVER TOO OLD FOR A LULLABY: DEATH OF AN ADULT CHILD by Juanita White
Explores the many feelings that accompany this great loss, and offers suggestions for coping.

GOODBYE MY CHILD by Sara Rich Wheeler and Margaret M. Pike
A guide to help you make decisions that need to be made during your time of grief.

WHEN A GRANDCHILD DIES: WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO SAY, HOW TO COPE by Nadine Galinsky
Honors the unique grief of grandparents, and includes stories and quotes from those who have experienced such a loss.

FOR BEREAVED GRANDPARENTS by Margaret H. Gerner
The author has written extensively on parent and grandparent grief, and relates her own experiences of losing a grandchild.

HEALING A FATHER’S GRIEF by William H. Schatz
Losing a child from a father’s view. A personal story and booklet to help you work through the grief process.