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Children's Grief Resources

Supporting Grieving Families

Resources from Care Dimensions

On our blog: Click here to read posts written by our Children's Program team.

We have put together a number of interactive videos which can help kids who are dealing with grief and loss, or feeling emotions like stress and sadness. The videos include read-alongs, breathing exercises and other activities that can be done at home. Watch the videos here.

Timing is Everything

Learn how children dealing with grief can be supported both at home and while they are at school.

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Resources for Children

Local Resources
  • The Children's Room - Offers peer support groups and creates safe, supportivie comunities so that no child, teen or family has to grieve alone.
  • On Belay - Builds community among youth who have or have had a family member with cancer using adventure  based programs that encourage participants to uncover their inner resilience.
  • empowerHER - A nonprofit organization for young girls who have experienced the early loss of their mothers.
Online Resources
  • SLAP'D - Social media for teens who have lost a parent to find hope and connection through shared experiences.

Resources for the Professionals

Online Resources

Resources for Adults Helping Children Grieve

Local Resources
Online Resources
  • Parenting - offers a wide array of resources for parents.
  • Parmenter Foundation - provides hope and support for our community members who are grieving or in need of compassionate end-of-life care.
  • Courageous Parents Network - a destination created by families, for families, to support, guide and strengthen them as they care for very sick children.
  • What's Your Grief? - a mission to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
  • National Alliance for Children's Grief - a mission to raise awareness about the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provide education and resources to anyone who wants to support them.
  • GrievingChildren.net - helps children with grief and trauma.
  • Widowed Parent - is committed to supporting widowed mothers and fathers with children in the home.

Suggested Reading List: For Adults Helping Children Grieve

  • Childs-Gowell, Elaine, Good Grief Rituals: Tools for Healing
  • Coles, Robert, The Spiritual Life of Children
  • Doka, Kenneth J., Children Mourning: Mourning Children
  • Fitzgerald, Helen, The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide
  • Fox, S., Helping Groups of Children When a Friend Dies
  • Fry, Virginia Lynn, Part of Me Died, Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teeneagers
  • Furman, Erma, A Child's Parent Dies
  • Goldman, Linda, Life and Loss: A Guide to Helping Grieiving Children
  • Gordon, Audrey and Klass, D., They Need to Know: How to Teach Children About Death
  • Grollman, Earl A., Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child
  • Grollman, Earl A., Bereaved Children and Teens
  • Huntley, Theresa, Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies
  • Jarratt, Claudia Jewett, Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss
  • Krementz, Jill, How It Feels When a Parent Dies
  • Kroen, William C., Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups
  • Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth, On Children and Death
  • LeShan, Eda, Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Child's Parent Dies
  • Lord, Janice Harris, No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice after a Tragic Death
  • Lord, Janice Harris, Beyond Sympathy: How to Help Another Through Injury, Illness or Loss
  • Menten, Ted, Gentle Closings: How to Say Goodbye to Someone You Love
  • Schaefer, D. & Lyons, C., How Do We Tell the Children? Helping Children Understand and Cope When Someone Dies
  • Stein, Sara Bonnett, About Dying: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together
  • Trozzi, Maria, Talking with Children About Loss: Words, Strategieis and Wisdom to Help Children Cope with Death, Divorce and other Difficult Times
  • Wolfelt, A., Helping Children Cope with Grief
  • Worden, J. William, Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies
  • Ziegler, Robert G., Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope

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