Children's Grief Resources

Grief Support

Resources and Support for Grieving Families

Children's Resources

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

Coalition to Support Grieving Students - A practitioner-oriented website providing practical, free information, handouts and reference materials.

Resources for Adults Helping Chidren Grieve

Local Resources

The Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - An interactive website that is devoted to fostering education, networking, research, programs and support to grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren.  

Online Resources

Parenting - Offers a wide array of resources for parents.
Courageous Parent's 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? - Their mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
Alliance for Grieving Children - Their mission is 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.
Children's Grief.net  - Helping children with grief and trauma.
Widowed Parent - The Widowed Parent project 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

Call Today

For more information about children and grief support, please call 855-774-5100 or email ChildLife@CareDimensions.org.

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.