Resources and Support for Grieving Families
Resources from Care Dimensions
On our blog: Helping Children Cope With Loss During COVID-19 Pandemic by Care Dimensions Children’s Program Staff
Courtney Jonas reads the book “Whimsy’s Heavy Things”, which explores how you can’t just hide your problems; you need to confront them. Watch the video here.
New York Times article: "When a Granchild Asks, 'Are You Going to Die?'"
Resources for Children
- The NAGC would like to encourage everyone to prioritize self-care. For many of us, there is grief in the loss of normalcy, and we encourage you to hold space for that. We want you to know you are not alone in the experience, the challenges it may be creating and the feelings that may be surfacing. In response to this, the NAGC (with the support of Alex Cares for Grieving Youth®) has released the booklet "Coping with Change and Loss" to be shared freely with families. Click here to download this free resource.
- Offering a free downloadable document titled: Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic – A guide to using the Coalition to Support Grieving Students materials.
- Offering 15-25 minute video presentations for educators, parents/caregivers, and paediatric healthcare providers about talking to and supporting children during a pandemic.
The Dougy Center – The National Center for Grieving Children and Families - Offers recent articles about supporting children when a family member is dying in a hospital/care facility, and supporting grieving children and teens during COVID19.
The Association for Child Life Professionals - Offers a list of resources for families and professionals around supporting children during COVID19.
My Hero is You - how kids can fight COVID-19! - A free book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.
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.
SLAP'D - Social media for teens who have lost a parent to find hope and connection through shared experiences.
Resources for the Professionals
Coalition to Support Grieving Students - A practitioner-oriented website providing practical, free information, handouts and reference materials.
Resources for Adults Helping Chidren Grieve
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.
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