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Parents' Primer: Death


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J155.9 Breebaart, Joeri When I Die, Will I Get Better?
A six-year-old boy tries to come to terms with the death of his younger brother by creating a story about rabbit brothers that closely parallels his own experiences.
J155.9 Gryte, Marilyn No New Baby: For Boys and Girls Whose Expected Sibling Dies
Addresses the concerns of children who have suffered the loss of an unborn sibling.
J155.9 Richter, Elizabeth Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies
Sixteen young people ages 10 to twenty-four describe the fear, sorrow, and gradual healing they experienced after a sibling died.
J155.93 NAIK Naik, Anita Coping with Loss
Loss can be a difficult concept for children to understand and deal with. Coping with Loss offers caring and sensible advice to young readers facing another's passing, a parents' divorce, moving away, and other challenging life changes.
J155.937 Haufsk, Violet The Gathering Spot: A Story for Children About Death
When two little girls' brother dies, their mother takes the opportunity to explain death, the afterlife and funerals to them.
J155.937 HEWIT Hewitt, Sally When People Die
Case studies and helpful advice for kids who have experienced death of a close loved one--Provided by publisher.
J155.937 JACKS Jackson, Aariane R. Can You Hear Me Smiling?: A Child Grieves a Sister
Nine-year-old Aariane deals with the death of her older sister.
J155.937 Johnson, Joy Where's Jess?
When a brother or sister dies, a sibling has lots of questions and feelings.
J155.937 LOEWE Loewen, Nancy Saying Good-bye to Uncle Joe: What to Expect when Someone You Love Dies
When someone you love dies, you might feel sad, lonely, and confused. What do you do? No matter who your loved one was, this story can help you through the tough times.--from cover, p. [4]
J155.937 Simon, Jack This Book Is for All Kids, But Especially My Sister Libby: Libby Died
Five-year-old Jack and his mother kept a diary after Jack's sister died of a rare disorder.
J242.4 DEYMA DeYmaz, Linda Mommy, Please Don't Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven
A book of hope and healing...that expresses the love of heaven through the eyes of a child.--back cover.
J BURG Burg, Shana Laugh with the Moon
Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother's recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.
J DEGUZ De Guzman, Michael Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life
Twelve-year-old Henrietta cherishes her family's kooky existence working as clowns for a small traveling circus. But one shocking day, life throws a pie right in her kisser--in the form of a hit-and-run accident that takes away a loved one.
J PAPERBK DIGIO DiGiovacchino-Fitchell, Jilda Aunt Molly's Transition: Seeing Death in a New Light
This book was written to help you understand how the death experience changes your life...This book is a coloring/interactive book, move at your own pace.--Cover back.
J Ellis, Sarah A Family Project
Excited by the unexpected prospect of a baby, eleven-year-old Jessica and her family eagerly prepare for the changes the new arrival will bring to their lives.
J GEITH Geithner, Carole If Only
From the beginning of eighth grade to the start of ninth, Maryland thirteen-year-old Corinna grieves for her mother, who died of cancer, and struggles to cope with changes to all aspects of her life brought on by her loss.
J GRAFF Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen) Umbrella Summer
From the author of the Bluebonnet Award nominee "The Thing About Georgie" comes a touching novel about a young girl whose brother has just died, and how she rises above grief through the healing power of community.
J MILLA Millard, Glenda The Naming of Tishkin Silk
As a new friend helps a family to heal from tragedy, sweet black-and-white illustrations enrich this heartwarming story about love, loss, friendship, and the importance of family. Illustrations.
J Nystrom, Carolyn Emma Says Goodbye: A Child's Guide to Bereavement
Emma comes to terms with her aunt's illness and eventual death from cancer.
J Pellegrino, Marjorie White I Don't Have an Uncle Phil Anymore
Following the unexpected death of his uncle, a boy travels to the funeral with his extended family and beings to think about what the event will mean for all of them.
J SEAGR Seagraves, Donny Bailey Gone from these woods
I didn't want to go hunting with Uncle Clay that morning. Now I have to live with what happened for the rest of my life. It was just an accident. The rabbit ran away. Clay fell. Nothing has been the same for Daniel since that morning in the woods when Unc
J Temes, Roberta The Empty Place: A Child's Guide Through Grief
A boy describes the feelings of loss, fear and guilt felt by himself and his friend Betsy after each of them experiences the loss of a sibling.
JE ADAMS Adams, Clea The Dragonfly Secret : A Story of Boundless Love
While playing in a garden, Lea, a dragonfly, agrees to help a mysterious boy contact his parents, ease their grief and give them hope.
JE Atkins, Jeannine A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance
A family reminisces while gathered together to make a panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in memory of a beloved uncle.
JE Carson, Jo You Hold Me and I'll Hold You
When a great-aunt dies, a young child finds comfort in being held and in holding, too.
JE Cohn, Janice Molly's Rosebush
When the new baby they've been expecting isn't strong enough to be born, Molly and her family find different ways to express their feelings and comfort each other.
JE Johnson, Patricia Polin Morgan's Baby Sister: A Read-Aloud Book for Families Who Have Experienced the Death of a Newborn
Morgan tries to sort out and understand her feelings when her family's excited preparations for a new baby end with unexpected tragedy.
JE LOEHR Loehr, Carol Ann My Uncle Keith Died
JE MAIER Maier, Inger M. Ben's Flying Flowers
Emily introduces her younger brother, Ben, to butterflies, which he calls "flying flowers," and when his illness makes him too weak to go see them she draws him pictures, but after his death she no longer wants to draw happy things. Includes note to parents.
JE OBRIE O'Brien, Snne Sibley A Path of Stars
A refugee from Cambodia, Dara's beloved grandmother is grief-stricken when she learns her brother has died, and it is up to Dara to try and heal her.
JE Old, Wendie C. Stacy Had a Little Sister
Stacy has mixed feelings about her new sister Ashley, but when the baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome, Stacy is sad and misses her.
JE REAGA Reagan, Jean Always My Brother
Becky slowly returns to the activities she enjoyed with her big brother, John, after learning that he is still part of her family, even after his death
JE RODMA Rodman, Mary Ann The Roller Coaster Kid
Even though Zach finds roller coasters scary, he rides one with Grandpa in an attempt to make him happy again after Grandma's death.
JE Roper, Janice M. Dancing on the Moon
A young girl experiences jealousy when her brother is born, then anxiety and sadness when he dies. In a dream she flies to the moon to bring him back and make her parents happy again.
JE ROVER Rovere, Amy And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing
Emily and Ben are struggling to make sens of their changed world after the loss of their mother to cancer.
JE Rothman, Juliet Cassuto A Birthday Present for Daniel: A Child's Story of Loss
A young girl whose brother has died describes how she feels and tells about some of the things her family does to help them accept his death.
JE SALON Salonen, Roxane Beauclair First Salmon
During the ceremony of First Salmon, an event celebrated by the Northwest Pacific tribes to honor and welcome back the salmon each year, Charlie remembers his beloved uncle and starts the process of accepting his death.
JE SCHWI Schwiebert, Pat Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss
Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own batch of 'tear soup'...Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.--inside front cover.
JE Schwiebert, Pat We Were Gonna Have a Baby, but We Had an Angel Instead
A young boy describes his feelings about the death of a baby in his family. Includes a section written for parents on how to help their children cope with the death of an infant.
JE Turner, Barbara J. A Little Bit of Rob
After Rob's death, his parents and younger sister finally take their boat out crabbing again in an effort to get their lives back to normal.
JE Vigna, Judith Saying Goodbye to Daddy
Frightened, lonely, and angry after her father is killed in a car accident, Clare is helped through the grieving process by her mother and grandfather.
JE WOOD Wood, Douglas Aunt Mary's Rose
A bestselling author and illustrator team up to cultivate a heartwarming, true story of a family linked through time by the tending of a beloved rosebush. Full color.
JE WOOD Wood, Douglas Grandad's Prayers of the Earth
Winner of a Christopher Award and a Book Sense 76 Top Ten Pick. After his grandfather dies, a little boy finds comfort in remembering Granddad's explanation of how all things in the natural world pray and, in this way, add to the beauty of life. Full colo
JE Woodruff, Elvira The Memory Coat
In the early 1900s, two cousins leave their Russian shtetl with the rest of their family to come to America, hopeful that they will all pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island.
JE YOSIC Yosick, Jef Snowflakes From Heaven
Based on a true story about a family whose two children suffered from Dystonia, a movement disorder. It is a story about a young boy's courage and determination to make a difference in his world.


Erin's House
The mission of Fort Wayne's Erinís House for Grieving Children is to provide support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.

National Alliance for Grieving Children
Resources and activities to use with grieving children and teens.

Raindrop-Death Education for Children of All Ages
A digital story.

Resources for Life Losses
List of resources in Northeast Indiana, including those for children. This compilation was created by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and is published on the local Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home website.

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