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Parents' Primer: Death


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
J EDWAR Edwards, Michelle Stinky Stern Forever
In this installment of the chapter book series, Pa Lia and her classmates share memories of Stinky Stern, the second-grade bully.
J HEST Hest, Amy Remembering Mrs. Rossi
When Mrs. Rossi suddenly dies, she leaves not only her eight-year-old daughter Annie, but also a class full of students who pour out their hearts in a scrapbook for Annie. With tenderness and humor, Hest reveals the struggles of a father and daughter as they forge a new life.
J White Deer of Autumn The Great Change
A Native American grandmother explains the meaning of death, or the Great Change, to her questioning granddaughter.
J129 Hanson, Warren The Next Place
An inspirational journey to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.
J155 KANYE Kanyer, Laurie A. 25 Things to Do when Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced, or the Dog Dies: Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change
Your child has suffered a loss and you feel helpless. But something can be done to soothe heart and mind and body.
J155.9 Coleman, William L. When Someone You Love Dies
Writing for children 8-12 and their parents, Coleman discusses the fears and questions that young people have when someone they love dies.
J155.9 Greenlee, Sharon When Someone Dies
In a picture book format, Greenlee offers help in dealing with the confusion and hurt felt by children and adults alike.
J155.9 Heegaard, Marge Eaton Coping with Death and Grief
Discusses death as a natural occurrence, what happens when someone dies, and how to deal with feelings of loss and grief.
J155.9 HOLDE Holden, L. Dwight Gran-Gran's Best Trick: A Story for Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love
J155.9 Mellonie, Bryan Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
All around us, everywhere, beginnings and endings are going on all the time.
J155.9 Simon, Norma The Saddest Time
Explains death as the inevitable end of life and provides three situations in which children experience powerful emotions when someone close has died.
J155.9 Stein, Sarah Bonnett About Dying: An Open Family Book for Parents and Children Together
Stein seeks to help families deal with death through separate texts for grownups and children.
J155.937 AMOS Amos, Janine Death
Uses letters, stories, and informational text to help children cope with the death of a loved one.
J155.937 Boritzer, Etan What Is Death?
The author presents the concept of death to children with examples of customs and beliefs from various religions and cultures.
J155.937 Boulden, Jim & Joan Saying Goodbye
This award winning book is a gentle, non-threatening presentation of death with a healing discussion of emotional issues.
J155.937 Brown, Laurene Krasny When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
J155.937 FAITH Faith, Susan Purple Love
Sarah and her mother have a loving conversation about life and death.
J155.937 Faith, Susan Purple Love
Sarah and her mother walk through a magnificent meadow which leads them to a warm and inspiring lesson about life, death and the power of love.
J155.937 GOLDM Goldman, Linda Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing imaginative, full illustrated, interactive storybook for bereaved children and those who care for them.--inside front cover.
J155.937 HAGGA Haggard, Geraldine Plans: Using Story Books to Help Elementary School Age Children Understand Death and the Grieving Process
J155.937 Heegaard, Marge Eaton When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief
This book was designed to teach children about death, to recognize and express feelings of grief, encourage open communication, and help adults discover unhealthy misconceptions the child may have.
J155.937 HEWIT Hewitt, Sally When People Die
Case studies and helpful advice for kids who have experienced death of a close loved one
J155.937 Joslin, Mary The Goodbye Boat
Presents the phenomena of grief and loss and the concept that death is not the end.
J155.937 Kuehn, Eileen Death: Coping with the Pain
Provides ideas on dealing with death, as well as how to move beyond it and return to a normal life.
J155.937 LEVET Levete, Sarah When People Die
Helps young children deal with difficult circumstances in life, such as handling the death of a loved one, and provides useful strategies and helpful solutions.
J155.937 MacGregor, Cynthia Why Do People Die?: Helping Your Child Understand -- With Love and Illustrations
Explains death, its effect on the living, and some of the beliefs, customs, and rituals associated with it.
J155.937 Mundy, Michaelene Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss
Helps comfort children facing of the worst and hardest kind of reality.
J155.937 MURPH Murphy, Patricia J. Death
J155.937 Silverman, Janis Help Me Say Goodbye
This book encourages children to express their feelings in words or pictures to remember their special friend or relative.
J155.937 Sprung, Barbara Death
Discusses what it feels like to experience the death of a loved one, outlines the stages of grief and mourning, and describes ways to honor or remember someone who died.
J155.937 Thomas, Pat I Miss You: A First Look at Death
Children's feelings and questions about death are looked at in a simple but realistic way.
J155.937 Winsch, Jane Loretta After the Funeral
Discusses the various feelings accompanying the death of a loved one, including sadness, grief, and the fear of death itself.
J155.937 Wolfelt, Alan D. Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids: 100 Practical Ideas
Simple advice and activities for children after a death.
J242.4 ROCK Rock, Lois When Goodbye Is Forever
This book discusses the spiritual aspects of death in a simple and straightforward way.
J248.86 Gellman, Marc Lost & Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss
Describes different kinds of losses -- losing possessions, competitions, health, trust, and the permanent loss because of death -- and discusses how to handle these situations.
J362.28 AFTER After a Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids
A workbook for kids who have known someone who died by suicide, put together by The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families.
J362.28 CAMMA Cammarata, Doreen Someone I Love Died by Suicide : A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them
Describes the various feelings survivors may have when someone close to them commits suicide, provides assurance that suicide is the result of depression and not the fault of family and friends, and suggests ways to cope with the situation.
J393.9 Onyefulu, Ifeoma Saying Goodbye: A Special Farewell to Mama Nkwelle
Ikenna, who lives in eastern Nigeria, tells of the funeral preparations for his great-grandmother.
J571.8 THORN Thornhill, Jan I Found a Dead Bird: The Kid's Guide to the Cycle of Life & Death
The death of a bird is the jumping-off point for this intelligent, wide-ranging look at the cycle of life.
JE BRISS Brisson, Pat I Remember Miss Perry
When his teacher, Miss Perry, is killed in a car accident, Stevie and his elementary school classmates take turns sharing memories of her, especially her fondest wish for each day.
JE Brown, Margaret Wise The Dead Bird
Finding a still warm but dead bird, a group of children give it a fitting burial and every day, until they forget, come again to the woods to sing to the dead bird and place fresh flowers on its grave.
JE Dickerson, Julie G. Grandpa's Berries
This book, written by a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in emotional healing in children, aims to help children and their parents deal with grief and loss.
JE Durant, Alan Always and Forever
A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one.
JE HAZEN Hazen, Barbara Why Did Grandpa Die?
JE KAULE Kaulen, Diane Bouman In the Wake of Suicide : A Child's Journey
After struggling with feelings of anger, grief, and guilt, Max learns to rely on God's strength and his family's Christian faith while coping with his father's suicide.
JE Mills, Joyce C. Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
Amanda is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the Tree Wizards help her understand that her memories are gifts from her friend and that there are special ways of saying goodbye.
JE Newman, Lesl‚ea Too Far Away to Touch
Zoe's favorite uncle Leonard takes her to a planetarium and explains that if he dies he will be like the stars, too far away to touch, close enough to see.
JE PORTN Portnoy, Mindy Avra Where Do People Go When They Die?
Children ask different adults and themselves about death and receive a wide variety of answers. Includes an afterword and suggestions for parents.
JE Prestine, Joan Singleton Someone Special Died
A young girl describes the anger and sadness she feels after someone she loved dies, and makes a scrapbook to remember the things they did together.
JE PUTTO Puttock, Simon A Story for Hippo: A Book about Loss
Hippo and Monkey are best, best, best friends and when the wise old Hippo dies, Monkey is very sad until Chameleon helps him remember the stories he and Hippo shared.
JE ROSEN Rosen, Michael Michael Rosen's Sad Book
A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.
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 unique 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 Varley, Susan Badger's Parting Gifts
Badger's friends are sad when he dies, but they treasure the legacies he left them.
JE Warfel, Elizabeth Stuart The Blue Pearls
Angels have gathered to sew a beautiful blue gown for a young mother, Elise, on Earth who is preparing to die and join the angels.


Developmental Considerations Concerning Children's Grief
Chart depicting children's concepts of death, grief response, signs of distress and possible interventions at various ages, 2-18.

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.

Grief of Children
Common expressions of children's grief and suggestions for caring responses.

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

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