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Parents' Primer: Death


Note: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
PTC J155.937 REQUA Requarth, Margo After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal
"…a ground-breaking 'how-to' guide for parent survivors: how to manage both the immediate and long-term implications of a suicide, how to talk to your children…"--back cover.
J155.9 Powell, E. Sandy Geranium Morning
Two friends who lose parents, one suddenly in an accident and one by illness, learn to deal with their grief.
J155.9 STENS Stenson, Lila and Anna Daddy, Up and Down: Sisters Grieve the Loss of their Daddy
This story was written by two sisters whose father passed away and who wanted "to help other children who had lost their daddies or mommies."--inside front cover.
J155.937 BONAD Bonadonna, Chad Good Grief: A Child's Grieving Process
J155.937 BRATM, 1998 Bratman, Fred Everything You Need to Know when a Parent Dies
A guide to coping with the stresses and emotions arising after the death of a parent.
J155.937 DOKAS Dokas, Dara Remembering Mama
A fictional story illustrates different emotional reactions to the loss of a parent, and a variety of nonfiction activities are suggested to help express grief.
J155.937 LEE Lee, Marlene The Hero In My Pocket
Children in military families who have lost a parent, and adult caregivers.
J155.937 Scrivani, Mark I Heard Your Daddy Died
This book is for the child ages 2-6. It is a simple and helpful tool for family and caregivers to read to the child who has lost a parent.--back cover.
J155.937 Weitzman, Elizabeth Let's Talk About When a Parent Dies
Provides advice on surviving the death of a parent and suggests what feelings and behavior to expect from others.
J811 SMITH Smith, Hope Anita Mother Poems
This collection of poems tell the story of a girl who loves her mother while she is alive and grieves for her after her death.
JE BUNTI Bunting, Eve The Memory String
While still grieving for her mother and unable to accept her stepmother, a girl clings to the memories represented by forty-three buttons on a string.
JE CLIFT Clifton, Lucille Everett Anderson's Goodbye
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.
JE COHEN Cohen, Cindy Klein Daddy's Promise
Daddy's Promise is the story of a little boy's journey of discovery after the death of his father...Jesse's questions are answered by both his mother and a series of dreams where Jesse visits his father and learns about life, death and life after death.--
JE COPEL Copeland, Kathe Martin Mama's Going to Heaven Soon
A loving and supportive father tells his children that their sick mother is going to die. Includes advice for caregivers on how to talk to youngsters about death.
JE DOYLE Doyle, Roddy Her Mother's Face
Siobhán and her father continue to feel sad in the years following the death of Siobhán's mother, until Siobhán follows the advice of a mysterious woman.
JE HARBE Harber, Frances The Brothers' Promise
When the brothers Yankel and Josef keep their promise to their dying father by sharing with one another, they cause the angels in heaven to weep with joy.
JE KAPLO Kaplow, Julie B Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent
Samantha Jane's neighbor helps her deal with the loss of her father.
JE LANTO Lanton, Sandy Daddy's Chair
When Michael's father dies, his family sits shiva, observing the Jewish week of mourning, and remembers the good things about him.
JE MADEN Madenski, Melissa Some of the Pieces
A year after the death of the father, two children and their mother try to come to terms with their loss.
JE MERRI Merrifield, Margaret Morning Light: An Educational Storybook for Children and Their Caregivers About HIV/AIDS and Saying Goodbye
Twins Max and Maggie have sad feelings as they say goodbye to their dying mother, but they also share wonderful memories of her. This book gives advice for adults to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
JE MOUND Moundlic, Charlotte The Scar
When his mother dies, a little boy is angry at his loss but does everything he can to hold onto the memory of her scent, her voice, and the special things she did for him, even as he tries to help his father and grandmother cope.
JE NAPOL Napoli, Donna Jo Flamingo Dream
Grieving over her father's death from cancer, a young girl celebrates their last year together by making a book that includes momentos and a story.
JE SCHIC Schick, Eleanor Mama
A child remembers special moments with Mama and starts to feel better after grieving over her death.
JE SPELM Spelman, Cornelia After Charlotte's Mom Died
Because her mom's death causes six-year-old Charlotte to feel sad, mad, and scared, she and her dad visit a therapist who helps them acknowledge and express their feelings.
JE VIGNA 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.
J CARES Carestio, Michael A Black Jack Jetty: A Boy's Journey through Grief
After Jack's father is killed in Afghanistan, his mother takes him to the Atlantic shore to spend the summer with family.
J COCHR Cochrane, Mick The Girl who Threw Butterflies
Molly joins the boys' baseball team as a way to help her feel connected to her recently deceased father.
J EDWAR Edwards, Michelle Papa's Latkes
Selma experiences her first Chanukah with her father and sister after the death of her mother.
J FEHLE Fehler, Gene Never Blame the Umpire
Kate depends on the support of her faith, family, and friends while her mom is dying of cancer.
J KUHLM Kuhlman, Evan The Last Invisible Boy
After the death of his father, Finn writes in his journal about how he is actually disappearing.
J LOPEZ Lopez, Diana Confetti Girl
Lina learns to move on with her life after the death of her mother.
J SHEIN Sheinmel, Courtney Positively
At a summer camp for HIV-positive girls, Emmy deals with the loss of her mother to AIDS.
J SILBE Silberberg, Alan Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Through text and cartoons, Milo struggles with the loss of his mother and being the new kid.


  • Hospice
    Information for helping a child who has lost a parent.

  • KidsHealth

  • TweenParent.Com: Your Parenting Source for the Preteen Years

  • KidsHealth: Helping Your Child Deal with Death

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