Click here to explore the Center's online library! This resource allows you to browse books on bereavement, serious illness, and other grief-related topics for children, teens and adults. You can scroll through the list of categories/genres in the left hand column to choose what you are most interested in. You can also click on an individual book for more information.
In this unique book, Grace Christ relates the powerfully moving stories of 88 families and their 157 children (ages 3 to 17) who participated in a parent-guidance intervention through the terminal illness and death of one of the parents from cancer. Healing Children's Grief discusses the different ways that developmental age affects children's grief journey and shows the ways that extended family, professionals, friends, and many others helped families deal with this tragedy. (Ages: Adult)
Jai Pausch shares her journey from wife and mother, to full-time caregiver, and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, while coping with her own grief and challenges. (Ages: Adult)
Timmy's Christmas Surprise by Karla Wheeler, is a gentle grief support book based on the true story of a real cat named Timmy and a family that was feeling sad one holiday season. It includes practical bereavement tips for the holidays and provides a springboard for discussions about death. (Ages 5-10)
In this unflinching, often haunting book, Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn remembers life with Ted, her older brother who died after an eight year illness, woven into a larger exploration of the enormous -- and often unacknowledged -- impact of a sister's or brother's death on remaining siblings. (Ages 15+).
Old Bear is very sick. With his animal friends gathered around him, Bear tells them that that he must say good-bye, for he is going on a special journey.
"But...but...you're not dying?" asks Rabbit, and Bear admits that he is. All the animals are saddened by the news, but the little fox is especially upset - hurt and angry and confused. He cannot imagine life without Bear. How Fox and the other forest animals deal with the loss of their friend is a moving story about death, grieving, and the solace to be found in memory. (Ages: 3-9)
Anxiety in children diminishes their intellectual, emotional and social development, as well as physical health. Author Paul Foxman believes there are three interacting ingredients that contribute to anxiety in children -- biological sensitivity, personality, and stress overload.
The Worried Child shows that anxiety is preventable – or can at least be minimized – by raising children's self confidence, increasing social and self-control skills, and teaching them how to play, relax, and communicate their feelings and needs. (Ages: Adults)
In this remarkably useful guide, widow, author, and therapist Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers fellow widows-as well as their family and friends-sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband. From learning to travel and eat alone to creating new routines to surviving the holidays and anniversaries that reopen emotional wounds, Widow to Widow walks readers through the challenges of widowhood and encourages them on their path to building a new life. (Ages: Adults)
Who Belongs Here? tells the story of Nary, a young boy fleeing war-torn Cambodia for the safety of the United States. To some of his new classmates, however, he should go back where he belongs. But what if everyone whose family came from another place was forced to return to his or her homeland? Who would be left? This story teaches compassion for recent immigrants while sharing the history of immigration in America. It is used in schools everywhere for units on immigration and tolerance.
In Final Journeys, Maggie Callanan passes along lessons she has learned during her more than two decades as a hospice nurse, tending to the terminally ill and being a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. Here is the guide we all need to understanding the special needs of the dying and those who care for them. From supporting a husband or wife faced with the loss of a spouse to helping a dying mother prepare her children to carry on without her, Callanan's poignant stories illustrate new ways to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of this difficult and precious time. Designed to be your companion, resource, and advocate from diagnosis through the final hours, Final Journeys will help you keep the lines of communication open, get the help you need, and create the peaceful end we all hope for.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young Americans aged 15-24. Eight Stories Up is a practical, useful, and compelling book in which Lezine and Brent have taken the complex, multifaceted problem of suicide and put it into language and examples that everyone can benefit from. This book answers many questions about suicide and sheds light on the practical, real-life struggle of one teen who overcame the demons, myths, and horrors of mental illness. (Ages 13+)
Responding to the fact that coping with a parent's death can be especially hard on young children, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a valuable resource for parents and counselors. Ten-year-old Emily and seven-year-old Ben must deal with the loss of their mother to cancer. Guided by conversations with their father, they embark on a journey of grief and healing, each searching for a path to acceptance. Using nature as a backdrop for the cycles of life, this moving story emphasizes hope and healing and will connect with all readers who have lost a loved one.
This book for adults who have lost a loved one shows there is a way back from the paralyzing sadness of loss. In Emerging from the Heartache of Loss, grievers are gently guided along the healing journey to acceptance and recovery. With easy-to-follow exercises and supportive insight from others who have experienced grief, this heartfelt resource is a companion for anyone who is faced with the death of a loved one or who knows someone who has suffered a loss.
Explaining death and dying to children can often be a difficult task for parents or caregivers. Children's books can be a great way to contribute to the conversation. When Dinosaurs Die is one of our favorites!