Recommended Books for Supporting Grieving Children and Teens


Books to Read to Children

— Holmes, M. Molly’s Mom Died/Sam’s Dad Died

— Karst, P.  The Invisible String

— Krasny-Brown, L. and M. Brown When Dinosaurs Die

— Mellonie B. and R. Ingpen Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

— Spinelli, E. and J. Dyer Sophie’s Masterpiece

— Thomas, P. I Miss You: A First Look at Death

— Vigna, J. Saying Goodbye to Daddy


Books for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers

— Blume, J. Tiger Eyes

— Doyle, R. Her Mother’s Face

— Greene, C. Beat the Turtle Drum

— Henkes, K. Sun & Spoon


Books for High School Students

— Fitzgerald, H. The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends

— Forman, G. If I Stay

— Green, J. The Fault in Our Stars

— Kuehn, E. After Suicide: Living With the Questions

— Wolfelt, A. Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens


Books for Parents and Caregivers

— Fitzgerald, H. The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide

— Silverman, P. and M. Kelly A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family After the Death of a Loved One

— Wolfelt, A. Companioning the Grieving Child: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers

— Wolfelt, A. Finding the Words: How to Talk With Children and Teens About Death, Suicide, Funerals, Homicide, Cremation and Other End-of-Life Matters