While grief is a commonly shared experience, many adults don’t understand how children process death or grieve. These resources will help.
Children outgrow many difficult things about childhood, fear of the dark, aversion to new situations, or anxiety about school. But a child never outgrows the death of someone they love.
According to research conducted by the New York Life Foundation, a parent’s death usually makes a severe impact on a child. 85% of children have trouble sleeping, angry outbursts, worry, depression, bed-wetting, and thumb-sucking. Some of these behaviors may fade, but in time other problems, such as lack of confidence and preoccupation with illness may continue. Research also shows that unaddressed grief in children can lead to higher rates of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, recurring illness, decreased productivity, substance abuse, and suicide.
Read a collection of blog posts that will help a child or teen through their loss.
This list will help you know how to interact empathetically with a grieving child.
A safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences
This guidebook offers a clear look into children’s grief responses following a death, accompanied by strategies for supporting them.
Drawn from stories, suggestions and insight shared by children and their family members at The Dougy Center
Honest, gentle advice for those who have survived an unspeakable loss—the suicide of a loved one.
This booklet is the ideal tool to assist in the days and weeks after the loss of a pet.
As a parent, you don’t have the luxury of worrying only about yourself and your emotional well-being.
Appropriate language to explain death-related topics to a child, Q & A section, and workbook pages.
Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms and begins to ask questions about the birds, the foxes, and whether his mom will ever wake up.
When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on the road, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her.
A series of short autobiographical vignettes that take place after the childhood death of the author's younger brother, Nicolas.
This book gives caregivers and children a beautiful way to begin talking about loss and how to keep loved ones close through shared memories.
"That's impossible", said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String.
Everett Anderson's Goodbye is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father's death.
In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up.
When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings.
Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow.
When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her.
After Sherman sees something terrible happen, he becomes anxious and then angry, but when a counselor helps him talk about these emotions he feels better.
This book will validate your grief experience and that of other friends and family members.
An advice-free place where teens can draw, write, paint, and transform whatever they're thinking and feeling.
This sensitive book answers questions grieving teens often have, like “How should I be acting?” “Is it wrong to go to parties and have fun?” and “What if I can’t handle my grief on my own?”
If you are a teenager whose friend or relative has died, this book was written for you.
When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief.
Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters.
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