Resources Camp Good Grief

Books for Children

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope | Donna O’Toole

The Gifted Wings” by Mary Drew

Lifetimes | Bryon Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney | Judith Viorst

It Must Hurt A Lot: A Child’s Book About Death | Doris Sanford

Help Me Say Goodbye | Janis Silverman

The Boy Who Didn’t Want To Be Sad | Robert Goldblatt

A Terrible Thing Happened (for children who witnessed violence) | Margaret M. Holmes

I Miss You (a first look at death) | Pat Thomas

Children Also Grieve | Linda Goldman

Waterbugs and Dragonflies – explaining death to young children | Doris Stickney

Charlotte’s Web | E.B. White

Geranium Morning | E. Sandy Powell

I Know I Made It Happen | Lynn Bennett Backburn

Gentle Willow | Joyce C. Mills

Am I Still A Sister? | Alecia M. Sims

Grandfather’s Shirt | Barbara Morning

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs | Tomie de Paola

When Dinosaurs Die. A Guide to Understanding Death | Laurie Krasney Brown & Marc Brown

Upper Elementary and Middle School

Dad! Why’d You Leave Me? | Donna O’Toole

I Know I Made It Happen | Linda Bennett Blackburn

Kid’s Book About Death and Dying | Eric Rofes

After You Lose Someone You Love | Amy, Allie & David Dennison

Coping with Death and Grief | Marge Heegard

Gentle Willow | Joyce C. Mills

Am I Still A Sister? | Alecia M. Sims

A Quilt for Elizabeth | Bennette, Tiffault

Where the Red Fern Grows | Wilson Rawls

The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett

Bart Speaks Out | Linda Goldman

Goodbye, Mousie | Robert H. Harris

A Fish Named Ed | Sam Oliver

You Shouldn’t Have to Say Goodbye | Patricia Hermes

Bridge to Terabithia | K. Paterson

Learning to Say Goodbye: When A Parent Dies | Eda LeShan

High School

About Death For Teenagers | Earl Grollman

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas | Alan D. Wolfelt

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone | Earl Grollman

Grief Girl | Erin Vincent

Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve | Jenny Lee Wheeler

When A Young Friend Commits Suicide | Earl Grollman

Ordinary People | Judith Guest

Harry Potter Series | J.K. Rowling

Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins | Enid Traisman

A Summer to Die | Lois Lowry

How It Feels When A Parent Dies | Jill Krementz

Tiger Eyes | Judy Blume

When A Friend Dies | Marilyn Gootman

Part of Me Died, Too | Virginia Lynn Fry

Coping With the Death of A Brother or Sister | Ruth Ann Ruiz

Help for the Hard Times | Earl Hipp



All Ages

The Moon Balloon | Joan Drescher

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf | Leo Buscaglia

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope | D. O’Toole

What is Death? | Etan Boritzer


NOTE: Children’s books about grief and loss may touch the heart of a grieving adult.

Your local library is a good resource for grief and bereavement books.

Books and Articles for Parents and Helping Adults

A Silent Sorrow-Pregnancy Loss | Ingrid Kohn & Perry-Lynn Moffitt

Talking About Death | Earl Grollman

Awakening From Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy | John Welshons

Help Me Say Goodbye | Janis Silverman

Parents Guide to Raising Grieving Children | Phyllis Silverman

But I didn’t Say Goodbye (for suicide survivors) | Barbara Rubel

Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal | Alan Wolfelt

The Mourning Handbook | Helen Fitzgerald

I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal | Linda Feinberg

How Do We Tell the Children? | Daniel Schaefer

The Insurist  | End of Life Resource Guide 

The Journey Through Grief and Loss | Robert Zucker

Talking to Children about Death & Dying from National Alliance for Grieving Children

Talking to Child or Teen to let them know someone has died from National Alliance for Grieving Children

Talking about End of Life Memorials and Rituals from the National Alliance for Grieving Children

Whats your grief: Can’t with a dying family member

Understanding Your Suicide Grief | Alan Wolfelt

What’s your grief? Should I discuss deceased loved ones with my child?