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Bereavement and Terminal Illness (Youth Reading)

Young Child

The Fall of Freddy the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages, Buscaglia, Leo. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982

Last Week My Brother Anthony Died, Hickman, Martha. Abingdon, Tennessee: 1984

Brittany's Books

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, Mellonie, Bryan, and Robert Ingpen. New York: Bantam Books, 1983

Thumpy's Story: A Story of Love and Grief Shared, Nancy Dodge

I Had a Friend Named Peter Peter; Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend, Janice Cohn and Gail Ownes

My Brother Matthew, Mary Thompson, Woodbine House, 1992.

School-aged children

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? Romain, Trevor. Minneapolis MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1999

The Empty Place: A Child’s Guide Through Grief, Temes, Roberta, PhD. Far Hills, New Jersey: New Horizon Press, 1992

Charlotte’s Web, White, E.B. New York: Harper, 1952

Hang Tough Mathew, Lancaster, Paulist Press, New Jersey, 1985.

KidsAid web site KidsAid is a safe place for kids to share and to help each other deal with grief about any of their losses.

Sargeant's Heaven Icy Frantz.


Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement, Ravelle, Karen, and Charles Haskins. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: J. Messner, 2000

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, Grollman, Earl. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing, Marilyn E. Gootman, Pamela Espeland (Editor), Deborah Prothrow-Stith

Indeterminate Age Group

Talking with Angel: About Illness, Death and Survival, Evelyn Elsaesser-Valarino, Floris Books, 2005, ISBN 9780863154928 website

Living When a Loved One Has Died, Grollman, Earl A., Beacon Press, Boston, 1977

Letters I Never Wrote, Conversations I Never Had, Charles Ben Bissell Tilden Press, NY, 1983.

Painting the Sunsets With the Angels, Vann Wesson

The Everlasting Snowman, Darden & Adams

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying, Joyce C. Mills

On the Wings of a Butterfly, Marilyn Maple

Remember the Secret, Eisabeth Kubler Ross


Links to more lists of bereavement books

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