Brown, Laura Krasney. (1998). When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. NY: Little, Brown and Company. [Ages 3-8 yrs.]

Buscaglia, Leo. (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages. NJ: SLACK Incorporated. [young and old!]

Cammarata, Doreen. (2019). Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care About Them.

Drescher, Joan. (2005). The Moon Balloon: A Journey of Love and Discovery for Children and Families. US: The Moon Balloon Project, Inc.: Building Healing Bridges for Children Through the Arts in Medicine. [Beautifully illustrated and written, and has activities for children to draw/write in in the book.]

Fanning, Tyler, and Macfarlane, Jill. (2017). How the Body Stops Working: Thirteen Kid-Friendly Explanations. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. [Demystifies death. Simple explanations for children 6-10 to help them understand why their person died from cancer, dementia, stroke, suicide, heart attack, and other causes. Great help for adults who wonder what to say to children.]

Kaplow, Julie & Pincus, Donna. Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story About Coping with The Loss of a Parent. [Ages 4-8 yrs.]

Karst, Patricie. (2013). The Invisible String. Camarillo, CA: Devorss & Company.

McVicker, Ellen. (2018). Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings. [Great resource to read to a child who is facing the cancer of a loved one.]

National Alliance for Grieving Children. (2016). When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book. FL.

Stickney, Doris. (2009). Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children, A Coloring Book. Pilgrim Press.

Wrenn, Elizabeth. (2001). The Christmas Cactus. NE: Centering Corporation. [A story about a grandmother dying.]

Yeomans, Ellen. (1962). Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister. NE: Centering Corporation.


Rosenstein, Donald & Yopp, Justin. (2018). The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life. New York: Oxford University Press.

Schuurman, Donna. (2003). Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent. New York: St. Martin’s Press. [Practical advice for adults who have had a parent die.]

Smith, Harold Ivan. (2003). Grieving the Death of a Mother. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress.