Children’s Grief

(For older children, see also Adolescent Grief)


HospiceNet – Talking to Children About Death 

National Institutes of Health – Talking to Children About Death 

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology – Children and Grief 

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement – The Club No One Wants to Join: A Dozen Lessons I've Learned from Grieving Children and Adolescents 

GriefHealing.Com – Explaining the Funeral/Memorial Service to Your Child 

American Hospice Foundation – Writing a Condolence Note to a Grieving Child or Adolescent  

PBS Kids' It's My Life – Dealing with Death: When Someone is Sick  

PBS Kids' It's My Life – Dealing with Death: When a Friend is Grieving

The Dougy Center – Help for Kids  

Now What? – Living with the Death of your Parent or Brother or Sister  

KidsAid – A safe place for kids to help each other deal with grief and loss 

National Institutes of Health – Talking to Children About Death (PDF)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Helping Children Cope with Suicide Loss

New York Life Foundation – A Child in Grief 

Sesame Workshop – When Families Grieve 


Brown, L. & Brown, M. (1998). When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Cobb, R. (2013). Missing Mommy. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Emswiler, J. & Emswiler, M.A. (2000). Guiding Your Child Through Grief.  Bantam.

Fitzgerald, H. (2003). The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide. Fireside.

Grollman, E. (1991). Talking about Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Beacon Press.

Thomas, P. (2001). I Miss You: A First Look at Death. Barron’s Educational Series.

Silverman, P. (1999). Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives. Oxford University Press.

List of additional books for grieving children 

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