Death is a part of life and discussing loss can be dificult for parents. A grieving child needs information that is clear and comprehensible for their development level. Here are some guidelines for discussing death with children.
Here are some books for children that can promote healing during times of loss, such as death of a parent or grandparent:
Viorst, J. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. NY: Antheneum, 1971
Nobisso, Josephine. Grandma’s Scrapbook. NY: Gingerbread House, 1990.
Nobisso, Josephine. Grandpa Loved. NY: Gingerbread House, 1989.
Scrivani, Mark. I Heard Your Daddy Died. NE: Centering Corporation, 1996.
Scrivani, Mark. I Heard Your Mommy Died. NE: Centering Corporation, 1996.
Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry-Really Really Angry…NY; The Blue Sky Press, 1999.
Bahr, Mary. IF Nathan Were Here. MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Grollman, E. Talking about Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child, Beacon Press, 1990.
Huntley, Theresa. Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies, Augsburg Fortress, 1991.
Candace Adams, PhD
Pediatric Medical Associates