Grief and Loss

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story

Isak Dinesen


Duckworth, Liz (2003). Ragtail Remembers. A story that helps young children to understand feelings of grief.
Karst, Patrice (2000). The Invisible String (can be adapted to all ages re: “continuing bonds).
Kwaymullina, A. & E. The Two-Hearted Numbat (2009). All ages (self-care).
Lorig, Stephanie & Frankel, Rosalie (2014). Draw It Out (art journal for school-aged kids)
Paradis, Susan (2012). EDNA (about an elephant with worries–can be adapted to all ages).
Park, Barbara (1995). Mick Harte Was Here (pre-adolescents re: sibling loss; can adapt for teens and adults; sudden accident loss and good example of how to process “why” and “if only”).
Schwiebert, Pat & DeKlyen, Chuck (2007). Tear Soup (can be adapted to all ages)and different losses).


Wheeler, Jenny Lee (2010). Weird is Normal: When Teenagers Grieve (written by a teen)

Young Adults

Seib Heather Servaty and David C. Fajgenbaum (2015) We Get It (stories of grieving college students/young adults)
Kaplan Schreiber, Jennifer (2010). You Are Not Alone: Young Adults Coping With Death

For Adults Supporting Grieving Children:

Berenberg, Anne Hatcher, Scalzitti, Vicki, & Cain, Jack (2011). 10 Steps for Parenting Your Grieving Children.
Silverman, Phyllis & Kelly, Madelyn (2009). A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One.
Zucker, Robert (2009). The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child

Additional Resources:
Center for Complicated Grief
Center for Grieving Children
The Dougy Center: National Center for Grieving Children and Families
What’s Your Grief?
Coalition to Support Grieving Students
Childhood Traumatic Grief Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Child Traumatic Grief Resources for Educators
A Grief So Deep It Does Not Die, New York Times Article about complicated grief