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Children and teens grieve, too. We can help you explain death, grief and dying for children ages 3-teen. Parents, caregivers, family members and others can find the tools they need to help. Our Because We Care. . .packages are available for all situations.

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Written by Sheri Sinykin

In this touching story, a young Jewish girl tries to make peace with the impending death of her grandfather.

Rachel’s grandfather, her Zayde, has come to live with her family. This is because he is dying, she realizes. Rachel can’t help wondering where he will go when he dies. She asks her friends. She asks her rabbi. She asks Zayde.

No one has the perfect answer, but eventually Rachel finds a way to make peace with the fact of her grandfather’s passing. She learns to gather all the moments she can, and to honor his life one small memory at a time.

In this sensitive portrait of a young girl and her grandfather, author Sheri Sinykin approaches the issue of death from a distinctly Jewish perspective while demonstrating respect for all beliefs. Kristina Swarner’s lush illustrations add layers of depth and wonder to the story.

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A healing keepsake journal for children ages 8-12

A Centering Corporation Resource by Enid Samuel Traisman

Remember… A Child Remembers is a write-in memory book for bereaved children age 8-12.  This journal is a unique tool for children who are grieving over the death of someone they love.  There are pages for writing about the person’s life and death, a goodbye letter, a story about us, pages to draw the service, being angry, being happy, and many more.  It will help the young person cope with the loss of a special relationship and keep the memories safely preserved.

ISBN10: 1-56123-069-3 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-069-3

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A Workbook to Help Young People Who Are Experiencing Trauma and Grief.

By Alison Salloum, BCSW / A Centering Corporation Resource

From the inside of the book:

“To The Young Person…”

When someone close to you dies suddenly, or when you or someone else gets hurt, like shot or stabbed, you may experience different reactions.

Reactions occur because of what has happened.  There are emotional reactions, body reactions and behavioral reactions.  Emotional reactions are your feelings.  Physical reactions are when your body responds to what has happened, and behavioral reactions are how you act because of what has happened.

“To the adult working with the young person…”

This book is intended to help children and youth understand and reduce their overwhelming grief and traumatic reactions.  It is for children and youth who have witnessed or know someone close to them who has been hurt or killed by violence or who themselves have been a victim of violence.  However, this book may be used to help young people work through any type of tragic loss. Children from six through fourteen will find comfort in it.

ISBN10: 1-56123-108-8

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-108-9

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For children who have a brother or sister die

Written after Ray and Jody Goldstein’s daughter, Jess, died at age nine months. Simple and easy for children to understand. For siblings who had baby at home. Sometimes when I talk about Jess, Mommy cries. I’m scared that my talking makes her cry. Mommy smiles. She says I don’t need to be afraid of her tears. I can talk about Jess all I want to. Ages 3-6.

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For teenagers facing grief

By Mark Scrivani / A Centering Corporation Resource

Updated and revised in 2005. The most popular book for ages 13 up. Includes information about going back to school, dreams, friends and looks at ways of facing grief during the teen years. Gives important information about grief and what we can do about anger, sadness and all the emotions that come when death walks in.

ISBN10: 1-56123-012-X

ISBN13: 978-1-56213-012-9

If you know a grieving teen, refer them to share stories or illustrations on fireinmyheartjournal.com.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Dorothy Ferguson

A book to help grieving children acknowledge what they have lost and celebrate what they still have left when someone they love has died.  A story for ages 5-9.  Compares loss of a loved one with the letting go of a helium balloon.  It’s especially good because it looks at not just what’s been lost, but what still is left. All at once, the beautiful red balloon got away. . . A big person nearby tried to help him get it back. But it was too late. Quickly it flew higher and higher. Includes a message to parents.

Product Code is BUBC

ISBN10: 1-56123-054-5

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-054-9

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Newly revised, this sweet story was first published in 1998. Back by popular demand, the classic story talks about Nanny, who loved animal crackers. Nanny become forgetful and needs more attention. After Nanny’s death, they share stories of good memories, all their feelings, and fun times eating animal crackers with Nanny.

 

ISBN: 978-1-56123-101-0

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An 8-page handout for talking with children about grief and loss.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Joy and Marv Johnson. Helping Children Cope With Grief.

This booklet will prove itself valuable over the next few days and months as you and your child(ren) begin the grieving process. Taking the time to read and use the suggestions offered here may seem difficult and confusing as you, too, are dealing with the death of a loved one. Let a close friend or trusted adult read it with you, help you use these ideas, and work with your children especially in the few days before the funeral. Working together during this special time will provide you with valuable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

ISBN10: 1-56123-106-1 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-106-1

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Helping children and families after a suicide

By Barbara Rubel

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded!

From the Introduction: “What’s In This Book”: But I Didn’t Say Goodbye is a book seen through the eyes of Alex, an eleven-year-old boy, whose father has died by suicide. This story is a glimpse into a child s traumatic and life changing personal experience. But I Didn’t Say Goodbye introduces you to a bereaved family immediately after a suicide and ends five years later. The dialogue in each chapter will show you how you can help develop honest, open communication between children and the people in their lives. Alex s questions are the same as many other children following a suicide.

ISBN10: 1-892906-01-5 ISBN13: 978-1-892906-01-4

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A Workbook for Children in the Advanced Stages of a Very Serious Illness

By Marge Eaton Heegaard

This book offers an honest, gentle way to help children face the advanced stages of their serious illness. Through the creative and interactive drawing activities in this book, kids can learn to: Communicate openly about their illness, Master fear and anxiety, Develop important coping skills, Discuss concerns about their treatment, Share thoughts and feelings about death, Express difficult feelings in appropriate ways Regain a sense of power in their lives, Communicate personal wishes, Maintain hope.

ISBN10: 1-57749-129-7

ISBN13: 978-1-57749-129-3

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Liam’s father dies but the truth is that Liam doesn’t fully understand what this means. He wonders if his dad is hiding. Liam searches in all the obvious places until his dreams lead him to the sky where he feels his dad’s presence all around him. In this sensitive and tender book, Liam learns that just as the sky is everywhere, so, too, is his father’s love. Because the Sky is Everywhere helps children accept that even though someone close to them dies, the love they feel can be everlasting.

Illustrated by David Dodson

Reviews:

Just like grieving grown-ups, grieving children naturally have questions about where the person who died has gone. This compassionate story offers a reassuring, loving answer. This resource reminds us that any child old enough to love is old enough to mourn. –Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, author of Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart, Founder, Center for Loss & Life Transition

This beautiful book provides just the right kind of spiritual, healing hope for young children and families who have experienced profound loss. –Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, Co-Founder, Open to Hope, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

I wish Because the Sky Is Everywhere was available for my young daughter when my husband suddenly passed away. Just as the boy in the book has the opportunity to follow his thoughts and emotions, she, too, searched for answers in her own special way. This is a perfect resource for the families I support and a gift to those in need. –Rachel Kodanaz, Grief & Loss Consultant, Author of Living with Loss, One Day at a Time and Grief in the Workplace

 

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About the Author

Nancy Sharp is a keynote speaker and author of the memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, winner of eight literary honors, including Books For A Better Life and the Colorado Book Award. Because the Sky is Everywhere is her first children’s book. Nancy’s writing has also been featured in numerous national media and The Best Advice in Six Words . As a motivational speaker, Nancy teaches audiences how to move from stuck, disappointment, and loss of all kinds toward growth and positive change. She speaks on the theme of bold living. Nancy holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Steve Saunders and their four children, ages fifteen through twenty-five.

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Liam’s father dies but the truth is that Liam doesn’t fully understand what this means. He wonders if his dad is hiding. Liam searches in all the obvious places until his dreams lead him to the sky where he feels his dad’s presence all around him. In this sensitive and tender book, Liam learns that just as the sky is everywhere, so, too, is his father’s love. Because the Sky is Everywhere helps children accept that even though someone close to them dies, the love they feel can be everlasting.

Illustrated by David Dodson

Reviews:

Just like grieving grown-ups, grieving children naturally have questions about where the person who died has gone. This compassionate story offers a reassuring, loving answer. This resource reminds us that any child old enough to love is old enough to mourn. –Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, author of Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart, Founder, Center for Loss & Life Transition

This beautiful book provides just the right kind of spiritual, healing hope for young children and families who have experienced profound loss. –Dr. Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, Co-Founder, Open to Hope, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

I wish Because the Sky Is Everywhere was available for my young daughter when my husband suddenly passed away. Just as the boy in the book has the opportunity to follow his thoughts and emotions, she, too, searched for answers in her own special way. This is a perfect resource for the families I support and a gift to those in need. –Rachel Kodanaz, Grief & Loss Consultant, Author of Living with Loss, One Day at a Time and Grief in the Workplace

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About the Author

Nancy Sharp is a keynote speaker and author of the memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living, winner of eight literary honors, including Books For A Better Life and the Colorado Book Award. Because the Sky is Everywhere is her first children’s book. Nancy’s writing has also been featured in numerous national media and The Best Advice in Six Words . As a motivational speaker, Nancy teaches audiences how to move from stuck, disappointment, and loss of all kinds toward growth and positive change. She speaks on the theme of bold living. Nancy holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Steve Saunders and their four children, ages fifteen through twenty-five.

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By Luciano Sabatini.  We are a death phobic society. Consequently, we provide very little help to our citizens in dealing with the one common denominator that we all face; the death of those we love.  The paucity of death education programs in our elementary and secondary schools is evident of our death avoidance culture. Although many of our schools do attempt to assist the thousands of children and adolescents yearly who lose parents, siblings and other loved ones, their efforts tend to focus on how to assist the newly bereaved student in the days immediately following the loss. Schools need to have a long term approach as well that extends far beyond the immediate crisis, seeking to assist students with the life altering changes that follows the death of a family member.

ISBN: 978-1-60808-072-4

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A Boy’s Book on Grief, Loss, and Healing

By Margaret Grebin

*Includes an endorsement from Cal Ripkin, Jr.*

Baseball is a universal sport, and one that Margie found to be a useful metaphor helping young boys process the thoughts/feelings associated with loss.  Using the metaphor of a baseball team, Margie’s book focuses on values and strengths which can be harnessed, allowing movement and transformation.  The reader moves from grieving the loss of the physical presence of the loved one, into acceptance, resilience, and commemoration of them.  A family is devastated when a twin dies unexpectedly.  No one is more devastated than his brother, Jeremy.  The boys were best friends and baseball fanatics…both as players and as pro-baseball fans. But as he writes a speech about his brother for a school assembly, Jeremy not only deals with his grief but also makes a friend and helps another boy deal with the death of his father.

ISBN10: 1-56123-215-4 ISBN13: 978-156123-215-4

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By Jean Reagan, Illustrated by Phyllis Polema-Cahill.  Becky and her brother John were best buddies, telling jokes, caring for their dog Toby together, and playing soccer. John was always there to cheer her up and help her out–until he died. Becky wishes everything could go back to the way it was. When she is surprised and feels guilty about enjoying a friend’s birthday party, her mom wraps reassuring arms around her and says, “Don’t you think he’d want you to laugh, even now?” She gradually realizes that she can still enjoy the things that they used to do together and that the memories of John continue to make him part of their family. Always My Brother is a sensitive, realistic story about the process of grief, acceptance, and recovery. Phyllis Pollema-Cahill’s lovely illustrations bring readers right into the heart of Becky’s family as they struggle to move forward.

Product code is AMBO

ISBN10: 0-88448-313-4 ISBN13: 978-0-88448-3136-7

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by Susan Kerner

Always By My Side is a comforting, rhyming story written to help children understand that a father’s love is forever, even if they grow up without his presence in their lives. This beautifully illustrated book conveys the heart-warming message to children that even though a father is not in their lives, he is still part of them. They will realize that they are like him in character, looks and actions; that his spirit surrounds them in their day-to-day activities, and helps to make them who they are.

Illustrated by Ian P. Benfold Haywood

Product Code: ABMB

ISBN: 9781595723369

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By Patricia Ellen, Ginny Keegan and Frankie Odom 

When illness enters a family, it can be both a difficult time and an opportunity to strengthen family ties. This guidebook from The Center for Grieving Children’s Tender Living Care program shares stories of families and the ways they have found to deal with the ups and downs an illness brings. From the point of diagnosis, this book will help you and your children as you adjust to the changing realities of serious illness. At the end of each chapter are activities that will help you and your family to both explore the feelings that arise during illness and to celebrate family life.

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From The Dougy Center

This easy-to-use workbook is designed for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. With a mixture of creative activities and tips for dealing with changes at school, home and with friends, this is a great tool for all grieving children. We’ve included a variety of drawing and writing exercises to help children remember the person who died, and learn new ways to live with the loss.

ISBN13: 978-1-890534-10-3

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From The Dougy Center. A Workbook for Grieving Kids.   Through the stories, thoughts and feelings of other kids who have experienced a murder, this hands-on workbook allows children to see that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences. The workbook includes drawing activities, puzzles and word games to help explain confusing elements specific to a murder, such as the police, media and legal system.

ISBN10: 1-890534-07-2 ISBN13: 978-1-890534-07-3

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

What should you say to kids when someone they love dies? Should young children attend funerals? How might a grieving child act? Why is the grief teenagers experience especially complicated? How can caring adults best help children and adolescents with their grief? In this concise informative guide, Dr. Wolfelt explains how children and adolescents grieve after someone loved dies. His message is that grieving children are especially deserving of an emotional environment of love and acceptance. A must-read for adults who want to help the young people in their lives better cope with grief and go on to become emotionally healthy, life-loving adults themselves.

ISBN10: 1-879651-43-2

ISBN13: 978-1-879651-43-2

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By Marcy Blesy, Illustrated by Amy M. Kuhl Cox.

Join seven-year-old Grace on her journey through coping with the loss of her father while learning about the different ways that people grieve the loss of a loved one. In the process of learning about who her father was through the eyes of others, she learns about who she is today because of her father’s personality and love. Am I Like My Daddy? is a book designed to help children who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Children are encouraged to express through journaling what may be so difficult to express through everyday conversation. Am I Like My Daddy? teaches about loss through reflection. Am I Like My Daddy? is an important book in the children’s grief genre. Many books in this genre deal with the time immediately after a loved one dies. This book focuses on years after the death, when a maturing child is reprocessing his or her grief. New questions arise in the child’s need to fill in those memory gaps.

Product code is AILO

ISBN13: 978-0981959139

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Counseling Adolescents Through Loss, Grief and Trauma by Pamela A. Malone

Loss, grief, and trauma come into the lives of adolescents in many forms and with more frequency than the adults in their lives may realize. Assessing the depth and nature of their emotions can be difficult; adolescents are typically reluctant to show strong emotions and can be difficult to reach, particularly when they experience the untimely death of a loved one. How best to work with a young person who may have trouble communicating their emotions even under the best of circumstances? And what if he or she has learned about the death of a loved one or classmate from another peer rather than a family member? What about gender differences and the influence of culture and family? What role do cell phones, text messaging, and technologies such as Facebook play in the adolescent grief experience? Adolescents’ use of technology creates unlimited access to friends, support systems, and information, but news that spreads quickly without buffering effects can intensify the strength of the adolescent grief responses. Counseling Adolescents Through Loss, Grief, and Trauma not only examines these issues; it also provides clinicians with a wealth of resources and time-tested therapeutic activities that are sure to become an indispensable part of any clinician’s practice.

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By Earl Grollman and Joy Johnson. The first part includes information about death, dying and the feelings you have when someone you love dies. The second section includes information about burial and cremation. The third section talks about the funeral and cemetery. Beautiful photos show the child what they will really see and answers the most commonly asked questions.

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By Marge Heegaard

Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief

This book was designed to use the art process to teach children who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event some basic concepts about trauma and provide and opportunity to learn about and express related feelings.  Misconceptions may be revealed, conflicts resolved and self esteem increased while coping skills are developed.   Terrible things happen to children.  Traumatic events in the lives of their families, their friends or in the world leave children feeling confused, insecure and frightened.  Some things happen in nature like floods and earthquakes.  People also cause violence and trauma.  This book is designed to help children understand and cope with overwhelming feelings from loss and change.  Creating art provides a method for expressing feelings children are unable to understand or express verbally.  Drawing a fearful event puts the drawer in charge and presents an opportunity to overcome feelings of helplessness and fear.

ISBN10: 0-9620502-3-7

ISBN13: 978-0-9620502-3-7

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Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief

written by Marge Heegaard to be illustrated by children

This book was designed to teach children death education, to recognize and express feelings of grief, encourage open communication, and help adults discover unhealthy misconceptions the child may have.  The concepts needed to teach following objectives are included in the following text, but may be stressed further by additional reading suggested.

This resource is also available in Spanish.

ISBN10: 0-9620502-0-2

ISBN13: 978-0-9620502-0-6

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written by Marge Heegaard to be illustrated by children

Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change

This book was designed to teach children death education, to recognize and express feelings of grief, encourage open communication, and help adults discover unhealthy misconceptions the child may have.  The concepts needed to teach following objectives are included in the following text, but may be stressed further by additional reading suggested.   This resource is also available in Spanish.

ISBN10: 0-9620502-0-2

ISBN13: 978-0-9620502-0-6

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Children Can Learn To Cope With Grief From Divorce

written by Marge Heegaard to be illustrated by Children

This book was designed to teach children some concepts about divorce and to recognize and express feelings of grief from family change, to encourage open communication and to help adults discover unhealthy misconceptions children may have.  The concepts and following objectives are included in the text and may be stressed by additional reading from the books suggested for children.

Product code is WMOO

ISBN10: 0-9620502-2-9

ISBN13: 978-0-9620502-2-0

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A Guide to Understanding Death

By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A comprehensive, sensitive guide for families dealing with the loss of loved ones, When Dinosaurs Die helps readers understand what death means, and how to best cope with their feelings.   Unlike many books on death for little ones, this one doesn’t tell a story. Instead, it addresses children’s fears and curiosity head-on, and in a largely secular fashion, by answering some very basic questions: “Why does someone die?” “What does dead mean?” “What comes after death?” Other questions deal with emotions, and there’s a section about death customs (the weakest part of the book). The forthright approach makes the subject seem less mysterious and provides kids with plenty to think about and discuss with their parents. It’s the brightly colored artwork, however, that will really enable children to relax with the concept. The pictures are filled with homey clutter and familiar detail, and the activities of the appealingly quirky characters (who resemble dinosaurs in only the broadest way) add a strong, comforting sense of what can only be called normalcy.

ISBN10: 0-316-11955-5

ISBN13: 978-0-316-11955-9

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A Guide for School Administrators

The Dougy Center

This is a valuable resource for school administrators facing a death or tragedy in their school community.  Drawn from stories and insights shared by grieving students, community members and school personnel, this book explores the many ways schools can support students after they learn of a death; how to plan for healthy memorials where students can safely express feelings; how to address difficult issues related to suicide and violence; and when to seek additional professional assistance.  This book also features instructions for developing a basic school crisis and intervention plan.

ISBN10: 1-890534-05-6

ISBN13: 978-1-890534-05-9

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A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing

By Marilyn E Gootman, Ed.D.

Revised & Updated Edition

The death of a friend is a wrenching event for anyone at any age. Teenagers especially need help coping with this painful loss. This sensitive book answers questions grieving teens often have, like “How should I be acting?” “Is it wrong to go to parties and have fun?” and “What if I can’t handle my grief on my own?” The advice is gentle, non-preachy, and compassionate; the author has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she knows what teens go through. The revised edition includes new quotes from teens, new resources, and new insights into losing a friend through violence. Also recommended for parents and teachers of teens who have experienced a painful loss.

ISBN10: 1-57542-170-4

ISBN13: 978-1-57542-170-4

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2nd Edition

by Harold Ivan Smith

Compassionate care can make a tremendous impact in a child’s life; this is ever truer when the child is grieving. Distinguished grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains how adults can best help children who are mourning the death of a loved one. They need support and time to grieve. With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend who wants to give their support. This new and revised edition will help you help a hurting child grieve through healthy and necessary outlets.

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By Jenny Lee Wheeler

Teens grieve differently from adults and often get lost in the shuffle after the death of a loved one. Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve is unique because it is a self-help book for grieving teens written by an actively grieving teen. Author Jenny Lee Wheeler lost her father to cancer when she was fourteen and validates for her peers that they have the right to grieve in their own way and according to their own timetable, that their grief attacks might be different from those of adults around them, and that they aren’t going crazy if they see signs from their loved one. Dr. Heidi Horsley writes in the Foreword, “Teen grief is often overlooked and unacknowledged. … Jenny’s journey will strike a note with teenagers everywhere who have experienced the loss of someone they love. She gives sound advice and lets them know they are not alone.”

ISBN10: 0-9816219-8-8

ISBN13: 978-0-9816219-8-2

If you know a grieving teen, refer them to share stories or illustrations on fireinmyheartjournal.com.

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Heather L. Servaty-Seib and David C. Fajgenbaum

Grieving college students can often feel isolated and vulnerable, and may feel that no one else ‘gets’ what they are going through. With narratives from students who have lost a loved one and commentary from the authors, this book aims to provide guidance and support for bereaved students, as well as providing tips for those who seek to help them.

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Explaining Death to Young Children

by Doris Stickney

A tender tale of death and new life, this mini-book uses the symbol of one water bug, climbing a stalk to turn into a dragonfly, never to return. Includes a prayer for parents, Scripture and information for what parents can say.

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By Susan Jones

Illustrated by Shirley Antak

Treasured memories… come from ordinary moments. Between one winsome grandfather and one lucky little boy are keepsakes of the heart… memories made by the two of them for all time. Most are simple. Checkers and hot chocolate. Hugs and silly songs. A special wink that means we’re in this together. But their time together is coming to an end. With insight and tenderness, author Susan Jones tells the story of what comes next for a little boy who discovers memory-making is a language of love that can be whispered across the years. Refers to Heaven.

Hardcover

ISBN10:0-9778209-4-7

ISBN13: 978-0-9778209-4-8

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From The Dougy Center. Each year, 30,000 Americans die of suicide, leaving behind families—and sometimes young children—left to cope.Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children (24 minutes) provides insight on the emotions and experiences that children, teens and families affected by a suicide death often go through, and offers ways to help. The DVD and guide are a resource for training purposes, or for general viewing by parents, therapists, counselors, and others.

For anyone who has ever doubted the capacity of children to integrate the experience of a loved one’s suicide, “Understanding Suicide: Supporting Children” offers powerful, moving, and reassuring testimony that this is exactly what they’re capable of when their experiences and feelings are addressed openly and honestly in an age-appropriate manner.  Whether you’re a clinician, parent, or a teacher faced with a child who is dealing with a loved one’s suicide, this film provides us with a compelling message of hope and healing:  supporting a child or adolescent through their healing journey will help us all stretch and grow while we play an important role in reducing the increased risk of suicide for the most vulnerable suicide loss survivors.

Christine Moutier, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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A flip book – turning upside down right side up. . .by connecting with the other side.

Hardcover with book jacket.  written by Teana Tache, illustrated by Karen Keesler

This book has been written to assist in guiding children through the grieving process by way of their own spiritual journey. It has been written as a conversation between a child and their loved one, designed as a memory keepsake and amazingly illustrated to encourage light, love and forever memories. Share the gift of connecting with the other side. The ability to adjust to a new and in many ways more powerful relationship than ever before. The gift of never having to truly say goodbye.

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From The Dougy Center

Whether due to a long-term illness or a sudden death, a parent’s dying is perhaps the most devastating loss a child, teen, or young adult will experience during their formative years.  The pain may last a lifetime.  We, as caregivers, friends, and community members often find ourselves wondering: What can I say?  What information should I share about the death?  how do children and teens express their grief?  How can I be of help? Many questions are answered by children, teens, and young adults in their own poignant words, in The Tomorrows Children Face When A Parent Dies.  This revealing documentary shows some of the ways a young person deals with saying goodbye to a dying parent; finding out about a parent’s death; not having the opportunity to say goodbye; and the value of rituals.  It also looks at children’s views on spirituality, going back to school; grieving as a family; surviving the holidays and grief over time. The DVD highlights the help available to bereaved children through grief loss groups.  Features are The Dougy Center for Grieving Children, a nationally recognized grieving center for children and families, and the Ridgefield High School Grief Loss Group.  Additional insight about the issue of children and bereavement is provided by clergy, counselors, and surviving parents.

Run Time: 47 minutes.

Recommended for viewers 10 and older.

*When you buy the DVD, you will also receive: The Tomorrows Children Face When a Parent Dies: Study Guide by Genalin Niere.

The purpose of this study guide is to supplement the rich information contained in The Tomorrows Children Face When a Parent Dies video with content that allows people in ministry to reflect on their own experiences of grief, as well as to provide easily accessible information at hand when ministering to children who are grieving.

“My desire has always been for this video to offer hope and solace to grieving families.  I want to let them know they are not alone.  There are many people who care and who wish to help.  I also hope that this video, along with the study guide, will serve as a catalyst for families and faith communities to have their own open discussions about death and to teach their children well.” – From the foreword, by Thalia Marakas

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By Charlotte Moundlic, Illustrated by Olivier Tallec

When the boy in this story wakes to find that his mother has died, he is overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear that he will forget her. He shuts all the windows to keep in his mother’s familiar smell and scratches open the cut on his knee to remember her comforting voice. He doesn’t know how to speak to his dad anymore, and when Grandma visits and throws open the windows, it’s more than the boy can take–until his grandmother shows him another way to feel that his mom’s love is near. With tenderness, touches of humor, and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec’s expressive illustrations.

Hardcover with book jacket.

ISBN13: 978-0-7636-5341-5

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By Warren Hanson

hardcover with book jacket

The Next Place is an inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.  An uncomplicated journey of awe and wonder to a destination without barriers.

Lose yourself in the uplifting sense of comfort and serenity.  Embrace the joyful spirit of oneness.  Then pour yourself into the lives of those you love.

The Next Place is, above all, a celebration of life.  Hear the music.  Feel the warmth.  And be carried away along life’s everlasting flight.

also available in Spanish

ISBN10: 0-931674-32-8

ISBN13: 978-0-931674-32-7

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A Journey of Hope and Discovery for Children and Families — revised 2005

By Joan Drescher, Foreword by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

Take a journey in a hot air balloon to see the world differently. Open your heart, drop your fears, relax and get in touch with your feelings, this 40 page colorfully illustrated interactive journal with a delightful story line can be used by children, parents, therapists, nurses, teachers and all who want to get in touch with the child within. This wonderful resource has been used to help children of all ages express their emotions and feel better about themselves and the world.

The Moon Balloon™ is a way to help children communicate through writing, drawing and symbols. It is a rare combination of beautiful art and therapeutic tool, as useful to the helpers as to those being helped. The Moon Balloon™ is an indispensable tool for parents, teachers, health care professionals and all those concerned with bringing emotional healing to children

ISBN10: 0-93782190-X

ISBN13: 978-0-93782190-9

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By Patrice Karst

Illustrated by Geoff Stevenson

Hardcover with book jacket

A steady best-seller and The Strings are still reaching all over the World!

“That’s impossible”, said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they’re all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it! THE INVISIBLE STRING is a very simple approach to overcoming the fear of loneliness or separation with an imaginative flair that children can easily identify with and remember. Here is a warm and delightful lesson teaching young and old that we aren’t ever really alone and reminding children (and adults!) that when we are loved beyond anything we can imagine. “People who love each other are always connected by a very special String, made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”Thus begins this heart-warming and reassuring story that addresses the issue of “separation anxiety” (otherwise known as the sense of existential ‘aloneness’) to children of all ages.Specifically written to address children’s fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. Parents and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love, to bind, connect and comfort us through those inevitable times when life challenges us!

Let’s tell the whole world know that we are all connected by Invisible Strings!

ISBN13: 978-0-87516-734-3

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a young person’s guide through the journey of grief

by Tanya Kilgore

Grief can be a paralyzing time, especially in the life of a young person. It can be so overwhelming that the griever is confused on how to move forward. The Grief Recovery Kit is designed to assist young people in the grieving process after loss, separation or death. It gives the griever a tool for taking steps of progression and shifting valuable energy toward recovery.

The kit contains:

helpful ABC’s for parents or caregivers of a grieving child

four stories of loss illustrated with photography: one from the perspective of a child, one from a preteen, and two from teenagers

40 activities that encourage participation of the griever, with a supportive prayer and multiple Scriptures that correlate with each activity

a Personal Journal for thoughts and feelings in written words or other creative means such as drawings

 

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helping kids explore and understand grief…

By Kerry DeBay

A special book for children ages 6 and older who have experienced the death of someone special. The interactive format invites them to find expression for their thoughts and feelings, encouraging the exploration of their grief.

Author Information:

Kerry DeBay is a board-certified, registered art therapist, licensed mental health counselor and a certified trauma specialist.  She has worked with children and their families for over 15 years with a significant focus on grief and loss education and support.

Also available in Spanish

ISBN10: 0-9788681-4-5

ISBN13: 978-0-9788681-4-7

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A Story of Life for All Ages

By Leo Buscaglia, PhD

20th anniversary edition

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The Fall of Freddie the Leaf touches children and adults alike, illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm, thought-provoking story about how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons and the coming of winter.  This is the 20th anniversary edition of the beloved classic that has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.

ISBN10: 0-943432-89-8 ISBN13: 978-0-943432-89-2

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A Child’s Guide Through Grief by Roberta Temes, Ph.D.

When a third grader’s big sister Jennifer dies, the boy is confused, angry, and scared. For the first time, he must face the awful finality of death and the pain of loss. The young boy is fearful “because some day my mother could die, or my father could die, or I could die.”   He feels sorry and somehow responsible for Jennifer’s death because on their last Thanksgiving his sister “gobbled up all my turkey stuffing, so I punched her really hard and she cried really loud.” Finally, the boy is able to open his heart to Betsy, his babysitter, who lost a brother in a car accident. Betsy shares her own experiences, her fears, empty feelings, anger and pain and that of her parents.  She assures the boy that soon he “won’t have all these terrible feelings all day long” and suggests ways to help with the pain.

ISBN10: 0-88282-118-0 ISBN13: 978-0-88282-118-4

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Description

by Hilary Robinson & Mandy Stanley

When Olivia’s teacher, Miss Evans, dies, the children at her school are encouraged to think of everything that reminds them of her. Written with touching sensitivity and sprinkled with light hearted moments, ‘The Copper Tree’ is about love and legacy and will help children understand that while sadness is an inevitable part of grief, death is not necessarily the end…for what is left behind can be everlasting.

Product code:  TCTO

 

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By Teens Who Know & Janet Tyson.  A Handbook for Healing.

This is a book about understanding grief and healing.  It is for teens, their families, and friends.  Written by a middle school counselor and nine teens, using their own words and experiences to illustrate their struggles with grief and how they overcame it. From the ‘Introduction’: “Common Threads of Teenage Grief helps teens and the people who love them work through the grieving process. Teens learn how to deal with their pain and memories and move on with their lives. Parents learn what their children need and want from them.  This book also gives school counselors, preachers, friends, and families successful methods used to help teens recover.”

ISBN10: 0-9631033-6-9 ISBN13: 978-0-9631033-6-9

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By Julia Cook, Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood

After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing.  To do that, “We breathe in and breathe out, and hold onto each other.  We shed a lot of tears, and we love one another.  We all come together as a strong team of ONE, and then we rebuild, we get things done!”

The Ant Hill Disaster thoughtfully addresses fears associated with both natural and man-caused disasters.  It models effective parenting and teaching responses.  This book can help assure children that through love, empathetic understanding, preparation, and effective communication, they can stand strong, even in the midst of uncontrollable events.

ISBN13: 978-1-937870-27-0

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Description

By Julia Cook

Illustrated by Phillip W. Rodgers

Otis used to have the perfect family. That all changed when his parents told him that they were getting a D…D…D… The D Word he cant even say it! At first Otis blames himself. With the help of his Gram, Otis discovers the reasons why people get divorced. He also learns about the Three Cs of Divorce: I didn’t CAUSE it, I can’t CONTROL it, so I’m going to have to learn to COPE with it! This book offers both children and adults the tools and insights that are needed to effectively deal with the difficult challenges that a family goes through when parents get divorced.

From the Introduction:

“While working as a school counselor, I had a child come into my office and say, “My parents are getting a divorce, and it’s all my fault!”  I looked at the child and said, “Oh, no it isn’t.  There are usually only 3 reasons why people get a divorce: They can’t trust each other anymore, they can’t talk to each other anymore, or they just don’t respect one another.  Look, your name isn’t on this list!  You did not cause your parents’ divorce.”

When a family goes through a divorce, it can be stressful, confusing and difficult for everyone involved.  In an attempt to make sense of the divorce, a child may place blame on him or herself.

The purpose of this book is to present a concrete explanation of why people get divorced and explain the three C’s of divorce:

I did not CAUSE it.

I cannot CONTROL it.

I’m going to have to learn to COPE with it.

ISBN10: 1-931636-76-1

ISBN13: 978-1-931636-76-6

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A Dictionary of Death, Dying and Grief Terms for Grieving Children and Those Who Love Them

By Harold Ivan Smith and Joy Johnson

Here are all the words that puzzle children and adults as well. How do you tell a six-year-old about cremation? What is a mausoleum? In this delightfully simple book, two leading bereavement authors give the meaning of the word, use an example or story and quote a current resource to further explain.

From the “Getting Started” section: Grieving people of all ages need words to verbalize and talk about their losses. We all need words to comfort grievers. So what does a word mean? Words can comfort and affirm children and words can confuse or frighten them. Words mean different things to different people. Most children have a smaller vocabulary with which to describe their feelings. Children hear certain words and confuse them with other meanings. Consider, in a child’s world, Mourning and Morning; Dead Body and Dead Wrong. And there’s the common word, Terminal. You can talk about life-ending illness or an airport using the same word.

ISBN10: 1-56123-196-7

ISBN13: 978-56123-196-6

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Talking to Kids about Death and Dying by Joseph M. Primo

With practical tools, up-to-date research, humor, and reflection, facilitate healing and create a safe space for children’s age-appropriate grieving.

One out of seven children will lose a parent before they are 20. The statistics are sobering, but they also call for preparedness. However, professionals of all types are often at a loss when dealing with a grieving child. Talking to adults about death and grief is difficult; it’s all the more challenging to talk to children and teens. The stakes are high: grieving children are high-risk for substance abuse, promiscuity, depression, isolation, and suicide. Yet, despite this, most of these kids grow up to be normal or exceptional adults. But their chance to become healthy adults increases with the support of a loving community.

Supporting grieving children requires intentionality, open communication, and patience. Rather than avoid all conversations on death or pretend like it never happened, normalizing grief and offering support requires us to be in tune with kids through dialogue as they grapple with questions of “how” and “why.” When listening to children in grief, we often have to embrace the mystery, offer love and compassion, and stick with the basics.

ISBN: 9781426760495

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Understanding Their Needs in Funeral Planning & Services by the Dougy Center. This book addresses the best practices for funeral and memorial services with children and teens. Learn how to include children in these rituals and creative ways to involve them in the process. You will find suggestions from children and teens about what was helpful and unhelpful about the funeral or memorial service they attended.

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By Enid Samuel-Traisman, M.S.W.

This is a journal for young adults and teenagers experiencing a loss

New cover has slits to allow the journal writer to add their own favorite photo of their loved one.

Young adults and teens can write letters, copy down meaningful lyrics, write songs and poems, tell the person who died what they want them to know, finish business and use their creativity to work through the grieving process.  Young adults and teens can share their journal entries, thoughts or illustrations with other grieving young adults and teens.

“This Journal is for you.  It is about you and the person who died.  Just reading it will let you know that all your feelings are normal even though some may feel crazy.  Writing in it will help you explore your feelings and encourage you to get them out, which is healthy for you.  Writing in the journal will ensure that you will never forget.”

ISBN10:L 1-56123-056-1 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-056-3

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By Julia Cook Illustrated by Allison Valentine.   Eli is a young boy who finds out that he has cancer. Not knowing how to feel, his doctor tells him… “There is a “Can” in cancer, so when your life seems kinda rough, breathe in and out and clear your head and think about better stuff.”   This creatively written book of hope follows Eli’s journey through the eyes of a patient, parents, siblings, teachers, health care providers, and friends.  A must read for all who are searching for their “CAN” in cancer.

ISBN13: 978-1-937870-17-1

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Answers to questions children ask about death and dying

A Centering Corporation Resource by Joy and Dr. Marvin (Papa) Johnson

A gentle explanation for children about death and the funeral. Tells children about what happens when you die; explains the funeral and cremation, and answers questions honestly. Useful tool for parents and caregivers searching for the right words to say. Remember though, being dead and being asleep are not alike. When we are asleep, our parts inside work away making us ready for the day. We move. We breathe in and out . . .You can tell the difference between being dead and being asleep.

Revised in 2014

ISBN10: 1-56123-011-1

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-011-2

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Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance

By Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley

Teenage grief is hard, lonely, and painful. Parents want to know: How Can I Help? Teen Grief Relief provides both parents and teens with the help they need. Shared here are teen stories, feelings, techniques, references and resources for use in not only surviving but thriving after the painful loss of a family member or close personal friend.

Understanding Emotional Extremes • When and How to Talk About a Death Understanding Parents • Understanding Anger and Guilt Aspects of Normal Grief • Warning Signs of Complicated Grief Finding Balance and Happiness • Teen-Tested “Good4U” Steps

ISBN10 1-56825-110-6

ISBN13: 978-1-56825-110-3

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A Recipe for Healing After Loss

From Grief Watch

“A universal and timeless story about grief.”

Newly remastered in 2014, this DVD now includes both English and Spanish videos in HD.  Closed captions have been added to the English version.

Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of “tear soup”.  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   The poignant story and engaging illustrations that have made Tear Soup a treasured book for people of all ages are given new life in this video version.  Viewers will find themselves returning again and again to this moving portrayal as part of their ongoing process of healing from grief.  Families, professionals, educators and support groups will all benefit from the insights and comfort provided in this helpful production.

Running Time: 17 minutes

Recommended for all ages

ISBN10: 0-9724241-4-8

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

Workbook for children, Spanish Edition.  Also available in English.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

Product code is SCSO

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written and illustrated by Paula S. Wallace

Will little Corky--so quirky and curious--live her life and her dreams to the fullest? When Corky is a baby, Old Bear gives her the keys to her days. As she grows, she lives in wonderment. As her days grow short, she asks Old Bear for a few more days. Old Bear reminds Corky that she holds the key to her days. She must do what needs to be done, and dream what needs to be dreamed. When she is ready, she will not be afraid to open the door to wonder. Paula Wallace lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Also available in English

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly. But making soup is different. Soup making is an art, and you are the artist. Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you.

“What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.”

In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of  “tear soup.” Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void i her life that was created by her loss.

Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief:

If you are the cook;

If your friend is the cook;

Soup making and time;

If a child is the cook;

If you are a male chef;

If there are two of you cooking.

ISBN10: 0-9724241-6-4

ISBN13: 978-0-9724241-6-5

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By Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen

Hardcover with book jacket

Also available in Spanish

Some cooking requires that you measure ingredients exactly.  But making soup is different.  Soup making is an art, and you are the artist.  Improvising as you go, your only goal is that the blended creation will both satisfy your hunger and soothe what hurts you. “What’s true about soup making, is also true about grieving.” In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of  “tear soup.”  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.  Her tear soup will help to bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss.   Following Grandy’s story you will find cooking tips to use in dealing with grief: if you are the cook, if your friend is the cook, soup making and time, if a child is the cook, if you are a male chef, if there are two of you cooking.

ISBN10: 0-9615197-6-2

ISBN13: 978-0-9615197-6-6

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Tapestries
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TAPO

A Creative and Inclusive Approach to Grief Support for Youth and Communities

by Alesia K. Alexander Layne, MSW, LCSW and V. Kottavei Williams

A tapestry has many different colored threads, textiles and textures that are woven together to make a beautiful, cohesive and inclusive work of art and community. Tapestry making, now a lost art, served as a concrete art-form, and a metaphor for how families and communities told stories about their lives and connections. Our communities are struggling to find ways to reach and touch young people and the events that are tearing at the fabric of their futures. Tapestries is a creative, and inclusive facilitation guide and offers exploratory support for advocates and centers that must begin to look at layers of losses to stay relevant in their communities, and with more diverse funding sources. Young people and the people that love and advocate for them can use the ideas and activities in TAPESTRIES to weave a colorful, and meaningful dialogue about change and loss and how this impacts development, ideas about their loss stories and as a foundation for hope. Appropriate for established advocates and for any program looking for relevant and resonant ways to interact and engage with new and diverse participants in grief support and youth development programming.

ISBN13: 978-1-49121-012-3

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A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

When a loved one or community member dies by suicide, the entire community of survivors is powerfully affected.  Children, as part of this community, can be deeply impacted and need adult guidance.  This unique book provides parents and caregivers helpful information to better understand and communicate with children grieving with a special focus on child development and how to talk with children of various ages.

About the Authors 

Sarah S. Montgomery, LCSW-C is the Coordinator of Children and Family Programs at Chesapeake Life Center, a program service of the Hospice of the Chesapeake. She has over 20 years clinical experience providing individual, family, and group counseling in a variety of settings, including school-based, outpatient psychiatry and community-based organizations.

Susan M. Coale, LCSW-C is the Clinical Specialist in Bereavement for Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake with 30 years experience.  She provides individual and group counseling for grieving adults, children and families. She also provides clinical supervision for graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Loyola University.

Review

“Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss is a well-researched, compassionate, and comprehensive resource that’s essential for anyone who is helping to guide a child through the traumatic experience of a suicide loss. It provides the kind of thoughtful and potentially healing information that I wish had been available to the adults in my life when I was a struggling twelve-year-old trying to find my way in the aftermath of my father’s suicide in 1970.”

Eric Marcus is Senior Director for Loss and Bereavement Programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and author of Why Suicide? Questions and Answers About Suicide, Suicide Prevention, and Coping with the Suicide of Someone You Know.

ISBN: 9781508412991

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How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love

By Earl A. Grollman

If you are a teenager whose friend or relative has died, this book was written for you. Earl A. Grollman, the award-winning author of Living When a Loved One Has Died, explains what to expect when you lose someone you love. He discusses:

normal reactions to the shock of death, including disbelief, anger, panic, and loneliness;

how grief can affect your relationships with family, friends and classmates;

how participating in a funeral can help surviving birthdays and anniversaries;

how you can work through your grief and begin to live again.

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers also includes a journal section where you can record your memories of the person who died, your feelings about the loss, and your hopes for the future.

ISBN10: 0-8070-2501-1

ISBN13: 978-0-8070-2501-7

If you know a grieving teen, refer them to share stories or illustrations on fireinmyheartjournal.com.

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By Linda Rieger, Ph.D.

Workbook for Children. English Version.  Also available in Spanish.

Helping kids who have experienced, or witnessed a violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire, can be a challenging prospect for counselors, parents and concerned adults.

This comprehensive work/activity book written by a school counselor is designed to help guide each child through the process of healing. The child’s responses to the activities can help the counselor assess the depth of the problem and the progress the child is making in dealing with the issues involved. Through the use of the activities the child will have the opportunity to express the turmoil they have been feeling as well as the resultant effects on their life. This allows for the facilitator to easily introduce positive coping strategies as well as ways for the child to implement these strategies and start to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

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A story for child survivors and those who care for them

by Doreen Cammarata

Illustrated by Michael Ives Volk & Leela Accetta

 

This newly revised edition of the book is designed for adult caregivers to read to surviving youngsters following a suicidal death. The story allows individuals an opportunity to recognize normal grieving symptoms and to identify various interventions to promote healthy ways of coping with the death of a special person. Although the language used in the book is simplistic enough to be read along with children and ultimately stimulating family discussion, it can be beneficial to all who have been tragically devastated by suicide. It is recommended for this book to be utilized in conjunction with therapy.Product code is SIDO

ISBN10: 0-9788681-9-6

ISBN13: 978-0-9788681-9-2

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By Marisol Munoz-Kiehne / A Centering Corporation Resource

Includes both English and Spanish translation of a caregiver’s section, teacher’s section, and a story for children. In this book, the child talks about how things are different since his brother died. “It was like a nightmare! There are so many feelings. Sometimes you feel sad and sometimes you feel normal. Mostly, you feel all mixed up.” In the end, the child realizes his brother is still alive in his heart.  Ages 5-12.

ISBN10: 1-56123-135-5

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-135-5

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An Activity Book for the Grieving Child

No one heard me sobbing myself to sleep after Bootsy’s death. I even wrote a song for her but I never (got to? ) share it.” There was nowhere for seven-year-old Laurie Van-Si to express her grief after her beloved cat’s death. But decades later she can still recite that song. Losing a pet in childhood is a profound event that is seldom forgotten. It’s an early influence on our understanding of life itself. Laurie Van-Si’s new book, The Story of My Awesome Pet, provides children with a way to navigate their grief that is both soothing and creative. Its engaging, open-ended questions and enjoyable activities encourage kids to write their own unique stories in a meaningful way and at their own developmental levels. Experts in child development agree that honoring a child’s bereavement helps them move through their grief and into healing. The Story of My Awesome Pet can serve as both a powerful guide on that journey and an ongoing source of comfort for a heartbroken child.

NOTE TO PARENTS: This book is for educational purposes only. Neither the author nor the publisher is responsible for long-term emotional concerns after the child has read it. Consult a psychologist if your child seems overly anxious or preoccupied with their pet’s death.

About the Author

Laurie Van-Si, M.S. Ed., has more than 30 years of diversified professional experience as an entrepreneur and writer, including having co-authored a children’s keepsake book about losing a loved one. She has a unique way of capturing and communicating the reality of the grieving process, with a particular talent for being able to simplify (all the complexities ? ? )of it for children. Her new book, The Story of My Awesome Pet, will help guide your child through the life and death of their pet in a new and healthy way. Fourteen years of full-time ministry experience in English and Spanish contexts, including missions, church-planting, campus and women’s ministries, Michelle J. Goff has deepened her love for travel, meeting new people and walking with them on their journey closer to our Father. Michelle currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she serves as a bilingual women’s ministry resource, author, and international speaker through Iron Rose Sister Ministries (www.IronRoseSister.com).

ISBN: 9781479789153

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By Jim & Joan Boulden

Buddy the duck talks to the children about death and grief. Buddy also explains funerals and things kids can do when they have different feelings. Includes drawing pages and a goodbye letter.

In this award winning book, children follow buddy as he learns about the cycle of life in a sensitive and caring way. The story and activities engage children and allow them to learn at their own pace. In a non-threatening presentation accompanied by a healing discussion of emotional issues.

This resource also available in Spanish

ISBN10: 1-878076-12-4

ISBN13: 978-1-878076-12-0

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A Child’s Book of Hope Through Grief

By Margaret M. Holmes with Sasha J. Mudlaff, M.A. / A Centering Corporation Resource

Illustrated by Susan Aitken

From “A Special Note To Caregivers From Sasha”:

No child is too young to grieve.  When someone loved dies, it has a profound impact, no matter what the child’s age or developmental understanding of death may be.  There are unique grief issues to consider for the child whose parent has died.  Our hope is that this book be used as a tool to facilitate communication and conversation between a caring adult and the child about the grief they are currently experiencing.

These two picture books (Molly’s Mom Died is the other) by Margaret Holmes have gentle illustrations and reassuring text to help young children understand the grief process. The author uses descriptive language that would appeal to a grieving child. The books validate both the negative and positive feelings and the behaviors that are typical for children who have lost a parent. There is a caregiver section at the back of the book that could help adults answer questions and deal with particular concerns.

Ages 5-9. Revised 2005.

ISBN10: 1-56123-123-1

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-123-2

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Information and Ideas for Families Facing Serious Illness and Death

by Kathy Nussbaum, RN, MS, APRN

~Revised Edition~

From the Introduction:

It’s difficult to know how to prepare for a journey of serious illness.  The fear of death often tempts us to focus exclusively on a cure rather than preparing our families for the possibility of death.  It seems easier to avoid the subject rather than face some difficult and emotional conversations.  Young parents may be especially prone to avoiding the subject of death as they fight desperately to get well and to protect their children from emotional pain.  They often feel they are “giving up” if they even discuss the possibility of death.

However, most children cope much better with painful experiences if they are given honest information and preparation rather than protection from the pain.

Preparing the Children was written by Kathy Nussbaum, a mental health nurse practitioner who has worked with hundreds of families facing life-threatening illness and death over the past 22 years.  She has walked the path with many parents and grandparents who have struggled with a life-threatening illness and fears about preparing their children.

ISBN13: 978-0-9847009-0-5

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A journal for teens who have someone they love complete suicide.

By Emilio Parga, M.A.

40 pages for teens and pre-teens written from teens to document their feelings, write a letter, write a poem and write about memories on their own or in a group. Includes organizations, websites, facts about suicide.

Product code is OOSO

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-212-3

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By Anne Hatcher Berenberg, PhD, Vicki Scalzitti, and Jack Cain

How do you parent a child or adolescent whose loved one or friend has died? How can you understand what to expect and what to do? 10 Steps is a sensitive, to-the-point guidebook that uses a combination of empathetic descriptions, clear explanations, illustrative stories, and practical suggestions to aid you on your journey. It includes special sections for parenting children grieving the loss of a brother or sister, loss from suicide, multiple losses, and loss of someone killed by another person, as well as a short section on trauma. With your help, the children you love can continue their growth, telling a story of their lives that includes nourishing memories and a sense of themselves as strong, resilient, caring people. This book is a valuable resource for parents, grandparents, loving relatives, and caring adult friends–and also for teachers and other professionals helping children and parents with loss and grief.

ISBN10: 0578087480

ISBN13: 978-0578087481

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By Donna and Eve Shavatt

Giving Comfort to Every Child

Children from all belief systems and all family situations can use this proven manual for working through the pain of loss.  This is a hands-on activity workbook so children can work their way through the process of grief to find healing. Ideal for both personal and professional use, this much-needed book pulls kids in at once with its engaging and non-threatening design, provides concrete ways to work positively through negative emotions, shows how to handle fears, crying, bad dreams, acting out, etc.  It has been child-tested in bereavement centers, includes recommendations for parents and caregivers, can be used with non-readers as young as five, as well as older children through adolescence, and embraces children of every faith and every family situation. Includes: I miss you, I feel sad, I don’t believe it, I don’t feel anything, It’s my fault, I don’t feel good, I’m scared, I have bad dreams, & a note to caregivers.

Product code is MGJO

ISBN10: 0-8091-6695-X

ISBN13: 978-0-8091-6695-4

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By Laurie A. Kanyer, MA

First aid for a child’s aching spirit…

Your child has suffered a loss and you feel helpless.  But something can be done to soothe heart and mind and body.

What ever has happened, 25 Things To Do will:

Give you sound information so that you can help your child.

Provide engaging activities to ease your child’s pain.

Help him or her accept the loss and live with it.

Reassure your child that he or she can feel better in time.

ISBN10: 1-554734-53-7

ISBN13: 978-1-884734-53-3

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My Grief Rights For Kids wallet cards

By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D

The new wallet cards (packet of 50) are great for kids to carry with them and share with others.

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Dorothy Ferguson

A book to help grieving children acknowledge what they have lost and celebrate what they still have left when someone they love has died.  A story for ages 5-9.  Compares loss of a loved one with the letting go of a helium balloon.  It’s especially good because it looks at not just what’s been lost, but what still is left. All at once, the beautiful red balloon got away. . . A big person nearby tried to help him get it back. But it was too late. Quickly it flew higher and higher. Includes a message to parents.

ISBN10: 1-56123-054-5

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-054-9

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A Memory Book created for you to remember the very important person in your life who has died.

Written and illustrated by Cheryl Hall-Kippen, BS, BSW, LSW

This activity book was created especially for a younger child to use as a memory book to remember a loved one in their life who has died. Not everyone is able to verbalize their feelings. This book was created to help you share your feelings and remember the very important person who has died.  You may want to work on all or just some of the following pages.  It’s your choice!

The activities provide an opportunity to express feelings and identify supports when someone they love has died. Suggestions for how adults can help a grieving child are included. Giving people the opportunity to express their grief through writing, drawing and playing is important.  The memorialization process promotes the acceptance of the reality of death and fosters the transition of the child from a relationship with the deceased to the attainment of a realistic memory of the deceased.

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A Child’s Book of Hope Through Grief

Written by Margaret M. Holmes, Afterward by Sasha J. Mudlaff / A Centering Corporation Resource

Illustrated by Susan Aitken

From “A Special Note To Caregivers From Sasha”:

All children, no matter how young or old, are affected by the death of someone they love, especially when that someone is their parent.  Our hope is that this book be used as a tool to facilitate communication and conversation between adult and child about the grief they are currently experiencing.

Ages 5-9. Revised 2007.

These two picture books (Sam’s Dad Died is the other) by Margaret Holmes have gentle illustrations and reassuring text to help young children understand the grief process. The author uses descriptive language that would appeal to a grieving child. The books validate both the negative and positive feelings and the behaviors that are typical for children who have lost a parent. There is a caregiver section at the back of the book that could help adults answer questions and deal with particular concerns.

ISBN10: 1-56123-122-3

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-122-3

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A Healing Book and Workbook for Children and Adults Whose Lives Have Been Affected by Severe Weather. This is your book. You can draw in it, you can write in it, you can tear pages out and put them on the refrigerator if you want. You can keep it by your bed. You can carry it in your backpack. Your book is like a good friend. You can talk to it. It will be there for you. It will listen to you whenever you want it to. This is your book. For Caring Adults Helping a child who is traumatized and grieving is a big job. If you are the child’s parent, you are going through grief and trauma, too. This book will help you, as well as your child.

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: Centering Corporation (February 1, 2006, Revised 2017)

ISBN-10: 1561231959

ISBN-13: 978-1561231959

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by Jane Loretta Winsch

Written by a teacher in a hospital bereavement program, this book shows the many different ways children express grief, thus enabling a child to move from raw emotion to acceptance and hope. Offers some very real help to parents, teachers, and other caring adults in dealing with the complex reactions that children have to a loss. Its simple format encourages honest dialogue and compassionately helps children. Ages 3-11.

Paperback

“This valuable book should be considered in the same category as a first-aid kit, a smoke detector, or a fire drill. Have your children read this book before they experience the loss of a loved one”. — Dan Schaefer, Author of How Do We Tell the Children?

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by Kathy M. Miller

• 48 pages • 11.25″ x 8.75″

• 95 color photographs

• hardcover with dust jacket

• activity page

• notes to parents & educators

• fun facts page

In this third book, Chippy experiences the loss of his best friend, Pickle, a meadow vole. Chippy’s friends help him both to express his grief and also learn to accept and be at peace with the fate of his pal. While Chippy is hibernating, owls appear in magical dreams to offer words of comfort: “Every day gets better” and “Those we love live forever in our hearts.”

By springtime, Chippy emerges from his burrow with a renewed sense of hope and he sees a fantastic sight that

warms his heart. He begins to believe that life really does get better.

Mom's Choice Awards Honoring Excellence

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by Marge Eaton Heegaard

Spanish Version. This book was designed to teach children death education, to recognize and express feelings of grief, encourage open communication, and help adults discover unhealthy misconceptions the child may have.  The concepts needed to teach following objectives are included in the following text, but may be stressed further by additional reading suggested.   This resource is also available in English.

ISBN10: 1-57749-127-0

ISBN13: 978-1-57749-127-9

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By Jim and Joan Boulden

Spanish version

Buddy the duck talks to the children about death and grief. Buddy also explains funerals and things kids can do when they have different feelings. Includes drawing pages and a goodbye letter.

In this award winning (National Hospice Association) book, children follow buddy as he learns about the cycle of life in a sensitive and caring way. The story and activities engage children and allow them to learn at their own pace. In a non-threatening presentation accompanied by a healing discussion of emotional issues.

Also available in English

ISBN10: 1-878076-21-4

ISBN13:  978-1-878076-12-0

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE INSIDE

This board game is designed to help kids share their feelings about a special person who died. Communication is the first step toward healing.

How to Play To play Doggone Grief:  Players pick dog tokens and roll the dice to move around the game board. When the token lands on an “emotion” space – mad, sad, happy, scared or wild – the player picks a dog card. The emotion cards show dogs in various activities that reveal their grief emotions, too, such as the Sad Card on the left.  On the back of the card is a statement about what is going on with the dog in the picture. The card also includes a question or two for players to answer about themselves or their loved one who died. Children who have played Doggone Grief say the game is a great way to share their grief feelings.

Product code is DGGO

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By Alesia K. Alexander Layne. Illustrated by Nate Harris.

Adam loves baseball, bugs, and living in the city. A little boy with big dreams, he loves spending time with his family, and making wishes on clouds. When his mother dies suddenly, his whole world changes-will the clouds be big enough to hold his wishes now? This beautifully illustrated resource offers a child’s perspective into the grief experience. Answers the call for more diverse resources to be available for children of color, this book is sensitively written, has a poetic narrative, and contains beautiful paintings. Appropriate for young readers ages 6-11.

ISBN13: 978-1-4637-7615-2

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by Susan Paradis

Edna, a young elephant is deeply troubled. She tries to hide her bad memories but becomes trapped by them instead. One day Ms. Maxwell arrives and patiently offers to help. Together they work hard to untangle Edna’s thoughts and feelings. This book depicts Edna’s journey from shame and helplessness to hope, trust, and, ultimately, joy.

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By Warren Hanson

hardcover with book jacket

Also available in English

The Next Place is an inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.  An uncomplicated journey of awe and wonder to a destination without barriers.

Lose yourself in the uplifting sense of comfort and serenity.  Embrace the joyful spirit of oneness.  Then pour yourself into the lives of those you love.

The Next Place is, above all, a celebration of life.  Hear the music.  Feel the warmth.  And be carried away along life’s everlasting flight.

also available in English

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By Lucille Clifton. Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi.  A Coretta Scott King Award Winner.

A Reading Rainbow Selection. An NCTE Teachers’ Choice.  Everett Anderson’s Goodbye is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father’s death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett’s conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. In this spare and moving poem, the last in this acclaimed series, Lucille Clifton brings Everett Anderson’s life full circle.

ISBN10: 0-8050-0800-4 ISBN13: 978-0-8050-0800-5

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A Book About Loss and Change for Teens, by Donna O’Toole

Founded on the belief that young adults can make effective choices that can transform pain into resilience, the author provides an abundance of information and coping choices to assist the process. Facing Change is a book about loss, change and possibilities. Topics Include: Recognizing and Validating Losses, Common Responses to Loss, Coping Strategies to Help You Work Through Loss ,Ways to Help Yourself, Getting the Support You Need.

ISBN10: 1-878321-11-0 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-11-4

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By John Hodge / A Centering Corporation Resource

Our #1 best selling book for loss of a grandparent

A wonderful resource for helping children understand death, grief, and remembrance, this is the story of a young boy who has been told that he has “lost” his grandfather. The boy remembers when he himself was lost in the mall and wants to help his grandmother find his grandfather. When he learns that his grandfather is not lost but dead, the boy remembers the old man’s kindness and love. Parent Council Review: “A wonderful resource for helping children understand death, grief, and remembrance, this is the story of a young boy who has been told that he has ‘lost’ his grandfather. The boy remembers when he himself was lost in the mall and wants to help his gradmother find his grandfather. When he learns that his grandather is not lost but dead, the boy remembers the old man’s kindness, love, and generosity. Material objects then begin to evoke warm memories of his grandather. This touching story will encourage young readers to discuss their feelings of loss and grief.”

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From Mourning Hope Grief Center with Jon Lundeen.  Illustrations by Dan Dunbar.

The book tells the story of Hope, a young girl who is grieving the death of her mother. Hope’s father takes her to a grief center where she is able to share her feelings, not feel alone and find happiness in the memory of her mother. Words and phrases in the book are based on actual comments made by children in Mourning Hope support groups.

“Bereaved youth are often referred to as ‘forgotten mourners’ in our society,” said Carly Runestad, Mourning Hope executive director. “Childhood bereavement is extremely common, yet rarely discussed. And it’s very difficult to find any children’s literature that illustrates a child seeking support at a grief center. Many bereaved children and teens feel isolated and alone in their grief and as a result, many youth in our community suffer in silence. ‘Finding Hope’ is a way for us to acknowledge that they are not forgotten and that there is support, healing and hope to be found.”

“Finding Hope” also features a dedication “to the courageous youth and adults, who for over 20 years, have allowed Morning Hope volunteers and staff to walk alongside them during their personal grief journeys. And to all of the volunteers who give so freely of their hearts—thank you for ensuring that no child ever grieves alone, and for helping bereaved families, once again, find hope."

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By Jodi Puhalla Neumann, BSW

This is a book about grief.  Its purpose is to teach children about grief, to recognize and express feelings of grief, to open communication between children and adults, and to teach healthy methods of coping. This book is designed to allow children to draw and color the pictures that tell their own story.  As the child to tell you about the pictures and feelings they represent.  Avoid making suggestions, or criticizing the art work.  Listen carefully, focusing on their ideas and suggestions.

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written by Karl Dew, LSW

This book was created to give you a place to explore your feelings. Your place might include journaling, reading, talking or not talking. It may encourage you to continue to find normalcy in your daily life without feeling bad about it.  Hopefully it will encourage you to examine your feelings and allow you to express these feelings in your own special way. This book can also provide tips for friends, parents and caring individuals who want to help a teen during a time when everything seems out of control. Everyone should feel free to use this book in the best way they see fit. There is no right or wrong way to use this book.

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by Eiko Kadono

When Grandma dies, Grandpa is too sad to do anything.  All day long, day after day, he sits by himself in his house.  Then, one day, Grandpa wakes up and decides to try to make the soup his wife used to make for him.  Unexpected visitors, hungry for soup, keep arriving at his door.  Soon, Grandpa discovers that sharing with his new friends is the best cure for his loneliness.

A warm story about loss and friendship.

Color illustrations throughout

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By Linda Goldman

Death is never an easy subject for discussion and adults often struggle to find the right words when talking about it with children. This book explores children’s thoughts and feelings on the subject of death and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions. The author explores some of the most common questions children ask about death and provides sensitive yet candid answers, phrased in a way that children will be able to understand and relate to. Each chapter is devoted to a particular issue, such as religious beliefs, coming to terms with terminal illness, and the fear of forgetting someone when they are gone. The book recognizes the emotions and reactions of children and family members and includes separate conclusions for parents and children. This guide offers useful advice for parents and carers and will also be of interest to counselors and other professionals working with children.

Author Information: Linda Goldman is an experienced counselor with degrees in counseling and early childhood education.  She has worked as a teacher and counselor and has taught at various universities, most recently in the Counseling department of Johns Hopkins University. Linda runs a grief therapy practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

ISBN10: 1-84905-805-9 ISBN13: 978-1-84905-805-6

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A Centering Corporation Resource by Majel Gliko-Braden

The purpose of this book is to assist school personnel, primarily the classroom teacher, in being a positive, significant caregiver for the bereaved students. This book is also meant to aid parents of grieving students and to provide help for the student as she/he re-enters the school environment following the death experience.

ISBN10: 1-56123-047-2 ISBN13: 978-1-56123-047-1

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By Julia Cook Illustrated by Anita DuFalla

Each snowflake is different, and everyone shows grief differently. After the death of his father, Little Tree begins to learn how to cope with his feelings and start the healing process. With the help and support of his family and friends, Little Tree learns to cope by discovering what’s really important in life and that his father’s memory will carry on.

ISBN10: 1-931636-78-8

ISBN13: 978-1-931636-78-0

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by Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW

If you’ve lost a sibling, you feel sad, confused, or even angry. For the first time, a psychotherapist specializing in teen and adolescent bereavement offers a compassionate guide to help you discover your unique coping style, deal with overwhelming emotions, and find constructive ways to manage this profound loss so you can move forward in a meaningful and healthy way.

Losing a loved one—at any age—is devastating. But if you’re a teen who has lost a sibling, this loss can feel even more so. Siblings are also lifetime playmates, confidants, role models, and friends. After losing a brother or sister, you may feel like a part of yourself is missing. You may also feel lonely, depressed, and anxious. These are all normal reactions. But even though the pain feels unmanageable now, there are ways you can start to heal.

Grieving for the Sibling You Lost will help you understand your own unique coping style. You’ll also find effective exercises based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you work through negative thoughts, and learn the importance of creating meaning out of loss and suffering. Most importantly, you’ll learn when and how to ask for help from parents, friends, or teachers.

If you’ve lost a sibling, the pain can feel unbearable, but there are ways you can start to heal. This book will show you how.

Product code:  GSYO

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A Memoir of Grief

Bridget E. Park is a senior in high school. Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother, she wrote her debut memoir at age 15 in the hopes that her story would encourage others to find healthy ways of grieving.

Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief is the only grief support book written by a teenager, who at age 12 stumbled upon the body of her fourteen-year-old brother while they were home alone. His suicide shattered her world and forced Bridget to face issues she had never before considered.

Follow the author through her grieving process as she attempts to cope with the loss of a loved one. Bridget E. Park currently resides in Nevada and plans to continue writing and sharing her story through speaking engagements. This is an inspiring story for teenagers.

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

A child you care about is grieving. But how can you help?  This book offers 100 practical, kid-friendly ideas for helping children mourn well so they can grow to live well and love well again.  Turn to any page and seize the day by supporting this child today, right now, right this minute.  A concise, easy-to-use resource for parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, teachers, coaches – and a good refresher for professional caregivers.

ISBN10: 1-87965128-9 ISBN13: 978-1-87965128-9

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Created and compiled by Gay McWhorter, M.Ed., ADEC Certified Grief Counselor

From “A Message from the Author”:

“This book follows the group structure that is currently in place at The WARM Place.  The children are grouped with other children who have experienced a similar death loss.  There are parent loss, sibling loss and grandparent loss groups.  The children are also grouped based on their age.  The Children’s groups are for 5 to 8-year-olds, Preteen groups are for 9 to 12-year-olds, and Teen groups are for 13 to 18-year-olds.  The Children, Preteen and Teen groups are open-ended, with the participants staying in the program for as long as they choose to stay.  A parent or guardian also attends a group support session while their child/children are in their group(s).

The activities in this book can be used in a multitude of group settings.  They can be used in a grief agency, in a school or in a church group for kids in grief.”

Activities include description of activity, purpose, recommended readings and supplies needed. Includes Starburst card game.

ISBN10: 0-9763035-0-7

ISBN13: 978-0-9763035-0-3

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Someone you love has died.  This is probably a very sad and very hard time for you.  The painful thoughts and feelings you have inside you are called grief.  You need to let those thoughts and feelings out.  Letting our your grief is called mourning.  This book will help you mourn in ways that feel comfortable for you.  This book will help you feel better and live a happy, full life again.

With sensitivity and insight, this series offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally. Acknowledging that death is a painful, ongoing part of life, they explain how people need to slow down, turn inward, embrace their feelings of loss, and seek and accept support when a loved one dies. Each book, geared for mourning adults, teens, or children, provides ideas and action-oriented tips that teach the basic principles of grief and healing. These ideas and activities are aimed at reducing the confusion, anxiety, and huge personal void so that the living can begin their lives again. Included in the books for teens and kids are age-appropriate activities that teach younger people that their thoughts are not only normal but necessary.

ISBN10: 1-879651-27-0

ISBN13: 978-1-879651-27-2

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

When you’re a teen, the death of someone you love can be especially difficult.  Being a teen is hard enough; being a grieving ten can feel completely overwhelming.  This book was written to help you understand and deal with your unique grief.  It gives you lots of really simple, practical ideas and suggested activities.  Flip to any page and help yourself on your journey through grief today.

ISBN10: 1-879651-23-8 ISBN13: 978-1-879651-23-4

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By Earl Hipp

From the Introduction:

“This book is a beginning – a book about loss for people who don’t know much about this complicated and very personal experience.  Because loss is such a big part of everyone’s life, it’s important to understand the normal feelings, thoughts, and behaviors associated with grief and to know how to take care of yourself in the healing process.  Knowing what to expect makes the experience less scary and increases the likelihood of getting through loss without unnecessary pain.

But there is a problem with books about loss.  You read a book using your head, your mind, but you experience loss with your heart.  At the center of it all, loss is about feelings, complicated feelings.  This book, any book, can be only a guide, a map to help you find your way through difficult emotional territory.”

ISBN10: 1-56838-085-2

ISBN13: 978-1-56838-085-8

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by Janis Silverman

It is hard for children to say goodbye to someone they love.  When a special person dies or becomes terminally ill, children need help coping with their grief and finding ways to remember and honor their special someone.

Help Me Say Goodbye is an art therapy book that encourages children to express their feelings in words or pictures.  It helps them think about what to say and do, how to deal with their feelings, and how to remember their special friend or relative.

Families, teachers, school counselors will find Help Me Say Goodbye an invaluable tool when comforting a grieving child. Sensitive exercises address the questions and fears kids may have.

ISBN13: 978-1-57749-085-2

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This guidebook offers a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of how children grieve and strategies to support them. Based on The Dougy Center’s work with thousands of grieving children and their families, you will learn how children understand death, how to talk with children about death at various developmental stages, how to be helpful and when to seek outside help. This book is useful for parents, teachers, helping professionals and anyone trying to support a grieving child.

Product code is HECO

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by Donna O’Toole, MA with Jerre Cory, MA, CSW

With colorful illustrations and large print throughout Helping Children Grieve and Grow is easy to understand and immensely useful. The information provided is broad in scope, yet it is so concisely presented that complex issues can be grasped and understood with ease. Topics include: How to Understand, The Impact of Loss and Grief on Children, How Children & Adults Grieve Differently, Things Adults Can Say and Do That Help, How To Talk With Children About Death, Special Concerns and Vulnerabilities of Grieving Children and What Can Be Done, What Helps Children Bounce Back, and How To Know When Help Is Needed-Where and How To Find Help. From “A few words of welcome from the authors”: “This booklet is designed for you to use to learn more about how children experience loss and grief and what you as an adult can do to help children through this time.  It is not meant to be a complete book, but to provide you with useful information and encouragement.”

ISBN10: 1-878321-12-9 ISBN13: 978-1-878321-12-1

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The Dougy Center. This practical guide covers the unique grief responses of teenagers and the specific challenges they face when grieving a death. You will learn how death impacts teenagers and ways that you can help them. The book also offers advice from parents and caregivers of bereaved teens on how to support adolescents and how to determine when professional help is needed

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Helping Teens Cope with Death (21 minutes) is a window into the lives of six grieving teens who attended peer support groups at The Dougy Center. The DVD and 12-page companion guide provide insight to the thoughts, feelings, and changes that teens often experience. The DVD and guide are a resource for training purposes, or for general viewing by teens, parents, therapists, counselors, and others.

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Developed by The Dougy Center.  This guidebook is an essential resource for elementary, middle and high school teachers who encounter a grieving student.  Drawn from stories, suggestions and insight shared by grieving students and their families, this book explores practical tips for telling students about a death; responding to and supporting a grieving student; how to address students’ questions and concerns; how to not only take care of the students, but also of oneself; and when to seek additional professional help.

ISBN10: 1-890534-01-3 ISBN13: 978-1-890534-01-1

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Written by Jennifer E. Melvin, illustrated by Kerry DeBay

Finally a how-to-tell-3-5-year-olds someone has died! Adults often seek the words to tell a young person someone has died, especially those that don’t developmentally grasp the concept of finality. This book provides the necessary & developmentally appropriate basic wording; simple, inviting & interactive illustrations and an opportunity to incorporate the loved ones name. A must have for every grief center and family.

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By Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

A coloring book for very young children that explores the many feelings grieving children experience. Provides grieving children with the words to describe their new and sometimes scary feelings.

From “A Note To Parents”:

“Grieving children need permission to mourn.  Sometimes what they need most from adults is an awareness that it is OK to talk out and play out their many thoughts and feelings.  If their suffering is avoided, denied or repressed by adults surrounding them, those very children will be abandoned at a time when they most need the presence of loving adults.

We must also remember that children mourn intermittently, moving at times toward and then away from the depth of the loss.  Respecting children means understanding this wave-like quality in their capacity to mourn.  It also means remaining available to them long after the event of the death.

This coloring book, designed for children ages 3-8, presents many of the feelings grieving children have taught me they experience.  I encourage you to color alongside children as they use this book.  Read and explain the words to them when they ask , but don’t force them to talk when they don’t feel like talking.  Instead, allow them to express their feelings the way kids do best: through creative play.

Sincerely, Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD.”

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by Jeanne M. Harper, MPS — A Centering Corporation Resource

Talks about feelings, depression, anger, guilt and blame, pressures and taking care of yourself and getting help.

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A./A Centering Corporation Resource

Photographs by Susan Aitken

See also I Heard Your Mommy Died

From “A Message From Mark”:

We suggest you read this book at a slow and gentle pace.  Allow your child time to look at the pictures, explore the thoughts, and ask questions.  Hopefully this will inspire discussion about death and let the child share ideas.

It is not important to know the answers to every question asked.  I don’t know is often the most appropriate response.  Often you can add, What do you think? so the child can talk freely.

You can use this book as a vehicle for talking about feelings and ways to cope with the death of a loved one.  Sharing this book and your tears together is an excellent way to take time out and focus on the mysterious experience of childhood grief.  May you both be enriched as you become companions on this long journey.

Ages 3-7.  Revised 2008.

ISBN10: 1-56123-087-1

ISBS13: 978-1-56123-087-7

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By Mark T. Scrivani, M.A./A Centering Corporation Resource

Photographs by Susan Aitken

See also I Heard Your Daddy Died

From “A Message From Mark”:

We suggest you read this book at a slow and gentle pace.  Allow your child time to look at the pictures, explore the thoughts, and ask questions.  Hopefully this will inspire discussion about death and let the child share ideas.

It is not important to know the answers to every question asked.  I don’t know is often the most appropriate response.  Often you can add, What do you think? so the child can talk freely.

You can use this book as a vehicle for talking about feelings and ways to cope with the death of a loved one.  Sharing this book and your tears together is an excellent way to take time out and focus on the mysterious experience of childhood grief.  May you both be enriched as you become companions on this long journey.

Ages 3-7.  Revised 2005.

ISBN10: 1-56123-070-7

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-070-9

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by Pat Thomas

When a close friend or family member dies, it can be difficult for children to express their feelings. This book helps boys and girls understand that death is a natural complement to life, and that grief and a sense of loss are normal feelings for them to have following a loved one’s death. Titles in this sensitively presented series explore the dynamics of various relationships experienced by children of preschool through early school age. Kids are encouraged to understand personal feelings and social problems as a first step in dealing with them. Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these books promote positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers. The story lines are simple and direct easily accessible to younger children. There are full-color illustrations on every page.”

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By Emilio Parga, M.A.

56 pages for teens to write about memories, grief, the funeral, on coping, on love and life, keepsakes, and healing.

“You are an Inspiration…

This is a journal for you.

A journal to use anytime,

anywhere to document your feelings and memories.

Use this journal as your companion as you remember the memories

of the person you love and I will never forget.

May you never grieve alone.”

ISBN10: 1-56123-204-1

ISBN13: 978-1-56123-204-8

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By Kathy Cramer

Illustrated by Steve Harmon

Hardcover with book jacket

Just One Day is a heartwarming story about the desire to give the gift we cannot give — to take away pain and illness from those we love. This precious story takes you through a journey from rollercoaster rides to walking in the grass barefoot to smelling flowers and playing in the snow. Just One Day is a gift book that the recipient will never forget. Full-color, water illustrations used throughout.

ISBN10: 0-9726504-7-4

ISBN13: 978-0-9726504-7-2

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For:  Parents (and any Caregivers) of Children with Serious Medical Needs…

From:  A Mom Who Has Been in the Trenches

by Brigitte D. Crist

It is intended to help and encourage those parents with a child who may be battling a serious or life-threatening illness or medical condition. Provided are tips on coping with the challenges that arise when faced with the reality of a serious medical diagnosis; being an advocate for your child; navigating through frequent and lengthy hospitalizations; and managing potential medical care back at home.

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by Emilio Parga, MA

The book offers opportunities for children to describe what is happening, draw pictures, engage in other activities and learn more about themselves and the strength they do have to cope with change.

Product code is KCCO

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By Kerry DeBay

A special book for children ages 6 and older who have experienced the death of someone special. The interactive format invites them to find expression for their thoughts and feelings, encouraging the exploration of their grief.

La Burbuja del Duelo es un libro especial para niños de 6 años o más que han experimentado la muerte de alguien especial.  El formato invita a la expresión de sus pensamientos y sentimientos, formentado la exploración de su duelo  …una herramienta útil para los padres, consejeros, educadores, y otros adultos apoyando a los niños lidiando con el duelo.

Author Information:

Kerry DeBay is a board-certified, registered art therapist, licensed mental health counselor and a certified trauma specialist.  She has worked with children and their families for over 15 years with a significant focus on grief and loss education and support.

Also available in English

ISBN13: 978-1-61335-024-9

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Second Edition

By Doug Manning

When a death happens in the family, our first thoughts are often of the children.  However, we feel at a loss for ways to help children deal with death and with their own feelings.

Doug Manning provides answers and assurances for anyone who is concerned about a child in grief.  Doug looks at the grieving family, the grieving child and the red flags to watch for.  He also discusses providing a safe place for children to grieve and being a safe person for them to grieve with.  A section of tools and resources is also included.

Sitting down to read a book from Doug is like having a conversation with a friend.

ISBN10: 1-892785-56-0

ISBN13: 978-1-892785-56-5

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By Pam Ganz, MS

The book is bound by a platic spiral.

 

 From the inside of the book:

“If you are a school age child dealing with a diagnosis of cancer, this book is for you; maybe you or your sibling, parent or grandparent, relative or friend has been diagnosed with cancer.  This diagnosis of cancer may cause many changes and adjustments in your life.  It can be a difficult time for you as well as for family and friends.  We hope that Life Isn’t Always A Day At The Beach will help you cope with cancer by helping you express and share some of the many feelings and thoughts you may have.  You may also understand your feelings better after writing, drawing or talking about them with a parent, family member, counselor, teacher or friend.”

ISBN10: 0-9653392-0-3

ISBN13: 978-0-9653392-0-9

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By Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

From the back of the book:

“When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen…

how can we help a child to understand?

Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too.  It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way.  Lifetimes tells about beginnings.  And about endings.  And about living in between.  With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants.  About animals.  About people.  It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born.  It helps us to remember.  It helps us to understand.

Lifetimes… a very special, very important book for you and your child.  The book that explains – beautifully – that all living things have their own special Lifetimes.”

ISBN10: 0-553-34402-1

ISBN13: 978-0-553-34402-8

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By Marge Eaton Heegaard, to be illustrated by children

An art therapy book for helping children cope with the early stages of a serious illness. Sensitive exercises address the questions children have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express their feelings through pictures.

This book offers an honest, gentle way to help kids cope with chronic illness.  Through the creative and interactive drawing activities in this book, kids can learn to:

Understand their illness

Develop healthy coping skills

Express difficult feelings in healthy ways

Learn appropriate self-care

Communicate more effectively

Find comfort and nurturing

Regain a sense of power

Share fears and concerns

Maintain a healthy sense of self

Integrate illness into their lives

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Written and illustrated by Sharon Rugg, LCSW, Julie Rugg, Amanda Mullis, Leah Haider, Laura Hesson, Angela Ingersoll, Kerry O’Fallon, Kristin Rutkowski, Jillian Wilson and Sylvia Haider

Also available in English

From The Inside of the Book, A Letter To Grieving Children:

“To the Grieving Child,

This is a very special book — the words and pictures were created for you by kids your own age.  The book was made especially for you to help you remember someone very important in your life who has died.  That person may be a parent, a grandparent, a brother or sister or maybe even a friend.  Death brings many confusing feelings that are hard to talk about.  The exercises in this book provide different ways for you to remember times shared with the special person who died.  You  may choose to do all of the exercises or only some of them.  Treat this book as your personal diary which you have created just for yourself, and share it with others only if you want.  Working through this memory book will be like going on a trip with the friend or family member who died.  As you remember the special times, you will begin