Best Children's Books on Grief and LossIn this post I link to ten books I recommend for children and families. Read to the end to find general suggestions about using the books as well as additional resources. Speaks of death via analogy and transformation. Ugly bugs turn into shiny dragonflies. This book leads the reader to hope and hopefulness.
Children's Books on Grief and Loss
These are such amazing books, and I feel so strongly about them all. Writing this list has made realise that what I love about these books is the way they talk about death as something that can be awful, and shocking, but in them the person who dies leaves their family and friends changed, and remembering them with enormous amounts of love but not afraid to feel anger, fear and all the other natural reactions to a death. I remember being horrified, almost angry, when I first read the book — the death not saying whose seems so incredibly unfair after all that Will, the main character, has suffered. But as she said, the war was real, and it would have been cowardly not to show how horrific the losses were. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
This is the book list parents hope they will never need, but it's an important one nonetheless. These books are valuable resources for talking to children about love, illness, death, and the stages of grief — all of which are abstract concepts that can be difficult for children, especially young ones, to grasp. The seven titles on this list can also offer support and comfort to children experiencing the overwhelming emotions of losing someone in their own life. In his signature simple style, Todd Parr explores the range of emotions and responses when we experience loss in The Goodbye Book. Parr guides young readers through the feelings most commonly felt when struggling with a goodbye, with the reassurance that with time things will get better, and a reminder that they are always loved. While death is not explicitly mentioned, this book is a lovely resource for offering reassurance to children who have experienced the loss of a parent. The boy is sad that Elfie is gone but consoles himself that his dog always knew how much she was loved.
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When children experience bereavement, it can be a very difficult time as they try to cope with unfamiliar feelings and comprehend what dying means. These gentle, reassuring books are perfect for helping children to understand just what they're going through and what happens when someone dies. Ordered by age range, see the list below for the best books for children about death, bereavement and dying. This moving story sees the process of the animals' grief after their friend, Badger, dies. To tell us a bit more about this children's classic and how it can support children who are facing death and bereavement in their own lives, we spoke to the author of Badger's Parting Gifts, Susan Varley:.