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 Dealing with Grief

 
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The following booklist was selected by Librarians for children and families on death and dying. This sensitive topic can often be overwhelming for families and children to address, and these resources have been gathered to help open up conversations. The following books should provide age-appropriate content on understanding this topic.  
Brown, Laurene Krasny
Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honor the memory of someone who has died.
Johnston, Marianne
Gives an overview of what a funeral is, why our culture holds them, and what might happen at one.
Mellonie, Bryan
Explains there is a beginning and an ending to every thing that is alive and in between there is living .
Rogers, Fred
Explores the feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness that a youngster may feel when a pet dies.
Thomas, Pat
This reassuring picture book explores the difficult issue of death for young children. Children's feelings and questions about this sensitive subject are looked at in a simple but realistic way. This book helps them to understand their loss and to come to terms with their feelings.
Burrowes, Adjoa J.
The changing seasons help a young girl cope with the death of her beloved grandmother.
De Paola, Tomie
A wonderful intergenerational story that tells of a young boy's great love for his two nanas and the loss he feels when one dies.
Hanson, Warren
A journey of light and hope to a place where earthly cares are left behind.
Harris, Robie H
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
Wilhelm, Hans
A child's sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every night, "I'll always love you."
 
 
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