We recognize the therapeutic value of books in processing loss and grief.  Here are some books that we find particularly helpful in navigating the difficult emotions grief presents.

Little Grievers Workbook • By Sarah Brown & Nannette Thomas

Knowing how to support preschool children when a loved one dies is difficult. The Little Grievers Workbook helps parents and caregivers address this sensitive topic with confidence. The parent portion of the workbook explains the unique developmental needs of grieving two to five-year-olds, and gives specific suggestions for developmentally appropriate language as well as ways to help preschoolers cope with their grief. The child portion of the workbook contains worksheets to be completed by preschoolers with a parent or other trusted adult.

 

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The Most Special Gift • By Dr. Karen Scott & Sarah Brown

The Most Special Gift: Explaining Organ Donation to Children sensitively tells the story of Julian, a young boy whose father dies. Throughout the course of the story Julian learns his family made the special decision for organ donation. In the narrative, Julian’s mother explains organ donation in age-appropriate language. Ultimately, Julian and his mother remember that Julian’s dad was always helping other people, and they take comfort that he continued helping people through the most special gift of life.

 

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The Rabbit Listened • By Cori Doerrfeld

“When something sad happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to act, and one by one they fail to offer comfort. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen . . . which is just what Taylor needs. With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustration, The Rabbit Listened is about how to comfort and heal the people in your life, by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, gently listen.”

 

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