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After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Margo Requarth, $22.95

After a Parent’s Suicide is a compassionate guide for parent survivors on how to manage both the immediate and the long-term implications of the suicide; how to talk to your children and how to see them through the anguish to a place of healing, acceptance and life.


Building Continuing Bonds for Grieving and Bereaved Children. Brenda Mallon, $29.95

The period following the death of a friend or loved one can be tumultuous for anyone, but can be especially difficult for children, with lasting effects if the loss is not acknowledged or supported. This book emphasises the importance of listening to children and helping them to create positive bonds that can sustain them as they go through their lives. It provides practical, creative approaches to support children in their time of bereavement and to those whose loved one is dying.

By recognising feelings of pain, anger, and confusion through open and positive discussions, a child is able to build emotional resilience and create enduring memories of the person they have lost. The author explains the importance of developing continuing bonds between children and loved ones in times of bereavement and offers practical ways in which these bonds may be nurtured through creative activities, memory making, and personal storytelling.


Cancer in Our Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness, 2nd Edition. Sue Heiney & Joan Hermann, $24.95

A parent’s cancer diagnosis can be extremely stressful to children, whether they’re toddlers or teenagers. This helpful, calming guide explains how to tell you how to talk to your children and help allay their fears each step of the way.

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A Childís View of Grief. Alan Wolfelt, $9.95

Parents, teachers, and other adults can learn through this concise and caring guide to how children and adolescents grieve after someone they love dies. Exploring the six reconciliation needs of mourning, this helpful resource recognizes that grieving children are especially deserving of an emotional environment of love and acceptance. Including a historical perspective on children and death, this handbook helps adults recognize the importance of empathy toward a grieving child, and provides guidelines for involving children in funeral services. These suggestions can help anyone who wants to help young people better cope with grief so that they can go on to become emotionally healthy adults themselves.


Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. Charles Corr & David Balk, Editors, $122.99

Children struggling with death-related issues require care and competent assistance from the adults around them. This book serves as a guide for care providers, including counselors, social workers, nurses, educators, clergy, and parents who seek to understand and help children as they attempt to cope with loss.

This book comprehensively discusses death and grieving within the context of the physical, emotional, social, behavioral, spiritual, and cognitive changes that children experience while coping with death. The chapters also explore new critical, imaginative conceptual models and interventions, including expressive arts therapy, resilience-based approaches, new psychotherapeutic approaches, and more.

Key features:

  • Presents guidelines for assisting children coping with the loss of parents, siblings, friends, or pets
  • Discusses ethical issues in counseling bereaved and terminally ill children
  • Provides guidelines for helping children manage their emerging awareness and understanding of death
  • Emphasizes research-based, culturally sensitive, and global implications as well as current insights in thanatology

Cocoa's Collar: Tools to Help Young Children Who Have Special Needs Deal with Death. Garyanna Stalick & Wendy Goodwin, $33.95

Understanding death at any age is difficult. Explaining death to a child with very little functional language is even more of a challenge. Cocoa's Collar is designed to help parents and caregivers give a child with limited language skills the information and support to deal with the death of a loved one. Combining simple speech strategies with grief coping methods, the book demonstrates how to help a child who is functioning at or below the developmental age of three years. Using this information parents can create a social story regarding the circumstances facing their child.

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The Colors of Grief: Understanding a Child's Journey Through Loss from Birth to Adulthood. Janis Di Ciacco, $28.95

The Colors of Grief explores strategies for supporting a grieving child to ensure a healthy growth into adulthood. Drawing on the latest research in neurology and psychology, Janis Di Ciacco illustrates the child's grieving process using a model of development that employs 'key stages'. These range from preverbal infancy (0-2 years) through to early adulthood (about 25 years). She shows how a child's progress through these stages can be impaired by an early encounter with loss, which can contribute to cognitive, emotional and social difficulties. Drawing connections between bereavement, attachment issues and social dysfunction, the author suggests easy-to-use activities for intervention at each key stage, including infant massage, aromatherapy and storytelling.

This is a revealing and accessible book for both parents and professionals working with, or caring for, bereaved infants, children or young adults.


Communicating with Children When a Parent is at the End of Life. Rachel Fearnley, $43.95

When a parent is nearing the end of life, sensitive and clear communication with children is vital to help them understand and cope.

This accessible book demonstrates how to support children through effective and sensitive communication, covering types of communication, language, information sharing, and overcoming common barriers. Developing confidence and skills such as talking, listening, giving children a voice and breaking bad news is also covered. The author outlines the concept of a 'communication continuum' which can be used to assess how much a child knows or understands about their parent's illness and how much they would like to know. The book contains a wealth of practical strategies and ideas, as well as case vignettes, practice tips and reflective exercises.

This is an essential resource for anyone working with or supporting a child whose parent is at the end of life, including palliative care workers, nurses, social workers, teachers and counsellors.


Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book: Activities to Help Children & Teens Heal.Patricia Morrissey, $41.50

Based on Alan Wolfeltís six needs of mourning and written to pair with Companioning the Grieving Child, this thorough guide provides hundreds of hands-on activities tailored for grieving children in three age groups: preschool, elementary, and teens. Through the use of readings, games, discussion questions, and arts and crafts, caregivers can help grieving young people acknowledge the reality of the death, embrace the pain of the loss, remember the person who died, develop a new self-identity, search for meaning, and accept support. Sample activities include grief sock puppets, expression bead bracelets, the nurturing game, and writing an autobiographical poem. Activities are presented in an easy-to-follow format, and each has a goal, an objective, a sequential description of the activity, and a list of needed materials.

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Companioning the Grieving Child: a Soulful Guide for Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $32.95

Renowned author and educator Alan Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this guide for caregivers to grieving children. Providing a viable alternative to the limitations of the medical establishment’s model for companioning the bereaved, Wolfelt encourages counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a more compassionate philosophy in which the child is the expert of his or her grief — not the counselor or caregiver. The approach outlined in the book argues against treating grief as an illness to be diagnosed and treated but rather for acknowledging it as an event that forever changes a child's worldview. By promoting careful listening and observation, this guide shows caregivers, family members, teachers, and others how to support grieving children and help them grow into healthy adults.


Creating Inclusion and Well-Being for Marginalized Students: Whole-School Approaches to Supporting Children's Grief, Loss, and Trauma. Edited by Linda Goldman, $45.95

It is increasingly challenging for teachers to educate without a deeper understanding of their students' life experiences. This is particularly the case in marginalised groups of young people who are subject to loss, grief, trauma and shame. Through a snapshot of the diverse student populous, this book explores the impact of these experiences on a student's learning and success. Topics covered include poverty, obesity, incarceration, immigration, death, sexual exploitation, LGBT issues, psychodrama, the expressive arts, resilience, and military students, and community outreach. The authors share the children's perspective, and through case studies they offer solutions and viable objectives.


Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children. Liana Lowenstein, $31.95

A uniquely creative compilation of therapeutic games, art activities, and stories to help bereaved children express feelings of grief, learn basic concepts of death, diffuse traumatic reminders, address self-blame, commemorate the deceased, and learn coping strategies. Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children includes special activities for cancer, suicide, and homicide, and tips for caregivers and school personnel. For ages 7-12 in individual, group, and family therapy.

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An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning after the Death of a Student. Rick Ayers, $41.95

The death of a student, especially to gun violence, is a life-changing experience. For each of these tragedies, there is a classroom and there is a teacher. Yet student death is often a forbidden subject, removed from teacher education and professional development classes where the curriculum is focused instead on learning about standards, lesson plans, and pedagogy. What can and should teachers do when the unbearable happens? 

An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of student death and suggests ways of dealing and healing within the classroom community. This book weaves the story of the author’s very personal experience of a student’s fatal shooting with short pieces by other educators who have worked through equally terrible events and also includes contributions from counselors, therapists, and school principals. Through accumulated wisdom, educators are given the means and the resources to find their own path to healing their students, their communities, and themselves.


Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: a Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Karla Helbert, $29.95

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

With illustrations throughout, this interactive book begins with a simple story about what happens when people die. Each chapter then expands on the issues that have been raised in the story and offers a variety of coping skills exercises including writing, art and craft, cooking, movement, relaxation, and remembrance activities. Encouraging children with autism to express their loss through discussion, personal reflection, and creative activity, the book is ideal for children and teens to work through by themselves, or with the support of a family member or professional.

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Grief and Trauma in Children: an Evidence-Based Treatment Manual. Alison Salloum, $58.95

Grief and Trauma in Children provides easy-to-implement, ready-to-use therapy materials to help busy practitioners use grief and trauma interventions in real-world settings. All interventions in the book have been developed and researched with clinicians who faced challenging environments, including devastating natural disasters, and in communities where ongoing violence victimized children directly. Even in these stressful environments, clinicians found the interventions easy to implement, effective in helping children acquire coping skills, and effective in decreasing traumatic symptoms in order to proceed with grieving without impaired functioning.

Grief and Trauma in Children blends cognitive-behavioral therapy methods and narrative practices to present an integrated grief and trauma model that can be delivered individually, to a group of children, or to a family. The book uses the Draw, Discuss, Write, Witness (DDWW) method to help children explore narratives of resilience and build coping capacity, engage in restorative stories about what happened, and reconnect and reengage in meaningful ways that allow the child to enjoy life again and get back on-track developmentally. Grief and Trauma in Children also provides up-to-date research on childhood bereavement and trauma, a brief description of the theoretical framework of the Grief and Trauma Intervention (GTI) model, a description of session-by-session goals and activities, case examples with ways to address common challenges, and photocopiable tools for clinicians to easily implement the model, such as session agendas, fidelity checklists, handouts for parents, and activity sheets for children.


Grief in Young Children: a Handbook for Adults. Atle Dyregrov, $17.95

Grief in Young Children explores young children's reactions to death and loss, both immediately after the event and over time. Full of practical advice on issues such as how to keep children in touch with their memories, answer their questions, allay their fears and explore their feelings through play, this accessible book enables adults to work with children to develop an acceptance of grief and an understanding of death and loss.

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GriefWork for Teens: Healing from Loss. Ester Leutenberg & Fran Zamore, $58.95

GRIEFWORK FOR TEENS is for facilitators helping grieving teens heal from their losses. The book contains fully reproducible activity and educational handouts and journaling pages which can be used in individual counseling sessions, educational settings and support groups. Each interactive activity has comments and suggestions on the back explaining the purpose of the activity and at least one way to use it. Although the handouts are written for use in groups, they may be adapted to use with individuals or as homework assignments.

Teens’ losses, no matter what, are important and often devastating to them. They represent the disappearance of something or someone cherished. The handouts in GRIEFWORK FOR TEENS will engage those who grieve any type of loss (not just death) and encourage them to identify, internalize and/or verbalize personal feelings while working through the grieving process.


The Grieving Child: a Parent's Guide. Helen Fitzgerald, $16.95

Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative can face. THE GRIEVING CHILD offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Parents of children from preschool age to the teen years will find much-needed guidance, providing invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child's emotional responses (including anger, guilt, and depression) and helping a child adjust to a new life.


Healing Activities for Children in Grief. Gay McWhorter, $36.95

Dozens of activities and suggested resources suitable for support groups working with grieving children, preteens and teens.

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Healing a Childís Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends & Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $13.50

A compassionate resource, this volume addresses what to expect from grieving young people, and how to provide safe outlets for children to express emotion.


A Healing Place: Help Your Child Find Hope and Happiness after the Loss of a Loved One. Kate Atwood, $18.50

Compassionate advice for parents and caregivers of children who have lost a loved one.


Healing a Teenís Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $17.95

A compassionate resource for friends, parents, relatives, teachers, volunteers, and caregivers, this series offers suggestions to help the grieving cope with the loss of a loved one. Often people do not know what to say — or what not to say — to someone they know who is mourning; this series teaches that the most important thing a person can do is listen, have compassion, be there for support, and do something helpful. This volume addresses what to expect from grieving young people, and how to provide safe outlets for teens to express emotion.

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Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies. Janis Silverman, $12.95 (4-8)

An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.


Helping Bereaved Children: a Handbook for Practitoners, 3rd Edition. Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb, $57.99

This acclaimed work presents a range of counseling and therapy approaches for children who have experienced loss. Practitioners and students are given practical strategies for helping preschoolers through adolescents cope with different forms of bereavement, including death in the family, school, or community. Grounded in the latest research on child therapy, bereavement, trauma, and child development, the volume clearly explains the principles that guide interventions. Featuring a wealth of new content, the third edition retains the case-based format and rich descriptions of the helping process that have made the book so popular as a practitioner guide and text.


Helping the Bereaved College Student. David Balk, $89.95

Approximately one-fourth of all college students suffer the loss of a family member or friend during their college career, yet the prevalence of bereavement on the college campus is largely unrecognized-sometimes by even the bereaved students themselves. This volume addresses the ways in which bereavement may affect the college student, particularly during the first year following a loss, and provides guidance for mental health professionals on how best to treat this underserved population.

The book considers the major models of bereavement, grief, and mourning as they apply to the student, and includes student narratives, treatment exercises and activities, and issues regarding self-disclosure. This volume will be a vital tool in helping college students to grieve in a constructive manner while avoiding potential obstacles to a successful college career.

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Helping Children and Adolescents Think about Death, Dying and Bereavement. Marian Carter, $38.50

How can children begin to understand death and cope with bereavement? And how can we, as adults, support and engage with children as they encounter this complex subject?

Exploring how children and adolescents can engage with all aspects of death, dying and bereavement, this comprehensive guide looks at how children comprehend the death of a pet or someone close to them, their own dying, bereavement and grieving. It covers how you should discuss death with children, with a particular emphasis on the importance of listening to the child and adapting your approach based on their responses. The book offers guidance on how your own experiences of loss can provide you with models for your interactions with children on the subject of death.


Helping Children Think about Bereavement: a Differentiated Story and Activities to Help Children Age 5-11 Deal with Loss. Heather Butler, $68.50

Statistics indicate that up to 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil in their care at any given time.

HELPING CHILDREN THINK ABOUT BEREAVEMENT provides a four part differentiated story and activities to help normalize death and allow children to develop emotional liter acy to talk about it. Activities and guidance show teachers how to use the story to develop children’s emotional literacy and prepare them for bereavement, whether it affects them personally or through a friend’s bereavement. This book also offers support for teachers and parents outlining how children’s understanding of death develops and what can be helpful in supporting bereaved children. The story is presented at different levels:


How to Help Children through a Parent's Serious Illness: Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist, Revised Edition. Kathleen McCue, $27.99

HOW TO HELP CHILDREN THROUGH A PARENT'S SERIOUS ILLNESS has become the standard work on an important subject. †Fully revised and updated, it is the 'go-to book' for supportive, practical advice.

This new edition also explores the major issues and developments from the last decade that affect children today, including the dangers and opportunities of the Internet, a deeper understanding of how hereditary diseases affect children, the impact of the nation's explosive growth in single-parent families, and new insights into how family trauma and a parent's mental illness may affect children.

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The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared. Robert Zucker, $29.50

If your own grief has made it difficult for your to be fully available to your child, Robert Zucker provides a measure of comfort. The Journey Through Grief and Loss will reassure you that even while you’re grieving you can still be an effective and supportive parent.


Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

Drawing on extensive, evidence-based research and practice, this practical resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it provides the key information needed to help multi-disciplinary healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. The book discusses daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care in a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, schools and home. The information provided covers those aspects of the religions discussed that are essential for healthcare staff to understand, including modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It includes important information on the issues of disability and mental health in each faith as well as addressing the significance within different faith traditions of the transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

A comprehensive resource, this book will be of immeasurable value to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, bereavement support and palliative care workers, carers, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.


A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One. Phyllis Silverman & Madelyn Kelly, $16.95

A comprehensive, thoughtful and commonsense book, A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children offers a wealth of solace, sound advice and hope.

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Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick. Paula Rauch & Anna Muriel, $23.95

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick offers sound and compassionate advice on helping children cope when a parent is seriously ill. The authors demonstrate how you can address children's concerns and determine how children with different temperaments are really feeling. Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick discusses ways to ensure the child's financial and emotional security needs are met and reassure the child that he or she will be taken care of, regardless of the duration or outcome of the parent’s illness.


Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book: Helping Children and Young People Cope with Change Through Nature. Caroline Jay, illustrated by Unity-Joy Dale, $26.95

This activity book uses nature as a gentle way of helping children aged 5+ understand change, loss and death. Through creative activities such as making a paper memory tree, writing and drawing about feelings, and looking closely at nature, children learn about natural changes and how to cope with and express feelings of grief.


A Special Kind of Grief: the Complete Guide for Supporting Bereavement and Loss in Special Schools (and Other SEND Settings). Sarah Helton, $34.50

Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), especially those in special schools, often experience grief at a much younger age than others, as some of their peers are more likely to have life-limiting medical conditions. Yet many adults do not know the best way to support a grieving child with SEND. This book provides all the resources that educational professionals need to ensure their community is fully prepared to acknowledge and support pupil bereavement and loss.

Issues covered include bereavement and loss policies and procedures, an appropriate curriculum (including the issues of life, death and loss), how to inform the school community of the death, how to support pupils and staff with the loss, common signs of grieving and how grief affects children at different ages and developmental stages, plus activities and resources to support pupils with their grief. There is also an extensive appendix with template documents for schools to use such as draft letters, policies, procedures, curriculum and lesson ideas.

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Still Here with Me: Teenagers and Children On Losing a Parent. Suzanne Sjöqvist, editor, $26.95

This book is a moving and thoughtful anthology of the experiences of thirty children and teenagers who have lost a parent. The accounts cover a variety of circumstances in which a parent died, including death from cancer, heart attack and involvement in an accident. Taboo experiences which are often avoided about are also covered, including death through alcoholism, natural disaster, war, suicide, and domestic violence. The book displays a courageous and insightful group of children and young people who prove that it is possible to talk openly about these subjects without stigma.


Talking About Death and Bereavement in School: How to Help Children Aged 4 to 11 to Feel Supported and Understood. Ann Chadwick, $25.95

This short, easy to read book offers simple but important advice and guidance for all staff in a school setting who are in need of easily digestible and practical guidance on how to support children after bereavement. It includes advice on explaining death to children, insights into how children may be feeling and how they may react, and ways in which they can be supported. The book also covers how bereavement can affect a child and how it can affect the whole school in the case of a death of a pupil or staff member. It also stresses the importance of teaching the facts of death to children and includes ideas on how to incorporate this into lessons.


Talking about Death: a Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Earl Grollman, $25.95

Talking about Death is a classic guide for parents helping their children through the death of a loved one. With a helpful list of "os and doníts", an illustrated read-along dialogue, and a guide to explaining death, Grollman provides sensitive and timely advice for families coping with loss. This redesigned and updated edition explains what children at different developmental stages can and canít understand about death; reveals why itís crucial to be honest about death; helps you understand the way children express emotions like denial, grief, crying, anger, and guilt; and discusses childrenís reactions to different kinds of death, from the death of a parent to the death of a pet.

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A Teen’s View of Grief, DVD. Alan Wolfelt, $42.95 (40 minutes)

This informative 40-minute educational DVD on teen grief contains in-depth information and compassionate advice for family, caregivers and professionals on how adolescents grieve after someone loved dies. Throughout this excellent, concise resource, Dr. Wolfelt's teachings are interspersed with comments from bereaved teens.


Understanding Childrenís Experiences of Parental Bereavement. John Holland, $35.95

Children experience death differently from adults and therefore need different kinds of help when they are bereaved. Understanding Children's Experiences of Parental Bereavement is a highly practical book for teachers and parents that explains how best to help and support a child whose parent or carer has died. The guidelines are based on the author's experience of work with child bereavement or loss, especially in schools, and of his research in this area. Project Iceberg involved adults who had been through the experience of bereavement while at school and looked retrospectively at the usefulness or otherwise of adult interventions at the time. The book includes discussion of such topics as funerals and the significance of rituals, as well as the importance of a careful transition back to school and of effective communication. As well as offering valuable insight into the impact of death on children, the author provides practical guidelines for how teachers and parents can better support children through the first stages of parental bereavement while they are at school.


When a Family Pet Dies: a Guide to Dealing with Childrenís Loss. JoAnn Tuzeo-Jarolmen, $22.95

Pets are often felt to be "one of the family" and a companion for children when they are growing up — an individual who is loved in life and greatly missed in death. When a pet dies, it can have a huge impact on children, and it is important that parents are equipped to understand and support their children.

JoAnn Tuzeo-Jarolmen explains that children grieve for a dead or missing pet as they would for a family member, and gives guidelines on how to identify signs of grief in children. She describes the differences between child grief and adult grief, and takes the reader through the major developmental stages in a child's grieving process, explaining the common types of behavior and emotions experienced at each stage. She also discusses whether or not pets should be replaced and how to encourage children to "move on." This easy-to-read guide to children's grief suggests methods for sensitively addressing the emotional needs of children and gives age-appropriate strategies. It is an informative resource for parents and carers as well as counselors and those in the caring professions.

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When a Parent Has Cancer: a Guide to Caring for Your Children. Wendy Schlessel Harpham, $21.00

At some point in our lives, many of us will face the crisis of an unexpected illness. For parents, the fear, anxiety, and confusion resulting from a cancer diagnosis can be particularly devastating. How can you care responsibly for a child when you are in special need of care? How can life go on — for everyone in the family — when you are faced with months, even years, of treatment? When a Parent Has Cancer is a book for families written from the heart of experience. A mother, physician, and cancer survivor, Dr. Wendy Harpham offers clear, direct, and sympathetic advice for parents challenged with the task of raising normal, healthy children while they struggle with a potentially life-threatening disease. Also included is Becky and the Worry Cup, an illustrated children's book that tells the story of a seven-year-old girl's experiences with her mother's cancer. Together, these books provide a plan of action for you and your children to live meaningfully and well when life is at its most uncertain.


When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, 2nd Edition. Joan Hamilton, $12.95

This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children and teens with the information that their parent is seriously ill. The author reviews a child's understanding and response to serious illness at different stages of development. She provides suggestions of how adults may help the child cope with their feelings and with the daily disruptions the illness creates.

The book also includes chapters on what to do when a parent is dying, and what to do when a parent dies.

Also included is a list of books and other resources for parents and children who want to read further on the subject.

Joan Hamilton is a clinical nurse specialist in cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has worked with cancer patients and their families over the last 20 years.


When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief. Marge Heegaard, $12.95

Activities to help children explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events in their lives.

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Why Did You Die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief & Loss. Erika Leeuwenburgh & Ellen Goldring, $27.95

The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful events in adult life. For children, whose understanding of death is limited and who may not have the skills to cope with extreme emotion, death can be overwhelming. Why Did You Die offers exercises that help children understand death better; cope with sadness, anger, and fear; and develop self-care skills. Using an art therapy approach, this book gives kids creative avenues to express their feelings and to heal from their loss. It starts with an informative section for parents or other caregivers about how children's grief differs from adult grief. The sensitive activities in Why Did You Die demystify death, show them how to effectively express their feelings and move on after their loss. This book is appropriate for kids between the ages of six and twelve.


Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. William Steele & Caelen Kuban, $54.00

WORKING WITH GRIEVING AND TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS features the Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP) intervention model, proven in successfully addressing violent situations such as murder, domestic violence, and physical abuse, as well as non-violent grief- and trauma-inducing situations including divorce, critical injuries, car fatalities, terminal illness, and environmental disasters.

Filled with practical and proven activities for use with children and adolescents experiencing trauma and grief, this resource is based on the authors' experience working with all types of traumatic events in school, agency, and community-based programs.


Young People’s Experiences of Loss and Bereavement: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach. Jane Ribbens McCarthy, $66.50

Young People’s Experiences of Loss and Bereavement offers an in-depth, interdisciplinary overview of our knowledge and theorizing of bereavement and young people. Looking through a great range of relevant literatures, this book explores how loss and bereavement impact upon young people's lives. Young People's Experiences of Loss and Bereavement provides essential reading on issues of loss, change and bereavement for students, researchers and professionals alike.

 

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Complete Booklist

After a Parentís Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Margo Requarth, $22.95

Building Continuing Bonds for Grieving and Bereaved Children. Brenda Mallon, $29.95

Cancer in Our Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parentís Illness, 2nd Edition. Sue Heiney & Joan Hermann, $24.95

A Childís View of Grief. Alan Wolfelt, $9.95

Childrenís Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. Charles Corr & David Balk, Editors, $122.99

Cocoa's Collar: Tools to Help Young Children Who Have Special Needs Deal with Death. Garyanna Stalick & Wendy Goodwin, $33.95

The Colors of Grief: Understanding a Child's Journey Through Loss from Birth to Adulthood. Janis Di Ciacco, $28.95

Communicating with Children When a Parent is at the End of Life. Rachel Fearnley, $43.95

Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book: Activities to Help Children & Teens Heal. Patricia Morrissey, $41.50

Companioning the Grieving Child: a Soulful Guide for Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $32.95

Creating Inclusion and Well-Being for Marginalized Students: Whole-School Approaches to Supporting Children's Grief, Loss, and Trauma. Edited by Linda Goldman, $45.95

Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children. Liana Lowenstein, $31.95

An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning after the Death of a Student. Rick Ayers, $41.95

Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: a Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Karla Helbert, $29.95

Grief and Trauma in Children: an Evidence-Based Treatment Manual. Alison Salloum, $58.95

Grief in Young Children: a Handbook for Adults. Atle Dyregrov, $17.95

GriefWork for Teens: Healing from Loss. Ester Leutenberg & Fran Zamore, $58.95

The Grieving Child: a Parent's Guide. Helen Fitzgerald, $16.95

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Healing Activities for Children in Grief. Gay McWhorter, $36.95

Healing a Childís Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends & Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $17.95

Healing a Teenís Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers. Alan Wolfelt, $17.95

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies. Janis Silverman, $12.95 (4-8)

Helping Bereaved Children: a Handbook for Practitioners, 3rd Edition. Edited by Nancy Boyd Webb, $57.95

Helping the Bereaved College Student. David Balk, $89.95

Helping Children and Adolescents Think about Death, Dying and Bereavement. Marian Carter, $38.50

Helping Children Think about Bereavement: a Differentiated Story and Activities to Help Children Age 5-11 Deal with Loss. Heather Butler, $68.50

How to Help Children through a Parentís Serious Illness: Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist, Revised Edition. Kathleen McCue, $27.99

The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared. Robert Zucker, $29.50

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

A Parentís Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One. Phyllis Silverman & Madelyn Kelly, $16.95

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick. Paula Rauch & Anna Muriel, $23.95

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Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book: Helping Children and Young People Cope with Change Through Nature. Caroline Jay, illustrated by Unity-Joy Dale, $26.95

A Special Kind of Grief: the Complete Guide for Supporting Bereavement and Loss in Special Schools (and Other SEND Settings). Sarah Helton, $34.50

Still Here with Me: Teenagers and Children On Losing a Parent. Suzanne SjŲqvist, editor, $26.95

Talking about Death: a Dialogue Between Parent and Child. Earl Grollman, $25.95

Talking About Death and Bereavement in School: How to Help Children Aged 4 to 11 to Feel Supported and Understood. Ann Chadwick, $25.95

A Teenís View of Grief, DVD. Alan Wolfelt, $42.95 (40 minutes)

When a Family Pet Dies: a Guide to Dealing with Childrenís Loss. JoAnn Tuzeo-Jarolmen, $22.95

When a Parent Has Cancer: a Guide to Caring for Your Children. Wendy Schlessel Harpham, $21.00

When a Parent is Sick: Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children, 2nd Edition. Joan Hamilton, $12.95

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief. Marge Heegaard, $12.95

Why Did You Die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief & Loss. Erika Leeuwenburgh & Ellen Goldring, $27.95

Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Discovering What Matters Most through Evidence-Based, Sensory Interventions. William Steele & Caelen Kuban, $54.00

Young Peopleís Experiences of Loss and Bereavement: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach. Jane Ribbens McCarthy, $66.50

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