Recommended for children/teens:

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Recommended Reading:

  • What Is Heaven Like?  by Beverly Lewis

For any child who is coming to terms with the loss of a loved one, or even those young ones who are simply curious, What Is Heaven Like? poignantly addresses the questions kids ask most often.

  • What’s Heaven?  by Maria Shriver

This book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about the difficult topic of death with their children. What's Heaven? is the story of Kate, a little girl whose great-grandma has just died. She seeks answers, and her mother helps her learn about Heaven.

  • When Good-Bye is Forever  by Lois Rock

A simple, colorful book that may be helpful to read to young children before attending a funeral to say goodbye. It talks about different goodbyes we experience throughout life. The book ends with how one day we will be reunited with our loved ones in Heaven.

  • My Heart Is Sad by Connie S. Owens

This detailed book walks along side a boy who’s grandma dies. It talks about the sadness the family feels as well as the funeral. It does a great job of explaining how the body stops working when someone dies, which can be helpful to children before attending a funeral. The book also mentions how one day loved ones will be reunited in Heaven.

  • Sad Isn’t Bad  by Michaelene Mundy

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss-that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend.

  • I Miss You, A First Look at Death  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.

  • The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst

Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a message 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.

  • Lifetimes  by Bryann Mellonie and Rober Ingpen

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 us 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.

  • Badger’s Parting Gifts  by Susan Varley

Badger's friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. This book talks about the lessons Badger left his friends and ways how his friends now will remember the impact he had on their lives.

  • Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents who have Experienced Pregnancy Loss  by Cathy Blanford

This book addresses the sadness that a child experiences when an anticipated baby has died. The child’s fears and feelings of guilt are addressed as well as other confusing feelings.

  • We Were Going to Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead  by Pat Schwiebert

This book helps children cope with a prenatal death or stillbirth. The narrator briefly recalls how he had looked forward to having a sibling, imagining the two of them "building a fort and playing tricks on our parents," and recalling how he had loved listening to the baby inside his mother. "But something happened, the baby died. Our baby is not going to live with us."

  • Remembering our Baby: A Workbook for Brothers and Sister Who’s Sibling Died Before Birth  by Patti Keough

This is a workbook that begins with the family finding out about the death. It includes questions and things to do to remember the baby.