Grief and Loss Resources

MassAIMH has collected these resources available on grief and loss that mental health professionals may find helpful in supporting children and families.

Books to Help Explain Death

The Goodbye Book – Todd Parr

The Next Place – Warren Hanson

The Gift of the Ladybug – Carole Amber (Shorter Life Expectancy or Older Children who Die)

Where’s Jess? – A Centering Corp Resource

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children – Bryan Mallonie and Robert Ingpen

Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children – Doris Stickney

Books About Feeling Connected

The Invisible String – Karst

The Purple Balloon – Chris Raschloa

You Are My Heart – Marianne Richmond

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You – Nancy Tillman

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love – Nancy Tillman

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs – Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

Books About Emotions

The Feelings Book – Todd Parr

The Way I Feel – Janan Cain

My Many Colored Days – Dr. Seuss

In My Heart – Joe Witek

Recorded Story Books

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You – Nancy Tillman

All the Ways I Love You – Theresa Trinder

Under the Same Moon – Suzanne Berry

Workbooks / Activity Books

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies – Janis Silverman

How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children – Alan Wolfelt

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids  – Alan Wolfelt

Fire in my Heart, Ice in my Veins – A Centering Corp Resource

After a Murder – The Dougy Center

When Someone Very Special Dies –  Marge Heegaard

When Something Terrible Happens – Marge Heegaard

The Healing Book – Ellen Sabin

Other Resources

Someone Came Before You – Pat Schwiebert

We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead – Pat Schwiebert (pregnancy loss)

Something Happened – Cathy Blanford (pregnancy loss)

No New Baby – Marilyn Gryte (pregnancy loss)

Someone I Loved Died by Suicide – Doreen T. Cammarata and Michael Ives Volk

What About Me? When brothers and sisters get sick – Allan Peterkin