• Early Educator, Novy Nest

Children's books to overcome grief and loss of a loved one

We know #death and #loss is an inevitable part of life, but talking about it, especially with our #children, can be both overwhelming and difficult for adults. As many of us know, death occurs in many ways. It may be sudden, expected, prolonged or accidental. Part of the experience is finding ways to express what's happened, to make sense of what's happened, and finally, to accept what's happened. We hope no child or family has to go through this process, but in case you do, below is a list of books that can help accept the loss better.

1. The Invisible String

Author : Patrice Karst

This is a beautiful book and can be use in all sorts of ways including settling in children and supporting their grief journey. A heartwarming story that reassures children that even though they can't always be with a loved one, they're always in each other's hearts. Whenever a child thinks about a family member, 'The Invisible String' gives a tug. The gentle story illustrates that we are still connected by love even after someone passes.

2. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs

Author : Tomie dePaola

Excellent story for explaining the death of a grandparent to preschoolers. It is sensitive to the topic without being abstract. It has been re-illustrated from the 1980s version of the old book.

3. Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Authors : Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

Examines the process of grief through a fictional story of Grandy and Pops as they face a great loss by making tear soup. This book is a helpful tool for anyone coping with grief. It has a really good advice section at the end of the story.

4. Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author : Michael Rosen

Beautiful description of what it means to feel deeply sad about something. It's a very personal and honest account of how a loss never really leaves you, and how sadness comes and goes like waves.The language is simple and moving.

5. The Memory Box: A Book About Grief

Author : Joanna Rowland

The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of any they have loved - a friend, family member, or even a pet. A parent guide in the back includes information on helping children manage the complex and difficult emotions they feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

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