The Siouxland Public Libraries have many books available. Click here to see a list of its resources.


For children 4 – 8 years
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie and Marc Brown
I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Thomas and Harker
Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
Where’s Jess: For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die by Marvin and Joy Johnson
The Empty Place: A Child’s Guide Through Grief by Roberta Temes
I Had A Friend Named Peter – Talking to Children about the Death of a
Friend by Janice Cohn
What’s Heaven? by Maria Shriver
Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
Don’t Despair on Thursdays!: The Children’s Grief-Management Book (The
Emotional Impact Series) by Adolph Moser (Author) and David Melton (Illustrator)
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

For children 9 – 12 years
Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert
Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills
The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love by Clea Adams and Barbara Gibson
The Snowman: A Book About Children and Grief by Robin Vogel
Good Grief: A Kids Guide for Dealing with Change and Loss by Kim Frank
Sad Isn’t Bad by Michaelene Murphy
The Magic Moth by Virginia Lee
Healing Your Grieving Heart: For Kids by Alan D. Wolfelt

Grief is Like a Snowflake by Julie Cook

For Teens
The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald
Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl Grollman
You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent by Lynne Hughes
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt
When a Friend Dies – A Book for Teens About Grieving by Marilyn Gootman
Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies by E. Richter

A Guidebook Through Grief for Teens by Laura Dower

For Adults
Guiding Your Child Through Grief by James P. Emswiler and Mary Ann Emswiler
Healing Your Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and
Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden
Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies by Janis Silverman
Talking With Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi
The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resource Offering
Practical and Compassionate Advice on Coping with All Aspects of Death and Dying by Helen Fitzgerald
Grief in Children: A Handbook for Adults by Dyregrov and Yule
I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can
Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg
The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide by Helen Fitzgerald and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and
Other Touchstones for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt
Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl Grollman
The Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child by Suzanne Redfern
Alec’s Legacy by Frank Robinson

The Death Class – A True Story About Life by Erika Hagasaki

Loss of a Child
The Worst Lost by Barbara D. Rosof
I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye by Brook Noel & Pamela D. Blair, PH.D (sudden death)
Help Your Marriage Survive The Death Of A Child by Paul C. Rosenblatt
Gone But Not Lost: Grieving the Death of a Child by David W. Wiersbe
Grieving: Our Path Back to Peace by James R. White
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser

For Serious Illness
How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue (adults)
Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills (young children)

Art Journals/Workbooks
When Some Very Special Dies by Marge Heedgaard (school-aged)
When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness by Marge Heegaard (schoolaged)
How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children by Alan Wolfelt (children)
Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Centering Corporation (teens)
Good Grief for Kids by Katherine Zotovich (school-aged and teens)
Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance by Kathy and Amy Eldon (teens and adults)

Pet Loss
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
Family Bereavement Resource Manual, Full Circle Grief Center