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Sometimes the best way to handle loss is to talk to others who have a had a similar experience. Share your stories and hear what others have gone through with these online communities.

Hello Grief
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Express your feelings and get your thoughts down on paper with these helpful resources.

Writing About Yourself

 

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With the loss of a loved one comes a difficult healing process. Learn how to cope with the range of emotions, and how to endure and understand loss, through these fiction and nonfiction books.

Coping with Loss

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies
By Janis Silverman
An art therapy and activity book for children coping with the death of someone they love. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling time.

Brightest Star
By Kathleen Maresh Hemery
Molly was scared when her mom was in the hospital and angry when her mother died, but she discovers that love never dies and special memories stay with you forever.

Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia
By Alesia Alexander Greene
This story is about a child whose father dies at home. It follows the family from the night of the father's death through the days following the funeral.

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
By Joyce C. Mills
Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion.

Where Are You? A Child's Book About Loss
By Laura Olivieri
A Child's Book About Loss is a kind and supportive text with beautiful illustrations designed to help children of all ages cope with the loss of a loved one. Even the youngest readers will find comfort during this stressful and difficult time.

I Miss You: A First Look At Death
By Leslie Harker
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.

 

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Nonfiction

When Will I Stop Hurting?
By Kelly Adams
Teens, Loss, and Grief is a self-help guide for teenagers who are struggling with loss and the emotional difficulties it presents. This book provides an overview of grief as a painful but normal process, and it offers insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss, including personal accounts from teens.

You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent

By Lynne Hughes
Through frank and accessible testimonials, Lynne Hughes and the kids of Comfort Zone Camp share the most difficult parts of their losses and offer their own experiences of what helps, what doesn't, what "stinks," and ways to stay connected to their loved ones.

Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens: 100 Practical Ideas
By Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
When teenagers lose loved ones, they often feel confusion as well as heartache. Wolfelt, whose decades of experience in grief work with teens informs his ideas, offers 100 ways to facilitate grieving and come to terms with loss.

Grief Skills for Life: A Personal Journal for Adolescants About Loss
By Judy Davidson
Dr. Judy Davidson is a national consultant, speaker, counselor, and author who was widowed at the age of 30. She shares her insights as a death educator and trauma specialist with children, parents, and counselors.

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing
By Marilyn E. Gootman Ed.D.
In this update of a 1994 publication, 16 short chapters deliver helpful information on subjects including: How can I stand the pain? How should I be acting? What is "normal'? What if I can't handle my grief on my own?

Fiction

Green Angel
By Alice Hoffman
In this poetic, post-apocalyptic tale, fifteen-year-old Green must struggle to survive in a harsh new world after her family's tragic death.
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Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson
In this classic novel, fifth grader Jesse Aaron's dreams of becoming the fa