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Little Girl Reading a Book

Eight Books that Could Help a Child’s Bereavement

Little Girl Reading a BookThe loss of a loved one can be overwhelming for a child. Often, young children do not fully understand death, but the event will make them have to confront concepts like cremation, funeral, burial, and the difference between sleep and death. They will naturally have many questions about it.

As children have always identified with characters in books, movies, or TV series, seeing a character endure the same challenges make them feel less lonely. Thus, during these difficult times, a book can be a source of answers and strength for children.

Book Recommendations:

Missing Mummy by Rebecca Cobb: This book tells the story of a little girl as she copes with her mother’s death and how a family heals after a loss. The book is also recommended by the Telegraph.

Is Grandpa Wearing a Suit? by Amelie Fried: This is about a boy who is confused about the passing away of his grandfather. The boy asks questions about burials, death, and heaven.

Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild: The story tells how a young boy, Harry, deals with the death of his beloved dog, Hopper.

Remembering Crystal by Sebastian Loth: Zelda, a young goose, notes the sudden disappearance of her friend Crystal, an old turtle. As the story moves, Zelda begins to accept that Crystal is gone but that she will remain in her heart forever.

Always and Forever by Alan Durant, meanwhile, is a story about a mole, otter, and a hare as they face the death of their friend, Fox. Like Zelda, the friends believe that Fox will remain in their hearts.

Hospices like Cfhcare.org in Indiana are getting behind this movement, running book clubs for people who are grieving. The mentioned hospice, in particular, has a section for children. Its book selection includes What’s Heaven? by Maria Shriver; Little Tree by Joyce Mills; and Love You, Teddy: A Tail of Loss and Hope by Virginia Ulch.

Book Hunting

Some people may already have a book in mind, or some might be at a loss about what book to find. The Reading Recovery Council of North America recommends three ways to find children’s books about bereavement. First, one could visit the public library to check titles about loss. Second, the school library may also have books that deal with grief. Lastly, if people are looking for a cheap, quality books, bargain bookstores are the way to go.

Death is a painful, sensitive topic. However, it’s still a part of life. During these difficult times, children need not be alone — they can count on their family, their friends, and a trusty, well-written book to help them through the process.