Top 5 Grief Books for Children Ages 7-12

  • February 02, 2016
  • Author The Moyer Foundation
  • Topic Childhood Grief
  • Type Article

Grief is the natural, normal and necessary response to loss.  IT is made up of many different emotions - ranging from sadness to anger to guilt and everything in between.  Adjusting to loss in a long process and is unique to each and every person.  Children and adults face the same jumble of confusing emotions.  Books can be an important tool for understanding emotions and sparking conversation.  Listen with your heart and validate their feelings.  The following books have been chosen as the top 5 for children aged 7-12.   We have provided links to purchase the books on* but please check your local bookstore for their availability if that works for you. 

1. Tear Soup – Pat Schwiebert: Affirms the bereaved. Educates the un-bereaved. A building-block for children..... WINNER! of the 2001 Theologos Book Award, presented by the Association of Theological Booksellers.
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2. The Invisible String – Patrice Karst: Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimately binds every person on the planet to everyone else. 
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3. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf – Leo Buscaglia: This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. Purchase on Amazon
4. When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief - Marge Heegaard:  This book was designed to teach basic concepts of death and help children understand and express the many feelings they have when someone special dies. Communication is increased and coping skills are developed as they illustrate their books with their personal story.
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5. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney - Judith Viorst : My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them... But the small boy who loved Barney can only think of nine. Later, while talking with his father, he discovers the tenth -- and begins to understand. 
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