When someone that we love dies, the feelings of longing and homesickness can be overwhelming at times, for children and adults alike. In Julie Muller’s children’s book entitled Till We Meet Again, the reader explores how to connect with your loved one through memories and rituals, which can enhance feelings of togetherness even when our special person isn’t physically here anymore. This beautiful book encourages readers of all ages to recognize the everlasting bonds of love!
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin is a fun read for both children and teens! Suzy Swanson is just trying to navigate middle school. When her friend Franny dies, Suzy is desperate to figure out why, and she has an inkling the jellyfish had something to do with it! Join Suzy on her journey of imagination, learning, and healing.
The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic tells the story of a little boy who wakes up one morning to find that his mother has died, and he tries desperately to keep the essence of his mother in the house – by closing all of the windows! This little boy isn’t sure how to relate to the other adults around him, and DEFINITELY doesn’t want them opening the windows! That is, until his grandmother relates to his sense of loss and longing and encourages different ways that he can form a relationship with his mother that lasts beyond a lifetime.
Steve Herman’s “Dragon Book” series is an exceptional way to teach children about their feelings. In Herman’s book “The Sad Dragon,” a boy’s pet dragon has experienced loss, and he is feeling mad, sad, and scared! Join our young narrator as he helps his dragon cope, all while teaching your children the best way to express themselves!
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a book that any bereaved child will connect with! When Jeremy and Liza’s mom shares that all of our loved ones are attached to us by an invisible string made of love, they suddenly feel more connected than ever before! Whether your children are missing someone who died, or just missing their friends and routine, this book reminds us that love binds us no matter what our circumstances!
When a group of children find a bird laying on the ground with its eyes closed and no pulse, they know something special needs to be done. In Margaret Wise Brown’s The Dead Bird, we see the wisdom of children shine through as they bury their bird and say goodbye, all on their own. Children truly are amazing!
Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert is an incredible story to read with children when they’ve experienced loss. Just like the family in the book, you may relate to the characters when they learn that sometimes the bereavement process is messy, similar to cooking soup from scratch in the kitchen! Tear Soup reminds us all that it’s okay when things aren’t perfect, as long as we keep moving forward.
Have you ever loved something so much you never want to let it go? That’s the case with Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, a silly and heartwarming tale about young Sophie and her squash named Bernice. Sophie takes Bernice with her everywhere she goes, but over time, Bernice gets a little spotted and squishy. Sophie learns how to care for her squash in the way that it needs, and along the way, she learns about the circle of life.
If your child of any age has lost a loved one to suicide, Olivia’s House is honored to offer this resource as a support. Written by mental health professional Doreen Cammarata, Olivia’s House utilizes this book consistently to help families explain and answer questions related to a suicide death. Though it is a staple in the youth section of our libraries, this book is beneficial to any child or adult healing from a suicide loss. The simple yet direct language will help to stimulate discussion, as well as provide guidance on positive coping mechanisms.
When Sammy Jane’s father dies, she worries she and her mother may never feel happy again. Even worse, when she does feel happy, she worries that it’s not okay to feel that way. In Julie Kaplow’s Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile, Sammy and her mother navigate the weeks and months after her father’s death. At first, Samantha Jane is scared to share feelings with her mom for fear of upsetting her even more, but over time she realizes that sharing actually helps her feel better, and she knows that Dad would want to see her smile!