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Bereavement

Written by · Published Jun 5, 2018

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Goodbye Mog, by Judith Kerr

“Mog was tired - dead tired. She thought, ‘I want to sleep for ever’. And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next. So Mog keeps watch over the upset Thomas family, who miss her terribly, and she wonders how they will ever manage without her.”

If All the World Were…, by Joseph Coelho & Allison Colpoys

“A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho. This powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.”

Badger’s Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley

“Badger was dependable, and always ready to lend a helping paw. He was very old and wise, and knew that he would die soon. Susan Varley wrote this book to help children overcome the death of loved ones, and it has since become a children’s classic.”

Always and Forever, by Debi Gliori & Alan Durant

“When Fox dies, the rest of his family are distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they all realize that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.”

Goodbye Grandma, by Melanie Walsh

“When a little boy is told that his grandma has died, he isn’t really sure what death means. In this reassuring lift-the-flap book with bold and colourful illustrations, he asks his mum important questions about death and bereavement. Why do people have to die? What happens to them once they are dead? What can he do to remember his grandma?”

Missing Mummy, by Rebecca Cobb

“This title deals with the loss of a parent from a child’s point of view. Perfectly pitched text and evocative artwork explore the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger to guilt and from sadness to bewilderment. And importantly, the book also focuses on the positive, the recognition that the child is still part of a family.”

Death, by Janine Amos

“For most children, separation from loved ones through divorce, death, moving house or a stay in hospital is traumatic. Amos’s series will help children to cope during these stressful times.”

Are You Sad, Little Bear? A book about learning to say goodbye, by Rachel Rivett & Tina Macnaughton

“This charmingly illustrated book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss, or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn’t mean the end of things.”

Saying Goodbye to Uncle Joe: what to expect when someone you love dies, by Nancy Loewen & Christopher Lyles

“When someone you love dies, you might feel sad, lonely, and confused. What do you do? No matter who your loved one was, this story can help you through the tough times.”

Children Also Grieve: talking about death and healing, by Linda Goldman

Children Also Grieve is an imaginative resource, fully illustrated with colour photographs, that offers support and reassurance to children coming to terms with the loss of a close friend or relative and to adults who are supporting them through their bereavement.”

Duck, Death and the Tulip, by Wolf Erlbruch

“In a strangely heart-warming story, a duck strikes up an unlikely friendship with Death. Death, Duck and the Tulip will intrigue, haunt and enchant readers of all ages. Simple, unusual, warm and witty, this book deals with a difficult subject in a way that is elegant, straightforward, and thought-provoking.”

I Miss You: a first look at death, by Pat Thomas & Lesley Harker

“This book helps young children come to terms with the loss of loved ones, through examples such as the death of a grandparent or pet.”

The Memory Tree, by Britta Teckentrup

“Fox has lived a long and happy life in the forest. One day, he lies down in his favourite clearing, takes a deep breath and falls asleep forever. Before long, Fox’s friends begin to gather in the clearing. One by one, they tell stories of the special moments that they shared with Fox. And, as they share their memories, a tree blooms, big and strong, eventually watching over all the friends, just as Fox did when he was alive.

“This gentle and comforting tale celebrates life and the memories that are left behind when a loved one dies.”

When Dinosaurs Die: a guide to understanding death, by Laurie Krasny Brown & Marc Brown

“Explaining the concept of death to a child can often be an upsetting experience. This book deals with the issue in a healthy, open manner, addressing children’s fears and curiousities head-on, therefore making the grieving process as painless as possible.”

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, by Michael Rosen

“We all have ‘sad stuff’ to deal with in life. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him, and some of the things he does to try to cope with it.”

The Pond, by Nicola Davies & Cathy Fisher

The Pond is a touching picture book about a young boy and his family, overcoming the loss of his father through a small pond in the garden. This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.”

The Scar, by Charlotte Moundlic & Oliver Tallec

“With tenderness, touches of humour and unflinching emotional truth, Charlotte Moundlic captures the loneliness of grief through the eyes of a child, rendered with sympathy and charm in Olivier Tallec’s expressive illustrations.”

Grandma and Grandpa’s Garden, by Neil Griffiths

“Grandma and Grandpa loved being together in their beautiful garden. They loved it too when their granddaughter Lucy visited and they taught her many skills. Sadly, these long, happy days were not to last, but memories of them would live on.”

The Goodbye Boat, by Mary Joslin & Claire St Louis Little

“With its open ending, the story of The Goodbye Boat is told in pictures and simple text. The story concerns the sorrow of seeing a friend sail away and the confidence of knowing that they travel to a bright shore beyond.”

Heaven, by Nicholas Allan

“A touching tale of a child’s final farewell to her opinionated dog who goes off to heaven.”

A Place in My Heart, by Annette Aubrey & Patrice Barton

““My heart feels so sad and empty, And my tummy is churning inside. Things won’t ever be the same again. I want Grandad by my side.”

“Andrew’s grandad has died, and Andrew is feeling very sad and confused. Explore with your child the difficult issue of bereavement as Andrew talks about his feelings with his mum and dad.”

Goodbye Grandma, by Melanie Walsh

“When a little boy is told that his grandma has died, he isn’t really sure what death means. In this reassuring lift-the-flap book with bold and colourful illustrations, he asks his mum important questions about death and bereavement. Why do people have to die? What happens to them once they are dead? What can he do to remember his grandma?”

Gentle Willow: a story for children about dying, by Joyce C. Mills & Cary Pillo

“Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, the second edition of this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion.”

The Copper Tree, by Hilary Robinson & Mandy Stanley

“When Olivia’s teacher, Miss Evans, dies, the children at her school are encouraged to think of everything that reminds them of her. This book is about love and legacy and will help children understand that while sadness is an inevitable part of grief, death is not necessarily the end for what is left behind can be everlasting.”

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Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.