We know that it is difficult reading anything lengthy at this time.


Below are links to HPHPC brochures dealing with grief as well as a few suggestions for helpful books that are available in paperback editions in local bookstores or in the Hospice Center library.

If you need more information on any particular topic, please ask your hospice home care team for their suggestions of useful reading materials.


Books for Children

    • Adams, John, The Dragonfly Door. Feather Rock Books, 2007.
    • Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown, When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. Little, Brown andCompany Publishing, 1996.
    • Buscaglia, Leo, The Fall of Freddy the Leaf. Slack, Inc., 1982. dePaola, Tomie, Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. Puffin Books, 2000.
    • Heegard, Marge, When Someone Very Special Dies. Woodland Press, 1991.
    • Mundy, Michaelene M., Sad Isn't Bad: When Someone You Love Dies. Abbey Press Carenotes, 1998.
    • O'Neal, Ted, When Bad Things Happen: A Coping Guide for Kids. Abbey Press Carenotes, 2003.
    • O'Toole, Donna, Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope. Compassion Press, 1988.
    • Sad Hug, Mad Hug, Happy Hug. Channing L. Bete Co., 1994
    • Schweibert, Pat, Tear Soup. Grief Watch, 2005.
    • Wolfelt, Alan D., Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids. Companion Press, 2001.


Books for Adults Helping Grieving Children

  • 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child. Dougy Center, 1999.
  • Mellonie, Bryan and Robert Ingpen, Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children. Bantam Books, 1983
  • Silverman, Janis, Help Me Say Goodbye: Activitiesfor Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies. Fairview Press, 1999.
  • Wolfelt, Alan D., Healing a Child's Grieving Heart. Companion Press, 2001.

Books for Adults

    • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart  by Alan D. Wolfelt
    • A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis