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25 Things to Do When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced, or the Dog Dies

Activities to Help Children Suffering Loss or Change

Laurie Kanyer

Children experience all sorts of grief and loss - a death in the family, a divorce, an unexpected move, the loss of a pet. They need ways to acknowledge these losses and they need to be able to express their grief in physical ways. Some children need the activities we consider traditional: they conduct ceremonies or write letters to the people they have lost. Other children, overflowing with the anger that is a natural part of grief, need to pound, punch, run and jump. Still others want to express their grief through art. This book provides dozens of activities that help bereaved children. The author explains the value of each activity so that parents and caregivers can select appropriate projects based on the child's age, kind of loss and stage in the grieving process. She also discusses how learning about grief prepares children for new relationships and to accept losses later in life.

15x15cm  127 pages  $23.00  

After the Death of a Child

Living with Loss Through the Years

Ann Finkbeiner

For a parent, losing a child is the most devastating event that can occur. Most books on the subject focus on grieving and recovery, but as most parents agree, there is no recovery from such a loss. This book examines the continued love parents feel for their child and the many poignant and ingenious ways they devise to preserve the bond.

24x16cm  273 pages  $44.00  

Beyond the Rainbow

A Workbook for Children in the Advanced Stages of a Very Serious Illness

Marge Eatpn Heegaard

An art therapy book which helps children cope with a life-threating illness. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.

22x23cm  32 pages  $19.95  

Cancer that Wouldn't Go Away, The

Hadassa Field

The Cancer That Wouldn't Go Away is a groundbreaking book, written especially for the child whose parent is living with metastatic cancer. This sensitively written tale uses a gentle, yet realistic approach to help children ages 4-8 face the unique uncertainties of life with incurable cancer.
Unlike stories about early-stage cancer, after which the parent is cured and life goes back to normal, for the family in this story, life has irrevocably changed. The future is uncertain. But love and laughter remain constant, as they take life one day at a time. Includes a comprehensive guide ("How To Use This Book") for parents and professionals, written by child trauma psychologist Rinat R. Green, Psy.D.
Revenues from the sale of this book go directly to a nonprofit cancer organization. This book is a paperback. Our margin is 15%. We will willingly source this book for you as it deals with such an important subject.

22x22cm  32 pages  $30.00  

Cancer! Explaining Cancer to Kids - What Is It?

Prodigy Wizard Books

Fight the Big C with those suffering from it! This educational book will take your child through a possibly ugly journey of pain and diseases. But why should your child still go through with it? It's because of the knowledge that comes with the experience. You want your child to understand the what's, whys and how's questions are answered satisfactorily.

22x22cm  40 pages  $24.00  

Child's View of Grief

A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors

Alan Wolfelt

Parents, teachers, and other adults can learn through this concise and caring guide to how children and adolescents grieve after someone they love dies. Exploring the six reconciliation needs of mourning, this helpful resource recognizes that grieving children are especially deserving of an emotional environment of love and acceptance. Including a historical perspective on children and death, this handbook helps adults recognize the importance of empathy toward a grieving child, and provides guidelines for involving children in funeral services. These suggestions can help anyone who wants to help young people better cope with grief so that they can go on to become emotionally healthy adults themselves

14x22cm  52 pages  $14.00  

Choices at the End of Life

Finding Out What Your Parents Want Before It's Too Late

Linda Norlander, Kerstin McSteen

A comfortable way to have an advance talk with your parents about their wishes for life support, funerals, and other aspects of end-of-life healthcare.

24x15cm  165 pages  $29.95  

Comfort & Care in a Final Illness

Support for the Patient & Caregiver

June Cerza Kolf

Whether you or someone close to you has received a terminal diagnosis, this period of time can be a final gift. This book offers guidance for the patient as well as support for the caregiver.

23x15cm  176 pages  $29.95  

Communicating with Children When a Parent Is at the End of Life

Rachel Fearnley

When a parent is nearing the end of life, children can feel like their world has been turned upside down, and they are often scared and confused about what is happening. Sensitive and clear communication with children is vital to help them understand and cope with their parent's illness. This accessible book demonstrates how to support children through effective and sensitive communication, covering types of communication, language, information sharing, and overcoming common barriers. Developing confidence and skills such as talking, listening, giving children a voice and breaking bad news is also covered. The author outlines the concept of a 'communication continuum' which can be used to assess how much a child knows or understands about their parent's illness and how much they would like to know. The book contains a wealth of practical strategies and ideas, as well as case vignettes, practice tips and reflective exercises.

191 pages  $34.95  

Family Focused Grief Therapy

A Model of Family-centred Care During Palliative Care and Bereavement

David W Kissane & Sidney Bloch

Family members are often intimately involved in the care of dying people and themselves require support through both their experience of palliative care and bereavement. This book describes a comprehensive model of family care and how to go about it.

23x15cm  252 pages  $57.95  

Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

A Creative activity workbook for kids and teens on the autism spectrum

Karla Helbert

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

25x17cm  179 pages  $28.95  

Gentle Willow

A Story for Children about Dying (2ND ed.

Joyce Mills

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

25x20cm  32 pages  $20.00  

Goodbye Cancer Garden, The

Jana Matthies, Kristi Valiant, illus

A family uses creativity and humor to cope with a mother's breast cancer treatment. After Janie and Jeffrey learn about their mother's cancer, their parents introduce the siblings to the doctor, who explains, "..we're working very hard to make her better, probably by pumpkin time." This inspires narrator Janie to suggest planting a garden: "Watching it grow, and eating healthy veggies, will remind us Mom's getting better. Then before we know it... Hello, pumpkins, goodbye cancer!" The family plans, plants, and tends to the garden as the children's mother undergoes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The side effects of each stage of treatment are described in a candid yet not alarming manner. Rarely pictured without a smile, the mother exudes optimism, even turning her pre-chemo head-shaving into a "party." Valiant's wispy illustrations are characterized by frenetic sketchy outlines that initially heighten the children's nervousness, but later feel suggestive of the family's energy and hopefulness, which should reassure children facing similar ordeals. Ages 6-10.

26x21cm  32 pages  $34.00  

Grief In Children

A Handbook for adults 2nd ed

Atle Dyregrov

This fully updated second edition of Grief in Children explains children's understanding of death at different ages and gives a detailed outline of exactly how the adults around them can best help them cope.

Whether a child experiences the death of a parent, sibling, other relation or friend, or of a classmate or teacher, it is important for those caring for bereaved children to know how to respond appropriately to the child's needs. This book deals with a range of common physical and psychological responses and describes the methods of approaching grief in children that have been shown to work best. The author provides guidance on how loss and bereavement should be handled at school, explains when it is appropriate to involve expert professional help and discusses the value of bereavement groups for children and support for caregivers.

Illustrated with case studies and incorporating current research, this book is essential reading for parents, carers, counsellors, teachers and all those concerned with the welfare of bereaved children.

22x14cm  207 pages  $33.00  

Grief Recovery Handbook

The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses Including Health, Career, and Faith (20th Anniversary Edition)

John James, Russell Friedman

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others', the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, "The Grief Recovery Handbook" offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss.

14x20cm  208 pages  $32.00  

Grieving Child

Helen Fitzgerald

Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative faces. The Grieving Child now provides much-needed guidance, covering such areas as visiting the seriously ill or dying, especially difficult situations, including suicide and murder, attending a funeral, and the role religion can play.

21x14cm  208 pages  $30.00  

Grieving For The Sibling You Lost

A Teen's Guide to Coping with Grief and Finding Meaning After Loss
Instant Help Series

Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Kenneth Doka

Losing a loved one, at any age, is devastating. But if you’re a teen who has lost a sibling, this loss can feel even more so. Siblings are also lifetime playmates, confidants, role models, and friends. After losing a brother or sister, you may feel like a part of yourself is missing. You may also feel lonely, depressed, and anxious. These are all normal reactions. But even though the pain feels unmanageable now, there are ways you can start to heal.
This book will help you understand your own unique coping style. You'll also find effective exercises based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you work through negative thoughts, and learn the importance of creating meaning out of loss and suffering. Most importantly, you'll learn when and how to ask for help from parents, friends, or teachers.

20x15cm  200 pages  $33.95  

Grieving Teen

A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends

Helen Fitzgerald

Although the circumstances surrounding a death are difficult to handle at any age, adolescence brings with it challenges and struggles that until now have been largely overlooked. But in this unique and compassionate guide, renowned grief counselor Helen Fitzgerald turns her attention to the special needs of adolescents struggling with loss and gives them the tools they need to work through their pain and grief. Writing not only about but also for teenagers, Fitzgerald adeptly covers the entire range of situations in which teens may find themselves grieving a death, whether the cause was old age, terminal illness, school violence, or suicide. She helps teens address the gamut of strong and difficult emotions they will experience and the new situations they will face, including family changes, issues with friends, problems at school, and the courage needed to move forward with one's own life. Using the clear and accessible format that has made "The Mourning Handbook" and "The Grieving Child" enduring and helpful classics, Fitzgerald guides teens through everything from the sickbed to the funeral, from the first day back at school to the first anniversary of the death. Above all, she lets teens know that even in their darkest hour, they are not alone.

21x13cm  224 pages  $32.00  

Healing Your Grieving Body

100 Physical Practices for Mourners

Alan Wolfelt, Kirby Duvall

Acknowledging the unique set of symptoms that accompanies a period of mourning, this guide is the ideal companion to weathering the storm of physical distress. From muscle aches and pains to problems with eating and sleeping, this handbook addresses how the body responds to the impact of profound loss.

22x16cm  128 pages  $24.00  

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids

100 Practical Ideas (Healing Your Grieving Heart )

Alan Wolfelt

A little book that has proved to be a positive influence in the lives of many children who are experience grief. This book has things to do that are comforting and reassuring.

22x14cm  84 pages  $24.00  

Healing your Grieving Heart for Teens

100 Practical Ideas
(Healing Your Grieving Heart)

Alan Wolfelt

What can we DO when someone we love dies. Grief can be all absorbing, especially in the teen years when emotions are such a predominant factor. Here are practical things to do, and they can help deal with grief.

23x16cm  84 pages  $24.00  

Healing Your Grieving Soul

100 Spiritual Practices for Mourners (Healing Your Grieving Heart)

Alan Wolfelt

Following a helpful introduction about the role of spirituality in grief, this practical mourning guide suggests activities based on meditation, prayer, yoga, and contemplative solitude to help with feelings of despair.

21x14cm  110 pages  $24.00  

Helping Bereaved Children

A Handbook for Practitioners

Nancy Boyd Webb, ed

This acclaimed work presents a range of counseling and therapy approaches for children who have experienced loss. Practitioners and students are given practical strategies for helping preschoolers through adolescents cope with different forms of bereavement, including death in the family, school, or community. Grounded in the latest research on child therapy, bereavement, trauma, and child development, the volume clearly explains the principles that guide interventions. Featuring a wealth of new content, the third edition retains the case-based format and rich descriptions of the helping process that have made the book so popular as a practitioner guide and text.

New to This Edition *Significantly revised and updated to reflect new information and approaches; 9 new topics covered. *Covers additional types of loss: war-related death in the family, deaths connected to natural disasters, and the loss of a pet. *Additional therapy modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy and play therapy; conjoint caregiver-child treatment; and bereavement groups and camps. *Addresses how to help parents and teachers meet bereaved children's needs. *Includes 11 reproducible assessment tools and handouts that can be photocopied by book purchasers or downloaded and printed from Guilford's website.

23x16cm  408 pages  $77.00  

How Do We Tell the Children?

A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies 4th ed

Dan Schaefer, Christine Lyons

A practical guide for anyone who works or lives with children - parents, caregivers, counsellors, or teachers - to respond to their inevitable quiestions about loss and change, life and death. Provides strategies to assist children with grief and trauma and offers time-tested advice and language that children can understand.

This fourth edition includes new material on dealing with the traumatic stress of a large-scale catastrophe, handling the repercussions of school violence, helping grandparents manage as caregivers, and advising employers about how to support employees going through a famly loss.

20x14cm  202 pages  $34.00  

How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness

Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist (Updated, Revised) (2ND ed.)

Kathleen McCue

This book has become the standard work on an important subject. A classic for over fifteen years, it continues to be a go-to book for supportive, practical advice, based on the lifetime experience and clinical practice of one of America 's leading child life practitioners.
Fully revised and updated, this new edition also explores the major issues and developments from the last decade that affect children today, including the dangers and opportunities of the Internet, a deeper understanding of how hereditary diseases affect children, the impact of the nation's explosive growth in single-parent families, and new insights into how family trauma and a parent's mental illness may affect children.

21x14cm  345 pages  $25.00  

How to Survive the Loss of a Love

Harold Bloomfield, Melba Colgrove, Peter McWilliams

One of the most directly helpful books on the subject of loss ever written, the first edition of this comforting and inspiring book, published in 1976, sold nearly two million copies. This completely revised and expanded edition encompasses not only the medical and psychological advances in the treatment of loss, but also the authors' own experiences.

17x11cm  212 pages  $18.00  

Letters from Motherless Daughters

Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing

Hope Edelman

When the New York Times bestseller Motherless Daughters was published in 1994, author Hope Edelman--through research, interviews, and her own experience--helped women deal with the pain of losing a mother. Now, Edelman presents a selection of the moving, insightful letters she received in response to her book.

19x22cm  240 pages  $26.00  

Living with Grief

Who We Are How We Grieve

Kenneth Doka

This book examines how key aspects of identity affect how individuals grieve. Variables explored include culture, spirituality, age and development level, class and gender.

23x15cm  324 pages  $37.00  

Never the Same

Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent

Donna Schuurman

Children and teens who experience the death of a parent are never the same. Only in the last decade have counselors acknowledged that children grieve too, and that unresolved issues can negatively impact children into adulthood.

21x14cm  224 pages  $36.00  

No Time to Say Goodbye

Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One

Carla Fine

With No Time to Say Goodbye, the author brings suicide survival from the darkness into light, speaking frankly about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors. Fine draws on her own experience and on conversations with many other survivors--as well as on the knowledge of counselors and mental health professionals. She offers a strong helping hand and invaluable guidance to the vast numbers of family and friends who are left behind by the more than thirty thousand people who commit suicide each year, struggling to make sense of an act that seems to them senseless, and to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives.

21x14cm  272 pages  $28.00  

Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children

Rebuilding Your Family After the Death of a Loved One

Phyllis Silverman, Madelyn Kelly

When children lose someone they love, life is never the same. In this sympathetic book, the authors advocate an open, honest approach, suggesting that our instinctive desire to "protect" children from the reality of death may be more harmful than helpful.

23x16cm  256 pages  $32.95  

Seeds of Hope Bereavement and Loss Activity Book

Helping Children and Young People Cope with Change Through Nature

Caroline Jay

Uses nature to help children understand death, loss and change in a gentle and honest way. Full of creative activities, such as choosing an insect or plant and using it to draw a life cycle, or making a paper memory tree of happy and sad memories, it helps children learn about loss and death, the cycle of life and how to cope with and express feelings of sadness and grief.
This book is ideal for parents and carers, teachers, therapists and counsellors to use with children aged 5+ who have suffered any type of loss or are dealing with change, or who are bereaved.

28x22cm  79 pages  $35.00  

Staring at the Sun

Overcoming the dread of death

Irvin D. Yalom

Written in Irvin Yalom’s inimitable story-telling style, Staring at the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to the universal issue of mortality.
In this magisterial opus, capping a lifetime of work and personal experience, Dr Yalom helps us recognise that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our day-to-day anxiety. This reality is often brought to the surface by an ‘awakening experience’ — a dream, a loss (such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, or the loss of a job or home), illness, trauma, or ageing. Once we confront our own mortality we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.
This is a book with tremendous utility, including the provision of techniques for dealing with the most prevalent kinds of fears of death — especially by living in the here and now, and by embracing what Dr Yalom calls ‘rippling’, the influence and impact we all have that has a life beyond our own.

21x13cm  306 pages  $29.95  

Talking about Death and Bereavement in School

How to Help Children Aged 4 to 11 to Feel Supported and Understood

Ann Chadwick

This book offers important advice and guidance for school teachers and staff on what to do when a child is grieving.

74 pages  $29.00  

Talking with Children and Young People about Death and Dying

2nd ed

Mary Turner & Bob Thomas

Explains the various aspects and stages of bereavement and offers useful insights into the concerns of children experiencing grief or facing an imminent bereavement. Addresses children's common fears and worries, dreams and nightmares, and acknowledges the effect of trauma on the grief process. This second edition includes a new section for adults on understanding the distress of a bereaved child and also a list of useful contacts. It is a fully photocopiable workbook that enables adults to deal with these issues sensitively and explains, for example, how to choose appropriate words to support the child. It will empower and equip adults working with bereaved children to encourage them to communicate their pain and understand the often contradictory emotions aroused by the death of someone close to them.

30x21cm  160 pages  $45.00  

Talking with My Treehouse Friends about Cancer

An Activity Book for Children of Parents with Cancer

Peter Van Dernoot

This activity book, written by the founder of The Children's Treehouse Foundation, is designed to help children cope with the news that their parents or grandparents have cancer. The diary provides age-appropriate explanations and allows kids to express their feelings though drawing, colouring, pasting and writing.

27x21cm  24 pages  $28.00  

Teen Grief Relief

Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance

Heidi Horsley, Gloria Horsley

Help Your Teen Grieve in a Healthy Way. Teenage grief is hard, lonely and painful. Parents want to know: How can I help? Teen Grief Relief provides both parents and teens with the help they need. Shared here are teen stories, feelings, techniques, references and resources for use in not only surviving but thriving after the painful loss of a family member or close personal friend. The journey can be hard and sad, but Teen Grief Relief can be a welcome and comforting companion.

21x14cm  87 pages  $27.00  

Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach about Life

An Interactive Guide for Individuals with Autism or Asperger's and Their Loved Ones

Catherine Faherty

Death and illness affect every person. Witnessing the dying and death of a person or pet can leave you with many questions. In this book, author Catherine Faherty answers those questions in an autism-friendly, clear and precise way, geared for children, teens, and adults with autism. But this book is not just about death. It also demonstrates the interconnectedness of living and dying and offers simple, positive guidelines for living. Communication Forms to make it easier for the readers and their families, friends, teachers, therapists, or others to identify and respond to the unique needs of the reader.

27x22cm  341 pages  $48.95  

Understanding Your Grief

Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Alan Wolfelt

Explains the important difference between grief and mourning and answers the questions to allow mourner's to allow themselves to grieve. Describes 10 touchstones that are essentail physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions for you to take to help yourself heal.

22x15cm  176 pages  $28.00  

Understanding Your Suicide Grief

Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Alan Wolfelt

For anyone who has experienced the suicide of a loved one, coworker, neighbor, or acquaintance and is seeking information about coping with such a profound loss, this compassionate guide explores the unique responses inherent to their grief. Using the metaphor of the wilderness, the book introduces 10 touchstones to assist the survivor in this naturally complicated and particularly painful journey. The touchstones include opening to the presence of loss, embracing the uniqueness of grief, understanding the six needs of mourning, reaching out for help, and seeking reconciliation over resolution. Learning to identify and rely on each of these touchstones will bring about hope and healing.

22x14cm  220 pages  $28.00  

Unspeakable Losses

Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss

Kim Kluger-Bell

Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss

20x14cm  180 pages  $25.00  

What Should I Believe?

Why Our Beliefs about the Nature of Death and the Purpose of Life Dominate Our Lives

Dorothy Rowe

All religions promise to overcome death, but there's no set of religious or philosophical beliefs that ensures that life is always happy and secure. Rowe, an eminent psychologist, explains it is possible to create a set of beliefs, expressed in the religious or philosophical metaphors most meaningful to people.

19x13cm  294 pages  $34.95  

Why Did You Die?

Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief & Loss

Erica Leeuwenburgh

Thousands of children each year experience the death of a loved one before they reach the age of 18, and some 10 to 15 percent of them experience mental health problems, such as depression, as a result. One study found that childhood grief is correlated with low grades, sleep problems, moodiness, behavior problems, and an inability to concentrate. When a loved one dies, children are faced with a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, myths, and questions. This workbook offers tools that you can use to help a grieving child in your life deal with these feelings. The first section of Why Did You Die? is for adults. It describes a child's grief process and what can be expected as it progresses. The latter section includes activities you can do with a grieving child. Using an art therapy approach, the activities guide the child through the issues he or she must eventually confront. Different activities help the child express difficult feelings, separate myths from facts, and understand the finality of death. This direct yet non-threatening, secular approach will help children learn, grow, and thrive.

25x20cm  114 pages  $34.00