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Coping with Tragedy

Listed below are some resources to help cope with tragedy in our lives.

We'll start with materials for children. In addition to the books listed below, here are some links to helpful websites:

  • Click here for Save the Children's tips for helping children cope
  • Click here and here for advice from the National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Further down the list are materials for teens, and then adults.
  • These are general titles; a librarian would be able to help you find books about more specific issues -- just ask.

We're here to help.

 
On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children 
By Patel, Andrea
2002-08 - Tricycle Press
9781582461007 Check Our Catalog

'Sometimes bad things happen in the world. But there will always be good things in the world, too. You are one of those good things.'With simple language and a heart-felt message, Andrea Patel addresses a timely and timeless question: What can you do when bad things happen? 'Whatever we as teachers, and as adults, can offer the children-and each other-in the way of reassurance, and hope, and …More

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies 
By Silverman, Janis
1999-02 - Fairview Press
9781577490852 Check Our Catalog

An art therapy and activity book for children coping with death. Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words.

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Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children 
By Mellonie, Bryan
Author Ingpen, Robert
1983-10 - Turtleback Books
9780613888844 Check Our Catalog

A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes. …More

How Do We Tell the Children?: A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies How Do We Tell the Children?: A Step-By-Step Guide for Helping Children and Teens Cope When Someone Dies 
By Schaefer, Dan
Author Lyons, Christine
Foreword by Peretz, David
2010-06 - Newmarket Press
9781557049117 Check Our Catalog

This classic, step-by-step guide to talking about death, separation, and loss with children and teens features timely new material on dealing with trauma, addressing violence in schools, and helping grandparents cope as caregivers.
Many children's lives are touched by a serious illness within their families, and some will be faced with the loss of a parent or grandparent, or the 
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Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss 
By Mundy, Michaelene
Illustrator Alley, R. W.
2006-10 - Abbey Press
9780870293214 Check Our Catalog

Loaded with positive, life-affirming advice for coping with loss as a child, this guide tells children what they need to know after a loss--that the world is still safe; life is good; and hurting hearts do mend. …More

Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Grownups 
By Kroen, William C.
Editor Espeland, Pamela
1996-01 - Free Spirit Publishing
9781575420004 Check Our Catalog

Dr. William Kroen offers sound advice, comfort and compassion to any adult helping a child cope with death. Weaving in anecdotes about real children and their families, he explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death and offers suggestions for how to respond to children at different ages and stages. Specific strategies are offered to guide and support them through …More

Grieving Child Grieving Child 
By Fitzgerald, Helen
Author Fitzgerald
Designed by Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
1992-07 - Touchstone Books
9780671767624 Check Our Catalog

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. …More

You might need resources for working with groups of children: 

Good Grief: Helping Groups of Children Cope When a Friend Dies by Sandra Sutherland Fox

J Parent 155.9 F

The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events The Scared Child: Helping Kids Overcome Traumatic Events 
By Brooks, Barbara
With Siegel, Paula M.
1996-09 - John Wiley & Sons
9780471082842 Check Our Catalog

There are many traumatic experiences that cause a child to become scared - from divorce to the death of a loved one, from natural disasters to abuse. Even a disturbing news event that a child only sees on television or hears about but does not experience, such as the Oklahoma City bombing or the classroom massacre in Scotland, can make a child fearful or sad. Here are detailed instructions, …More

AND FOR TEENS:

Everything You Need to Know About Grieving by Karen Spies

YA 155.937 SPIES

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