Books for Grieving Children and the Adults who Love Them: Pt 3- Siblings & Friends

Sometimes, books and stories can help to start a conversation with children about their feelings of grief.  Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Books To Help with the Death of a
Sibling or Friend

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Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister by Ellen Yeomans

Recommended ages: 6+ years

"We lost Paige. That's what my Grandma said "lost". My Parents said she died. I wondered if I could find her again." So begins the story of one child's search for understanding after the death of her sister. If someone could be "lost" could they also be "found"? Dealing with her own grief and accepting the emotions of those around her this child finds her way toward healing.

The Empty Place: A Child's Guide Through Grief (Let's Talk) by Roberta Temes

Recommended ages: 5-10 years

When a nine-year-old boy's beloved big sister dies, he is confused, angry and fearful. For the first time he must face the finality of death and the pain of loss. His parents, also grieving, seem distant, until a counselor teaches them all how to cope and heal.

I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend by Janice Cohn

Recommended ages: 6+ years

When Betsy learns about the death of a friend, her parents and kindergarten teacher answer questions about dying, funerals, and the burial process.

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OCT 23, 2020

After 20 months of separation, quarantine, and zoom calls, we finally had an opportunity to move Onward at an in-person camp. The power of Camp Kate is being able to be with peers who help us move forward in our grief journeys.

For this first camp in two years, we returned to Camp Westminster with an Onward theme. Like the characters in the Disney movie, we talked about those special people in our lives, the memories made and missed with them, and our plans for moving Onward.

We still employed safety protocols and social distancing among our groups, but our masked campers and adults still benefitted from being with peers. Whether involved in archery, fishing, kayaking, rock wall climbing, or small group sharing, our participants all had a wonderful day.