Grief/Loss Resources

Unfortunately children and adolescents in our world today endure several types of losses. While all children and adolescents experience grief/loss differently, there are a variety of ways parents, educators, and community members can support them. It is certainly not an exhaustive list; however, please find a number of resources below. As we continue to add resources, please contact us with feedback and any other suggestions. 

If your child is experiencing grief from a loss please let us know how we can support you. Contact your school counselor, school psychologist, and/or building administrator. You can also contact Stacy Gahan, Director of Pupil Services and Special Education at 414-963-3924 or 

Death and Grief in the Family: Tips for Parents- Please click on PDF Below "NASP Grief Parents"

James Batts, Ph.D., NCSP

Please find the following 3 links from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-

Children and Grief

Children and Divorce

When a Pet Dies


The Fred Rogers Company 

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children

Kids Aid 

The Warm Place 

Wisconsin Grief Education Center (Patrick Dean)

Recommended Books for Children Coping with Loss or Trauma (please click on this link)

Other Grief and Loss Elementary Book Suggestions

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Brain Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain

Good Answers to Tough Questions about Death, by Joy Berry

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying, by Joyce C. Mills

Resilience for Kids and Teens: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, by the American Psychological Association

Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives, by P.R. Silverman

I Have a Friend Named Peter, by Janice Cohn

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by L. Brown

I Miss You: A First Look at Death, by Pat Thomas

How it Feels When A Parent Dies, by Jill Krementz

When Someone Very Special Dies, Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief, by Marge Heegaard

I Miss You, by Pat Thomas

Community Resources for Death and Loss

Child Dynamics (Wauwatosa) (414)258-4318

Kyle’s Corner (Wauwatosa) (414)831-5953

Horizon Grief Resource Center (Brown Deer) (414)586-8383

Children’s Hopsital of Wisconsin, Bereavement Services (414)266-2995

My Good Mourning Place (Milwaukee) (414)719-5385

Margaret Ann’s Place (Milwaukee) (414)732-2663

Divorce Book Suggestions

HELP! A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies, by American Girl Library

 Speaking of Divorce, How to Talk with Your Kids and Help Them Cope, by Roberta Beyer & Kent Winchester

The “D” divorce Word, by Julia Cooks

When Mom and Dad Separate, Children Can Learn to Cope With Grief From Divorce, by Marge Heegaard

  Two Homes, by Claire Masurel

When Mom and Dad Divorce, A Kid’s Resource, by Emily, Menendez-Aponte

Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce, the Sandcastles Way, by Gary M. Neuman, L.M.H.C

Moving Book Suggestions

Goodbye House, by Frank Asch

Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move, by Judith Viorst

Family Dynamics Book Suggestions

Nobody Asked Me if I Wanted a Baby Sister, by Martha Alexander

Here I Am, An Only Child, by Marlene Fanta Shyer

My New Family, A First Look at Adoption, by Pat Thomas

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