Illness, Grief and loss Resources
Love and support from family and friends helps children feel safe when a family member is sick. Specific information about illness, treatments, etc. may also help, as long as it is age-appropriate and only given if the child seems to need to know. Honest, simple, and clear answers are best. It is okay to say that you don't have all the answers.
The American Cancer Society has resources to help parents discuss cancer with their children. Click here to access this. Other information will be added to my website as needed.
Grief and Grieving
Grief- is feelings of intense sorrow caused by loss. We do not only feel grief when there is a death- moving, divorce, serious injury that causes permanent disability, and many other losses cause us to experience grief.
Mourning/Grieving- this is a process that people go through in handling grief. There are many different descriptions of stages that people may pass through on their way to healing. Some important things to remember about grieving:
Links and Resources
My Grief Rights- information for adults to help understand how children grieve and how to support them in this.
IWK Bereavement Services- ongoing groups and support for parents, children and teens. Pediatric Palliative Care Service 902-470-8942 or 470-7262.
Some good books to help children who are dealing with grief and loss:
When Dinosaurs Die- overview of life, death, feelings, customs, etc. (Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown)
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney- about pet loss (Judith Viorst)
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf- understanding life and death (Leo Buscaglia)
What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies- for upper elementary or junior high (Trevor Romain)
How I Feel- a coloring book for grieving children (Alan D. Wolfelt)
When Someone Very Special Dies- workbook (Marge Heegaard)