Support  Resources and Book Recommendations

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families. Visit  www.childrengrieve.org

Camp Erin Boston

 A three-day, two-night camp experience for any child or teen who has experienced the death of someone close to them in their lifetime, which will be filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support and will be facilitated by bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. Visit www.camperinboston.org

Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone Camp, Inc. developed HelloGrief.org to start a discussion on the impact of loss, and how to help grieving persons cope; as well as build a community of support for those living with grief. www.comfortzonecamp.org

The Children’s Room

Caring support for grieving children, teens & families. Visit www.childrensroom.org

 

Jeff's Place

For children and their families. Visit www.jeffsplace.org

Angel Babies

Serving grieving families during perinatal loss.www.angelbabiesma.org  - Email: angelbabies1217@gmail.com

The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center | Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics - The Massachusetts Center for Sudden Infant Death/MA Infant and Child Death Bereavement Program 

Visit www.bmc.org/pediatrics-MA-SIDS.htm

Learn2cope.org

A peer-led support network for families dealing with addiction and recovery. For more information contact cwalsh@learn2cope.org and Ry-Ann at rbonilla@learn2cope.org

South Shore Community Action Council

Since 1965, the South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC), a private
not-for-profit organization, has provided a range of critical services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and has toiled to combat the root causes of poverty in those communities. www.sscac.org/heroes/index.html

Hope Floats Staff Book Recommendation

Child Loss:

When the Bough Breaks by Judith Bernstein

Healing a Parents grieving Heart by Alan Wolfelt

Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child by Gary Roe

Bearing the Unbearable by Joanne Cacciatore

Suicide Loss:

Suicide Grief: Companioning the Mourner by Alan Wolfelt

Aftermath: Picking up the Pieces After a Suicide by Greg Roe

I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach by Susan Averbach

Sibling Loss:

You are Not Alone: Stories by young teens who have experienced the death of a sibling by Brooke’s Place

Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J. Wray

My Sibling Still: For Those Who’ve Lost a Sibling to Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Death by Megan Lacourrege

Partner/spouse Loss:

When your Soulmate Dies by Alan Wolfelt

Comfort for the Grieving Spouse’s Heart: Hope & Healing after Losing your Partner by Gary Roe

Happily Even After by Carole Brody Fleet

For Grieving Children:

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscalia

Help Grieving Children:

Keys to Helping Children Deal with Death & Grief by Joy Johnson

I know it in My Heart by Mary E. Plouffe

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie

Pregnancy, Infant and Toddler Loss:

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah Davis

Something Happened. A book for Children and Parents who have Experienced Pregnancy Loss by Cathy Blanford

Always Within: Grieving the Loss of your Infant by Melissa L. Eshleman

General

Opening to Grief: Finding your Way from Loss to Peace by Claire Willis

The Mourners’ Book of Courage by Alan Wolfelt

Surviving: Finding your way from Grief to Healing by Gary Sturgis

Grief: Hope in the Aftermath by Gary Sturgis

It’s Ok that You’re not Ok by Megan Devine

Safe Passage: Words to Help the Grieving by Molly Fumia

A Time to Grieve by Carol Staudacher

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair

 

For Helping those who are Grieving

Handbook for Companioning the Mourner by Alan Wolfelt

When the World Stops: The Essential Guide to Truly Helping Anyone in Grief by Anne-Marie Lockmeyer

How to Help Someone who is Grieving by R. Diane Ashley

Pet Loss:

Just One More Day by Geoffrey Bain

Goodbye, Friend. Healing wisdom for anyone who has ever lost a pet by Gary Kowalski

Pet Loss For Children:

When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant

Spiritual:

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander

Messages of Hope by Suzanne Giesemann

Life After Life by Raymond Moody

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Annie Kagan

Daily Reading/Meditation Format

Grief One Day at a Time by Alan Wolfelt

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief by Martha Whitemore Hickman

Grief Day by Day by Jan Warner