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For Kids (age 2-11)

Title: When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death.

Author: Brown, L. K.

Year: 1996

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Dinosaurs-Die-Guide-Understanding/dp/0316119555

Title: Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing.

Author: Goldman, L.

Year: 2005

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Children-Also-Grieve-Talking-Healing/dp/1843108089/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536061&sr=1-1&keywords=Children+Also+Grieve%3A+Talking+about+Death+and+Healing

Title: Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children.

Author: Mellonie, B.

Year: 1983

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Lifetimes-Beautiful-Explain-Death-Children/dp/0553344021/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536134&sr=1-1&keywords=Lifetimes%3A+A+Beautiful+Way+to+Explain+Death+to+Children

Title: Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss.

Author: Schweibert, P., & DeKlyen, C.

Year: 1999

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Tear-Soup-Recipe-Healing-After/dp/0961519762/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536151&sr=1-1&keywords=Tear+Soup%3A+A+Recipe+for+Healing+After+Loss

Title: The Secret C: Straight Talking about Cancer.

Author: Stokes, J. A.

Year: 2000

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Straight-Talking-About-Cancer/dp/0953912302/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536172&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Secret+C%3A+Straight+Talking+about+Cancer

Title: The Heart and the Bottle

Author: Jeffers, O.

Year: 2010

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Heart-Bottle-Oliver-Jeffers/dp/0007182341/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536198&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Heart+and+the+Bottle

Title: Muddles, Puddles, and Sunshine: Your Activity Book to Help When Someone Has Died

Author: Winston’s Wish

Year: 2001

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Muddles-Puddles-Sunshine-Winstons-Wish/dp/1869890582/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536219&sr=1-1&keywords=Muddles%2C+Puddles%2C+and+Sunshine%3A+Your+Activity+Book+to+Help+When+Someone+Has+Died

Title: When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change

Author: Heegaard, M.

Year: 1991

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Someone-Very-Serious-Illness/dp/0962050245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536244&sr=1-1&keywords=When+Someone+Has+a+Very+Serious+Illness%3A+Children+Can+Learn+to+Cope+with+Loss+and+Change

Title: I’ll Always Love You.

Author: Wilhelm, H.

Year: 1985

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Ill-Always-Love-Hans-Wilhelm/dp/0517572656/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536265&sr=1-1&keywords=I%E2%80%99ll+Always+Love+You

Title: You Hold Me and I’ll Hold You

Author: Carson, J.

Year: 1992

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/You-Hold-Me-Ill/dp/0606125833/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536289&sr=1-1&keywords=You+Hold+Me+and+I%E2%80%99ll+Hold+You

Title: The Invisible String

Author: Karst, P.

Year: 2000

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Invisible-String-PATRICE-KARST/dp/0875167349/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485968952&sr=8-1&keywords=the+invisible+string

Title: Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Author: McCloud, C.

Year: 2006

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Have-Filled-Bucket-Today-Anniversary/dp/099609993X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485969032&sr=8-1&keywords=have+you+filled+a+bucket+today

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For Teens (11 and up)

Title: Chill & Spill: A Place to Put It Down And Work It Out

Author: Lorig, S., & Jacobs, J.

Year: 2005

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Chill-Spill-Place-Down-Work/dp/098413655X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536314&sr=1-1&keywords=Chill+%26+Spill%3A+A+Place+to+Put+It+Down+And+Work+It+Out

Title: Out of the Blue: Making Memories Last When Someone Has Died

Author: Winston’s Wish

Year: 2006

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Out-Blue-Making-Memories-Someone/dp/1903458714/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536330&sr=1-1&keywords=Out+of+the+Blue%3A+Making+Memories+Last+When+Someone+Has+Died

Title: Straight talk about death for teenagers

Author: Grollman, E. A.

Year: 1993

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Straight-Talk-about-Death-Teenagers/dp/0807025011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536354&sr=1-1&keywords=Straight+talk+about+death+for+teenagers

Title: Saying It Out Loud

Author: Abelove, J.

Year: 1999

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Saying-Out-Loud-Joan-Abelove/dp/0789426099/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536369&sr=1-1&keywords=Saying+It+Out+Loud

Title: Grief: A Natural Reaction To Loss

Author: Heegard, M. E.

Year: 2007

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Grief-Reaction-Marge-Eaton-Heegaard/dp/0962050288/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536407&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Coping+with+Death+and+Grief+Heegard

Title: How it Feels When a Parent Dies.

Author: Krementz, J.

Year: 1988

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/How-Feels-When-Parent-Dies/dp/0394758544/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536486&sr=1-1&keywords=How+it+Feels+When+a+Parent+Dies

Title: The Empty Room: Surviving the Loss of a Brother or Sister
at Any Age

Author: DeVita-Raeburn, E.

Year: 2004

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Empty-Room-Surviving-Brother-Sister/dp/0743201515/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536503&sr=1-1&keywords=%22The+Empty+Room%3A+Surviving+the+Loss+of+a+Brother+or+Sister+at+Any+Age%22

Title: The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a
Mother or Father.

Author: Harris, M.

Year: 1996

Links to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Loss-That-Forever-Lifelong-Impact/dp/0452272688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536524&sr=1-1&keywords=%22The+Loss+That+Is+Forever%3A+The+Lifelong+Impact+of+the+Early+Death+of+a+Mother+or+Father.%22

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Categories for adult literature found on Andrea Warnick’s website. Warnick, A. (2016.) Resources for Adults. Retrieved from http://andreawarnick.com/resources/resources-for-adults/

 

For Caregivers

Title: Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

Author: Jenkinson, S.

Year: 2015

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Die-Wise-Manifesto-Sanity-Soul/dp/1583949739/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536722&sr=1-1&keywords=Die+Wise%3A+A+Manifesto+for+Sanity+and+Soul

Title: Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death.

Author: Halifax, J.

Year: 2008

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Being-Dying-Cultivating-Compassion-Fearlessness/dp/1590307186/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536690&sr=1-1&keywords=Being+with+Dying%3A+Cultivating+Compassion+and+Fearlessness+in+the+Presence+of+Death

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Death and Grief

Title: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Author: Gawande, A.

Year: 2014

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Being-Mortal-Medicine-What-Matters/dp/1250076226/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536739&sr=1-1&keywords=Being+Mortal%3A+Medicine+and+What+Matters+in+the+End

Title: The Heart Does Break: Canadian Writers on Grief and Mourning

Author: Baird, J., & Bowering, G.

Year: 2011

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Heart-Does-Break-Canadian-Mourning/dp/0307357031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536763&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Heart+Does+Break%3A+Canadian+Writers+on+Grief+and+Mourning

Title: The Mourner’s Dance: What We do When People Die

Author: Ashenburg, K.

Year: 2002

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Mourners-Dance-What-When-People/dp/0307398692/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536790&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Mourner%27s+Dance
 

Title: Grief: A Natural Reaction To Loss

Author: Heegard, M. E.

Year: 2007

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Grief-Reaction-Marge-Eaton-Heegaard/dp/0962050288/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536407&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=Coping+with+Death+and+Grief+Heegard

Title: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-Step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope with Treatment and Reclaim Your Life

Author: Carlson, L., Speca, M., & Segal, Z. V.

Year: 2011

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Mindfulness-Based-Cancer-Recovery-Step-Step/dp/1572248874

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Supporting Children and Youth: Talking About Cancer and Death

Title: Living Dying: A Guide for Adults Supporting Grieving Children and Teenagers.

Author: Eaton Russell, C.

Year: 2007

Link to Purchase Book:  https://drjaychildrensgriefcentre.ca/purchase_living_dying_book/

Title: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children

Author: Silverman, P. R.

Year: 2009

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Parents-Guide-Raising-Grieving-Children/dp/0195328841/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536911&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Parent%E2%80%99s+Guide+to+Raising+Grieving+Children

Title: 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child.

Author: The Dougy Centre

Year: 2004

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/35-Ways-Help-Grieving-Child/dp/1890534080/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536926&sr=1-1&keywords=35+Ways+to+Help+a+Grieving+Child

Title: Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Author: Helbert, K.

Year: 2012

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Finding-Your-Own-Way-Grieve-ebook/dp/B00DQBSK9I/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536945&sr=1-1&keywords=Finding+Your+Own+Way+to+Grieve%3A+A+Creative+Activity+Workbook+for+Kids+and+Teens+on+the+Autism+Spectrum 

Title: A Child’s Grief: Supporting a Child When Someone in Their Family Has Died

Author: Stubbs, D., Stokes, J., & Alilovic, K.

Year: 2009

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Childs-Grief-Supporting-Someone-Family/dp/0955953936/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536972&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Child%27s+Grief%3A+Supporting+a+Child+When+Someone+in+Their+Family+Has+Died

Title: When a Parent is Sick. Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children.

Author: Hamilton, Joan

Year: 2001

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Parent-Sick-Children-2001-04-04/dp/B01FKT9SJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537042&sr=1-1&keywords=When+a+Parent+is+Sick.+Helping+Parents+Explain+Serious+Illness+to+Children

Title: Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children’s Lives

Author: Silverman, P. R.

Year: 2000

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Never-Too-Young-Know-Childrens/dp/0195109554/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537063&sr=1-1&keywords=Never+Too+Young+to+Know%3A+Death+in+Children%27s+Lives

Title: As Big as it Gets: Supporting a Child When a Parent is Seriously Ill

Author: Stokes, J. A., Crossley, D., Stubbs, D.

Year: 2007

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Gets-Supporting-Seriously-2007-09-06/dp/B01K9555L4

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Death of a Baby

Title: Loving Your Baby… A Gentle And Practical Guide To Parenting Through Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death

Author: Morash, S., Cooper, R.

Year: 2014

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Practical-Parenting-Through-Miscarriage-Stillbirth/dp/0993923704/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485536993&sr=1-1&keywords=Loving+Your+Baby…+A+Gentle+And+Practical+Guide+To+Parenting+Through+Miscarriage%2C+Stillbirth+and+Infant+Death

Title: An Exact Replica Of A Figment Of My Imagination

Author: McCracken, E.

Year: 2010

Link to Purchase Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Exact-Replica-Figment-My-Imagination/dp/0316027669/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485537023&sr=1-1&keywords=An+Exact+Replica+Of+A+Figment+Of+My+Imagination

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