Grief Resources

Grief Resources

Full Circle offers a variety of resources to help children, adults, and families navigate the grief process.

 “hope is grief’s best music” – author unknown

Staff Articles

Staff Articles are informative blog posts written by our licensed, experienced professionals on various topics related to grief and healing.

Conversations About Grief

Conversations About Grief (CAG) are a series of educational programs hosted by Full Circle with the goal of increasing the community conversation about death, dying, and loss. These bereavement trainings are offered to professionals, the community, or those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Educational programs are offered throughout the year free of charge but registration is required. Registration will open at least one month prior to each CAG.

In light of COVID-19, our CAG program will continue virtually; registration is not necessary. These will be pre-recorded sessions you can watch at your convenience.

Virtual Programs

In light of COVID-19, Full Circle is offering most of our programs and services on a virtual platform. We’ve added Family Fridays and Virtual Story Times — hands-on activities to encourage meaningful conversations at home about grief and healing.

Full Circle’s Memory Wall

A very special way to honor and remember someone. If you have lost a loved one and would like to share about him or her on our Full Circle Memory Wall, please visit the Memory Wall page. This is a free service offered to those who have loved and lost to help them heal.

Bereavement Resource Manual

This manual has been created and produced by professionals from Full Circle and brings together all of the available local resources as well as age-appropriate grief education. This manual is a resource to be utilized by professionals, grieving families, and those supporting the grieving.

This manual is available for viewing and printing by clicking the image or click here.

If you find this Manual valuable, please consider making a donation to Full Circle.

Suggested Websites

Suggested Books

For children 4 – 8 years

  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie and Marc Brown
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Thomas and Harker
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley
  • Where’s Jess: For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die by Marvin and Joy Johnson
  • The Empty Place: A Child’s Guide Through Grief by Roberta Temes
  • I Had A Friend Named Peter – Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend by Janice Cohn
  • What’s Heaven? by Maria Shriver
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • Don’t Despair on Thursday!: The Children’s Grief-Management Book by Adolph Moser
  • The Fall of Freddie the Lead by Leo Buscaglia
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie
  • Can You Hear Me Smiling? by Aariane R. Jackson and Leigh Lawhon
  • I Found a Dead Bird: A Guide to the Cycle of Life and Death by Jan Thorill
  • Part of Me Died, Too: Stories of Creative Survival Among Bereaved Children and Teenagers by Virginia Lynn Fry
  • What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain
  • When People Die by Sarah Levete
  • Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
  • Always Remember by Cece Meng

For children 9 – 12 years

  • Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills
  • The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love by Clea Adams and Barbara Gibson
  • The Snowman: A Book About Children and Grief by Robin Vogel
  • Good Grief: A Kids Guide for Dealing with Change and Loss by Kim Frank
  • Sad Isn’t Bad by Michaelene Murphy
  • The Magic Moth by Virginia Lee
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart: For Kids by Alan Rubel
  • But I Didn’t Get to Say Goodbye by Barbara Rubel
  • Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed by Amy, Allie, and David Dennison

For Teens

  • The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl Grollman
  • You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent by Lynne Hughes
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan Wolfelt
  • When a Friend Dies – A Book for Teens About Grieving by Marilyn Gootman
  • Losing Someone You Love: When a Brother or Sister Dies by E. Richter

For Adults

  • Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
  • Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden
  • Guiding Your Child Through Grief by James and Mary Ann Emswiler
  • Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies by Janis Silverman
  • Talking With Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi
  • The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resource Offering Practical and Compassionate Advice on Coping with All Aspects of Death and Dying by Helen Fitzgerald
  • Grief in Children: A Handbook for Adults by Dyregrov and Yule
  • I’m Grieving as Fast as I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal by Linda Feinberg
  • The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide by Helen Fitzgerald and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Healing A Child’s Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt
  • Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl Grollman
  • The Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child by Suzanne Redfern
  • Alec’s Legacy by Frank Robinson
  • Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum by Karla Helbert
  • What Do We Tell the Children? by Dan Schaefer and Christine Lyons
  • Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child when a Parent is Sick by Paula Rauch and Anna Muriel
  • Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child by Early A. Grollman

For Counselors

  • Living with Grief: Child, Adolescents and Loss by Kenneth Doka and Jack Gordon
  • Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies by Teresa M. Huntley
  • Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden
  • Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers by Alan Wolfelt

For Serious Illness

  • How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness by Kathleen McCue (adults)
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying by Joyce Mills (young children)

Art Journals/Workbooks

  • When Some Very Special Dies by Marge Heedgaard (school-aged)
  • When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness by Marge Heegaard (school-aged)
  • How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children by Alan Wolfelt (children)
  • Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Centering Corporation (teens)
  • Good Grief for Kids by Katherine Zotovich (school-aged and teens)
  • Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance by Kathy and Amy Eldon (teens and adults)

Pet Loss

  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
  • The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran
  • When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers