Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey has been recommended by several of my contributors not just for grief but all kinds of sad or difficult situations.

Amazing interview with Rick and Kay Warren as they discuss grieving following their son’s suicide.

Resources for children:

Waterbugs and Dragonflies – a children’s book explaining death (see excerpt below). Available from the St Paul’s Kids’ Library (ref B203).

Water Bugs and Dragonflies Poem | Waterbugs and Dragonflies by ~Aine-Mistin on deviantART:

Remembering My Someone Special is a grieving journal that can be used to help children process what has happened.

Badger’s Parting Gifts is another children’s story that may help children process. Available from the St Paul’s Kids’ Library (ref B201).

Elf Help books are written for both children and adults. They’re situation specific and include a whole range of different titles, there are a few examples below.



Child Bereavement Child Bereavement UK is aimed at medical professionals but many of the resources are transferable and useful for supporting children and families.

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson is another useful storybook to help remember those we have lost.

The Held in Hope Series from the Paediatric Chaplaincy includes a title called Jesus still loves Joe, about a child who loses a sibling. You can watch a video of Bear Grylls reading it here. Also available from the St Paul’s Kids’ Library (ref B197).

Leaflet from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network on helping school age children with traumatic grief.

Advice from a grief counsellor on how to help children grieve.

Embracing the pain of losing a child is an honest blog of one woman’s experience.

Read other people’s stories and experiences of grief.