I recently walked alongside a family in my congregation who lost their 5 year old daughter in a tragic drowning accident. We have cried together, sat in silence, and shared many laughs as we remembered their beautiful daughter. I am forever changed because of this experience and have found a renewed strength in God. This journey is not over and it is during tragic times like this, that we rely on each other and our faith in God.
I found several children’s books that I included in a resource for parents to talk with children about grief. Each child will deal with grief in a different way and at different times. These books provide a place to start conversations with children of all different ages. While we are never really prepared for tragedies, I hope these are helpful resources to have available for families in your congregation.
The Next Place, by Warren Hanson
Tear Soup, by Pat Schweiber
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, by Leo Buscaglia
The Class in Room 44- When a Classmate Dies, by Lynn Blackburn
I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children about the Death of a Friend, by Janice Cohn
What’s Heaven?, by Maria Shriver
Help Me Say Goodbye (an activity book), by Janis Silverman
A Window to Heaven- When Children See Life in Death, by Diane M. Komp, M.D.
“None of us lives to herself, and none of us dies to herself. If we live, we belong to God, and if we die, we belong to God; so then whether we live or whether we die, we belong to God. For to this end, Christ died and lived again, that we might be God both of the dead and of the living.” -Romans 14:7-9