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Department of Counselor Education


School Counselor Center
Resource Catalog

 

Subject: Death and Dying

 

BOOKS

Title:  Bereavement Support Group Program for Children
Author 1: Haasl, Beth
Author 2: Marnocha, Jean
Publisher: Accelerated Development Inc.
Date:  1990
Categories: Death and Dying, Children, Support Group
Format: Workbook & Leader Manual
Call Number: D2700

Summary: This manual presents the format for establishing and conducting a Bereavement Support Group for Children.  The five session program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 15 who have experienced the death of a loved one or other significant losses.  A bereavement group program such as this is helpful in allowing children to express openly their feelings of grief and to receive support from others who are grieving.  The children learn that other children are experiencing grief and that they are not alone in their feelings. 

(Ages 5-15)

   

Title:  How it Feels When a Parent Dies
Author 1: Krementz, Jill
Author 2:
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Date:  1986
Categories: Death & Dying, Children, Families
Format: Storybook
Call Number: D2702

Summary: Eighteen children--boys and girls, black and white, from seven to sixteen years old--speak openly, honestly, unreservedly of their experiences and feelings when either a mother or a father has died.  This book will be of help to other young people caught up in a similar tragedy.  It offers relief and comfort to discover than one's own feelings have been shared with others--that feelings of guilt, rage and terror are a normal part of the process of grief and mourning. 

(Grades K-6)

  

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Title:  Death in the School Community:  A Handbook for Counselors
Author 1: Oates, Martha D.
Author 2:
Publisher: American Counseling Association
Date:  1993
Categories: Death & Dying
Format: Handbook
Call Number: D2708

Summary: Death in the School Community:  A Handbook for Counselors, Teachers and Administrators is written for professionals who are in the position to guide reactions to a death occurring within a school community.  Because the number of violent deaths involving children of all ages is growing, it is important that schools plan carefully how they will respond.  This book assists schools to plan and respond effectively to a death. 

(Grades K-12)

 

Title: Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Time of Loss, Grief, and Change
Author: Coloroso, Barbara
Author 2:
Publisher: Quill/ A Harper Resource Book
Date: 2001
Categories: Death & Dying
Format: Text
Call Number: D2709

Summary: The author of this text shows parents how to help children find a way through grief and sorrow during the difficult times of death, illness, divorce, and other upheavals. She offers concrete, compassionate ideas for supporting children as they navigate the emotional ups and downs that accompany loss.

 

Title: On Death and Dying
Author 1: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
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Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.
Date: 1969
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Text
Call Number: D2710

  

Title: Helping Children Cope with Death
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Publisher: The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
Date: 1997
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Guidebook
Call Number: D2711

Summary: Information compiled from real-life stories of children, teens, and parents.

 

Title: Helping Teens Cope with Death
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Publisher: The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
Date: 1999
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Guidebook
Call Number: D2712

Summary: This book explains common grief reactions of teenagers and offers advice from parents and supporting teens in grief. You'll find helpful hints on navigating anger, guilt, and frustration as well as suggestions for coping with holidays and anniversaries. You'll also hear what teens and parents have to say about what helped them most in the grieving process.

  

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Title: Answers to a Child's Questions about Death
Author 1: Stillman, Peter
Author 2:
Publisher: Guideline Publications
Date: 1996
Categories: Death and Dying, Child's Grief
Format: Booklet
Call Number: D2714

Summary: This booklet is meant to help younger children cope in healthy, intelligent ways with the shock of a loved one's death. The questions and answers it contains are cast in language most youngsters can understand, and the concepts covered are well within most children's grasp.

  

Title: Talking to Children about Death
Author 1: Sargent, Marilyn
Author 2: National Institute of Mental Health
Publisher: Guideline Publications
Date: 1997
Categories: Death and Dying, Coping, Children
Format: Booklet
Call Number: D2715

Summary: This booklet is meant to help children cope with a loss. This booklet primarily for fathers and mothers and provides information which may be adapted to meet individual needs.

 

Title: Helping your Child Grieve
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Publisher: Channing L. Bete Co.
Date: 1997
Categories: Death and Dying, Child's Grief
Format: Pamphlet
Call Number: D2716

Summary: What Children Feel; Children Need to Experience Grief, How You Can Help Your Child Grieve; Saying Goodbye; Keeping the Memory Alive; Questions and Answers; Sources of Help.

 

Title: Sad Hug, Mad Hug, Happy Hug: A Children's Story about Death
Author 1:
Author 2:
Publisher: Channing L. Bete Co.
Date: 1994
Categories: Death and Dying, Child's Grief
Format: Booklet
Call Number: D2717

Summary: Children's book about dealing with the death of a loved one. 

 

Title:  Grieving, Sharing, and Healing: A Guide for Facilitating Early Adolescent Bereavement Groups
Author 1: Rekha Murthy
Author 2: Lisa-Loraine Smith
Publisher: Research Press
Date:  2005
Categories: Death and Dying, Children, Support Group
Format: Text and Activity Book
Call Number: D2720

Summary: This text provides information on adolescents in grief, explores the use of groups as an effective approach, and explains how to plan for and facilitate groups.  Included are suggested activities for 12 weeks worth of a group.

 

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KITS

Title:  A Child's View of Grief
Author 1: Wolfelt, Alan D.
Author 2:
Publisher: Service Corporation International
Date:  1990
Categories: Death & Dying, Children
Format: Video & Guides
Call Number: D2704

Summary: A Child's View of Grief is a practical guide for adults who wish to assist bereaved children.  The video, along with the guidebooks, explores a variety of important topics related to death.  It presents fifteen teaching principles titled "What Bereaved Children Want Adults to Know About Grief."  There is also a special section on Adolescent Mourning. 

(Grades K-6)

  

Title:  Windows:  Healing and Helping Through Loss
Author 1: Hannaford, Mary Joe
Author 2: Popkin, Michael
Publisher:
Date:  1992
Categories: Death & Dying, Loss, Children
Format: Video
Call Number: D2705

Summary: "Windows:  Healing and Helping Through Loss" is a kit which includes a video, leader's guide, a book, two pamphlets and a handful of brochures all of which deal with healing or helping others heal through a loss.  The program is divided into two parts.  Part 1, 'When You Have Lost', is designed to teach participants about the loss process and to provide an opportunity for them to heal some of their unresolved losses (for ages 12 and over).  In Part 2, 'When You Want To Help', the skills needed to help others handle loss are systematically taught in a six-step model.  The process builds on the information in Part 1 and can be effectively taught to anyone interested in helping others- from a preteen student to an experienced counseling professional. 

(Ages 12+)

 

Title: When Someone Dies: Bereavement and Loss
Author 1:
Publisher: Human Relations Media
Date: 2003
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Video & Resource Book
Call Number: D2719

Summary: This video is designed for teachers or counselors to use in the classroom, but may be used by parents and others in assisting and helping children and young adults understand death. This video opens with the voices of teenagers talking about the loved ones who have died. Various sections are included in this video with young people sharing their stories and experiences. After watching the video, students will be able to: identify the five main stages fo grief that people may experience, identify the warning signs for depression, learn what they can do to help a person who is grieving, know what to expect if they experience a personal loss, recognize the variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral reactions that a person experiencing grief may be feeling, and many others.

  

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VIDEOS

Title: The Grieving Process
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Publisher: Primedia Healthcare
Date: 2002
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Video
Call Number: D2713

Summary: The grieving process is natural and can be experienced as a result of numerous circumstances including the death of a loved one, the loss of a limb, or significant changes in a living situation. This program describes the stages of the Kübler-Ross grieving process-denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Each stage is normal and must be experienced prior to moving on to the next stage and to completion. Other theories about grieving are also discussed. Common behaviors observed during each stage are presented along with strategies for the healthcare professional to incorporate in his or her care of the grieving person.

 

Title: Working Through Your Grief: Picking up the Pieces
Author:
Publisher: Service Corporation International
Date: 1989
Categories: Death and Dying
Format: Video
Call Number: D2718 

Summary: This video helps those who have lost someone special to understand the feelings they are experiencing and to bring encouragement that they can grow. The video is a dramatization based on real experiences and demonstrates the usefulness of a support group during the grieving time and thereafter. This video discusses feelings of guilt, mourning, and loneliness.

 

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