For Parents

Cancer in the Family. Heiney, Sue et. al (2001). Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society.

This book outlines valuable steps necessary to help children understand what happens when a parent has been diagnosed with cancer. “Hands-on-tools” help those affected by cancer, as well as their loved ones, face many of the dilemmas that come with the disease. A specially illustrated workbook designed just for kids helps even the youngest children record their thoughts and feelings so they can learn how to navigate through this emotional time.


How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness. McCue, Kathleen (1996). St. Martin’s Griffin.

A thorough, but quick guide for parents and professionals, from diagnosis of an illness to resolution. Each chapter has a wonderful summary at the end. Topics covered include what to tell, how to deal with different ages children, and helpful hints for effective communication.


The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide. Fitzgerald, Helen (1992). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

A wonderful, readable book for parents to help understand how grief is different for children. Great suggestions for processing feelings, both within and without a group.


Helping Children Grieve. Huntley, Theresa (1991). Minneapolis, MN: Augsurg Fortress.

This book will help you listen to children, answer their questions, and guide them in coping with their feelings. Also included are ideas for dealing with behavior changes that often accompany a child’s grief.


150 Facts About Grieving Children. Linn, Erin (1990). The Publisher’s Mark,

Children do grieve, and with an intensity that would astound many adults. We are obligated to learn more about a child’s bereavement. We must begin to understand their world, their feelings, and their hurts.


Helping Children Cope with Grief. Wolfelt, Alan (1983). Accelerated Development, Inc.

Written to assist adults in helping children deal with their thoughts and feelings on death. Especially helpful is its approach to naming and teaching the skills needed to help children share their grief.