"I've suffered a lot of loss in my 35 years. My mom died when I was young, and I grew up in about 5 different families. I had to move away from a lot of different friends. Then my husband died just after our second baby was born. But the one thing I keep finding is that somehow or other; if you let it, the love always comes back. If you're open to it, the people who were good to you show up in your life again." - Lori

The reality of grief and loss is undeniable. When we lose someone we love we have many reactions that can be confusing and frightening. Knowing exactly what grief is and how it affects us can help maintain more realistic expectations of others and ourselves. These resources provide information on grief and loss, including ways to help children who are experiencing loss.

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  1. Saying Goodbye: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One
  2. Saying Goodbye: Coping with the Loss of a Child
  3. Saying Goodbye: Helping Your Child Grieve

Recommended Books

Tuesdays with Morrie – by Mitch Albom

An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson; the runaway best seller that changed millions of lives. (Doubleday, 1999)

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide for Understanding Death – by Laurie Krasny Brown

A Dino Life Guide for families that offers insights and illustrations to help grieving children and the adults in their lives. (Little, Brown, Young, 1998)

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies – by Therese A. Rando

Mourning the death of a loved one is a process all of us will go through at one time or another. This guide leads you gently through the painful but necessary process of grieving and helps you find the best way for yourself. (Bantam Books, 1991)

Help Me Say Goodbye – by Janis Silverman

Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies. (Fairview Press, 1999)

Additional Web Resources