Over many years we have developed a list of books and resources which we and others have found helpful. If you would like further help in finding a title or would like to suggest a title to add to our listing please contact the Support and Information Team or call 0800 02 888 40.

Please note: inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation by Child Bereavement UK, as we are aware that whether a book is helpful or not is subjective and as such is a decision that can only be made by the individual reader.

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The books in this section give information around Other Circumstances, including books for forces families, special educational needs, and culture.

Forces families

Author: Joy O'Neill  Written to support any child worried about moving, especially Armed Forces' families.  Buy from Amazon

Author: Joy O'Neill Written to support any child worried about moving, especially Armed Forces' families. Buy from Amazon

Author: Joy O’Neill

Written to support any child worried about moving, especially Armed Forces’ families.

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Special educational and additional needs

Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

Author: Karla Helbert

A creative activity workbook for grieving children and teens on the Autistic Spectrum. The clear concise language will help adults communicate with children around the abstract concepts of death and grief.

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Lets Talk About Death

Lets Talk About Death

Author: Down’s Syndrome Scotland

A booklet about death and funerals for young people and adults who have a learning disability. Includes some simple text on why people die, what happens at funerals and possible grief reactions. Photographs support the text.

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When Mum Died

When Mum Died

Author: Hollins and Sireling

This book takes an honest and straightforward approach to death and grief in the family. The pictures tell the death of a parent in a simple but moving way. “When Mum Died” shows a burial. The approach is non-denominational.

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When Dad Died

When Dad Died

Author: Hollins and Sireling

This book take an honest and straightforward approach to death and grief in the family. The pictures tell the death of a parent in a simple but moving way. The approach is non-denominational.

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When Somebody Dies

When Somebody Dies

Author: Hollins and Sireling

Using pictures, the book tells the story of Mary who is very upset when someone she loves dies. She is encouraged by a friend to go to regular bereavement counselling sessions, which help her to feel less sad. John also loses someone he is close to. He is given comfort and companionship by friends and is shown learning to cope better with life.

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Interventions with Bereaved Children

Interventions with Bereaved Children

Author: Smith and Pennells

A useful resource with lots of practical ideas. Twenty contributors share effective ways of supporting and helping bereaved children. Chapter 13 is titled, “Helping Families and Professionals to Work with Children who have Learning Difficulties.”

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Autism and Loss

Autism and Loss

Author: R V Forrester-Jones

“Autism and Loss” is a complete resource that covers a variety of kinds of loss, including bereavement. It includes factsheets and practical ideas which families and professional carers may find useful.

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A Special Kind of Grief

A Special Kind of Grief

Author: Sarah Helton

Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), especially those in special schools, often experience grief at a much younger age than others, as some of their peers are more likely to have life-limiting medical conditions. This book provides all the resources that educational professionals need to ensure their community is fully prepared to acknowledge and support pupil bereavement and loss.

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Remembering Lucy: A Story about Loss and Grief in School

Remembering Lucy: A Story about Loss and Grief in School

Author: Sarah Helton

Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) often experience grief at a much younger age than other children. This touching short story will help children with SEND aged 3+ understand feelings caused by death and loss, and the beautiful hand drawn illustrations help convey the complex experience of bereavement in a simple and clear way. Included is a teacher’s guide to talking about bereavement, grief and loss, making this the ideal aid for teachers and support staff at SEND schools and colleges.

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Culture and beliefs

Caring for Dying People of Different Faiths

Caring for Dying People of Different Faiths

Author: Julia Neuberger

Now in its third edition this book covers the practical and ethical issues surrounding caring for people with different faiths. It outlines the various cultures of Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist faiths, which are of relevance to health and healthcare, and gives practical advice on providing care in a culturally appropriate manner. Considerably expanded and now including a new chapter on Humanism, it will be essential reading for all healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and other hospital and hospice staff treating people with different faiths.

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Palliative Care for South Asians: Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs: A Practical Guide

Palliative Care for South Asians: Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs: A Practical Guide

Author: Rashid Gatrad, Erica Brown and Aziz Sheikh

This book aims to describe the needs of palliative care patients from south Asia minority ethnic and faith traditions. Chapters include: Understanding diversity in context, Palliative care needs of south Asians – similarities and differences; Muslims; Hindus; Language of religious symbolism.

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We Need to Talk About the Funeral: 101 Practical Ways to Commemorate and Celebrate Life

We Need to Talk About the Funeral: 101 Practical Ways to Commemorate and Celebrate Life

Author: Simon Smith and Jane Morell

This book informs about the wide choices available when arranging a funeral. It offers guidance about how to make a funeral ceremony that both commemorates and celebrates a life, and provides comfort, inspiration and good memories.

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