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Suggested books: Funerals/Cemeteries/Shiva for children

Tell Me, Papa (Ages 6-10)
by Joy and Marv Johnson
A grandfather speaks to children of funerals - explaining preparation of the body, role of funeral director, vocabulary of death-related things. It is also a compassionate story.
Publisher: Centering Corporation, 1978, 1-402-553-1200

After the Funeral
by Jane Lorette Winsch, 1995
Reassures about common fears following a death; multicultural

Thank You for Coming to Say Goodbye
by J. Roberts and J. Johnson
Compassionate information on how to involve children in funerals - before, during and after.

I Had A Friend Named Peter  Out of print, check library
by Janice Cohn, 1987  
Picture book - Parents and teacher explain death, funeral and burial

Daddy's Chair (Shiva)  Out of print, check library
by Sandy Lanton, 1990 Michael comes to terms with Daddy's death during the week of observing Shiva

The Mountains of Tibet: A Child's Journey Through Living and Dying
by Mordicai Gerstein Barefoot Books, Ltd., 1987
Tibetan Buddhist teachings on life and death in picture book form

Cemetery Quilt
by Kent and Alice Ross Houghton Mifflin
A very wise story of a girl who goes to her grandfather's funeral and talks to her grandmother 
about death and how she feels.

To Comfort and To Honor
by Jeanne Daly McIntee, 1998
A guide for planning funerals that encourages family involvement

Compiled by Judy Young, M.Ed., Grief Counselor, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Phone: 651-241-4026

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