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Books about funerals, cemeteries and Shiva for children

  • Most of the links from the book titles below will lead you to, where you can learn more about the book, read reviews about it, and order it if you’d like. Most of these books can be purchased through other book sellers, as well, or found at your local library.

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

    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.

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

    I Had A Friend Named Peter
    by Janice Cohn, 1987  
    Picture book - Parents and teacher explain death, funeral and burial.

    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.

    Tell Me, Papa (Ages 6-10)
    by Joy and Marv Johnson
    Publisher: Centering Corporation, 1978, 1-402-553-1200
    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.

    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.

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