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Grief Sucks! Book suggestions to help talk about grief & difficult feelings

Nominate someone you know who is grieving to receive one of 2 gift packages. Details at the end of the article.

Many of us have suffered a major loss in our lives. Usually the loss of a close loved one, but it could also be from the loss of a beloved pet or even the separation from a close friend. Regardless, grief is a powerful emotion that, if left to its own devices, has the potential to create immense pain and trauma in our lives.

Those who know Julie and Kade’s story, know that The Playful Child is an organization born from the devotion of a grieving mother in hopes of reducing grief in others' lives. We are an organization committed to creating a safe and healthy environment in which we all can thrive.

If you or a loved one are dealing with grief in your life today, Julie has thoughtfully prepared a list of books to help those of all ages cope with grief. Feel free to share this with others and bookmark it for future use.

Picture Books

What Do You Do With a Problem? By Kobi Yamada

A Hug From Heaven by Anna Whiston-Donaldson

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

The Memory Box: A Book About Grief by Joanna Rowland

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge

Eddie’s Brave Journey: How One Little Elephant Learned All About Grief by Randi Pearlman Wolfson

Picture Books about Big Emotions

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

When Sophie Get Angry- Really, Really, Angry by Molly Bang

Short Children’s Chapter Books

Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

A Birthday Present for Daniel: A Child’s Story of Loss by Juliet Rothman

Young Adult Books

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Adult Books

Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Anna Whion-Donaldson

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore, PHD

You Are the Mother of All Mothers: A Message of Hope for the Grieving Heart by Angela Miller


The Playful Child has partnered with authors Anna Whiston-Donaldson & Randi Pearlman Wolfson to gift a grief support package to a couple of people in the month of April. Do you know someone who is grieving? Nominate them by submitting the form below. The Playful Child will select two recipients on April 19, 2022.

***The one book is in Spanish, please indicate if your nominee is a Spanish speaker next to their first name***

Nominate Someone Now

Receive additional entires:

1. Sign up for The Playful Child Newsletter

2. Start a Facebook Fundraiser supporting The Playful Child

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