When you have a grieving child, it can be incredibly difficult to find words of comfort. Stories, of course, are one of the best ways to connect with our kids. But when your child is suffering from loss, they can also provide hope and comfort.

Whether your child is grieving the loss of a pet or a loved one, remember that stories can be strong medicine for dark days.

No matter how much we long to protect our children from sorrow, loss touches all of us.

Here are picture books to help you weather the storm. We hope this list offers you and  your children a way through the sorrow, and a comfort for grieving hearts.

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Books for the Loss of a Loved One

The Two of Them
Boats for Papa
Everett Anderson’s Goodbye
Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent
Blackberry Stew
Stones for Grandpa
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Picture Puffin Books)
Ghost Wings
A Path of Stars (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children’s and Young Adult. Honorable Mention (Awards))

Books for the Loss of an Animal

When a Pet Dies
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

Books for the Loss of a Baby through Miscarriage

Our Heaven Baby: a book on miscarriage and the hope of Heaven
The Moon is Always Round

Books about Loss and Grief of Any Kind

God Gave Us Heaven
The Dead Bird
Ida, Always
Death In a Nut
Chicken Sunday
Badger’s Parting Gifts
Blackberry Stew
Are You Sad, Little Bear?: A Book About Learning to Say Goodbye
The Stranded Whale
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
The Invisible String
Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent
The Rough Patch
Hugs on the Wind
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
The Rabbit Listened

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(The featured image in this post is from Tomie dePoala’s Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs)