Resources & Tools
Ted E Bear Hollow - A center for grieving children and teens located in Omaha, NE.
Mourning Hope - A center for grieving children, teens, young adults and their families located in Lincoln, NE.
Faith's Lodge - A place where families coping with a serious illness or death of a child can make memories, find hope and strength for the future.
Located in Wisconsin.
Centering Corporation - A nonprofit grief support center located in Omaha that offers resources for purchase to help aid professionals and families.
Dougy Resource Center - National center for grieving children and families. This site offers a database for support centers listed by state as well as other valuable resources.
National Alliance for Grieving Children - National center for grieving children and families. This site offers a database for support centers listed by state as well as other valuable resources.
Health Care Library - A helpful online library. (en espanol)
Nebraska Make a Wish - wish granting organization in Nebraska.
The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) - Educational resource for professionals
Partnership for Parents - A support network for parents of children with special needs.
NHCPO's Caring Connection - Provides information on hospice and palliative care.
CaringBridge - Websites are free patient blogs that connect friends and family during a health challenge.
LifeChronicles - an organization that focus on creating video memories for families.
Compassionate Friends - an organization to assist families with grief following a death of a child.
Hand in Hand Resource Books
(Please be advised that these books are commonly used by several organizations, however, all of these have not been reviewed by Childrens Hospital and Medical Center.)
- A Birthday Present for Daniel, By Juliet Rothman, A girl losses her brother to death and she tells how her family helped her cope.
- (Parents) A Grief Unveiled: One Father's Journey Through The Death of a Child, By Gregory Floyd, A father copes after a tragic loss of his child.
- (Parents) A Different Dream for My Child, By Jolene Philo, A family facing the life threatening birth defect of their child and the support given.
- (Parents) A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal, By Molly Minnick, A book for parents making difficult decisions about their babies
- A Terrible Thing Happened, By Margaret M Holmes, A boy experiences something terrible and begins anxiety which results in him feeling bad, getting stomach aches and having bad dreams. (Doesn't say what the bad thing is - good for several experiences)
- (Parents) Armfuls of Time: The Psychological Experience of the Child with a Life-Threatening Illness, By Barbara M. Sourkes, A therapist talks about the sessions she has with children.
- Beyond the Rainbow, By Marge Eaton Heegard, A book to help a child suffering from a serious illness cope.
- Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul, By Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, Stories of grief and coping.
- (Parents) Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, By Deborah L. Davis, Helps with the heartache of miscarriages, stillbirths and infant deaths.
- Gentle Willow, By Joyce Mills, A girl is upset that she is going to lose her friend, Gentle Willow, but the Tree Wizards help her understand memories and that there are special ways of saying goodbye.
- (Parents) Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience, By Barbara Karnes, explains in a simple, gentle yet direct manner the process of dying from disease
- (Grandparents) Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents, By Mary Lou Reed, A book about grandparents dual sorrow when a grandchild dies. They cry for their lost grandchild and they also cry for the terrible grief they see their own child having to bear.
- (Parents) Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-threatening illness, By Hank Dunn, a guide to help patients and families with end-of-life decisions.
- I Miss You: A first look at Death, By Pat Thomas, Help understand death and the normal feelings of grief.
- I Know I Made It Happen, By Lynn Blackburn, A young girl thinks certain things are her fault. She learns that no one is to blame.
- If Nathan Were Here, By Mary Bahr, A story of children mourning the loss of a friend.
- (Parents) Lean On Me Gently: Helping the Grieving Child, By Doug Manning, Doug provides answers and assurances for anyone who is concerned about a child in grief.
- Lifetimes, By Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen, A gentle way to explain death to a child and how all living things reach the end of a lifetime.
- Little Tree: A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems, By Joyce C. Mills, A story for children about the changes the may experience and how they are still the same person.
- Living Well with My Serious Illness, By Marge Eaton Heegaard, An activity book that helps a child deal with their serious illness.
- (Parents) Loving and Letting Go, By Deborah Davis, For parents who decided to turn away from aggressive medical intervention for their critically ill newborn
- Lost and Found: Remembering a Sister, By Ellen Yeomans, A girl recounts her confusing thoughts and feelings after the death of her sister.
- Mama does the Mambo, By Kathleen Lenier, A mother and father used to dance. When the father dies the mother stops dancing and the little girl notices and is sad. The mom soon finds a new partner and enjoys dancing again.
- (Parents) Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives, By Phyllis Rolfe Silverman, A good explaining how children understand death.
- (Parents and Children) Notes Left Behind, By Brooke and Keith Desserich, A true story of a six-year-old girl named Elena and her battle against pediatric brain cancer.
- Ocho Loved Flowers, By Anne Fontaine, A little girl takes care of her cat who is dying from a tumor.
- (Parents) Shadows in the Sun: The Experiences of Sibling Bereavement in Childhood, By Betty Davies, A book that reflects on short and long term bereavement of siblings.
- Someone Special Died, By Joan Singleton Prestine, A girl describes the anger and sadness she feels after someone she loves dies. She makes a scrapbook to remember the things that they did together.
- Stacy Had A Little Sister, By Wendie Old, A girl looses her baby sister to Sudden Death Syndrome.
- Sunflowers and Rainbows for Tia: Saying Goodbye to Daddy, By Alesia Greene, Tells how a young girl feels when her father dies and how the family expresses it.
- That Summer, By Tony Johnston, A dying child and his family sew a quilt of memories.
- The Bug Cemetery, By Francis Hill, Some neighborhood friends have funerals for dead bug's they find. However, when one experiences the death of a pet it is a different matter.
- The Empty Place, By Roberta Temes, A boy opens up to a babysitter who also lost a sibling and talks about the emotions he has as he deals with his sister's death.
- The Giving Tree, By Shel Silverstein, A book open to many interpretations.
- The Next Place, By Warren Hanson, Simple text take one on a journey to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.
- Tough Boris, By Mem Fox, A young boy sneaks into a Pirate's ship and finds that even tough Pirates cry.
- (Parent) Waiting with Gabriel, By Amy Kuebelbeck, A book reflecting on the struggles faced by a mom finding out early in pregnancy of her unborn child having a hypoplastic heart and her decision in limiting care.
- (Parents) When Courage Lies in Letting Go, By Deborah Davis, A book affirming parents who are considering palliative care, or have already decided against continued aggressive medical intervention for their dying child
- When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, By Laurie Krasny Brown, Answers the basic questions about death such as why do people die and what does dead mean.
- When Families Grieve, By Sesame Street, Helps a family sort through tough emotions.
- When Someone Dies, By Sharon Greenlee, Explains that when someone dies many things stop, but the memories go on.
- When the Wind Stops, By Charlotte Zolotow, A young boy is reluctant for his day to end, but his mother assures him that nothing in the natural world ends. "It begins in another place, or in a different way."
- (Parents) 25 Things to Do: When Grandpa Passes Away, Mom and Dad Get Divorced or the Dog Dies, By Laurie A. Kanyer, A resource of tools to help you cope.