Children & Adolescents Experiencing Grief: A Resource List


Journal Articles


Malone, P (2007) The Impact of Peer Death on Adolescent Girls: A Task-Oriented Group Intervention, Journal of Social Work in End of Life & Palliative Care, 3 (3), 23-37.


Adolescents' exposure to death is high, with approximately 40% of adolescents reporting past year death of a peer. Each of the estimated annual 14,000 deaths of adolescents has an impact on friends, classmates, and peers, with adolescent girls experiencing more peer deaths within a one year time frame than boys. Much of the literature focuses on parent or sibling death but little on the death of a peer. The sudden and unexpected nature of adolescent deaths appears to be a common experience that deeply affects adolescent girls and puts them at risk for a wide range of negative physical, emotional, social, and cognitive outcomes. The author outlines a task-oriented group intervention that meets the developmental, emotional, cognitive, and gender-specific needs of adolescent girls grieving the death of a peer.



Markell, K. & Markell, M (2008). The Children Who Lived: Using Harry Potter and Other Fictional Characters to Help Grieving Children and Adolescents. New York: Routledge.

Harry Potter’s encounters with grief, as well as the grief experiences of other fictional characters, can be used by educators, counselors, and parents to help children and adolescents deal with their own loss issues. The Children Who Lived is a unique approach toward grief and loss in children. Focusing on fictional child and adolescent characters experiencing grief, this book uses classic tales and the Harry Potter books to help grieving children and adolescents. Included in the text are a number of activities, discussion questions, and games that could be used with grieving children and adolescents, based on the fictional characters in these books.

Perschy, M.K (2004). Helping Teens Work Through Grief. New York: Routledge

Wolfelt, A. D. (2004). The understanding your grief support group guide. Fort Collins, Colorado: Companion Press.


This book is for caregivers who want to lead an effective grief support group.  It explains how to get a group started and how to keep it running smoothly once it’s underway.  The leader’s roles and responsibilities are explored in detail, including communication skills, trust building and handling problems.


Worden, J. W. (2009). Grief counselling and grief therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Key features of is handbook include a chapter, The Mourning Process, which includes discussion on the personal and social variables that shape individual mourning process; detailed guidelines and models for approaching special types of mourning, including suicide, sudden death, and miscarriage and guidelines to help therapists understand and work through their own experiences of grief.



Winston’s Wish is the leading is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families. The website has a variety of resources for professionals, families & adolescents including a manual for professionals.

Rainbows’ website has a wide variety of downloadable resources for working with particular groups of young people experiencing loss. The resources and links sections have multiple resources available for order or download. 

The Bailey’s Hope Society website includes program dates, application procedures and downloads (including those for  Camp Dragonfly) a variety of links, grief rights, volunteer options and well as the Society’s vision and mission.





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