Grief Lending Library

An essential part of the Academy, the Kim Peterson Memorial Grief Lending Library houses an extensive collection of books and resources for all ages, available for check out.

Located at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway (3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines), the library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Use the below categories to assist with your search.

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • Children and Terminal Illness
  • Children's Books
  • Death of a Child
  • Death of a Partner
  • Death of a Pet
  • General Adult Grief
  • Helping Teens and Children
  • Professionals
  • Spanish Language
  • Sudden Death
  • Teen Books

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Title Author Description Category Topics Location
About David Pfeffer, Susan Beth (Delacorte Press, 1980)

When her close friend since childhood murders his adoptive parents and kills himself, 17 year old Lynn is haunted by the tragedy.

  • Suicide
Adolescence and Death Corr, Charles A., Ph.D. (Springer Publishing Company, 1986)

Guidelines for assisting adolescents presently struggling with the difficult issues of dying, death and bereavement.

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After A Parent’s Suicide: helping children heal Requarth, Margo, M.A., M.F.T. (Healing Hearts Press, 2006)

This book focuses on how to help children and teens in the aftermath of a parent’s suicide. The book provides an overview of current thinking/research on suicide and explores the increased risk of mental health issues for child survivors. In addition to information about how children grieve at different developmental levels, it also offers comfort to the bereaved, specific coping strategies for families facing this trauma, and insight into what promotes resiliency.

  • Suicide
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Alicia Afterimage Delacre, Lulu (LEE and LOW BOOKS Inc., 2008)

Explores the life of Alicia, a popular sixteen-year-old, in the aftermath of a fatal car crash, as her friends, family members, and others recall key episodes that show her impact on their lives. Includes author’s note about the real Alicia and how she inspired the book, as well as resources on teen grief.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
Child's View of Grief, A Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Center for Loss and Life Transition, 1991)

The author explains how children and adolescents grieve after someone loved dies. For adults who want to help.

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Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss Dougy Center, The (The Dougy Center, 2019)

The Dougy Center and American Foundation For Suicide Prevention created this helpful book discussing children and teen suicide loss.

Close Enough to Touch Peck, Richard (Delacorte Press, 1981)

A seventeen-year-old boy trying to recover from the loss of his girlfriend meets an unusual girl.

  • Death of a Partner
Companioning the Grieving Child Curriculum Book: activities to help children and teens heal Morrissey, Patricia, M.S. ED. and Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2013)

This guide provides hundreds of hands-on activities tailored for grieving children in three age groups: preschool, elementary, and teens. Through the use of readings, games, discussion questions, and arts and crafts, caregivers can help grieving young people acknowledge the reality of the death, embrace the pain of the loss, remember the person who died, develop a new self-identity, search for meaning, and accept support.

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Coping With Grief Buckingham, Dr. PH Robert W. (The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 1991)

Discusses how to deal with different types of grief, in such situations as death, suicide, romantic break-up, and pregnancy. Includes fictional examples and lists of crisis centers and agencies to provide help.

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Dear Edward Napolitano, Ann (The Dial Press, 2020)

A coming-of-age story about a 12 year old boy who is the sole survivor of a 187 plane crash that kill his brother and parents. This is a beautiful story about the ways a broken heart can learns to love again.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death
Everything You Need To Know When A Parent Dies Bratman, Fred (Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. 1992)

Ages 9-16. A realistic guide to coping with the stresses and emotions a child or young teen may face when a parent has died.

  • Death of a Parent
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Fatal Choice Baucom, John O. (Moody Press, 1986)

Shows how to respond constructively to any adolescent and to troubled adolescents in particular.

  • Teens
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Finding the Words: how to talk with children and teens about death, suicide, funerals, homicide, cremation, and other end-of-life matters. Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D., C.T. (Companion Press, 2013)

Simplified and suitable methods for talking to children and teenagers about sensitive topics with an emphasis on the subject of death. Honest but child-appropriate language is advocated, and various wording and levels of explanation are suggested for different ages when discussing topics such as death in general, suicide, homicide, accidental death, the death of a child, terminal illness, pet death, funerals, and cremation.

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Formal Feeling, A Oneal, Zibby (The Viking Press, 1982)

Sixteen-year-old Anne, home from boarding school for the holidays, has difficulty accepting her new stepmother’s presence in the house that holds so many memories of her dead mother.

  • Death of a Mother
Grieving for the Sibling You Lost: A Teen’s Guide to Coping with Grief and Finding Meaning after Loss Goldblatt Hyatt, Ericka (Instant Help Books, 2015)

For the first time, a psychotherapist specializing in teen and adolescent bereavement offers a compassionate guide to help you discover your unique coping style, deal with overwhelming emotions, and find constructive ways to manage this profound loss so you can move forward in a meaningful and healthy way.

  • Death of a Sibling
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Grieving Teen, The: a guide for teenagers and their friends Fitzgerald, Helen (Fireside, 2000)

The author turns her attention to the special needs of adolescents struggling with loss and gives teens the tools they need to work through their pain and grief. Although the circumstances surrounding a death are difficult to handle at any age, adolescence brings with it challenges and struggles that until now have been largely overlooked. Fitzgerald adeptly covers the entire range of situations in which teens may find themselves grieving a death, whether the cause was old age, terminal illness, school violence, or suicide. She helps teens address the gamut of strong and difficult emotions they will experience and the new situations they will face, including family changes, issues with friends, problems at school, and the courage needed to move forward with one's own life.

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Healing a Teen’s Grieving Heart: 100 practical ideas Wolfelt, Alan D. (Companion Press, 2001)

Ideal resource for parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, teachers, coaches and others who want to help a teen in grief.

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Healing The Hurt, Restoring The Hope Marta, Suzy Yehl (St. Martin’s Press, 2003)

Even if children or teenagers you love appear to be doing "just fine" after a loss, the truth is, they may be suffering in silence. They may not even know they need your help. Suzy's simple, straightforward, refreshing style makes helping a child both easy and effective. Her approach works to keep misperceptions, isolation, and sadness from permanently affecting the important children in your life.

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Healing Your Grieving Heart For Teens: 100 practical ideas Wolfelt, Alan D. (Companion Press, 2001)

Written to help teens understand and deal with their unique grief. Gives simple, practical ideas and suggested activities.

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Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss Doka, Kenneth J. and Amy S. Tucci (Hospice Foundation of America, 2014)

Focuses on ways to assist adolescents as they encounter loss, grief, and death. Some of the foremost experts in the field share their insights on this critical topic. The chapters examine the variety of losses adolescents encounter and offer ways to support both grieving adolescents and adolescents facing their own life-threatening illness. Voices of adolescents are included in their own words, to best articulate both their perspective on loss and the sources of their support.

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Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Mourn Markell, Mark A. Ph.D. (Companion Press, 2005)

This practical book offers 20 simple rituals that caregivers can use with people with developmental disabilities after a death. All of the rituals can be adapted for people of all age and all levels of disability.

  • Helping Children & Teens
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Helping Teens Cope With Death Dougy Center, The (The Dougy Center, 2004)

Learn how a death of a loved one can impact a teen, and how to help. Explains common grief reactions of teenagers, specific challenges grieving teenagers face, when to seek professional help, and advice from other parents.

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How It Feels When a Parent Dies Krementz, Jill (Alfred A. Knoph, 1988)

Ages 10-13. Children speak openly, honestly, unreservedly, of their experiences and feelings

  • Death of a Parent
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How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help Lipsky, Deborah (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013)

Through the description of personal experience, and case studies, the book explores how people with autism feel and express the loss of a loved one, how they process and come to terms with their feelings of grief, and offers practical and detailed advice to parents and caregivers on a range of sensitive issues. 

  • Helping Children & Teens
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I Can’t Talk About It Sanford, Doris (Multnomah Press, 1990)

For children ages 4 and up. At her grandmother’s beach cottage, Annie reveals her father’s sexual abuse of her to a dove who helps her heal and learn to trust again. Lists guidelines for adults to help sexually abused children.

  • Abuse
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If I Die and When I Do: exploring death with young people Sternberg, Franki (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1980)

A teacher’s experience in pioneering courses on death and dying for junior students.

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If Nathan Were Here Bahr, Mary (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2000)

Ages 6-13. A warm, sensitive story of how one little boy is encouraged and supported to find his own way to remember his best friend. Written in simple, honest language, and the warm, expressive watercolors tenderly express the sensitive story of children’s friendships.

  • Death of a Friend
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If Only Geithner, Carole (Scholastic Press, 2012)

A stunning debut about one girl's journey through loss and grief. She dares to bare her innermost fears, hurts, and wishes, and even allows herself to have a flowering crush on a boy in the school band. She also finds out deep secrets about her mother which she never knew. It's a year that will change Corinna's life forever.

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It's the End of the World as I Know it Landis, Matthew (Penguin Random House, 2019)

Since his mother was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, Derrick is building a doomsday shelter to prepare for the apocalypse when he makes friends with Misty, the girl next door.

  • Death of a Parent / Military
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Living With Grief: children and adolescents Doka, Kenneth J. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2008)

Discusses various issues that children and adolescents face before, during, and after the death of a loved one. Also touches on the dying child. Topics that are discussed include developmental perspectives, children’s hospice care, sibling loss, loss of a parent, loss of a friend, and loss experienced by military children.

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Living with Grief: children, adolescents, and loss Doka, Kenneth J., ed. (Hospice Foundation of America, 2000)

A compilation of writings each dealing with how we can better help children and adolescents cope with grief and loss, including pieces written by grieving children themselves.

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Never Too Young to Know: death in children’s lives Silverman, Phyllis Rolfe (Oxford University Press, 2000)

This book brings together diverse fields of study and offer a practical as well as multifaceted theoretical approach to how children cope with death. Using stories of children’s own experiences supported by data from a large research study, Silverman explains the wide range of effects of loss upon children, the challenges they face as they grieve, and ways of supporting them as they change and grow in the bereavement process.

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Power To Prevent Suicide, The: a guide for teens helping teens Nelson, Richard E., Ph.D. (Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 2006)

Grades 6+. Spells out the warning signs, guides teens through the steps of reaching out to a friend, and explains when and how to seek help. It also suggests ways for teens to help themselves when they are feeling stressed or depressed.

  • Sudden & Traumatic Death / Suicide
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Straight Talk About Death For Teenagers: how to cope with losing someone you love Grollman, Earl A. (Beacon Press, 1993)

Simple, direct, “straight from the heart” information about what a teenager can expect from the grieving process.

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Supporting Children And Teens Through Grief And Loss: a guide for parents Center for Grieving Children, The (1999)

A reader friendly guide to helping children. Includes: supporting grieving children and teens, signs of grief in children and teens, what you can do, teachable moments, and taking care of yourself. Information that will help parents and their grieving children.

Supporting Children And Teens Through Grief And Loss: a guide for schools Center for Grieving Children, The (1999)

A reader friendly guide to helping children. Includes: supporting grieving children and teens, signs of grief in children and teens, what you can do, teachable moments, and taking care of yourself. Information that will help schools when a death in the classroom occurs.

  • School Resources
Teen Grief Relief: parenting with understanding, support and guidance Horsley, Heidi and Gloria, Ph.D. (Rainbow Books, Inc., 2007)

Provides both parents and teens with the help they need. Shared are teen stories, feelings, techniques, references and resources for use in not only surviving but thriving after the painful loss of a family member or close friend.

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Teen Suicide: a book for friends, family and classmates Kolehmainen, Janet (Lerner Publications Company, 1986)

The facts about suicide, warning signs to watch for, and when and where to go for help.

  • Suicide / Helping Teens
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Teenagers Talk About Grief Kolf, June Cerza (Baker Book House, 1990)

Using true-life examples and a personal style, this book offers solid, compassionate help to grieving teenagers. The special problems associated with suicide are also discussed.

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Teens, Loss, and Grief: The Ultimate teen guide Myers, Edward (Scarcrow press 2004)

A self-help guide for teenagers who are struggling with bereavement and the emotional difficulties it presents. This book provides an overview of grief as a painful but normal process, offering insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss, including accounts from teens. This book closes a gap in the available literature on grief and bereavement that has tended to focus on adults and younger children. It provides a warm, accessible resource that will reassure teen readers about the normality of grief, encourages their understanding of what happens during the grief process, and provides an indispensable resource guide.

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Tell Me, Papa: a family book for children's questions about death and funerals Johnson, Joy and Marv (Highly Specialized Promotions, 1978)

"Takes the great unknown of death and tells it as it is. Feelings hurt but feelings shared are feelings diminished."

  • Suicide
Waving Goodbye - An Activities Manuel The Dougy Center (1992, 2004)

Activities promote healing when they are offered freely and when the children and teens can choose their level of participation. Activities don't heal; they create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and safety, which allows the child and teen to work through the healing process. The goal of these activities is to promote the sharing of feelings, to normalize the grief experience and to encourage peer support.

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Weird is Normal, When Teenagers Grieve Wheeler, Jenny Lee (Quality of Life Publishing, 2010)

Teens grieve differently from adults and often get lost in the shuffle after the death of a loved one. Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve is unique because it is a self-help book for grieving teens written by an actively grieving teen. Author Jenny Lee Wheeler lost her father to cancer when she was fourteen and validates for her peers that they have the right to grieve in their own way and according to their own timetable, that their grief attacks might be different from those of adults around them, and that they aren't going crazy if they see signs from their loved one.

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When a Friend Dies Gootman, Marilyn E. Ed.D. (Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 1994)

Teenagers will find many ideas for helping themselves when a friend has died. The author's gentle advice validates a loss that has often gone unacknowledged.

  • Death of a Friend
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When Northing Matters Anymore: a survival guide for depressed teens Cobain, Bev (Free Spirit Publishing, 2007)

When Nothing Matters Anymore defines and explains adolescent depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that depression is treatable. Personal stories, photos, and poetry from teens dealing with depression speak directly to readers' feelings, concerns, and experiences.

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When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book The National Alliance for Children's Grief

An activity book for a child and their caregiver to do together to help facilitate grieving a death together.

You Are Not Alone: Stories by Young Teens Who Have Experienced the Death of a Sibiling Brooke's Place (Inkwater Press, 2019)

A collection of stories by young teens who have experienced the death of a sibiling

  • Death of a Sibling
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You Don’t Have To Be Afraid: helping children cope with fear Blake, Chris (American Bible Society)

This book will help children see how much god loves them and how God works through people to provide comfort and hope. They are not alone in feeling afraid.