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Bibliography for Bereaved Families


About the Financial Impact of Depression and Grief

Experiencing depression or grief can be a difficult time to say the least. However, when financial issues occur as a result of this, the problem can be made even worse.

Having unpaid time off work, a reduced income and a larger portion of the bills to pay can have a huge financial impact on your life. Fortunately, help and advice is available to those experiencing this and you should never feel as if you’ve got nowhere to turn.

If you’re experiencing bereavement or depression and wish to know what your options are, this guide includes tips, advice and information on the financial impact of this and what you can do.

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Children Die, Too by Joy and Dr. S.M. Johnson

Talks about feelings, dealing with guilt, why questions, facing sadness.  Sections on relating to others, your other children, moving on.

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah Davis, PhD

Deals with feelings, death decisions, family needs, telling the children, support networks, and your next baby.

For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner

Addresses the grief grandparents feel and how they can be there, even while grieving, too.

Goodbye My Child by Sara Rich Wheeler and Margaret Pike

Gives what-to-do now list.  Helps with funeral planning, practical questions.  Covers deaths of all ages of children, men/women’s grief, healing dealing with family, phases of mourning, caring for yourself, red flags of grief, unfinished business and different kinds of death.

Grief Comes to Class – An Educator’s Guide by Majel Gliko-Braden

Handbook explaining children’s understanding of death and helping them deal with their feelings when grief comes to the classroom.  Includes a bibliography and outlines a process for a conference for a grieving student.

How Do We Tell The Children? By Dan Schaefer and Christine Lyons

A step-by-step guide for helping children ages 2- teen cope when someone dies.

Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child by Earl Grollman

            Simple, straight forward guide to answer children’s questions about death.

Transcending Loss.  Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful by Ashley Prend

An inspiring new approach to the lifelong process of grieving.  The author asserts that death doesn’t end the relationship, it simply forges a new type of relationship – one based not on physical presence but on memory, spirit, and love.

The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Schiff

A walk through of the on-going grief after a child dies.  Good suggestions for recovery.

Pediatric Advanced Care Team Resources and Support Programs


Children’s Hospital Pediatric Advanced Care Team’s staff are available to consult with families and provide individualized referral for psychosocial support as needed.  Please contact our social worker, Marsha Joselow, at (617) 355-4974 to access this service.


Memorial Services: Annual Memorial Service at Children’s Hospital, Boston

Centering Corporation: Offers a comprehensive book and resource list to families, caregivers and medical staff.

Box 33670.

Omaha, NE 68104

(402) 553-1200                        

The Compassionate Friends: National organization that offers monthly support groups in your area along with quarterly newsletters and pamphlets.  Contact the national office to find the chapter in your area.

PO Box 3696

Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696

(630) 990-0010             

Bereavement Magazine: This magazine is published six times per year and includes stories, poems, and articles for support.            Bereavement Publishing, Inc.

4765 North Carefree Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80917

(888) 604-HOPE (4673)

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation: International peer support group for parents of children who have or have had cancer.

7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 460

Bethesda, MD 20814-3014

(800) 366-2223                         


Social Work Therapy Referral Service: Free confidential telephone referral service servicing most towns in MA. Help you find a skilled individual family or group therapist.

14 Beacon St.

Boston MA 02108

(800) 242-9794                   


Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care: Provides a comprehensive resource guide with listings by region

National Hospice Contact:        


Children’s Hospice International:  


New England Hospice Contacts:

Massachusetts:  The Hospice Federation of MA (781) 255-7077

Rhode Island: Home & Hospice Care of RI  (401) 727-7070

Connecticut:  Hospice Council of CT  (203) 238-1922

New Hampshire: NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (603) 225-0900 x221

Maine:  Maine Hospice Council  (207) 626-0651    

Vermont:  Hospice Council of Vermont (802) 229-0579


Grief & Loss Support Groups offered: Most hospices offer groups for children, teens and adults for any family, whether or not they cared for your family member. Many have camps and special events. Below is a sampling not a comprehensive list.



Partner’s Hospice

281 Winter St. #200

Waltham, MA 02451

(781) 894-1100              http://www/


Hospice of the North Shore

10 Elm Street

Danvers, MA  01923              

(978) 774-7566   


VNA and Hospice of Greater Lowell

336 Central St.

Lowell, MA 01852

(800) 349-8585    


Merrimack Valley Hospice      

360 Merrimack St.       

Lawrence, MA  01834

(978) 552-4599    


The Children’s Room: Center for Grieving Children & Teenagers, Inc.

819 Massachusetts Ave.

Arlington, MA  02476  

(781) 641-4741    



Boston Medical Center                                      

One Boston Medical Center Place                            

Boston, MA  02118

(617) 414-4005   



Caring for Kids (offered by Brockton VNA)
500 Belmont Suite 200
Brockton, MA 02401
(508) 894-5274


Hospice of the South Shore

100 Bay State Drive
Braintree, MA. 02184

(781) 843-0947


Pieta of Norwood sponsors monthly support group for parents whose child has died.

27 St. James Ave.

Norwood, MA

Contact Rectory (781) 762-0979, Babara Waters (508) 384-6663, or Jo Collari (508) 668-3105


Cranberry Hospice                

377 Court St., Bldg #3, Suite 317

Plymouth, MA   02360                 

(508) 746-0215


Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Inc.

270 Communication Way                                         

Hyannis, MA 02601                 

(800) 642-2423



HEART Play: HEART Play programs offer a creative arts experience for children ages 3-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one or are living with the terminal illness of a family member.  Programs are both home and agency based. 

Parmenter VNA and Community Care

266 Cochituate Rd                               

Wayland, MA  01778  



MetroWest Homecare and Hospice

85 Lincoln Street

Framingham, MA   01702

(508) 383-7000


The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children & Teens:       

286 Prospect Street

Northhampton, MA  01061           

(413) 584-7086



Friends Way

765 W. Shore Rd.
Warwick, RI 02889

(401) 921-0908                            



Seacoast Hospice Exeter

10 Hampton Road

Exeter, NH 03833

(603) 778-7391                            

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association

250 Pleasant St. POB 1797

Concord, NH 03302-1797

(800) 924-8620                                    


Home Health & Hospice Care- serving the greater Nashua area

80 Continental Blvd.

Merrimack, NH 03054

(603) 882-2941                            


                                          Internet Information a company started by a bereaved mom and child life specialist. This website offers a link to all kinds of resources for bereaved families. Allie Zelinski, a chat room host for the AOL forum Moms Online, provides this small site for bereaved parents who have suffered the loss of children or infants. Site accepts original poetry submissions from visitors and posts memorials. Includes a Dad's Network area, one of the few sites on the net to explicitly acknowledge men's grief. : Website for the Dougy Center, a nationally renowned center for work with grieving children and teens.  It has information for adults to help young people, as well as information and activities for children and teens to help understand their grief.  Information is even provided to assist with the grief experienced if someone at the child’s school dies. : Large site for both adults and children.  It specializes in “email support groups” where peers provide support, while also being monitored by trained therapists and a licensed psychiatrist.  Site for children ( also includes support for typical childhood/adolescent issues (ie: peer pressure, dating, family relationships, etc.)

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