Siblings of Loss Resources

Organizations

Scared Sidless

A non profit created to help families by offering creative grief initiatives and hosts Camp Cullin yearly for siblings who face loss when they lose a sibling.

Team Mercy

TeamMercy is a 501c3 non-profit foundation  providing connections to resources for families facing the death of a child. TeamMercy.org  assists grieving families, specifically the siblings, through the one of life’s most difficult tragedies, by providing funding for an existing activity for those siblings through Mercy’s Gift: a grant providing funding for an existing  extra-curricular, academic, or mental health related.

Books

The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst

A simple story that reminds children and adults they are never truly alone.  As the mother in this story explains, “People who love each other are always connected by a very special string make of love.  Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart and know that you are always connected to the ones your love.

My Yellow Balloon

By Tiffany Papageorge

Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.

The Memory Box

By Joanna Rowland

From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together

Tear Soup: A Recipe of  Healing After Loss

By Pat Schwiebert

Grandy has suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of “tear soup”.  Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy’s life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process.

Voyage to the Star Kingdom

By Anne Riley

Inspired by a real-life family, Voyage to the Star Kingdom is vivid reminder that our stories don’t end with death, and that the King is indeed making all things new.

When Someone Very Special Dies

By Marge Heegaard

Children can learn to cope with Grief.  A practical format for allowing children to understand the concept of death and develop coping skills for life.

Websites

Sesame Street In Communities- Helping Kids Grieve

Coping with the death of a loved one brings enormous challenges for the whole family. Grieving may never completely end, but working through the difficult feelings can become easier with time. Through support, open conversations, and finding ways to keep the person’s memory alive, families can begin healing together.