When Children Grieve

For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses

by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr. Leslie Matthews

The first—and definitive—guide to helping children really deal with loss from the authors of the The Grief Recovery Handbook

Following deaths, divorces, or the confusion of major relocation, many adults tell their children “don’t feel bad.” In fact, say the authors of the highly praised The Grief Recovery Handbook, feeling bad or sad is precisely the appropriate emotion attached to sad events. Encouraging a child to bypass grief without completion can cause unseen long-term damage.

When Children Grieve helps parents break through the misinformation that surrounds the topic of grief. It pinpoints the six major myths that hamper children in adapting to life’s inevitable losses. Practical and compassionate, it guides parents in creating emotional safety and spells out specific actions to help children move forward successfully.


  • HarperCollins; June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780062015488
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: When Children Grieve
  • Author: John W. James; Russell Friedman; Dr. Leslie Matthews
  • Imprint: HarperCollins e-books

In The Press

"Once in a generation, a book comes along that alters the way society views a topic. When Children Grieve is an essential primer for parents and others who interact with children on a regular basis."