The best children's books for grieving to aid in recovery after a loss

Linda Matesa Author Of The Golden Bowl: A book to help children cope with grief
By Linda Matesa

Who am I?

I was not intentionally set out to write books for children, but I was inspired to do so after struggling to face the challenges brought on by my illness—multiple brain tumors and surgeries. Creating messages through stories for children facing such hardship as a life-threatening illness, at times even brought me the reason I needed to keep fighting for my health and for my life.

I wrote...

The Golden Bowl: A book to help children cope with grief

By Linda Matesa, Oksana Kindzer (illustrator),

Book cover of The Golden Bowl: A book to help children cope with grief

What is my book about?

This illuminating story sheds light on the difficult subject of grieving and loss gently and lovingly. A mother explains to her young son that a person’s soul can be like a bright shiny bowl filled with memories and experiences. She encourages her son to think calmly about their happy times together and to hold onto those memories. Filled with love and hope, this tale shares a meaningful and helpful way to discuss grief with young children.

This heartfelt story helps to make sense of intangible concepts such as what makes up a soul and what happens to someone after they pass away. As young readers are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity, a daunting subject becomes more accessible and less frightening.

The books I picked & why

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You'll Find Me

By Amanda Rawson Hill, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (illustrator),

Book cover of You'll Find Me

Why this book?

It is a beautiful book that explains that when loved ones cannot be with us physically, they are still present in our lives in many different ways. The story is written in a tender and heartfelt way that made me feel emotion with each turn of the page. I had to cry as I read the story, but they were not tears of sorrow, they were tears of joy and comfort knowing that death is nothing but an illusion.

The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (illustrator),

Book cover of The Invisible String

Why this book?

I read this book after publishing my own book about grief and why I loved it so much was because the author has a similar vision of people, things, and the world. Reading the story I had the impression that I was reading my own mind. I think this book explains very well to the reader how important love is to keep the connection among those who are separated alive. This story is written in a comforting and entertaining way and I believe it helps heal wounds after a loss.

Everett Anderson's Goodbye

By Lucille Clifton, Ann Grifalconi (illustrator),

Book cover of Everett Anderson's Goodbye

Why this book?

The book entails a powerful message by describing all the stages of grief that we go through after losing someone. A book reminds us that love does not end after death, but it lives in us as we carry on despite our sadness and loss. The story will allow the reader to experience sets of emotions as an integral part of healing.

Till We Meet Again

By Julie Muller,

Book cover of Till We Meet Again

Why this book?

I was very pleased to read that book. It comforts us to know that the people we lost are living through us, through our actions I share the author's view that the world we live in is not our home. Like the author, I think we're just passing through this world, which means we will all see each other again when the time comes.

I Miss You: Grief and Mental Health Books for Kids

By Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker (illustrator),

Book cover of I Miss You: Grief and Mental Health Books for Kids

Why this book?

The book explains that death is a natural element of life and explains it in a comprehensible and easy way. It will be a good read for those who believe only in that which they see. The book also explains the importance of having someone to talk to after someone dies and dealing with the emotions.

I would suggest this book to young readers and families who do not believe in a Higher Power or do not know whether they believe it or not.

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