Children and Grief

Helping Your Child Understand Death

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Talking to your child about death, dying, and eternal life can be one of the most difficult things you'll ever do--if you're unprepared. How can you prepare yourself and your children for what should be not a onetime discussion but the beginning of a lifelong conversation?

Children and Grief is a compassionate, understanding resource full of ideas to help you support your child through the questions, emotions, and struggles that death and loss inevitably bring. Author and grief recovery specialist Joey O'Connor teaches you how to

In the midst of pain and grief, death can be an opportunity to share much about life, eternity, and God's love. Children and Grief will help you grab hold of the experience--tough as it is--with insight that will give you both confidence and peace of mind.


"Children and Grief joins good intentions with superb information. Joey O'Connor writes passionately and purposefully to guide parents and guardians in helping their children deal with life's most painful events."-Russell Friedman, executive director, The Grief Recovery Institute, coauthor, The Grief Recovery Handbook and When Children Grieve

"Children and Grief truly is a must have resource for anyone explaining the reality of death to children. The book puts in plain words the conflicting emotions of grief and shows how to teach children to trust God in death and life beyond this world."-Dave Dravecky, Outreach of Hope

"A great resource for teaching kids the truth about death and dying."--Stephen Arterburn

The Author

  1. Joey O’Connor

    Joey O’Connor

    Joey O'Connor is the author of several books for couples, parents, and young adults. He has appeared on several television programs to educate parents about how to discuss life and death issues with their children, as well as dozens of national radio programs to help...

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Endorsements from Heaven's Not A Crying Place:

"Joey O'Connor has succeeded in writing a sensitive, compassionate book that helps parents not only cope with the difficult subject of death with their children, but helps them teach their children about death within the larger scope of life. He emphasizes the important responsibility that we have as parents for teaching our children about life and death as part of their emotional and spiritual development, even though we don't know all the answers."--Randi McAllister-Black, Ph.D., City of Hope National Medical Center

"This book is a gift to moms and dads who suffer, by providing them with heartfelt, practical, and Spirit-led advice during the season when there are more questions than answers."--Dr. Ridge Burns, executive director, Forest Home Christian Conference Center

"Joey has done a wonderful job of showing us how to grieve and also what happens when we refuse to use this gift of healing from God. This book is a great resource for teaching kids the truth about death and dying,"--Stephen Artherburn, cofounder & chairman, New Life Clinics