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Death & Dying: Death of Other Relatives

General | Death of a Grandparent | Death of a Parent | Death of a Child (Sibling) | Death of a Friend | Death of a Pet |

The books on this bibliography are designed to help parents and children cope with the death of a loved one.  Not every book is appropriate for every child.  We strongly urge caregivers to pre-read a book before sharing it with a young person.

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Losing Uncle Tim.  Mary Kate Jordan.  Ages 5-10. 
When his beloved Uncle Tim dies of AIDS, Daniel struggles to find reassurance and understanding and finds that his favorite grown-up has left him a legacy of joy and courage.

Tiger Flowers.  Patricia Quinlin.  Ages 4-8. 
When his uncle, Michael, dies of AIDS, Joel's dreams and thoughts of Michael keep his memory alive.

Too far away to touch.   Leslea Newman.  Ages 5-8.
Zoe's favorite uncle Leonard takes her to a planetarium and explains that if he dies he will be like the stars, too far away to touch, but close enough to see.

You Hold Me and I’ll Hold You.  Jo Carson.  Ages 4-7. 
When a great-aunt dies, a young child finds comfort in being held and in holding, too.


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