Background: Children's books have the potential to facilitate communication about death for children living with a serious illness and for children coping with the death of a loved one. Objectives: This study examines the content of children's literature relevant to the topic of dying and death and identifies books providers can share with children and their families. Design: A search of children's literature was conducted using four electronic databases and one additional search engine using the word "Death" or "Dying. Measurements: Each book underwent content analysis by at least two independent reviewers. Results: Two hundred ten books met inclusion criteria.
The grief after the death of a child can be unbearable and the loss will forever change you. However, if mourning becomes a constant state, you may be experiencing complicated grief. Complicated grief after the death of a child can be difficult to recognize and further complicated by the nature of the parent-child relationship. By seeking reconciliation through treatment , you can move through your grief and recapture your ability to live with joy and purpose while honoring the memory of your child. For the next two years, his room would remain exactly as he had left it, his bed strewn with stuffed animals, an unfinished drawing on his art table.