Loss of a Parent or Loved One to Suicide

If you are looking for a book in this category, I am so deeply sorry. No book is going to make things okay or make sense. My hope is that the books listed here could help a child to feel less alone in this experience. They also provide hope that things will get relatively better over time, and they dispel a child’s worry that they were the cause of a loved one’s suicide.
Age range: 2nd grade through 6th grade.
Recommended for: Children who have lost a loved one to suicide and are ready to talk about it. Best for kids who are verbally-oriented and craving some real talk about what they and their family have gone through. This book is the most applicable in this category to children who have lost someone they care about other than a caregiver (e.g., extended family members, teachers, etc.) to suicide.
Age range: Best for young children–preschool through 1st grade.
Recommended for: Exclusively for young children who have lost a parent or other loved one to suicide. Best read after the family has had a bit of time to stabilize and reestablish safety and the child has had some time to process what has happened (i.e., not immediately after a suicide, but perhaps several weeks or months later).
Age range: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Recommended for: Exclusively for children who have lost a loved one to suicide, or who are aware of a loved one’s attempted suicide. It reassures children that suicide is not their fault or their loved one’s but rather the result of an illness, and it models and validates the complex range of feelings that a child may be having. Best read with a child after the family has had some time to restabilize to some extent and a child is starting to have questions and express complex feelings about their loved one’s suicide (i.e., not immediately after the loss).