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Grief Book

The Grief Encounter Grief Book is a unique resource for bereaved children, first created in 2004 and now updated to reflect everything supported children and families have taught us in the years since Grief Encounter began

Grief Book

This award winning activity book, created by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, accompanies you on the journey of grief following the death of someone special. We go through the initial traumatic days and weeks to the longer part of the journey of recovery.

The Grief Book not only offers a space to interactively explore memories, emotions and challenges but also creates a safe ‘container’ to store these thoughts and feelings so children can revisit them as they move forward carrying their loss with them.

This activity book for bereaved children, has many exercises created to:

  • Encourage open conversations between adults and children about death and loss
    Help normalise and explore the difficult feelings that many don’t associate with children’s grief such as anger, fear and guilt
  • Create an opportunity for children to find out more about their loved one, facilitating the continuing of bonds into the future
  • Acknowledge the sometimes overwhelming and confusing feelings, helping children to name emotions and make sense of them
  • Allow a scaffolded and gradual approach to processing loss

The Grief Book is designed to create time to talk and think together but also to be set aside at other times, to allow children to get on with their everyday lives.

The activities are primarily aimed at 5-13 year olds, but could be used selectively with younger children, teenagers, and young adults who may also find the book helpful. The focus is on the death of a parent or sibling but with guidance many of the activities are appropriate for processing the loss of grandparents and other significant family and friends.

If you are a professional working with bereaved children you can order the Grief Book by contacting us.

If you are a bereaved parent or carer please contact the grieftalk helpline

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Griefbook 5 stars review

One of the 5 Star reviews

“Excellent work book with lots of ideas to use with grieving children. I like the fact it covers all the stages a child may go through and gives you ideas to work with them in an age appropriate manner.”

some Sample pages to download

Grief Puzzle

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me myself & I

Most people feel a different person following the death of someone close. This activity explores these grieving feelings

Word Search

There are so many ways to describe your feelings, here is a word search to help you find your grieving expressions