What Does Grief Feel Like? (Hardcover)

What Does Grief Feel Like? By Korie Leigh, Mike Malbrough (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Korie Leigh, Mike Malbrough (Illustrator)
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Help young children explore the ways people experience grief when someone dies.

Gentle and reassuring, What Does Grief Feel Like? shares the many ways people can grieve when a loved one dies and validates children’s unique grief experiences. Open-ended questions throughout the book invite children to share what they are thinking, feeling, and going through: 
  • What did you feel after your special person died?
  • What happens when your grief gets too big?
  • What do you do in your family and community to help your grief?
Dr. Korie Leigh has spent over sixteen years specializing in working with children and families experiencing grief and loss, and she wrote What Does Grief Feel Like? from a child development perspective, with developmentally appropriate vocabulary. A caregiver’s guide provides helpful information on developmental stages, expressions, and behaviors of grief in children.

About the Author

With training as a child life specialist and grief counselor, Dr. Korie Leigh specializes in working with children and families experiencing grief and loss. As an associate professor and program director, she teaches graduate courses on child development, death, dying, and bereavement. Dr. Leigh obtained her Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, where she wrote her dissertation on the lived experiences of bereaved parents. She also holds an M.A. in public health and grief counseling and a B.A. in child development. She speaks and presents at national and regional conferences on issues of grief, loss, and coping. Dr. Leigh is the author of What Does Grief Feel Like? and It Won't Ever Be the Same. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Praise For…

“This gem should be in every school, and in just about every home and workplace, too. It’s high time that we brought this necessary and fundamental human experience out of the shadows. Thank you, Dr. Leigh, for doing exactly that, and just in time.”
— BJ Miller, M.D., author of A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practice Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

What Does Grief Feel Like? is a beautifully illustrated, interactive book for children grieving significant losses. Rather than instruct them how to feel, it allows them to explore their own feelings and experiences with gentle guidance and understanding.”
— Donna L. Schuurman, Ed.D., FT, senior director of advocacy and education and executive director emeritus, Dougy Center

“A beautiful and tender book for children that will expand the emotional capacity and depth of understanding for them and the adults who love them.”
— Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, professor at ASU and author of Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

What Does Grief Feel Like? is a gift to grieving families. Through storytelling, this comprehensive resource empathetically guides young readers through the complex emotions of grief while simultaneously educating the adult reading alongside them. This sensitive book validates the overwhelming emotions felt when someone we love dies. Every person needs this book as death will affect us all at some point in our one precious lifetime.”
— Amie Lands, author of Perfectly Imperfect Family and Navigating the Unknown

What Does Grief Feel Like? is a beautifully illustrated and thoughtful book that allows children to explore the many feelings of grief they may be experiencing after the loss of a loved one. As a child explores the book’s gentle questions and empathetic text, they will come to see that the emotions surrounding grief take many forms, and all of them are perfectly normal. Dr. Leigh’s book also includes ‘A Guide for Caring Adults,’ an essential guide for any adult who is helping a child navigate the loss of a loved one. Highly accessible for both parents, caregivers, and professionals, Dr. Leigh’s calm, reassuring and respectful voice shines through. This book is a must for any professional working with children in a therapeutic setting, essential for families facing loss, and for any child who is grieving.”
— Jeanette Molineaux, MA, CCLS, learning specialist, certified child life specialist, and parent educator

“The ways children grieve are often mysterious, both to themselves and to the adults around them. This book is an incredibly valuable resource that helps kids understand the grief process and at the same time provides practical information for the adults who are supporting them on their journey of loss.”
— Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631987069
ISBN-10: 1631987062
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English

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