what we do
encourage and support sharing good books and stories about death and loss with children and teens
throughout their lives
not if but when
Death is a natural part of our time on earth together. Each of us will lose people important to us, and each of us will die. The question is not if, but when.
young people need help
Children and teens facing the loss of friends and family, or their own mortality, need help navigating the emotional, physical, and practical upheavals and restorations that are part of the natural process. Books offer opportunities to ask questions, wonder, and simply acknowledge the realities of their circumstances.
the sooner the better
We tend to broach the subject of death with young people only after death has occurred or becomes imminent. By "protecting" children from these conversations we inadvertently prevent them from acquiring the skills and context necessary to make sense of death when it does arrive. Introducing the subject through books and stories provides a safe and comfortable context for these important conversations.
a categorized selection of books about death and loss
books are available through the Whatcom County Library System, the Western Washington University Wilson Library, and at your local library or independent bookstore
we are dedicated to meaningful considerations of grief, mourning, and peace through literature