Books about different causes of death

‘Beyond the rough rock: supporting a child who has been bereaved through suicide’ a Winston’s Wish publication

Explaining to a child that someone has died by suicide is possibly one of the most difficult situations that a parent or carer might ever face.  This booklet offers practical advice for families in the immediate days and weeks when suicide has been the cause of death. The booklet includes child-friendly activities for you to do as a family as you begin to make sense of what has happened and start to look at ways in which your family can learn to cope.


‘Hope beyond the headlines: supporting a child bereaved through murder or manslaughter’ a Winston’s Wish publication

Practical advice for families in the immediate days, weeks and months following a murder. It is written for both parents and professionals, giving them the confidence to involve children and young people in understanding and managing the particular difficulties and complexities that so often surround a death by murder or manslaughter. The booklet includes child-friendly activities to do with children or as a family to help them to make sense of what has happened and to begin to express their grief.


‘Someone has died suddenly’ by Mary Williams

This book looks at sudden death and uses simple language and colourful pictures to communicate important messages and encourage discussion and honesty between children and their carers.


‘The family has been informed: supporting bereaved children and young people from military families’ by Helen Mackinnon, a Winston’s Wish publication

This booklet offers information that aims to be helpful to families and professionals who come into contact with children and young people from military families who have been bereaved. It provides insight into the nature of military life and death to relatives, friends and schools who are less familiar with the unique challenges facing bereaved military families.