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For your consideration, books for children on death and dying:
"Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying" by Joyce Mills

or

"The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" by Leo Buscaglia

RESOURCES TO HELP KIDS COPE WITH ANXIETY, STRESS AND CRISIS
 

Anxious kid in crisis
Helping kids cope and unwind, kids and anxiety, kid's guide to dealing with school violence, a new baby, or divorce, talking to children during times of crisis, children cope with grief, death, disaster and terrorism:

This group of articles from KidsHealth helps kids deal with their feelings, including not liking school, dealing with school violence, a kid’s guide to divorce, handling homesickness, welcoming a new baby, dealing with peer pressure and much more.

Kids can sense when the adults around them are stressed and anxious, and when a disaster strikes, kids may feel that they and those they care for are in danger.  For children of all ages, here's a roadmap parents can use to help kids handle disaster-related anxiety.

The destruction and loss of life on Sept. 11th are tough to explain to youngsters.  Our wonderful neighbors to the north offer some insight.  Canada's CBC, has an outstanding site with help for parents, a video on how kids are dealing with the aftermath, a news story written for kids, and more.

How can parents talk to a young child about war?
  How can you help kids understand war and violence and feel secure during uncertain times?  These and other questions are answered by Scholastic's trusted experts at their outstanding Family Matters zone. (
On their home page, choose "Families", click on "Family Matters", then click on "Raising Kids Today".)

For parents wondering how to explain the disturbing events of 9/11 and terrorism news around the world, PBS offers plenty of good advice.  Their resources gateway for parents, America Responds, can help calm children's fears, help them heal, help them cope, and answer their questions.

The Sesame Workshop knows it's never easy to know what to say to children in anxious times like these.  What do you say when a child cries, "I'm scared."  Tragic Times, Healing Words can help you help kids cope.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some advice and articles on communicating with kids, looking for signs they might be in trouble and hit hard in times of crisis, and helping kids understand the events.

The devastating and frightening attack on America may be tough to explain to your child. Kids Health for Parents offers some thoughts on how to reassure kids, answer questions, have discussions, and when to get professional help.

Some of us feel numb, others anxious, still others anger and confusion. Kids Health for Kids helps kids express what they're feeling, be respectful of others, do a reality check, deal with feelings creatively, and even help others to feel better.

For a kid-to-kid perspective, the America United Special report from Time for Kids features a section where kid reporters from al over the U.S. react to America's tragedy.

The University of Michigan offers information and support with children's needs after a disaster, helping kids cope with news of terrorist attacks, how to talk to kids about terrorism and war, what to say when kids say, "I'm scared."

In this stressful world we live in, sometimes kids need to unwind, too.  So in addition to games, sing-alongs, poetry and brainteasers, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science Kid Pages also have jokes and humor because “laughing is good for you!”

Check out the outstanding Self-Help Sourcebook to connect with real-life support groups and networks, with hundreds of toll-free numbers for self-help with suicide, depression, alcohol recovery, trauma, cancer, crisis, rape and incest, runaways, organ transplants, and national organizations standing by to help.

Know a kid who's involved in a project that takes courage?  Courageous Kids applauds young people who have ideas, dreams and plans for making the world a better place, trying to make a difference in their communities.  If you know a courageous kid, encourage them to share their story -- writing is good therapy, too.

For caregivers of special needs children and mentally disabled children, Forgotten Kids provides resources and mental health links, assistive technologies like PCs and software for the disabled.

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