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School Crisis Team

Resources for Teachers to Help Students in Crisis
  • Talking With Children About a Parent's Serious Illness
  • Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness (Including Death & the Grief Process)
  • Dealing with Grief in the Classroom
  • Intervention Strategies for Suicide
  • Helping Students Deal with Crisis - other situations and resources
  • Social & Emotional Issues - Teacher's Resources


  • For Students
  • The following is a list of the books and activity guides we have at Boone Central.  
  • Books can be lent out to students and families in time of need.  
  • Please contact with the building Guidance Counselor to access these resources.

High School

  • When Nothing Matters Anymore by Bev Cobain, R.N.,C.
  • When a Friend Dies by Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D.
  • When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani
  • Children Grieve, Too by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson
  • Facing Change A Book About Loss and Change for Teens by Donna O'Toole
  • Straight Talk About Death For Teenagers by Earl A. Grollman


Middle School

  • Beat the Turtle Drum by by C. Greene (1976)
    • A beautiful story about the love and friendship between two sisters. When the younger one dies after falling out of a tree, the older one (thirteen years old) describes her feelings in a very honest and realistic manner. An excellent book for children who have lost a sibling.
  • Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (1987)
    • This excellent book is about a fourteen-year-old girl whose father is shot in a store robbery. The story describes the attempt by her, the mother, and the younger brother to cope with the loss in the course of a year. (Also appropriate for high school students.)
  • Puggy Brown Ears’ Purr Song by Linda Fausey (2005)  
    • This is a beautifully illustrated book about a cat’s loss of his best cat friend. The message is paradoxical: the loved one is a part of you and you can keep the memory of the loved one inside you, but you also have to let it go in order to move through the grieving process. A good resource for children ages 8 to early adolescence who likes cats.
  • After Suicide: Living with the Questions by Eileen Kuehn (2001)
    • This book provides a definition of suicide and describes its effects on survivors and the stages of grieving. It suggests ways teens can cope with suicide and heal.
  • Just One Tear by K.L. Mahon (1994)
    • A novel in the form of the diary of a 13-year-old boy who witnesses the shooting death of his father. The book explores the boy’s wide range of emotions.
  • A Matter of Time by R. Schotter (1979)
    • A very moving, beautifully written book about a high school girl coping with her mother’s illness and anticipated death.
  • ‚ÄčA Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort by Rachmiel Tobesman (2008)
    • This nonfiction guide for children explains Jewish mourning rituals and customs. It also helps children understand their feelings about loss, discusses how to manage their feelings and suggests whom to lean on for support.
  • What Do I Do: When Teenagers Deal with Death by Steven Gerali (2009)
    • This book offers a Christian perspective on the death of a teen or other loved one. It describes different causes of death (sudden, due to terminal illness) and provides suggestions on coping with death. Includes bible verses.


  • About Traumatic Experiences by Joy Berry
  • Saying Goodbye-bereavement activity book by Jim & Joan Boulden
  • When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness by Marge HeeGaard
  • Why Did He Die? By Audrey Harris
  • Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton
  • Grief is Like a Snowflake (book and workbook) by Julia Cook
  • When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • Chester Racoon & the Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn
  • After a Suicide Death-an activity book for kids by The Dougy Center
  • Why Did You Die? By Erika Leeuwenburgh & Ellen Goldring
Resources for Parents
  • Helping Teens with Trauma Grief
  • Helping Children with Trauma and Grief