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We are passionate about helping grieving children throughout the Acadiana community to get the support they need and deserve. We offer a number of unique resources to reach out to the community – as well as education and training for various professionals who want to learn how to properly comfort, support and respond to grieving children in their worlds.


Our team of Healing House clinicians and specialized volunteers is available to provide offsite support groups for children following a shared loss among a school, team, organization or church. Our team will hold a support group on-site to help kids to process the loss, talk about their feelings and begin coping with the death of someone special. An on-site caregiver support group is also available.

To request services from the Tragedy Response Team, please contact our office.


The Coping Kit is a special grief care package designed for children and teens who have experienced a recent loss. It contains a journal, “feelings doll”, grief coloring book, and other self-care items. Also included are resource materials for their caregivers.

Please contact our office to pick up a free Coping Kit for a grieving child in your life.


We provide grief education and training to a variety of professionals in the community, including social services workers, medical personnel, teachers/educators and people involved in faith-based organizations. Our team shares information on how to respond to grieving children – support them – and what to expect when companioning those who have suffered the loss of a significant person in their lives.

To request grief training services, please contact our office.

Recommended Reading

Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden

Companioning the Bereaved: A Soulful Guide for Counselors & Caregivers by Alan D. Wolfelt

Grief as a Family Process: A Developmental Approach to Clinical Practice by Ester R. Shapiro

The Grieving Teen by Helen Fitzgerald

Guiding Your Child Through Grief by James P. Emswiler & Mary Ann Emswiler

Healing Your Grieving Heart By Alan D. Wolfelt

Healing  Child’s Grieving Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan Wolfelt

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope by D. O’Toole

Don’t Despair on Thursdays!: The Children’s Grief-Management Book (The Emotional Impact Series) by Adolph Moser

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia

The Healing Tree by K. Hemery

Healing Your Grieving Heart: For Kids by Alan D. Wolfelt

How I Feel: A Coloring Book for Grieving Children by Alan D. Wolfelt

Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids) by Michaelene Mundy

Someone Special Died by Prestine

Tear Soup by Pat Scheibert & Chuck DeKlyen

Tough Boris by M. Fox

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown

When Someone Dies by Sharon Greenlee

Where Do People Go When They Die? by Portnoy

Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss by Enid Samuel Traisman, MSW

You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk about Life After the Loss of a Parent by Lynne B. Hughes

Healing Your Grieving Heart: For Teens: by Alan D. Wolfelt

The Secret Garden by Molleson

Someone I Love Died by Suicide by Cammarata

Straight Talks About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl A. Grollman

The Last Dance by C.A. Deedy

Tiger Eyes by J. Blume

With You and Without You by A.M. Martin

Healing House provides a free Resource Library to the community consisting of various books and brochures specialized in grief and loss subjects. Topics include coping with the death of a parent, sibling, spouse, friend or co-worker. Also included in the Resource Library are books regarding sudden or violent death, suicide, anticipatory loss, and self-care.

Materials may be checked out at the Healing House free of charge.

Examples of Titles Available:

A Guide to Understanding Guilt During Bereavement
by: Robert Baugher

The Grieving Child- A Parent’s Guide
by: Helen Fitzgerald

Healing Your Grieving Heart- 100 Practical Ideas
by: Alan Wolfelt

Helping Children Cope with Death
by: The Dougy Center

Living When a Loved One Has Died
by: Earl Grollman

Living With Grief; Children, Adolescents & Loss
by: Kenneth Doka

35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child
by: The Dougy Center

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
by: Trevor Romain

When Someone Very Special Dies
by: Marge Heegaard

When Your Child Loses a Loved One
by: Theresa Huntley

Many other books and brochures are available. The public is welcome to check out materials free of charge.

Additional titles will be added each quarter based on a continuing grant provided by Delhomme Funeral Home.

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