NAJC Reading Room

Please note: Many additional resources are listed on the public section of the NAJC website under “Resources.”

Self Care for Chaplains and Other Professionals
 Prayers, Mi-sheberach, Individual Blessings for Special Occasions
Introductions to Judaism
Pets and Animals prayers and resources: Za’ar Ba’alei Hayyim

For Jewish Patients, Families, Friends, and Chaplains

See NAJC website Resources section

Life Cycle: End-of-Life Issues: Death, Funerals, Burials
Working with Specific Jewish Populations
Working With Patients With Special Needs

Related Links

Working With Patients or Colleagues of Other Religions: Muslim
Newsletters and Communications by Chaplains
Research on Pastoral Care; Evidence-Based Care
Disaster and Crisis
  • Helping Others Live Sober. Case Western Reserve University program on support and research on recovery from addiction, including the role of religious/spiritual beliefs. Information for both professionals and those in recovery.
Spiritual Assessment

Death and Children – recommendations by NAJC Members

Books and resources for parents coping with the death of a child
  • Leonard Fine, Against the Dying of the Light: A Father’s Journey Through Loss, Jewish Lights, 2001. Fine, who was instrumental in starting Moment Magazine, wrote the book after the death of his adult daughter.
  • Rabbi Rafael Grossman, My Shoshana: A Father’s Journey Through Loss, Eshel Books, 2011
  • Sherri Mandell, The Blessing of a Broken Heart (2009) Written following the murder of her teenaged son Koby near Kfar Etzion in 2001. See also
  • Deborah Pipe-Mazo (now Rabbi Deborah Pipe) wrote a rabbinic thesis at HUC-JIR called “When A Jewish Child Dies: Pastoral Care of the Bereaved Parent” in 1991.
  • Rabbis Jeffrey Saks and Joel B. Wolowelsky (eds), To Mourn A Child – Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death, OU Press, 2013
  • Harriet Sarnoff Schiff, The Bereaved Parent, Penguin Books, 1977
  • Mort Schrag, “When a Jewish Child Dies
  • Alan Wolfelt , Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Child Dies (Also other books) Website:
  • Jewish Bereaved Parents Group, Melbourne, Australia. Resources and bibliography.

There are Jewish bereavement groups in many cities. Check with your Jewish Family Service.

Explaining death: For parents and children
  • Rabbi Earl Grollman, (Ed.) Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professional, Beacon Press, 1995.
  • Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, “How to Explain Death to Children,” 1979
  • Rabbi Earl Grollman, Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent and Child, Beacon Press, 1991, 2011
  • Nechama Liss-Levinson, Talking to Children About Death, Life Lights Series, Jewish Lights, n.d.
  • Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers),
  • Robert Zucker, The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief Is Shared (2009) website,
Explaining death: For teens and children, Jewish  books
  • Karen L. Carney, Barklay and Eve: Sitting Shiva, Karen L. Carney  (self-published), 1995Karen L. Carney, What is the Meaning of Shiva? Jewish Mourning Rituals (self-published), 2001.
  • Norman Geller, Talk to God… I’ll Get the Message. Jewish Version. Norman Geller (self-published), 1983.
  • Rabbi Earl Grollman, Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love, 1993
  • Nechama Liss-Levinson, When A Grandparent Dies, Jewish Lights, 1995.
  • Ilene Munetz Pachman, Like a Knot is my Shoelace: A Yahrzeit Remembrance, United Synagogue, 1999 Also available as a PDF.
  • Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, For Heaven’s Sake,  Jewish Lights, 1999.
  • Moshe HaLevi Spero, Zeydeh, Simcha Publishing Co., 1984.
  • David Techner and Judith Hirt-Manheimer, A Candle for Grandpa: A Guide to the Jewish Funeral for Children and Parents, UAHC Press (now URJ), 1993. For grades K-3
  • Rabbi Rachmiel Tobesman A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort: A Child’s Workbook for Remembering and Stories from Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (2008). Title disambiguation: This is not the same as the adult book with a similar title, A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement by Ron Wolfson, (2nd ed. 2005)
Explaining death:  For teens and children, general books
  • Leo Buscaglia, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life ( 1982) for younger children
  • Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Grieving for the Sibling You Lost, Instant Help Books, 2015. For teens.
  • Judith Viorst, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (1987) for younger children