Informational Materials

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Dealing with Loss: The Storie of Martha

This is a sample story created for a young child with autism experiencing her first loss, in this case, of a pet. This story would need to be modified to fit the individual circumstances, family spiritual values, and beliefs for each situation.

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Where Do People Go When They Die?

Thisis a sample story created for a slightly older child to help explain the loss of a family friend. As above, this would need to be modified to fit the individual circumstances, family spiritual values, and beliefs for each situation.

Useful Links

This page includes links to both internal (CARD) and external (non-CARD) websites. External links are selected and reviewed when the page is published. However, the CARD is not responsible for the content of external websites. The CARD website does not accept submissions or requests.

These links are not specifically aimed at children with disabilities but may give us ideas to use with our children who do have developmental disabilities.

Autism Speaks – Bereavement and Grief Resources

Autism Speaks has compiled a list of books and resources to help caregivers explain death and loss to individuals on the autism spectrum. The resources teach the caregiver to understand how someone with autism might experience loss and grief and how to help them go through the process.


Mr. Rogers’ Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News

Timeless wisdom from Fred Rogers for parents, caregivers and teachers.

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