The next time you’re in the West Des Moines Public Library, be sure to check out our “Children’s Grief Awareness” display on the first floor near the children’s section. For the rest of the month, you’ll find pamphlets, information sheets and books with information about helping children deal with the loss of a loved one.

Free Copies To Take

Also, the display has a supply of free copies of Bampa’s Bag, a book about children dealing with the illness and impending death of a loved one. The book was written by West Des Moines resident and Library Board member Mary Brooks, who wrote the book in memory of her husband, the late Dr. Bob Brooks, who was principal of Valley High School from 1978 – 2000. Please take a copy of this book for your family’s collection.


Children and Grief

Helping Grieving Children and Teenagers

Grief Support Community Services (Hamilton’s Funeral Home)