The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread Based on a True Story of death, grief and healing
Author: Brenda Hartman (2014)

Based on a true story, The Golden Thread, is a book to help parents guide their grieving children through the death of a loved one and begin the healing process.

Children are often confused by their own and others’ feelings as the emotions come and go, especially in the time of grief. This story provides a guide for the healing journey of grief for children of all ages. The Golden Thread was written to help children identify their feelings and experiences related to their grief. The story provides an honest, open approach to death. It allows children to begin their developmental understanding of the process of life and death. The completed book includes a brief introduction and, at the end of the book, a developmental parent guide about grief. Purchase:


“This beautifully illustrated book can point the way for families by giving them a story to share that is both real and compassionate. It does not sugar coat the pain of death but acknowledges it and provides a beautiful example of how children can begin to find solace by learning to hold their parent’s love in their heart. I will definitely be recommending it.”

Missy Lundquist, PhD, MSW
Co-Director: Angel Foundation’s Facing Cancer Together Program


“The Golden Thread offers a practical, helpful, warm perspective to grieving and allows for educational conversations between children and the reader. The beauty of The Golden Thread is that it offers education and understanding for children walking through the painful and confusing journey of grief.”

Sarah Anderson
CEO, Psych Recovery, Inc.


“Brenda Hartman, LICSW’s beautiful and heartfelt book about death, loss and coping for school age children after the loss of a parent provides solace and light during dark times.”

Harriet Kohen, LICSW, CPT.
Past President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Social Work