A Kids Book About Death
For Ages 5+
This book dives right into the weighty topic that most adults prefer to avoid thinking or talking about: death. It explains the practical aspects and gracefully navigates the nuances of emotion and community that surround something we all experience.
Taryn Schuelke, CT, CCLS, is the Grief and Bereavement Specialist on the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Texas Children's Hospital. She thinks caring for children at the end of their life is a great honor and immensely sacred work. She hopes this book will be a helpful resource for dying and grieving children, as well as their grownups.
Content is good but definitely too long. Pictures/illustrations would also be useful.
Between my young daughter and my autistic son, the loss of their "tia" during the Pandemic to cancer sandwiched between losing their pet bunny and their beloved, faithful pup to degenerative muscle disease....this book provided the start; the first breath and the very words to provide an empathetic approach to talking through death while we were (as adults) absolutely mired and stuck in the deepest grieving and anxiety. I didn't have it in me to research how to start the conversation. I didn't have the strenth, and so this book became a dear friend; a gentle hug around the shoulders while encouraging me that I could do this. I could have this conversation and I could answer their follow up questions because I had help. Between resources like this and therapists, I don't know what we would have done. Thank you from the deepest parts of my heart.
It is an excellent book for talking with kids about death. We were really struggling to find resources to help our 5 and 7 year old children about the many deaths in our family. It was an excellent tool for navigating hard conversations.
My kids recently lost their dad, and my seven year old has explained The process of death to his five-year-old sister using this book.
I ordered this book when our cats health started declining and it arrived right after he passed. My 7 year old was really struggling with the loss and was waking up every night from anxiety and grief. This book REALLY helped him to understand those feelings were normal and gave him the vocabulary to really talk about what he was feeling. I think just seeing it on paper lightened his load. Highly recommend.