Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddlers Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie ZuckerThis book is great for early readers, especially as part of a unit on what death and loss is about. It is also great for personal children, because it can help an adult try and explain why an adult has died and what that means. The illustrations are pretty general, which allows the child to just kind of place themselves in that situation. The text of the name is red, which allows the reader to substitute Grandma for whoever that situation requires it to be
Zucker, B. (2016, August 15). Something Very Sad Happened. Washington, DC: Magination Press.
7 Touching Books to Help Kids Understand Death and Grief
When children experience bereavement, it can be a very difficult time as they try to cope with unfamiliar feelings and comprehend what dying means. These gentle, reassuring books are perfect for helping children to understand just what they're going through and what happens when someone dies. Ordered by age range, see the list below for the best books for children about death, bereavement and dying. This moving story sees the process of the animals' grief after their friend, Badger, dies. To tell us a bit more about this children's classic and how it can support children who are facing death and bereavement in their own lives, we spoke to the author of Badger's Parting Gifts, Susan Varley:. In the book I used the seasons to emphasise the passage of time. Having grieved in the dark days of winter, the spring - a time for new beginnings - heralds the start of the animals beginning to remember and celebrate the life of the their much loved friend.
This is the book list parents hope they will never need, but it's an important one nonetheless. These books are valuable resources for talking to children about love, illness, death, and the stages of grief — all of which are abstract concepts that can be difficult for children, especially young ones, to grasp. The seven titles on this list can also offer support and comfort to children experiencing the overwhelming emotions of losing someone in their own life. In his signature simple style, Todd Parr explores the range of emotions and responses when we experience loss in The Goodbye Book. Parr guides young readers through the feelings most commonly felt when struggling with a goodbye, with the reassurance that with time things will get better, and a reminder that they are always loved. While death is not explicitly mentioned, this book is a lovely resource for offering reassurance to children who have experienced the loss of a parent. The boy is sad that Elfie is gone but consoles himself that his dog always knew how much she was loved.
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Like most people, I remember vividly the first time I came in contact with death. Before, it was foreign—something that happened in abstract but not to me or my family. After, it was something I had to grapple and come to terms with. In retrospect, I wonder if and how I would have seen those experiences differently. I was an introspective child who got much of her philosophies from books. This made it easier to relate to concepts without directly experiencing them, and I contribute much of my personality to that. As a writer for Book Riot, I obviously believe in the overwhelming value of literature.