When someone dies, children will naturally have a lot of questions and reading books together is a great way of helping them understand. I’ve come across quite a few whilst writing my blog and it seems that most focus on the death of an older relative. But what happens when the lost loved one was just a child themselves?
This beautiful book, published by SANDS – the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, is designed to help small children work through their grief. Written to help author Sam Kitson’s own children understand the death of their sibling, the book follows a conversation between Minnie and Moss as they contemplate where in the universe their sister might be.
The book is written in gentle rhyme and accompanied by wonderfully warm illustrations. Wide-eyed with wonder, the two children contemplate the adventures their sister might be having up in the stars and discuss the circle of life. Their touching conversation ends with the thought that their sister will always be with them because they will always keep her in their hearts.
This is a fantastic resource for children going through a very difficult time. Although the aim of the book is to discuss sibling/baby loss, the story could be applied to any bereavement as it helps articulate grief in a way which is easy for toddlers to grasp.
There is also a very useful section at the front for parents on ways they can support their child, including a list of questions children commonly ask.
You can buy your copy from the SANDS website here: http://portal.uk-sands.org/public/shop/default.aspx#Books
50% of the cover price goes to SANDS to help them continue their wonderful work with bereaved families.
You can read more about Sam Kitson’s story here.
Disclosure: The author provided us with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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