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 Children: Bereavement

Books for Parents and other adults to give to children to help them come to terms with bereavement in all its forms. Teachers will find extra material in Children's Work Theory and Practice.

The Lonely Tree



by Nicholas Halliday


To help children aged Age 4 and over, Nicholas Halliday has written and drawn this appealing book. Stephen Fry is quoted on the cover as saying ‘Utterly, completely and splendidly charming. Originally illustrated and delightfully told.’ which doesn’t leave many relevant words for the rest of us!
A little fir tree starts to grow in the New Forest among the oak trees and soon is befriended by the ancient oak nearby. When winter comes and the oaks go to sleep, the little fir tree is all alone and sad. When spring comes the oaks wake up and burst into leaf except the ancient oak nearby. The other oaks explain that he has died but tell the little fir tree to remember his old friends stories, and his strength, his wisdom, and most of all his love. The book ends with one more surprise to cheer little ones hearing the story.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (12/08/09)
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Landscape A4 Paperback
Price: £9.99
Publisher: Halliday Books Dist. Gardners
Published: 11 May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-953-94598-6

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Are You Sad, Little Bear?

- A Book About learning to Say Goodbye

by Rachel Rivett, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton


A gentle story of learning about loss. Little Bear has said goodbye to his Grandmother for the last time, and his wise Mother sends him off into the Wildwood to see what lessons he can learn there to soften his grief. It is autumn and as he wanders through the woods, he talks to the swallows flying off to warmer climes, to the trees losing their leaves, to the sun who appears to die when it sets and the moon constantly changing, and he learns from them all that although things don’t always stay the same, there is always a bright side to seemingly sad things, a bigger picture for us to see if we take time to recognize the ‘Great Heart that holds everything for always’.
Young children of 3 – 7 years will find comfort and hope in this story.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (14/04/09)
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Padded Hardback
Price: £6.99
Publisher: Lion
Published: 20 March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-745-96137-8

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The Colours of Grief



by Janis A. di Ciacco


This text would be of considerable use and interest to any teacher or other adult who finds themselves in the counselling role in a school. The Colours of Grief explores strategies for supporting grieving children; it draws on the latest research in neurology and psychology and details the child’s grieving process in terms of their developmental stages. As well as explaining the connections between bereavement, attachment issues and social dysfunction, the author also suggests easy-to-use activities for intervention at each stage. It is both an academic investigation into the processes a child goes through to achieve maturity through the grieving process and a source of precise and detailed steps to help the carer pilot their way through the steps it takes. Both theoretical and practical, this is a very useful book.

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Review by Sue Cooper  (05/11/08)
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Paperback
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Published: 15 June 2008
ISBN: 978-1-843-10886-3

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Overcoming Loss



by Julia Sorenson


Julia Sorensen’s book, Overcomimg Loss, is a “hands-on” work, being a photocopiable resource full of activities that use the power of play and creative arts to give the grieving child the language to identify subtle feelings such as shame, despair and jealousy. The ideas contained in this text are rooted in deep and extensive psychological research. The activities here, encourage social and emotional learning through play, art and story-telling, and provide a set of resources for use in either a school or other carer situations whilst giving total reassurance that, if you are following Sorensen’s advice, you can only be doing good.

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Review by Sue Cooper  (05/11/08)
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A4 Paperback
Price: £19.99
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Published: 15 June 2008
ISBN: 978-1-843-10646-3

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We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had An Angel Instead



by Pat Schwiebert


Dealing with the death of an expected and much-wanted baby as told through the words of the little boy who would have been the ‘big brother’, this book with its’ simple one-line per page story and appealing illustrations is a knockout. The difficult subject is handled with sensitivity and with no attempt to pretend that there is an easy happy ending. The notes at the end of the book on helping children to grieve and cope with such a loss would be of great use to those, who grieving themselves, have to try to find answers to the child/children’s ‘why?’

Review by Pam Sanders  (02/01/07)
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Paperback
Price: £5.95
Publisher: Griefwatch from Ingram Books
Published: 2003
ISBN: 0-972-42411-3

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The Day Scooter Died

- A Book About the Death of a Pet

by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illustrated by Cheri Bladholm


Scooter had belonged to Mum and Dad, but when Mikey was born Scooter changed his allegiance and attached himself like a limpet to Mikey. As Mikey grew up they played together and one day while playing ball in the garden (yard) the ball went too far and Scooter chased after it, out of the garden, into the path of an oncoming car. He died very shortly after and all Mikey was left with was Scooter’s beloved blanket, which he treasures along with Scooter’s collar, rubber bone and name tag and a ball that Scooter had so loved to chase. His Mother explained that all creation was in God’s care and that although we do not know if there are animals in heaven, we can trust God to know what is best for the animals he loves.
Don’t forget to look at the guidance and advice to adults on the back pages.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (26/06/06)
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Paperback
Price: £4.99
Publisher: Zonderkidz from Zondervan
Published: 2005
ISBN: 0-310-70902-4

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Sarah’s Grandma Goes to Heaven

- A Book About Grief

by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Cheri Bladholm

ISBN: 0-310-70656-4
Price: £4.99

Published: 2004
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Where Did Grandad Go?



by Catherine House and Honor Ayres

ISBN: 1-841-01502-4
Price: £5.99

Published: Summer 2006
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Rosie

- Coming to Terms with the Death of a Sibling

by Stephanie Jeffs and Jacqui Thomas

ISBN: 1-841-01422-2
Price: £5.99

Published: 21 January 2005
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Josh

- Coming to terms with the death of a Friend

by Stephanie Jeffs and Jacqui Thomas

ISBN: 1-841-01423-0
Price: £5.99

Published: 21 January 2005
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When Goodbye is for Ever



by Lois Rock, Illustrated by Sheila Moxley

ISBN: 0-745-94879-0
Price: £4.99

Published: 23 January 2004
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Grandma’s Party

- Practical ways to help children be part of the grieving process when a loved one dies.

by Meg Harper

ISBN: 1-841-01341-2
Price: £6.99

Published: 21 November 2003
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Waterbugs and Dragonflies – Explaining Death to Young Children



by Doris Stickney

ISBN: 0-826-46458-0
Price: £5.99
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Mudge, Gill and Steve



by Jim Dainty

ISBN: 0-715-14887-7
Price: £4.95
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What Happens When We Die

- Bible Early Learning Series

by Carolyn Nystrom illustrated by Eira Reeves

ISBN: 1-859-85499-0
Price: £1.50

Published: Spring 2003
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