Death is never an easy subject for discussion and adults often struggle to find the right words when talking about it with children. This book explores children's thoughts and feelings on the subject of death and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions.
The author explores some of the most common questions children ask about death and provides sensitive yet candid answers, phrased in a way that children will be able to understand and relate to. Each chapter is devoted to a particular issue, such as religious beliefs, coming to terms with terminal illness, and the fear of forgetting someone when they are gone. The book recognizes the emotions and reactions of children and family members and includes separate conclusions for parents and children.
This guide offers useful advice for parents and carers and will also be of interest to counsellors and other professionals working with children.
Preface. 1. Why did my mommy have to die? 2. What does dead mean? How do people die? 3. Where was God when I needed him? How could God let my brother die?. 4. Where is my person? What is heaven? 5. Is my mom dying? What can I do? 6. I am very sick. Who can I talk to about dying? 7. I worry a lot. Will I die or will you die? 8. Will I forget my dad? What if I forget him? How can I remember? 9. Is it my fault my mother died? Did she suffer?10. How do other kids grieve? Sometimes I feel alone. 11. I'm scared too. What can I do to feel safe? 12. How can I remember with friends and family? Can I go to the funeral too? A final note. A Checklist for Children. For caring adults. Useful Websites and Children's Resources.