There are so many books about death and coping with loss but the one book I wish I'd had as a kid was one that explained the 'after' part. My great-great grandmother passed when I was old enough to understand she was gone and that it was because she was very old. But no one chose to explain to me what happened to her body. We often think children are too young for these things, so fortunately the Barber family chose to share their story with us in an educational, gentle, and not religious way.
I hope that my young daughter will never have need of the beautifully presented information here. It is a comfort, however, to know that it is there for her if and when she needs to ask these sensitive questions.
If you have a child who will be facing or has recently lost a loved one or one who is just very curious please check this book out.
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
What Happened to Daddy's Body?: Explaining what happens after death in words very young children can understand
by Elke Barber & Alex Barber
Children, Relationships, Death & Dying, Grief
Digital/Print (40 pages, JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS)
My daddy died when I was (one...two...) three years old. Today we are out in the garden. It always makes me think about my daddy because he LOVED his garden. Sometimes, I wonder what happened to my daddy's body...
This picture book aims to help children aged 3+ to understand what happens to the body after someone has died. Through telling the true story of what happened to his daddy's body, we follow Alex as he learns about cremation, burial and spreading ashes. Full of questions written in Alex's own words, and with the gentle, sensitive and honest answers of his mother, this story will reassure any young child who might be confused about death and what happens afterwards. It also reiterates the message that when you have experienced the loss of a loved one, it is okay to be sad, but it is okay to be happy, too. (3 - 12 years)