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Books on grief for children

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Fretful Tue 29-Mar-16 21:52:36

My brother has died. He was found today but may have died anytime between Saturday night and this afternoon. He was 38 and an alcoholic.

Having said that, the main point of this message is to ask if you know of any good books about grief for young children? My DDs are 7 and 4, and they knew their uncle was ill but obviously don't fully understand the ins and outs of it all.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated, thank you.

StrapOnDodo Tue 29-Mar-16 21:55:54

Sorry for your loss. When my dad died I read the dcs Guess how much I love you. It has a bit about how the stars died a long time ago and still give out light-it's a nice analogy that kids can understand thanks

raininginspringtime Tue 29-Mar-16 21:57:33

I'm so sorry for your loss. Winstons Wish has some great resources on their website.

evelynj Tue 29-Mar-16 22:01:36

Sorry for your loss-'badgers parting gifts' I think is supposed to be good.

Fretful Tue 29-Mar-16 22:05:48

Thank you. I've got badger's parting gifts, got it when their great gran died, but it talks about an old person specifically which my brother clearly wasn't. I haven't heard of Winston's Wish, will look them up. Will also get Guess How Much I love You.

Thanks again.

working9to5WAWTMAL Tue 29-Mar-16 22:06:48

I'm sorry for your loss. The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson is a lovely book and it might help.

cissyfuss Tue 29-Mar-16 22:07:24

I'm sorry. I would suggest Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley and The Lonely Tree by Nicholas Halliday. You may also find this site useful...

strawberrypenguin Tue 29-Mar-16 22:08:53

Michael Rosen's Sad Book. He wrote it after the death of his son but it talks about feelings rather than specifics

cissyfuss Tue 29-Mar-16 22:11:22

Sorry crossed post and both my suggestions are probably discussing deaths of older people. Maybe the link will help more.

LurkonTAthread Tue 29-Mar-16 22:13:07

Goodbye Mog is good too, Judith Kerr.

Fretful Tue 29-Mar-16 22:30:51

Oh yes, I have seen Michael Rosen's Sad book. Thank you for the other suggestions, will look them all up.

Sorry if I'm being brusque, I think it still hasn't fully hit yet. I appreciate your time in replying, thank you.

MummyBex1985 Wed 30-Mar-16 10:55:00

I would recommend Michael Rosens Sad Book as well.

My DD10 found it a bit babyish but it got the point across nonetheless.

Sorry for your loss flowers

eternalopt Wed 30-Mar-16 23:16:50


This website is good for reviewing books on bereavement and describing whether they deal with illnesses/sudden bereavement/which family member

TheOldestCat Wed 30-Mar-16 23:21:22

So sorry for the loss of your brother.

I have lots of recommendations for books about bereavement when it is grandparents who have died which helped when my MIL died when my DC were 4 and 1 (circle of life and all that). Much harder to explain DH's sister who died young - we have done a lot of talking more than reading books.

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