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Bereavement book for 8yo

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Feedmenow Wed 11-Jul-07 20:59:21

I came on MN this evening after some reading recommendation, and have just come across some advice on Geekgirls thread.
But I am hoping that others out there will have some suggestions.
I have a very sensitive dd, 8yo. Her great grandmother has very recently died. Her other great grandmother died about 18 months ago. She finds the thought of death very hard to cope with, and this time round has been asking lots of question about life, death, purpose, etc. She is also very scared of her parents & siblings and other family members of dying and is after reassurance that we won't leave her. She is also scared of dying herself and has only just been sobbing asking me "what if I'm murdered tonight?". Now I feel I've done as much as I can (will obviously continue to reiterate it all when she needs it) but I really feel that she is struggling and that I am not explaining things in the best ways.
So what I'm asking is, does anyone know of any books that are for children, and that talk about life and death in a positive way?

lilolilmanchester Wed 11-Jul-07 22:35:19

I'm sorry for your loss, made more difficult by having to help your DD through it too. I'm afraid I don't know of any books but hopefully this will bump it for you.
Are you OK?

arfur Thu 12-Jul-07 13:17:14

I bought 'Badgers Parting Gift' for my DD who is having some worries about dying (although not related to a recent death) and she has found it quite helpful although its not factual its a story about the memories other animals have of badger when he dies. DD said 'so dying isnt the important part - its how people remember you when you've gone' so it has helped. People on here did recommend other books which I have forgotten but also I found my local bookshop surprisingly helpful with this too! HTH.

Wisteria Thu 12-Jul-07 13:18:12

There are some fab books for this out there, was a thread on it the other day with some good ideas, I'll have a look.

doughnuts Thu 12-Jul-07 13:19:29

I loved Badgers Parting Gift - also can recommend Frog and The Birdsong by Max Velthuijs - but possibly a little youn g for an eight yr old - charming and sweet though.

doughnuts Thu 12-Jul-07 13:20:07

wisteria - think I posted a link to Frog and the Birdsong on that thread

Wisteria Thu 12-Jul-07 13:21:37

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk?topicid=1367&threadid=21658&stamp=040406100405

http://www.wordpool.co.uk/ccb/feelings/grandparent.htm

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk?topicid=8&threadid=21834#538106

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