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Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Plea for Help

I hope you all can help me.

Our school has just suffered the loss of a child. I know there are children's books out there that deal with loss, but after yesterday, my brain just cannot think past The Tenth Good Thing About Barney. If you know the titles of books for kids that deal with death/loss, please leave them in the comment section.

Thank you.


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RIP Miranda

16 comments:

Amy Tate said...

Oh bless your heart, I'm so sorry. Our school went through this last spring. There is a wonderful book called Let's Talk About Heaven, by Debby Anderson that I've given children. It's very upbeat and hopeful, and that's why I like it. So many of the books that deal with death bask in the emotional loss. That's good for older children but for elementary age, it's scary. I remember my daughter was afraid to fall asleep because she was afraid that she would die. Let's Talk About Heaven is a Christian book, so if you have a diverse crowd some may not like it. However, it is beautiful, hopeful, and inspiring and leaves every child who reads it with hope.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, Shelley, I'm SO sorry! That's heart-breaking.

I don't know of any books personally, but I found a link for you:
http://www.best-childrens-books.com/childrens-books-about-death.html

C

Lisa and Laura said...

Shelley, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I'll be thinking of you.

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. What a hard thing for the kids to go through.

Yat-Yee said...

Oh, how terribly sad. I don't know of any right now, but I'll be thinking about it.

MG Higgins said...

I'm afraid I can't help with any book suggestions, but my thoughts are with you.

Kim said...

I am so, so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you.

Here are a few picture books on the subject. Hopefully they can help.

Always and Forever A. Durant
Badger's Parting Gifts S. Varley
If Nathan Were Here M. Bahr

Susan R. Mills said...

That's terrible. I am so sorry. I'll be thinking about you.

Natalie said...

I'm crying just reading your post. I am so, so sorry. I've read IF NATHAN WERE HERE too. I can't even think of it without getting teary, but does deal with death in a positive way.

Bane of Anubis said...

Sorry to hear... One that's a bit more subliminal, but wonderful, IMO, is FREDDIE THE LEAF.

storyqueen said...

Thank you all so much. I will take a look at all of the suggestions. I appreciate your kind words.

Miranda was the bravest little girl I knew. If she went to Hogwarts, she would have been in Gryffindor. I was able to visit her on Friday, as the queen of course, and she was able to "roar" along with the little dragons in the story, but I could see how much she had weakened. She fought and struggled for a long time and now can rest.

But there are many heart-broken little classmates left behind....and I am having a difficult time finding the words....

Again, thank you for your thoughts.

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Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness ... I'm just so stunned to read those words, I can hardly think. I am so, so sorry ... for all of you at the school and for that precious angel's family. If I can think of any, I will come back and let you know.

Anne Spollen said...

Wow, what terribly sad news.

There's "The Grieving Garden: Living With the Death of A Child" that a friend of mine read, but I haven't read it myself.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and those kids right now.

Jessie Oliveros said...

That is so sad. I bet she loved your visit. What a blessing to be a part of her life at the end. What a hard thing for a bunch of children to try and understand.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Oh how awful!
I don't know any books on grieving or dealing with loss which is strange, because my parents died when I was 10. But I hope you find some and I hope the family has a support system to help them through. Dealing with death is never easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you too.