To make things more poignant, my husband's grandmother passed away last week, and we'll be attending her funeral tomorrow. With all of this on my heart, I thought I would share a few books about death and grief.
When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
by Laurie Krasny Brown
by Laurie Krasny Brown
My (elementary school counselor) sister recommended this book to me after my father passed. I was surprised at how honest and forthright it speaks about death and grief. It talks about what happens to the body, what the grieving process might look like, how friends and family might act toward someone who is grieving, and what different religions believe about life after death. I highly recommend reading the book ahead of time and picking and choosing the pages you feel will most help your child. It covers a wide range of subjects, including suicide, which may not be appropriate to your situation.
by Randy Alcorn, Linda Washington
I love Randy Alcorn. He's one of the leading experts on Heaven, and his insights are always encouraging. This book is geared toward older children, but it's question and answer format is perfect for YOU when trying to answer your young child's questions about Heaven. I was amazed at the insightful questions E asked after my father's death, and this book really helped me give her concrete, Biblical answers about what Heaven is like.
by Randy Alcorn
This picture book was too long for my preschooler, but school-aged children would benefit from the story of a boy and his grandfather visiting for the first time since his grandmother's death. Throughout their visit, the grandfather teaches the boy about heaven and helps his grandson accept the grandmother's death. Even if your kids aren't interested in the story, you'll both be inspired by Ron DiCianni's gorgeous artwork throughout the book.
For more books, visit this post from Playing by the Book. Zoe put together a beautiful list of picture books that are as artistic as they are insightful about grieving for those we love.
Since I'll be tied up the next few days with out-of-town family, I've asked some of my best friends to guest post! Woo-hoo! I am surrounded by incredible, talented women, and I can't wait to introduce them to you.