Tag Archives: Children and Death and Dying

Book Review: “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka

How to talk to children about death

Talking about dying is hard. Dying is harder. But there are many people who can help. –from “The Purple Balloon”   Created in conjunction with Children’s Hospice International, “The Purple Balloon” by Chris Raschka offers a way for parents, families, … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Including children in the dying experience

Join SevenPonds each month as Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, offers practical on-hand guidance to demystify the dying process. As an RN since 1976, Tani has been working to empower families and healthcare professionals to have the best end-of-life experience possible both through education and the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying

Amanda the squirrel and Little Tree learn a hard lesson when their beloved friend Gentle Willow falls ill

“Gentle Willow: A Story For Children About Dying” is a beautifully conceived little book written for children dealing with terminal illness. There are a number of wonderful books out there to help explain the dying process to children. But “Gentle Willow” … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Review: “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst

A best-selling classic to help children understand loss

“The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst addresses the issue of separation by reassuring children that even though they can’t always physically be with their loved ones, there is an invisible string always connecting them to the people they love, even … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Explaining Death To Children

Remember to take developmental stages into account when talking about death with youngsters

Our Tip of the Week: Our cultural taboo against talking about death means that we often don’t know how to talk to our children when a loved one dies. Talking to young children about death is a delicate matter, and some … Continue reading

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Introducing the Concept of Death to Children

 with the Help of a Picture Book

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death To Children tells it like it is

Most children’s books that tackle the issue of death and dying revolve around the grieving process. They usually tell the story of a pet or a grandparent that passes away, and they tend have a uniform message: that the pain caused … Continue reading

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