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Beautiful book for explaining death to children from a Christian context
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
Beautiful book. Bought this to read to my son to explain my grandmother's passing - he had been very close to her. A few specific things I really liked:
- Explained clearly the difference between angels and people, and that people do not become angels when they go to Heaven.
- Explained going to Heaven like crossing a bridge - a bridge made by Jesus. Very nice visual for a 5-year-old.
- Does not promise at any point that "only older people die." It says that usually people are older before they die, but that "sometimes accidents or bad things happen." Here is why I think this is important to include. I am an elementary school teacher, and have been teaching for 9 years. Three times during those 9 years, we have had a student pass away (5 years old, 7 years old, and 11 years old). While it's horrible that this happens, it can be made much worse if kids are promised that it never happens to kids. This book instead focuses on going to Heaven as going to a wonderful place where there will never be any more pain and sickness.
One thing I wish this book included: that it's okay to be sad when someone dies, and that it's even okay to be both sad and happy (sad at the loss and happy that they're in Heaven). Kids should know that even though Heaven is a happy place, they shouldn't feel required to stay happy, or stop themselves from crying if that's what they feel. Still, overall, it was a wonderful book, very clearly and simply done, and with beautiful illustrations.