This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never an easy task. There are so many emotions that come to the fore in a moment of vulnerability. It could be the stoic, silent approach to an event no one wants to face but the one common thing with all reactions is that this is just a part of the gradual process of acceptance and facing reality. This is what would be expected of an adult, young or old, but nobody has ever considered the ways little ones cope with death. Children are fragile creatures with delicate emotions that adults sometimes ignore in moments of grief. This is where Stephanie Seidler's When Someone You Love Has Died: Talking to Young Children About Death fills the gap, showing there is a way to teach children about coping with loss.
Stephanie Seidler uses a picture book with rhyming words to pass on a message with a deep meaning in an unbelievably simple manner. The questions that make up the bulk of the book have interesting answers that one can sing along to. The pictures are most expressive and I doubt whether any child would struggle to comprehend what they depict. What stands out for me has to be the way the book is arranged sequentially from the announcement of loss to the funeral process, especially the section where the child is encouraged to grieve in their unique way. Before now, the norm was to tell the child that the departed person took a trip but When Someone You Love Has Died tosses that archaic approach into the bin. To say I am impressed with this book is an understatement.