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"Why do people have to die?", "Is death like sleeping?", "How can I stop feeling so sad?". Children ask these questions and others when they are coming to terms with the death of a friend or a member of their family. How best can you help your child when they ask questions about death and dying, as they inevitably will? Plain, easy-to-understand answers are the best way to deal with the real and natural fears children have in that situation. This book asks the questions that children ask, and answers them in a succinct format. Simple illustrations and straightforward text are designed to help children through difficult times.
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The death of a friend or family member affects children just as much as adults; they grieve too but often do not even have the benefit of understanding what happens when someone dies. Adults may find it difficult to talk about death and dying because of their own fears. However it is important for a child to feel that there are adults who are willing to listen to whatever they want to talk about and to answer their questions. Many other books adress the topic of childhood bereavement by using stories about animals, or by using case studies. Many children, however, have a thirst for knowledge even at very difficult times, and they need straight answers. This book is not faith-specific but does recognise that individual beliefs are relevant. This book was written as a result of direct experience of answering childrens'questions after bereavement.About the Author:
Tracey Cusick became a Bereavement Counsellor after her fiance lost his life in a road crash, leaving her with a ten-year-old child. She is involved in helping to train police Family Liaison Officers and has also written 'A Journey Through Grief', a guide to living with bereavement, as well as magazine articles. Tracey is also a road safety campaigner.
Simon Hepworth is a serving police officer with experience of dealing with sudden death and its effects on families. He has worked to improve the way in which traumatic news is broken to relatives following unexpected sudden death. Simon is also a freelance author specialising in issues relating to road safety, traumatic bereavement and its aftermath.
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