We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead
This is a book to help children confront and manage grief over the loss of a young sibling. It can help you let your children know that the baby that was lost can still be remembered in a special way.
Something Happened: A book for children and parents who have experienced pregnancy loss.
This beautifully illustrated, simple, clear story is designed to help a young child understand what has happened when there has been a pregnancy loss. The book addresses the sadness that a child experiences when the anticipated baby has died. The child's fears and feelings of guilt are addressed as well as other confusing feelings. more/less
Perhaps most important, the book includes the family's experience of going on with life while always remembering their baby. The child reading the book is left with a sense of reassurance that life continues and he is still a vital part of a loving family. Most pages include a box with words for parents. These words are there to help parents understand what their child might be experiencing and why the particular illustrations and text were chosen. They are right there on each page so that the parents don't miss them and can easily scan them while their children look at the illustrations. Children who have experienced a death in their family are very reassured by stories of other children who have had a similar experience. It helps them to understand better what has happened in their own family while at the same time offering the comforting knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings.
Someone Came Before You
There are books for children to help them when the baby they are waiting for dies. And now there is a book for the child who comes after the one who died. It's a perfect gift just for them. It explains in a gentle way the parents desire for a child and the sadness that comes over them when that baby dies. It then shares how the parents, with the help of the baby, get to the point of wanting another child to come into their lives. The illustrator, Taylor Bills, who has an extraordinary gift of capturing feelings in his drawings that tell the story beyond words. Includes suggestions about keeping your baby's memory alive.
No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth
For siblings who have a brother or sister die before birth. This storybook talks about the different feelings children have and answers some of the most asked questions. Recently revised, includes a section for parents and grandparents.
Mommy, Please Don't Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven
Mommy, Please Don't Cry is a book of love and comfort for mothers who have experienced the deep sorrow of losing a child. Serene illustrations frame gentle words that describe heaven from a child's perspective. With room for the reader's personal reflections at the end of the book, every page is a poignant gift of hope and healing "Our stories are all different, but our pain is the same," writes Linda. "We are mothers who will forever grieve the loss of our children. And yet, there is hope for our troubled souls."
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.
Born to Fly: An Infant's Journey to God
Twenty-three years after her son Nathan’s stillbirth, Cindy Claussen was filled with a need to write this story of hope and healing. Designed with soft colors and simple illustrations, the pages of Born to Fly – An Infant’s Journey God, contain Nathan’s conversation with God as he hears his father’s strong voice and experiences the sensation of his Mother’s warm touch for the first time. “I will kick her so she knows I love her too,” Nathan tells God. When Nathan shares with God that he is not feeling well and is growing weary, God wipes His eyes and tells the child that soon he will fly. “I will fly? Will my mother fly with me?” Nathan asks. "Someday,” God assures him. The simplicity of the story is what makes it so powerful. Born to Fly is indeed a little treasure that is sure to leave its delicate imprint on your heart.
The Angel with the Golden Glow: A Family's Journey Through Loss and Healing
The Angel with the Golden Glow is based on the true, heartfelt story about a special little boy and his family. Lessons of life and beyond are portrayed beautifully in this magical children's for all ages. Join the Angel with the Golden Glow on his journey of love, joy and courage. Discover with him the power we all have to warm the hearts of those we touch. more/less
As you and your child experience The Angel with the Golden Glow, it will evoke discussion and help instill the basic premise, "everyone has a purpose."
Where's Jess: For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die
Illustrated by Paris Sieff, age 8. Simple and easy for children to understand. For siblings who had baby at home. Ages 3-6
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You
. . . I wanted you more than you’ll ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . .
Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day. If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
If you are going to buy only one book on grief, this is the one to get! It will validate your grief experience, and you can share it with your children. You can leave it on the coffee table so others will pick it up, read it, and then better appreciate your grieving time. Grand's Cooking Tips section at the back of the book is rich with wisdom and concrete recommendations. Better than a casserole!