There are some things in life that are just not easy to face head on. As parents we try our best to protect our children from any pain or sadness, but just as birth is a part of living — so is dying.
I am lucky that I haven’t said “goodbye” to too many people. I have all my grandparents, parents, siblings and many friends by my side. In my 30 years of life I’ve had to say “goodbye” to a fair amount of people — from my husband’s grandmother, my babies I never got to hold, to some close friends and pets.
Growing up, my only experience with grief was the death of my beloved cats — and that’s not to say that that grief is any easier than losing a person. That was my early experience and so far, my children have had the same. We have explained the death of our rabbit and they, of course, know of the children that I lost early in my pregnancy. It’s not an easy thing for them to grasp and certainly not fun to explain to them, but it’s a subject in life we can’t always avoid.
We have books at home for our kids that tackle some bigger topics in life (apart from their entertainment or language-learning books). We have books on pregnancy, birth, and newborns. These books help answer some basic questions in simple language and with illustrations. I think the biggest thing my kids get from these type of books is having a door opened for them to ask questions — which we all know kids have a lot of.
While we have not had too much need for children’s books that explain dying, death and grief, there are some great books available that can help answer some basic questions and, more importantly, help ease the beginning of specific discussions for kids.
Click through to see 10 children’s books that explain dying, death and grief:
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