RESOURCES to help grieving children

“Mommy, What’s ‘Died’ Mean?”

This book is designed for Christian Families, Christian schools, daycares, and churches. By: Linda Gill

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Based on a true story, this book is designed to assist Christian parents and other adults who love and care about children to talk about the difficult subject of death. Discussion questions are included for each story page to help determine how much the child understands. A simple imitation game is also included to help involve the child in the story.

When little Dave’s Grandfather died, the little boy did not understand what “died” meant or where Grandpa had gone. The story traces a small child’s experience following a death in the family and illustrates how his mother sensitively answered his questions about death by using simple examples derived from the birth of a butterfly. Little Dave’s story is colorfully illustrated and designed for a child and parent or trusted adult to read together. The story has been created especially for children from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Click here for more information on this book. You may also order by clicking here.


“Mommy, What’s ‘Died’?” The Butterfly Story

image of bookThese books are designed to help children from various religious or cultural backgrounds. Especially useful for hospices, public schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. By: Linda Gill

These two unique books have been designed for children from pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. Each book contains the same heartwarming, sensitive, colorfully-illustrated story about death, grief, loss, and joyful memories.  The story traces Little Dave’s experiences following the death of his grandfather. As he learns about the birth of a beautiful butterfly, Little Dave gains a new understanding about death and loss that is free from fear and worry. Both books include discussion questions for each page of the story to encourage children to interact with a parent or other trusted adult about their perceptions and feelings. Available in two versions.

The Children’s Storybook includes the full-color story with discussion questions only. It makes a wonderful gift for families with children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Click here to order.

image of bookThe Extended Version of the book is also full-color and is intended for professionals (counselors, social workers, teachers, child care workers, pastors, medical and nursing professionals) who would like a more in-depth resource. It includes 40 additional pages of activities, story extensions, and cultural/belief variations to assist professionals as they support the grief processes of children from various cultural and religious backgrounds. The Activities section can be used to help children explore their feelings. The Extensions section provides examples of ways to adapt and extend the story for children from different cultural and religious backgrounds. The Belief Variations section provides information to help professionals become more knowledgeable and sensitive to different beliefs, customs, and rituals related to death from different cultural and religious perspectives.
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