The experience of mourning is difficult to say the least. Coping with profound sadness and the complexities of loss can be challenging – perhaps even more so for children who have little experience navigating the tides of emotions.
Fortunately, there are some books available that help children grieve and make sense of death. This article at Brain Pickings has some suggestions of proudly unusual books to help children accept that while grief may never leave us we can learn to be okay with that.
“If you are protected from dark things,” Neil Gaiman said in the context of his fantastic recent adaption of the Brothers Grimm, “then you have no protection of, knowledge of, or understanding of dark things when they show up.” Maurice Sendak was equally adamant about not shielding young minds form the dark. Tolkein believed that there is no such thing as “writing for children” and E.B. White admonished that kids shouldn’t be written down to but written up to. In her wise reflection on the difference between myth and deception, Margaret Mead asserted that “children who have been told the truth about birth and death will know… that this is a truth of a different kind”……
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