Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

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Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

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I don't think it's the only book that you will want, and there are others that better explain the emotions of grief. In 1986, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal for his contribution to children's literature. Within its pages, I found no statements that could be offensive to anyone, regardless of their personal beliefs. Simple and to the point without adding stories about heaven or "gone away" etc that can cause confusion in young children.

She lived on in wonderful shape: went to pre-school for the first time, watched her new baby brother grow, went to dance classes and read many, many books. Accompanied by some excellent illustrations of plants, animals and people which also help convey the theme of the book, Lifetimes is a gentle, sensitively written book that both children and adults find comforting and reassuring when dealing with a difficult topic. It reads more like nonfiction, and it could be a good place to help start explaining death to little ones, especially if the child is very interested in facts or nonfiction. This book is perfect for Montessori families, for atheists, for those who practice zen meditation and for believers whose faith is rooted in the bliss of real life truth, even when it seems harder then ever.I was particularly drawn to this title because it can be tailored to a variety of religious belief systems. In a simple and matter-of-fact way, "Lifetimes" explains death in a way that children can understand. The book simply explains that all life has a beginning and an ending, and highlights the different life spans of different creatures (and plants), with each page showing something different; an ant, a butterfly, a rabbit, flowers and shrubs, a crab, and so on, with beautiful illustrations showing a healthy/living version and a crumbling/dead version for comparison which is very helpful for a young child to make the distinction. It is a powerful book, presenting a way for a child--and her grandmother-- to comprehend the cycle of life and death. I haven't actually brought myself to read it to her yet but I suppose that's what this book is trying to overcome, our fear of dying and our subsequent passing on of this fear to our children.

I can see how an older child might need something a little more substantial, but for small children (and my extremely-literal son), this is really well done book.Once children have moved beyond self to include the awareness of another, they will benefit from the gentle scaffolding of the concept.

With simple text and illustrations of nature, this book aims to normalize death by explaining it as a part of a given creature’s lifetime. Later we could talk about our hopes and fears, but during the book we felt the calm rythm of the mystery of life. Here is a list of excellent books designed to help explain death to younger children or to help them cope. I also love that the book discusses death without any references to religion or afterlife, so it is appropriate for families of any belief system. This book talks about death in all living things in a matter of fact manner and helped us have deeper conversations too.Throughout the book, the lifetime is explained as a beginning and an end, with living in the middle; it is established several times that this is true of all living things. She spent a week in bed between her mother and me, sleeping, and then in the middle of the night, she died.

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