The Next Place

The Next Place

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by Warren Hanson
     
 
The Next Place is an inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind. An uncomplicated journey of awe and wonder to a destination without barriers.

Lose yourself in the uplifting sense of comfort and serenity. Embrace the joyful spirit of oneness. Then pour yourself into the lives of those you love.

The Next

Overview

The Next Place is an inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind. An uncomplicated journey of awe and wonder to a destination without barriers.

Lose yourself in the uplifting sense of comfort and serenity. Embrace the joyful spirit of oneness. Then pour yourself into the lives of those you love.

The Next Place is, above all, a celebration of life. Hear the music. Feel the warmth. And be carried away along life's everlasting flight.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The author's musings about heaven, or whatever you might call "the next place" that one inhabits after this life, are presented in arcs of text superimposed on tranquil collage illustrations. The overall sense is one of peace. No specific religious allusions are made. However, his statement that "the body I once lived in won't be part of me at all," may cause some Christians discomfort. The book might be reassuring for children facing the loss of someone dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931674327
Publisher:
Tristan Pub
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
30,776
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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The Next Place 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My aunt sent me a copy of this book for Easter and it made the realization of his death more peaceful for me. It helped me to see this experience as not only a very painful and terrible one, but one that will make me stronger and will teach me a lot. This book helped to ease the pain of no longer being able to see Josh and know how he's doing. It made me accept that he's in a better place now and that he's being taken care of. Most of all, it reminded me that although I won't see his face or hear his voice anymore, he'll always be with me and I will always be with him. I hope every person, young and old, who has experienced a death, whether through family or friends, will get a chance to read this book. On September 11, 2001 our world fell apart. Within a week a handful of strangers from across the country came together and started a grass roots, nonprofit organization, The Next Place Network. Each one of us so moved by the powerful message within The Next Place we came together with the sole purpose: to collect and distribute copies of The Next Place to those directly affected by the tragic turn of events of 9-11. The response has been extraordinarily heartening and encouraging. To date, through donations and gifts, we have presented over 6250 copies of The Next Place to the children, families, loved ones, shell shocked rescue workers and guilt stricken surviving coworkers of those who died on that tragic day. The incredibly effective and universally spiritual message is supported, appreciated and accepted by a myriad of September 11 organizations, religious leaders, death and dying professionals, family crises centers, Hospice, NYFD, NYPD, NYPA, NY National Guard, Salvation Army, NYSEMO, United Airlines, American Airlines, teachers, parents, and children who were directly affected by the terrorist attacks in America. Several copies have also been distributed to the families of the postal workers who lost their lives as a result of bio terrorism. The words and images have given an incalculable amount of emotional comfort and spiritual renewal during this most trying time.   
Carrie2011 More than 1 year ago
This book has been used by my family for several losses and has been extremely useful for all ages. Our kids connect with the rhymes and the beautiful pictures. The adults have connected with the ideas that are so beautifully described. I would highly recommend this book if you or someone you love is grieving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every time there is a death of a friend or family member, I purchase this book for the grieving individuals. It has brought so much peace. It is heart-warming and full of love. Recently, I read this treasure to a co-worker, who was dying in the hospital and as a result, he was calm and relaxed. He died peacefully the next day. I truly believe this belongs on every shelf and in every home!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book to give as a gift to a recently bereaved friend. Such simple words and calming, beautiful pictures convey a sense of peace that help them know they are not alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have purchased this book many, many times as a gift for those who have lost a loved one. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is comforting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After my teenage son died, this book was recommended to me by a friend. I found it to be a very comforting book, and it is good to think about my son being in "The Next Place." It is a children's book, but I would recommend it as a wonderful book for all ages (I am in my fifties). I find myself re-reading the book, and I keep it on my coffee table. I have bought copies for friends who are also grieving the loss of loved ones. The illustrations are wonderful and the text is non-denominational. Another book that I recommend for people who are grieving is Tear Soup. It is another children's book that is wonderful for all ages.
caladu More than 1 year ago
"The next place" was suggested for me to read by a friend who was on her final journey. As she wished i read it and have re-read it several times since. It has become my go to book when i need a lift from missing someone. It has also become my gift to anyone i know who has lost or is losing a loved one. It is beautifully written and illustrated and has a wonderful way of seeing the sadness of loss while at the same time the wonder and beauty of the next place. It brings peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard this book read for the first time 8.5 years ago at a funeral. And ever since I have bought it for every friend in my life that has lost a loved one, young and old. It is very beautifully written. It will bring both tears and peace to anyone that is experiencing a loss. I recommend to everyone that is wanting to give something but not sure what at a time that is difficult for anyone. This book can be read over and over when they need comfort and understanding.
GraceAmelia77 More than 1 year ago
Excellent story of saying good byes.
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kiwiTA More than 1 year ago
After hearing this poem at the ceremony of a dear friends passing I couldn't forget it. I always kept it in the back of my mind. When I lost my brother 2 years ago I gave it to my mother, who found the strength to read it at his celebration of life. Mr. Warren's words of the "Next Place" gave me and my family peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book was written to help a child understand death, it is a TREMENDOUS book for adults as well. When my adult nephew passes away recently, this book was read at his funeral. It helped so many of us with the sadness and questioning 'why' feelings. Each of us came away with a feeling of hope and joy. I have given this book to friends who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one and to friends who are currently facing life threatening illnesses. In ALL cases, the recipient has said how much this book has helped them through the 'rough' times. I HIGHLY recommend this book for a personal library, as well as gifts to others.
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Tillytie More than 1 year ago
It is a beautiful presentation of death in a non-denominational manner. The flowing art and graceful language lends itself to spirituality. I've had friends come back to me after reading it to say that it touched them and helped in only the small ways that friendly gestures can when a loved one has passed away.
LilE More than 1 year ago
This book was discovered by my mother some years ago when is was being talked about on a TV show. When a friend had a loved one who passed away, I bought it in leiu of a card. It was greatly appreciated by the recipient for it's message along with it's artwork. It is intended for children, I believe, but I have given it to adults at least 5 times when a loved one has been lost, and will continue to do so. The illustrations are incredible, but the message is one of joy, hope, & love. I recommend it to anyone trying to explain to a child as to where a deceased love one has gone, & to any adult trying to send a heartfelt message to someone in need during a very trying time.