What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?

What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?

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by Trevor Romain
     
 

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When Trevor Romain’s father died, Trevor didn’t know what to feel, say, or do. Shocked, saddened, and confused, all he could say was . . . wow. As he started understanding what had happened, he began writing about his experiences and feelings. His new book—simple, insightful, and straight from the heart—is for any child who has lost a loved…  See more details below

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When Trevor Romain’s father died, Trevor didn’t know what to feel, say, or do. Shocked, saddened, and confused, all he could say was . . . wow. As he started understanding what had happened, he began writing about his experiences and feelings. His new book—simple, insightful, and straight from the heart—is for any child who has lost a loved one or other special person.

Trevor talks directly to kids about what death means and how to cope. He asks the kinds of questions kids have about death—Why? How? What next? Is it my fault? What’s a funeral?—in basic, straightforward terms. He describes and discusses the overwhelming emotions involved in grieving—sadness, fear, anger, guilt—and offers practical strategies for dealing with them. He also suggests meaningful ways to remember and honor the person who has died.

When someone dies, adults are often involved with their own loss and grief and not as available to children as they might otherwise be. This little book, full of concrete advice and expressive illustrations, offers the comfort and reassurance that children need during these difficult times. Written to and for kids, it’s also recommended for parents and other relatives, educators, counselors, and youth workers.

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From the Publisher

“Written honestly, compassionately, and carefully.”—Bereavement Care

“Supportive, insightful, inspiring…very highly recommended for school and public library acquisition, counseling centers and child welfare departments.”—The Children’s Bookwatch

"Simple, insightful, and straight from the heart, this book is for any child who has lost a loved one or other special person."—Library Talk

Parent Council® Selection

Bereavement Care
"Written honestly, compassionately, and carefully."
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
The heavy subject of death is scaled down to a child's level of understanding in this publication. An honest, look at death is provided and difficult questions that children ask are answered. A table of contents allows for easy access to a child's most anxious questions such as "what is it like to die?" and "will I ever feel better?" An introduction by the author tells the story of the death of his own father and what feelings he has experienced since that time. Romain explains that death causes you to feel a mixed bag of emotions and sometimes you need to talk about these feelings or just have some quiet time to yourself. He also explains what happens to the body of a person who has died, what a funeral is and makes suggestions for honoring your loved one is a special and unique way. Overall, he explains that the person who has died would want you to remember them, but to also go on living your life and with time you will begin to feel better. This is an excellent selection for a grieving child.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575420554
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/15/1999
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
148,466
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


When Trevor Romain was 12, his teacher told him he wasn't talented enough to do art. By accident, he found out 20 years later that he could draw. Since that lucky day, he has written and illustrated 20 books for children. In addition to writing, illustrating, and speaking at schools, Trevor is a board member of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and can often be found on the cancer ward at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, doing his rounds as "Doctor of Mischief."

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What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first turned to this book when my father died unexpectedly and I was at a loss. As a school counselor I had counseled students about grief, but had never really experienced it. I looked for something to help me and my students. Since then I have lost my mother and have had many students who have used this book. I keep multiple copies to give to them to keep, and now seven years after first finding it I find I still return to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for the older child who loses someone. It offers some very useful ways of coping and is realistic in explaining things to them. Death is very confusing for children and this can help in talking with them. Easy enough for them to read on their own, too.