If you have a spare 40 minutes, please do watch my talk at the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network Conference in Dublin in November 2016. Online now at Elke Barber’s Talk at the ICBN conference 2016 Happy New Year everyone! xxx
This is our true story...
Both books are based on our true story.
"Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?" explains (sudden) death, while "What Happened to Daddy's Body?" explains cremation, burial and spreading the ashes in words very young children can understand.
They also reassure children and their families that it's okay to be sad, but that it's okay to be happy, too..
You know how they say that child grief is a bit like jumping in and out of puddles, while for us grown ups, it’s more like wading through a muddy river… Well, Olivia seems to have jumped into one of those puddles a couple of days ago, and is still bouncing about in it. (She […]
Just boxing up my leftover books and one of Olivia’s friends (7 1/2) asks Olivia what I am doing. Her reply: “Oh, she wrote books about my Daddy dying and the questions that my brother asked her. Then she packages them up and sends them to people who want them.” – friend: “Your Mum writes […]
Elke and Alex have managed to address much of what a very young child struggles with when someone they love dies very suddenly. Using his own words, it touchingly describes how 3 year old Alex felt when faced with the very grown-up situation of having to get help when his Dad had a fatal heart attack. Finding a book on sudden death suitable to be read with a pre-school child is very difficult, this one fills the gap admirably.Jill Adams, Bereavement Services Team, The Child Bereavement Charity
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