I went to a funeral today for a friend who died far too young. There were many children there of all ages. Later on I was thinking a lot about how we can comfort children when confronted with the loss of a friend or relative and also about books that we might use to help children understand about why beloved people and animals die.
This book, despite being published 30+ years ago, still features on lists of recommended titles to give to children, possibly more than any other title. We don’t have it in our school library, but I would very much like to add it. It’s aimed at younger readers, but there is something about the simplicity of the message, that makes me feel if would be comforting to an older child too..
Life cycles, timelines, the nature of things – plants, animals and people. For every thing, there is a season.
When the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand?
Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.
Lifetimes . . . a very special, very important book for you and your child. The book that explains—beautifully—that all living things have their own special Lifetimes. [Publisher via Goodreads]
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Life and Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie
Published by Bantam, 1983.
Suggested age range 4-10 years.
Borrow from Auckland Libraries