I’ve been meaning to share this idea with you for a while now and figured this may be a good time, as the Hurricane Sandy recovery continues and people piece their lives back together, wait for bits of normalcy to be restored, and rise to meet the incredible challenges facing them.
I truly hope you do not know anyone who lost a loved one in the hurricane. Or any recent event for that matter. But, y’all know I am a school counselor by day, and this is my favorite book about death: Liplap’s Wish by Jonathan London and Sylvia Long.
It is a beautiful story about a rabbit boy grieving the loss of his grandmother. The most poignant idea is that the stars in the night sky represent those who have passed away, looking down on us and shining in our hearts. Liplap’s Wish touches on several different emotions and grief experiences. Even though it is a children’s book, I find it very comforting as an adult. The only drawback is that the book is out of print, so you have to find used copies on Amazon or elsewhere.
If I give this or another children’s book as a gift, I like to tie a pretty ribbon around it. As a card for grief, I love these heartwarming mice from Curly Girl Design. (I also like the other Curly Girl card pictured here for the death of a family member or shared loved one.) Both designs are also available as canvases, and the lantern one comes as a plaque or matted print as well.
I just love all of Leigh’s cards; they are thoughtful, unique, and usually exactly the sentiment you didn’t realize you wanted to convey. Perfect for grief situations, when it is always so difficult to find the right thing to say. Yes, even when you have a master’s degree in counseling, that is still difficult!
Oh, and in case you are looking for thoughtful children’s books on other emotional or personal topics, I really like the blog Books that Heal Kids. She reviews picture books on all different subjects, from grief to bullying to cancer to divorce.