What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain and published by Free Spirit Publishing is a book for children who are overwhelmed with loss. I found this book to be so honest and compassionate while dealing with these tough issues. I think this book could be read and understood by 6 to 12 year old kids yet appreciated by young teens and adults as well. The book devotes 2-4 pages of easy to read text to eighteen different questions that a child or teen might ask. What is so cool about this book is that it answers questions the child might be afraid to ask adults, for instance "What happens to the person's body?" Another good question in the text is "Is it still okay to have fun?"
Why do people have to die? This question is explained in simple terms and actually quotes a teen on the subject. Her take on it was simply that it is frightening because people don't talk about death. When something is not spoken of you naturally become more afraid of the subject.
This book describes all of the emotions involved in dealing with the death of a loved one and it does it with feeling and straightforward honesty. This book is a great resource for parents and would be helpful to read before the child experiences the death of a loved one first hand. If read before a loss, it could help a child develop coping skills. It also gives parents great ideas for topics of discussion. And anytime a book opens up lines of communication between a parent and a child it is always a good thing. Check this book out at your local library or pick up a copy at the bookstore. I know you won't be disappointed.