Parents may not think talking to a child about death and dying is a top priority when all is well with the world. I think the topic might be introduced by reading a good picture book dealing with the subject with your child well before the child has their first experience with loss. However you choose to deal with the subject, meaning now or not until the time comes, here are a few good books to read with your child to help you with the discussion.
Teachers, parents, and grandparents may choose to use one or more of the following books when helping a child deal with grief. Check with your pastor, librarian, or physician for other suggestions.
2. Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney
3. I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker
4. What On Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies? by Trevor Romain
5. Sad Isn't Bad- A Good -Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss by Michaelene Mundy
6. When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegaard
7. Always my Brother by Jean Reagan
8. Punk Wig by Lori Ries
This list is a start. I think it is helpful when parents are able to review books and open a discussion in an age appropriate way long before a child experiences their first loss. Grief and loss are painful for both the parent and the child. A basic understanding about family values regarding death and dying and an introduction to the reality of life and death may ease the situation when death comes as an unexpected crisis, as it most often does. Let me know what you think or share in the comment section how your family handles this topic. Blessings to those dealing with a loss today.