When Someone Dies: A Book about Death for Kids who are Curious or who are Experiencing a Death (Paperback)
When Someone Dies is a straight-forward book about death for children to read with a trusted adult. The book teaches kids about death, customs regarding death, and feelings that are associated with death in words that they can understand. When Someone Dies does not give one way to think about death, but rather explains a variety of beliefs about death and gives the reader a chance to share their own beliefs and thoughts. The book prepares the child for things they may encounter after a loved one's death (cemeteries, caskets, cremation, etc.) in gentle, but honest words. When Someone Dies gives a family or a group a starting point for further discussion. The illustrations are calming and diverse. The book does not depict one specific race, culture, or religion. When Someone Dies is appropriate to read to kids after they experience the death of someone they know. The book is also appropriate for a curious child who has been asking questions about death. It was initially intended to be read to children between 3 and 12 years old. When Someone Dies includes tips for adults regarding talking to children about death, advice regarding explaining a specific death, and a link to activities that would be appropriate following reading the book.
Laura Camerona, CCLS, the author of this book, worked in a children's hospital for years as a Child Life Specialist. She created this book in the hopes that it could be used as a tool for parents, caregivers, and teachers, giving them gentle and honest words to talk about death and what happens after someone dies.