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When Someone Dies

Kevin Mayhew

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101 ways to help you cope
Children are often the forgotten mourners when someone dies, but they grieve and need just as much support as adults. This book is for children of all ages who are adjusting to the death of someone close to them. It can be read systematically or simply dipped into at will and contains art exercises throughout to enable children to express their own story. Bill Merrington is an experienced Anglican priest and counsellor and here he offers useful, supportive and practical advice to young people. His approach is fresh, original, user-friendly and attractive.
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Product Code1501144
NameWhen Someone Dies
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorBill Merrington
Short Description101 ways to help you cope
Pack Size1
Size297 X 210mm
Date Published20 Jan 2009
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This is a Lovely Book Review by Extracts from Wendy Rayner - Bereavement Care Journal
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This is a lovely book – small enough to go in a pocket or bag, with a colourful cover picture of a rainbow. The size makes it easier for children to carry about, and the sections are short, making the book easy to dip into. Often bereaved children have lots of questions going round their heads, and there may not be a person on hand to listen to them, or they may not want to ask, so having this accessible kind of book handy could be very helpful.
What I like about this book is its format: to each of the 101 ways to cope it matches an analogy with a related activity to help children express their feelings example No 23, ‘Fizzy Drinks’, states: ‘It can really shake you up when someone dies, and all the feelings get jumbled up just like gas in a fizzy drink can.’ Here the suggested activity is: ‘Draw a fizzy drink can, think of a name for it, design the label and then say what would be in the can of feeling.’
Some activities are very similar to the ones in the Muddles, Puddles, and Sunshine workbook published by Winston’s Wish for younger children from 5 to 12 years (depending on their developmental age). But, whereas the Winston’s Wish book is possibly more suited to be used with a carer or a bereavement volunteer, When Someone Dies can also be used by older children on their own.
There is also a helpful section at the back of the book with advice to adults on ways to help children cope.
In summary, I found this a useful book that I think children and younger people will find relevant to their lives, as will carers and bereavement workers.
(Posted on 05/04/2011)

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Bill Merrinton

Bill Merrington is currently the lead university chaplain at Bournemouth University and the Arts University at Bournemouth.

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