The Pilgrim Press introduces its perennial bestseller “Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children” by Doris Stickney in coloring book format.
Amazon Reader Review
My 43 yo husband died suddenly and unexpectedly in March. While it has been hard enough for me to come to terms with this sad and confusing situation, it has been made even harder having to explain death, dying, heaven, why?, etc. to my 7 and 6 yo girls. A healthcare grief professional recommended this book, and as she was explaining it to me, I began to feel relieved and comforted. As an adult, I felt the book carries a beautiful, simple message about what happens when someone dies. An explanation without details, which is truly what we have in life. My children liked the story as well, although at their age, the concept of a metaphor is a little lost. They “get it” and yet they wanted me to confirm “but Daddy isn’t a dragonfly, right?” I would still recommend it because it gives a parent or anyone dealing with a loss a basis for explaining what happens after death and can be used as a tool for further explanation tailored to your beliefs. The person who recommended it to me went on to declare that in her view, the dragonflies can still see and be a part of our experiences, just in a different way, above the water, so to speak. I’ve read other grief books directed toward children but this is my favorite because of its simple, gentle message.