Last March, my grandmother died. She was 90 years old. She lived a good life here in Canada, after immigrating to Montreal from Slovenia in the early 1950’s.
This was the first death in the family that my son, now four, would face.
He knew my grandmother quite well, seeing her at least a few times a year. I was worried that being at the funeral home with an open casket might upset him. I wanted to prepare him, without scaring him or getting into too much detail.
That’s when I turned to my colleagues at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL). I asked them for book recommendations about death that are for young children. I found it reassuring to speak to peers who are familiar with these books and the content. It is no surprise that they were able to recommend a few titles immediately.
Talking about death with a child can be difficult, but reading about it, especially in a way that he or she can understand, made it that much easier to discuss. I’m so grateful for the thoughtful and knowledgeable librarians at OPL.
If a child in your life is struggling with the loss of a loved one, or if you want to broach the subject with them, please consult the list below. All titles are available at OPL.