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    Default Secular readers about death/dying?

    I'm on a mission. I'm googling and amazoning and I feel really frustrated that I can't pin down at least a couple secular kids' books on the subject of death or dying. Especially for early elem...Kindy or 1st/2nd? I've found a few read-alouds and those are good, but are there no early readers on this subject that don't focus primarily on heaven???


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    Maybe search a UU site/bookstore?
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    There are a lot that I would say are "open ended." I don't know if they would satisfy people who are strongly atheistic in their worldview, but there are a number of picture books about death that are sort of vague about what happens after you die or focus more on the grieving process. So, for example, I adore The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, which is a book about a cat who dies. The children in the book argue about whether the cat goes to heaven or just decomposes in the ground. When the parent comes in to settle the question, it's made clear that she doesn't think we know the answer but that the boy should focus on the good things about the cat instead. In the list of ten good things, one of the them is that the cat will decompose and nourish the plants.

    Badger's Parting Gifts was another we had when we had a grandparent death. The older person (a badger) does "go into the light" at the end, but it's very vague. There's no clear description of what happens or if that's just a physical thing or spiritual or what. Lifetimes is another one and I think that one may be more directly secular - it's focused on death as a part of life and the cycle of life.

    There are others... Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs is one by Tomie de Paola... but I feel like there's some mention of religion in there. Still, it's not the focus... it's more that the dead grandparent will live on in his memory kind of a thing. And there's another that I'm wracking my brain for...
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    Secular readers about death/dying?
    There was a thread about this a couple of years ago. Here are some of the books I like.

    Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
    You can see a video of the story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OGqZRaP5oc

    Always and Forever by Alan Durant

    Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
    Here is a video of the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVVuiDHsag
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    Always and Forever! That's the one I was trying to remember.
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    Thanks ever so much for these. I've just made a Pinterest board with each of your suggestions so I can take time and browse through them one by one.


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    I found this book at the library today when looking for something to go with the tree planting we have been doing around the farm.

    It is fairly vague but the art work is lovely and the story applies to loss.

    https://www.bookdepository.com/Tree-.../9781742978604

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    Oh my, FarmMom...that looks GORGEOUS. I'd really, really like to get my hands on that one. Off to Worldcat to see if there's a library nearby that has one....


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