What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?

What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?


By (author) Trevor Romain, By (author) Elizabeth Verdick

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  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 72 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 175mm x 8mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Minneapolis
  • ISBN 10: 1575420554
  • ISBN 13: 9781575420554
  • Illustrations note: 60ill.
  • Sales rank: 103,465

Product description

When Trevor Romain's father died, Trevor didn't know what to feel, say, or do. Shocked, saddened, and confused, all he could say was . . . wow. As he started understanding what had happened, he began writing about his experiences and feelings. His new book--simple, insightful, and straight from the heart--is for any child who has lost a loved one or other special person. Trevor talks directly to kids about what death means and how to cope. He asks the kinds of questions kids have about death--Why? How? What next? Is it my fault? What's a funeral?--in basic, straightforward terms. He describes and discusses the overwhelming emotions involved in grieving--sadness, fear, anger, guilt--and offers practical strategies for dealing with them. He also suggests meaningful ways to remember and honor the person who has died. When someone dies, adults are often involved with their own loss and grief and not as available to children as they might otherwise be. This little book, full of concrete advice and expressive illustrations, offers the comfort and reassurance that children need during these difficult times. Written to and for kids, it's also recommended for parents and other relatives, educators, counselors, and youth workers.

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Author information

When Trevor Romain was 12, his teacher told him he wasn't talented enough to do art. By accident, he found out 20 years later that he could draw. Since that lucky day, he has written and illustrated 20 books for children. In addition to writing, illustrating, and speaking at schools, Trevor is a board member of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and can often be found on the cancer ward at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, doing his rounds as "Doctor of Mischief."

Review quote

"The concise, truthful answers and drawings will comfort children who are coping with the death of a loved one. Recommended."