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Mama's Going To Heaven Soon

by Kathe Martin Copeland

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Mama’s Going to Heaven Soon by Kathe Martin Copeland. Library section 11 A: Pre-K, Religion and Character-Building. (Ages 4-6). How do you explain the approaching death of a loved on to preschoolers? Published by Augburg Fortress, the ELCA’s publisher, this book helps small children prepare for the death of a loved one (a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, etc.). In a clear, sensitive way, the book describes how approaching death makes in impossible for a mommy to enjoy family activities because she is more tired than she used to be, and how she will soon be going to live with God in heaven. Even though her life in earth will be over, and she will no longer live with her family, she will live and stay in heaven forever and will never be sick or tired again. The father also says that no matter how old the children get, thinking of their mama will always make their hearts smile. Reading books like this many times both before and after the death allows children to return to the topic many times, eventually coming to terms with death in a loving setting with the surviving parent as questions arise and are answered, accompanied by loving hugs and tears.
A section for parents at the end of the book offers “How to talk to Children About Death.” Suggestions include using nature’s cycle to explain that death is a natural part of life, and you can do this generally way ahead of any loved one’s death, when you and your children see a dead animal or read about a prominent person’s death, for example. That’s a teachable moment. Other suggestions include finding a safe and quiet place to talk, inviting questions, sharing your religious faith with your child, avoiding saying, “It was God’s will,” or calling God a “taker” (rather than saying God took Mommy to live in heaven, say God was waiting to welcome Mommy into loving arms). Use accurate words to describe death – do not call it “sleeping”, “eternal rest”, “passed on”, or that mama has “gone away.” A child who is told that mama is “sleeping” forever will never want to go to sleep again, for fear he’d never awaken. Also, blaming God – saying that God needed the loved one more than the beloved’s children – makes God into a cruel monster, and should not be used as a reason. It is perfectly honest and OK to say you don’t know why a loved one had to die. Some things are mysteries, after all.
This very necessary book for smaller children accompanies several others we have, including Maria Shriver’s book, What’s Heaven? for older children; Maria’s book goes into greater detail about general Christian beliefs concerning death and the nature of eternal life. Both are excellent and both are in section 11 A, though Maria’s should really be in 9 A for juveniles. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jun 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806651229, Paperback)

A compassionate yet straightforward story to assist young children, ages 8-11, and their caregivers as they deal with an impending death of a parent. The bright, childlike artwork and simple, straightforward language offers readers a hopeful message. The book does not specify what is wrong with the mother, so it could apply to a number of situations or illnesses. A back matter section offers caregivers additional tips on how to talk to children about a parent's death.

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A loving and supportive father tells his children that their sick mother is going to die. Includes advice for caregivers on how to talk to youngsters about death.

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