Book Recommendations for Explaining Loss of a Sibling (Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss) to A Child
Recommended Books for Explaining Loss of a Sibling (Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss) to A Child
A Rainbow Baby Story: The Rainbow After the Storm: Volume 2 (Explain It To Me!) (Picture Book) by Crystal A Falk and Kim S Roman
A helpful book for children, aged 2 to 6 years old, A Rainbow Baby Story gently enables parents to explain what happened to their sibling who was due to be born so soon.
"A rainbow baby is a baby who is born after the mother has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. The thought is, the loss is like a storm and the baby who follows is like the rainbow. After a storm, a rainbow filled with hope may appear. Although there are still dark clouds above, there is hope and joy that follows the storm."
The story is about Baby Bird and his family. They live in a nest high in a tree. One day while his mother is out looking for food, a fierce storm rolls through. Alone and scared, his mother soon returns to the nest and comforts him. This seems the perfect time for her to tell the story of the little sister he never met and a beautiful hope that sometimes follows a storm.
An honest and gentle account of loss, this book is perfect to help young children embrace the loss and process it.
We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead (Picture Book ) by Pat Schwiebert
An excellent coping tool for young children, the book starts off with a small boy looking into an empty bassinet where his newborn sibling was meant to sleep.
The picture book initially validates the boy's feelings that all siblings have as they await the birth of their new brother or sister, through reminding us how much the boy was looked forward to having a sibling, and had already drummed up scenarios of the two of them playing together and building a fort.
"But something happened," he reports, his trusty basset hound mirroring his sad, dejected expression. "The baby died. Our baby is not going to live with us."
With great sensitivity, Schwiebert, acknowledges the complicated feelings of the young reader from sadness and fear, whilst introducing the baby as an angel through a beautiful illustration of the baby with the halo.
The author has also thoughtfully included some tools and techniques for parents at the end on helping children grieve and understand loss.
The Invisible String (Picture Book) by Patrice Karst
Not directly linked to miscarriage or stillbirth, The Invisible String is a really well-thought out book on helping little children cope with any kind of loss, grief or separation anxiety.
In the book, the mother introduces 'the invisible string' through which the whole family is connected. You can't see it but it's still there. An invisible string made of love, that is not visible to the naked eye but one that feel with your heart as you are always connected to your loved ones through this.
This heart-warming and gorgeous book opens up many questions about love, family and lost relationships that we can still treasure.
A must-read, its been advocated by therapists, educators and social workers everywhere. Highly recommended.
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