Join Date: Mar 2009
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I picked up several books for my then-2-year old, a mix of recommendations from the web and what I could find at Barnes & Noble:
1) When Someone You Love has Cancer, an "Elf-help" book. Seems to cover the basics to help DS understand, I've read it to him more than twice and he hasn't closed it, flipped ahead, or such. There is a little bit of mention of God, mostly saying to ask your priest or minister more. It's easy enough to adapt the wording to fit your needs.
2) Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, by Tomie dePaola. This one's an actual story, based on his childhood. The closest to religion I remember is mention of the funeral.
I had another book that talked more specifically about death, I haven't been able to find it lately. Ask at the local bookstore, and they ought to be able to take you to the appropriate section of children's books so you can pick the ones that suit your beliefs.
I've also been able to get materials from the hospice and social worker that were helping with my mother's passing, and a different hospice in my own town.
Unitarian Universalist Pagan