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Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death



When a loved one dies, it can be hard to know how to explain it to a young child, particularly if you are grieving the loss yourself.

Something Very Sad Happened is intended to be read to two- and three-year-old children to help them understand death and process the loss of a loved one. Written at a developmental level that is appropriate for two- and three-year-olds, the story explains death; lets children know that it is okay to feel sad; and reassures children that they can still love the person who died, and the person who died will always love them.

Since the two- to three-year-old child cannot read, this story is intended to be personalized; certain words are color-coded in red to cue to you to substitute with the appropriate names and pronouns for the person who died.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information about talking to children about death, guidelines for answering a child’s questions, advice for attending funerals and visiting cemeteries, and ideas for commemorating the loved one.

Author: Zucker, Bonnie, Illustrator: Fleming, Kim

Topic: Children’s Books/Baby-Preschool
Media: Book
ISBN: 1433822660
Language: English
Pages: 32

Additional information

Weight 0.7 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8.3 × 0.5 in


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