Something Very Sad Happened A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie Zucker

Something Very Sad Happened A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death

Written by Bonnie Zucker
Illustrated by Kim Fleming


Something Very Sad Happened A Toddler's Guide to Understanding Death by Bonnie Zucker

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.Sensitively written and gently illustrated, Something Very Sad Happened explains death in developmentally appropriate terms for two-and three-year-old childern. It reassures the child that it is okay to feel sad, and that love never dies.Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information about how to talk about death, answer your child's questions, and maintain your connection throughout the grieving process.Ages 2-3

About the Author

Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University, USA, her master's degree from the University of Baltimore, USA, and her doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, USA.Dr. Zucker specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and is the author of Anxiety-Free Kids and Take Control of OCD and, co-author of Resilience Builder Program for Childern & Adolescents and two relaxation CDs.Kim Fleming has always been passionate about creating visual content for childern. Her specialty is childern's books, but her illustrations can be found in many different places, from childern's games to greeting cards. She enjoys working traditionally, and creates he illustrations using watercolor, pencil and lots of love.

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32 pages


Bonnie Zucker
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American Psychological Association

Publication date

30th August 2016



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