Ben’s Flying Flowers

When Emily loses her brother after a long illness, she feels alone, angry, and very, very sad. With the understanding and support of her parents, Emily learns that it helps when she snuggles with her parents. It helps when she talks about her feelings and asks questions about Ben. And it helps when she does regular kid stuff, too. Ben’s Flying Flowers beautifully characterizes a child’s common emotional reactions when a sibling dies and pays specific attention to the child’s experience by way of explanation, imagery, and healing messages. In the story, Emily learns that expressing her feelings and asking questions about Ben’s death can be helpful, as can doing normal every day activities. Emily learns that remembering happier times with Ben soothes sad feelings and provides much comfort to her and her parents.

© 2012 Maier, Inger
Audience: Children