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Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying Paperback – November, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
When my father died and we were waiting for the coroner, I told my mother about the book I had just read the children called Gentle Willow. I was hoping that it's metaphorical story would bring her some of the same comfort it brought me. My mom made me get it right then and she read it while we waited. My mom could not believe how the story was just like my dad's situation. When he was in his coma he was like the catapillar who was in a dark place, but with his death he would be well again and in heaven and he would now have the gift of becoming the butterfly. This thought and story brought my mom so much peace she ordered copies to give all her friends. She has since commissioned a glass artist to do a mosaic of the Gentle Willow and the yellow butterfly to be done and hung in her church. There was actually an article in the newspaper about the Mosaic and how the book, Gentle Willow, helped her during the death of my father.
As far as how it helped my children, they are 18 and 19 now and they still read Gentle Willow when someone has died.Read more ›
I really love using this book in my therapy work with children, but I think it's one that parents can use with their children at home as well. Most of the children I work with are having difficulty expressing feeling such as anger, for fear that they will upset a family member or not be able to control their feelings. The gentle way in which this book introduces negative feelings allows for the start of conversations about the many feelings that accompany death but also focuses on cherishing memories and supporting those who are dying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing and well told story teaching children about death. I love that it addresses all the crazy feelings, we as humans, would have when facing a loved ones death. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HJ
I bought this for an adult friend of mine who just lost two siblings. This charming story helped me through the death of my spouse, so I wanted to share it. Love it.Published 5 months ago by PB Lady
A gentle, understandable explanation about what happens when someone or some thing dies.Published 6 months ago by M. Dietz
This book could be VERY good for a terminally ill child or child of terminally ill parents... anything to do with terminal illnesses. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Barry
It was so hard to buy this book and read it to my three year old as my father was passing from cancer, but I did it because of the other well written reviews. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A.J.
I bought this book for my nephew after his uncle died on his father's side. My nephew is only 4 and this book was great at explaining death to him.Published 14 months ago by Monica Jones