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Why Did You Die?: Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss Paperback – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Pap/Cdr edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,796,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ellen Goldring, LPC, is a board-certified and registered art therapist and certified child life specialist. She is currently a supervisor of Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy Services at Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. She offers therapy for the children of adults with life-threatening illnesses and for medically ill patients and siblings, and has developed children's bereavement programming.


Erica Leeuwenburgh, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, board-certified art therapist, and child life specialist. In 1987 she established a pediatric psychosocial program for children with the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. This Child Life/Creative Arts Therapy program provides comprehensive psychosocial support services for infants, children, and adolescents with art, music, dance/movement, and drama therapists and child life specialists. Her clinical work focuses predominantly on hospitalized, chronically ill, or bereaved children and their parents, and children whose parents are critically ill. She is an assistant visiting professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she has taught for more than 10 years. She lectures nationally and has published several articles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Tinkham on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Why Did You Die? Is a "must read" for anyone faced with the grieving process. It is an educational tool for adults and specifically gives recommendations on how to deal with children who are grieving. Parents and family members are given examples of what to expect from grieving children at ages: 0- 2, 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, and 13 -18 years of age. The recommendations provided for each developmental stage can be extremely helpful for family members who are at a loss of how to deal with a grieving child.

The book educates the reader on how children grieve and on traumatic grief. There is a beautiful introduction after the education section of the book that reads as a letter: "Dear Kids, this book was written to help you take time to think about yourself, create, and remember your loved one." The letter goes on to describe to the children reading the book the journey they will take in reading and completing the book. It invites them to use it as a journal and to look back on it in the future. The letter at the beginning is an engaging way to invite the children to begin the exercises to follow.

The following chapters are exercises that will help children get in touch with their feelings and thoughts around the loss. The exercises are each one or two pages long and they are designed to be fun for the children; using art and creativity. They give a sense of doing something fun while connecting to some difficult emotions related to the loss. It is a non-threatening way to help children through the grieving process. It also enables the children to keep fond memories of their loved one by writing, reminiscing, and drawing or posting pictures of their loved one.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I will use Why Did You Die?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill D. Blaney on February 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just love this book. As a licensed clinical social worker who does bereavement work with children, I am always looking for a book with interventions that are developmentally appropriate and this fills the bill. Not only are the activities fun to do but right on for what children may be experiencing and what is needed to heal. I also like the organization and format, such as the "For You to Think About" blurbs, followed by an example in storyform; the title of the chapters that reflect the thoughts children engage in but have a hard time verbalizing; and helping parents distinguish what is normal or pathological grieving, thus knowing when to seek professional help. This workbook is useful for clinicians and parents as well. Bravo Ms. Leeuwenburgh and Ms. Goldring!
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