It's OK to Be Sad: Activities to Help Children Aged 4-9 to Manage Loss, Grief or Bereavement

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Margaret Collins

  • It's OK to Be Sad
  • It's OK to Be Sad
    This great resource uses stories about 20 different life events to help children learn to cope with sadness, distress, anxiety; whether transient or long-term.

104 pages
2005
ISBN: 9781412918251

When a child faces a problem with health or disability we are quick to offer support or change our expectations. Sadness, distress, anxiety, whether transient or long-term, can have significant effects on every child but they are invisible and the support or adjustments might not be in place. In this great resource Margaret uses stories about 20 different life events to:

  • illustrate the range of feelings
  • give permission for the expression of feelings
  • encourage empathy towards others
  • demonstrate that loss is a common experience for us all.

The work balances an acknowledgement of the need to express sorrow and sadness with an opportunity to consider how to do something that is positive for oneself or helpful to others.

Table of Contents

I Lost My Toy (Dogger)

A Sleepover

A Lost Pet

Where's My Purse?

Missing You

Moving House

I Won't Forget You (Leaving Mrs Ellis)

I Don't Know Anyone Here

Letting Go

I'll Love You Every Day (I'll Always Love You)

We Are Missing You

Come Home Soon

What's the Matter, Kris?

Different Kinds of Families

Claire's Family

Life Has to Go On

A Memory Box

A New Life

When Grandpa Died (Grandpa's Slide Show)

A Terrible Accident

"Using stories about life events, Margaret Collins focuses on the needs of 4-9 year olds, and the ways in which they can express concerns, anxieties and grief. She also provides helpful advice for children and adults about how to help others when they are experiencing such difficulties"
- SENCO Update

"An ideal resource to use when a child or children in a class are experiencing loss and grief. This area of work makes a vital contribution to bringing one of the most essential learning tasks of life into schools, helping children to recognise the universality of loss and encourage them to feel confident about their own and other people's feelings. If this book was used routinely across the country it would contribute to a significant shift in the environment in which children, and ultimately adults, are able to understand and deal with feelings. If you are a teacher please try and get hold of a copy."
- Bereavement Care