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Luna’s red hat (primary age)

Quick Overview

This book is designed to be read with children aged 6 years and over who have experienced the loss of a family member by suicide. Luna’s Red Hat addresses issues such as grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and depression, as Luna talks to her father on the anniversary of her mother’s death. At the end of the story, Luna’s father shows how the family can begin to focus on happier things, while still acknowledging the significance of the loved one who has died.

This is an easy to read book and is appropriately illustrated to convey the feelings discussed. Emotions that are commonly experienced after the death of a loved one by suicide are introduced, and prompts are provided for a parent/other adult to discuss these with the child affected by grief.

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Barbara Liffiton

Book Title: Luna’s Red Hat

Author: Emmi Smid

Publication Date: 2015

Problem Addressed: Grief following a suicide

Suitable for: Children 6 years and over.

Book Summary:
This book is designed to be read with children aged 6 years and over who have experienced the loss of a family member by suicide. It addresses issues such as grief and sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt and depression, as Luna talks to her father on the anniversary of her mother’s death. At the end of the story, Luna’s father shows how the family can begin to focus on happier things, while acknowledging the significance of the loved one who has died.

Strengths:
The book is easy to read and appropriately illustrated to demonstrate the feelings discussed. It introduces the emotions that are commonly experienced after the death of a loved one by suicide and provides prompts for a parent or other adult to discuss these with the child affected by grief. It may also be suitable for slightly younger children as well as the stated target age. There is a guide for parents at the end of the book that provides good explanations on how children understand death, depending on their developmental stage. It also offers suggestions on how to answer the questions often asked by children about death.

Recommendations:
For children bereaved by the death of a parent or family member to suicide and for parents/caregivers to gain an understanding of how to talk to the child about death by suicide. The section at the end that describes how children understand death depending on their age and stage

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