A children's illustrator and an author started a conversation about death, after being told the subject was ‘off the table’. ‘Where is Uncle Al?’ is for 4- to 7-year-olds. Author Eva Hubs and artist Sarah Harrison published the book after being encouraged by health professionals. The book is about hope not darkness, from a Christian and Buddhist perspective. It centres on Lily, who hears about Uncle Al but is given different answers when she asks where he is. Sarah says we pretend to know about death and stop exploring it, so Lily asks adults questions that they find difficult to answer. A childhood bereavement charity comments that stories play an important role in helping children make sense of death. The book’s pictures and words feed children's imaginations, making them feel less isolated, when they are very alone with their grief.
Children's book about hope, not darknessWritten by David Fletcher 16 Jul 2020
- Pray: for this book to help teachers, parents and health professionals to start conversations about death and belief and life. (1 Corinthians 15:55)
- More: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53022505