Item description for Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (Looking Up) by Doris Stickney...
Overview Explaining death to a child can be confusing, both for you and for the child. This fable of water bugs transforming into dragon flies is an excellent way to help children to understand what happens after someone dies: that we don't know. An excellent way to begin discussions with children on death and what happens after we die.
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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.56" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.07" Weight: 0.06 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Series Looking Up
ISBN 0829816240 ISBN13 9780829816242
Reviews - What do customers think about Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (Looking Up)?
Water Bugs & Dragonflies Mar 8, 2007
What a beautiful and simple way to explain death to children (and adults) using the cycle of the waterbug. This story was told to me 22 years ago by the pastor at my father's funeral and I was so excited to find it in book form. I shared it with families when I was a school nurse-teacher and now with my grandchildren when my mom passed away. I would highly recommend it to all who are faced with the task of helping children (and grieving adults) through a very difficult time.
Great for Preschoolers to Adults! Jan 10, 2007
My 3.5 yr-old daughter's great-grandpa passed away. We were going to be attending the funeral, and I was one of the readers at the funeral. I knew she needed an explanation of what was going on. A bright girl, I knew that whatever I told her was going to stick, so I wanted to get the words right. I read a touching review of this booklet and decided to give it a try. It is small - the size of a CD booklet. But the words, written by a minister after his son's friend died, are poetic and poignant. 3 months later, my daughter still understands that great-grandpa is in Heaven (dragonfly) and we're still "in the pond" (water bugs). The word Heaven is not used in the book until the prayer at the end of it, which is also simple and great.
A TINY book that encourages TREMENDOUS faith Jul 2, 2006
With I first bought this book, - I thought to myself "The Jehovah's 'Watchtower' is bigger than this!" Doubtful this teeny tiny thing would be of benefit at all.... So many of the books I have bought on this delicate and heartwrenching subject are far too scientific, cold, and frank in their language -- too few support a Religious child's upbringing; to BELIEVE that death is not the END, their love LIVES ON, and WILL be with them again.... And finding so many lacking a message of faith only discouraged me further to hold onto my own.
And all these others were bigger, fancier, far more artwork, many more pages - - But "Great things come in small packages"...BELIEVE IT!
I read it aloud just after I purchased it to a friend as we stood waiting for coffee - and found very quickly I had an audience - the patrons in line and the employees behind the counter were listening to me read, to my embarrassment - BUT..it seemed to reach down into each of us, and touch us all in some way or another. The kind employee confided in me when he handed me my coffee that he had lost his girlfriend to Leukemia 5 years ago,-how she suffered, - how HE STILL suffered... And he THANKED me for reading that outloud - ...and then, recognized me as the girl ALWAYS in the store, ALWAYS with tears streaming down my face, for hours, until closing - drinking coffee and kneeling on my knees in the aisles, SEARCHING every bible, every Religious text, books by every psychic and every therapist --Searching for SOMETHING, and he looked in my eyes and said he always knew what it was.....
I bought this book because my first and only love, left me a widow at 26, just two weeks before Thanksgiving, dying beside me in the car on the way to his mother's house- I thought he was sleeping, - but he had suffered an annuerisym, at age 30. My great heartbreak is I have no children to share this with of ours; we were trying to be "smart" and wanted to have everything ' ready ':( - But his nieces and nephews were so very attatched so very close to him, - I am desperate to comfort them -- even though I have yet to find it myself......
To my surprise, - these few pages seemed to have brought some tiny spark of life back into me.
I was never expecting what I intended to ease these children's hurt, instill hope and strengthen their waning faith in this tragedy - would have done this for ME.
There are even prayers and passages from the bible in the back, and an epilogue as touching as the story itself.
This will prove to be a great and cherished blessing, for whomever you give it to.
God bless The Stickneys for sharing this beautiful tale. And God bless you and comfort you if you are searching, too.
religious thinking about death Feb 24, 2006
This little tiny book is a wonderful tale for small children about the difficulty of knowing what lies beyond the grave. In the most delicate and gentle way, the authors use the metaphor of the dragonfly larva, who live below the surface of the water, and the adult dragonflies, to illustrate the notion of someone going beyond our sight, to a marvelous place. They can't return to tell us about it. we just have to wait our turn. The authors' notes help to provide a spiritual context for talking to a young child about the death of someone close. I am an Episcopalian, and found the language and theology very congruent with our tradition.
A peaceful explaination Nov 7, 2005
When my oldest daughter passed away 7 years ago, I received many warm and sincere expressions of sympathy, yet only this story helped me make sense of our families loss and put her death into a place of honor and reverence. I since then have purchased many copies and share them freely, with a dragonfly token, to those who experience the "heavenly transition" of a loved one. I highly recommend this book to souls of all ages. Thank you Doris for your inspiration and grounding.