Badger's Parting Gifts: A picture book to help children deal with death

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Badger's Parting Gifts: A picture book to help children deal with death

Badger's Parting Gifts: A picture book to help children deal with death

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Badger knows within himself that it is time to die and lets his friends know that he will "go down the Long Tunnel". It is as if he has fallen out of his body and Susan Varley's descriptions are so touching one almost cries. The following day Badger's friends realise that he is not there and Fox discovers his note to them that says, 'Gone down the Long Tunnel. It left me with a lump in the throat, and I would have no qualms at all about recommending it to any child.

The characters reflect upon their memories with Badger, the guidance and kindness that he gave them. In allowing themselves to remember their friend with positivity rather than sadness it helps them begin to move on, an excellent message for children.

At the end one of his friends goes to the hill and says hello to badger and hopes that he can hear him. I do believe Badger's Parting Gifts is more suited to late KS2 as there is an element of empathy that some children will be able to relate to from the written text.

The publisher, Andersen, has also produced these resources in association with the charity Child Bereavement UK [PDF], which are aimed at helping to use the book with bereaved children.She was a psychotherapist who worked with terminally ill patients and their grieving children, but after a 3 year battle with pancreatic cancer, she was now the one lying in coma in the very same hospital where she had accompanied many others to the end of their life.

Features a helpful reading guide from Child Bereavement UK that provides tips for reading Badger’s Parting Gifts with children and helping them better understand grief. Towards the end of his life Badger leaves a note for his friends, which reads “Gone down the long tunnel. The Book is about a Badger who knows that he is close to the end of his life but he is not scared about dying. There are no angels or promises of paradise, this book does not project a religious perspective, but demonstrates a Humanist viewpoint, that an individual’s responsibility and legacy lies in the positive influence and the relationships they nurture during their lifetime.

Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. It has a sweet but sensitive message throughout about how his friends left behind think of all the wonderful things badger did for each of them, and everytime they think of badger its in a positive light. One the Badger "go’s down the Long Tunnel" his friends are very sad indeed and they are not sure how to cope with the death of their dear friend. The following day his friends gather and wonder what they should do as they try to console themselves with the fact that Badger had told them not to be unhappy. Beautifully written book, really helped my four year old talk and understand the fact our family dog has died.

Early in this story poor Badgers dies, and although it is very sad, the story does a good job of explaining that badger was old and didn't want his friends to be sad but to remember the good times they had shared. Using a story within Religious Education is very common within the younger years of primary education as numerous children’s books explore a message or moral which is an important area of this subject. And I thought you might like to know that it helped my mother and other French therapists support a lot of kids to befriend their experience of loss. First published in 1984, Badger’s Parting Gifts tells the story of a dying badger and his wonderful friends that he would leave behind.Eventually they start to remember the special things Badger taught them to do and in some ways take comfort in this. Susan Varley’s writing is so beautiful that you wouldn’t mind that the text on each page is longer than most picture books. The tale of a dependable, reliable and helpful badger who realises that his old age will soon lead to death. A very useful book in regards to teaching or talking to children about death/bereavement which is a very difficult concept to talk about to anyone. Simply, I wanted to thank you for all the ways that Badger and his friends Mole, Frog, Fox and Rabbit have touched my heart and my life.



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