LUCY'S BABY BROTHER
Illustrated by John Farrell
Published by Eddington Press
A sympathetically illustrated story about the death of a baby, suitable for young children.
In the same way that infant loss affects parents, it also has an impact on the siblings.
This fictional book aimed at young children is "Lucy's story". Lucy is four years old and she learns that her little baby brother Tom, whom she has never seen, has died. This book is intended primarily for adults to read with a child who struggles to understand what is happening in their family, and happening to them. Some important questions are posed in the story to help difficut and awkward issues to be talked about more openly in the family, through reading this book together.
For example, should Lucy see and hold the baby...? Should she attend the funeral...?
Lucy's mother and father realise that Lucy has been hoping for a new baby brother or sister for many months, and the fact that a baby has been born cannot be concealed from her. In a gentle, loving and fearless way, they allow Lucy to be involved. This simple little story opens a door to parents and a baby's siblings to say how they feel.
The simple line drawings by local artist and friend, John Farrell, help to bring the story alive and provide a shared focus for parent and child while reading. They also help to make the emotional impact of the story less direct and easier to think about as a child.
This book is intended for parents and those who support them in situations of child loss.