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Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying [Paperback]

By Joyce C. Mills & Cary Pillo (Illustrator)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Magination Press
Age  4-8
ISBN  1591470722  
EAN  9781591470724  

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Item Description...
Amanda the squirrel is upset that she is going to lose her friend Gentle Willow, but the tree wizards give advice that help both her and Gentle Willow accept the change that comes with death.

Publishers Description
Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. Amanda and Little Tree discover that their friend Gentle Willow isn't feeling very well.

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More About Joyce C. Mills & Cary Pillo

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, international trainer, and recipient of the 1997 Play Therapy International award for a major contribution to the field of Play Therapy and Child Psychology. Award-winning author of several books for all ages, she specializes in storytelling as a healing process. Dr. Mills is the founder and executive director of the StoryPlay Center and in private practice in Scottsdale AZ.

Joyce C. Mills currently resides in Scottsdale, in the state of Arizona. Joyce C. Mills was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - private practice, Arizona, USA Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therap.

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an elequently told story  Apr 22, 2008
I don't think any single book can broach all of the facets of dying, death, and grieving; but for children facing the prolonged terminal illness of a loved one, this book can be a very useful tool for parents or caregivers in engaging a child in a conversation about their feelings about the dying process. The butterfly is one of the most used images to talk about death and it is very well used here.
This amazing book is just as helpful for adults  Apr 2, 2008
I originally bought this book to read to my children, on the plane ride home to Michigan, to help them deal with the soon to be death of my father. I had read them a few books about dying and those books were about teaching them it was ok to have all their feelings. That was what I was expecting when I read this on the plane. I was hoping I was giving them some more help in dealing with their feelings, while I (although I hadn't known it at the time) wasn't even thinking about my own. What I ended up getting, though, was a story that was so beautiful and breathtakingly comforting that I was helped, along with my children.

When my father died and we were waiting for the coroner, I told my mother about the book I had just read the children called Gentle Willow. I was hoping that it's metaphorical story would bring her some of the same comfort it brought me. My mom made me get it right then and she read it while we waited. My mom could not believe how the story was just like my dad's situation. When he was in his coma he was like the catapillar who was in a dark place, but with his death he would be well again and in heaven and he would now have the gift of becoming the butterfly. This thought and story brought my mom so much peace she ordered copies to give all her friends. She has since commissioned a glass artist to do a mosaic of the Gentle Willow and the yellow butterfly to be done and hung in her church. There was actually an article in the newspaper about the Mosaic and how the book, Gentle Willow, helped her during the death of my father.

As far as how it helped my children, they are 18 and 19 now and they still read Gentle Willow when someone has died. The author has given an incredible gift of hope, comfort and peace to both adults and children who know someone that is sick and is going to die. You will probably still want to get another book about death and how to deal with their feelings as a companion book. Also, if the person you know died in an accident, you might want a book that deals specifically in that type of death. But, this book should not have gotten a 1 rating because it didn't help deal with the accidental death of someone. It is a book meant to help children who know someone who is dying or has died from an illness.

I hope Gentle Willow comforts and helps your family the same way it did mine during a really difficult situation for everyone.
Questions it doesn't answer ...   Feb 16, 2008
I purchased this book following the death of my nephew in an accident. I hoped it would help in addressing the issue of death with young family members. However, it was not helpful in this situation.

It was focused on illness and the process of dying, and did not address the issue of sudden death nor "What happens after someone dies." While the caterpillar raises the possibility of change, it doesn't answer the questions for those who are left behind, except that the person will remain in our memories.

It might be a good book for those who are struggling with a friend who is dying, but the children I have worked with would want more ... and I recommend finding a book that addresses these questions within your own faith rather than leaving the issue quite as open-ended as this book leaves it.
Great Great Book  Jul 25, 2007
I love this book. I bought this book for my 3 yr old to help explain death to him after my husband passed away. It was perfect because it explained about being sick and not being able to be fixed sometimes. This was similar to what we were going through with my husband who had cancer. Our son always knew his father has being sick and going to the this helped to explain.
Sweet story  Jul 10, 2007
My daughter enjoyed the story greatly. i wouldn't say it completely gave her an understanding of death but she knows that when you die you don't come back from where ever you went. this help a lot considering my mother just passed 3 months ago and my daughter is still talking about it.

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