Helping Children with Loss & The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back : Set book cover
1st Edition

Helping Children with Loss & The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back

ISBN 9780863884719
Published November 6, 2003 by Routledge
88 Pages

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Book Description

This practical guidebook, with a beautifully-illustrated storybook, enables teachers, parents and professionals to help children aged 4-12 connect with unresolved feelings affecting their behaviour.

This is a guidebook to help children who:

  • are suffering from the pain of loss or separation from someone or something they love deeply
  • have had a parent, relative or important friend leave or die
  • are obsessed with their absent parent
  • have lost someone they love, but have never really mourned
  • are trying to manage all their painful feelings of loss by themselves
  • feel that they have lost the love of someone they love deeply
  • are suffering from separation anxiety
  • and are adopted or fostered children who miss their birth parent terribly.

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back is a story for children who have lost someone they love. Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. Each day, he watches it going out and coming back. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything. After a while, Eric saves a wild flower by giving it some water. He starts to make a beautiful rock pool garden and, as he does, he finds the courage to feel the full pain of his loss, instead of closing his heart.


"The first chapters include a clear and helpful discussion of the evolution of existing services...sensible and essential advice...very useful advice about running a help line. Each chapter has a Sutherland's wealth of practice skills." — Bereavement Care

"Five nicely illustrated books...the gentle stories act as a vehicle to encourage children to think and talk about their feelings. Together with the guidelines, the stories are aimed adults working with children but parents may find the stories by themselves useful." — Home & School

"These books give you an excellent resource, are very elegant to look at and quite uplifting in content - while at the same time addressing a real need." — Special

"Margot's books are digestible teaching aids for anyone working with children - a resource that would be beneficial in every school both for qualified and non-qualified staff." — Special Children