33 pages | 20 Color Illus.
This beautifully illustrated and sensitive storybook is designed to be used therapeutically by professionals and parents supporting children with an untreatable illness. With engaging, gentle and colourful illustrations that can be used to prompt conversation, it tells the story of the final journey made by a Boy with a Bear, as the Boy says his goodbyes and comes to terms with his life-ending illness.
This book is also available to buy as part of the Therapeutic Fairy Tales pack. Therapeutic Fairy Tales is a series of short modern tales dedicated to exploring challenging life situations that might be faced by young children. Each short story is designed to be used by professionals and parents as they use stories therapeutically to support children’s mental and emotional health.
Other books in the series include:
Designed to be used with children aged six and above, each story has an accompanying online resource, offering therapeutic prompts and creative exercises to support the practitioner. These resources can also be adapted for wider use with siblings and other family members.
A sensitive and poignant tale to aid and support children who may be facing an untreatable illness. The Night Crossing can help soften the fear about the journey into the unknown.
Hephzibah Kaplan, Art Therapist, Director, London Art Therapy Centre
The Night Crossing is so sensitively written, with beautiful illustrations. I found it honest and touching, a sympathetic aid that could be revisited whenever needed. In our experience, children take in as little or as much as they feel comfortable to deal with when they are ready. I also feel this book could help siblings of a child who is very ill and for parents or carers to help gauge other children's questions and emotions.
Family member, Anonymous
As children are so naturally at ease with metaphor, I imagine The Night Crossing could answer some of the unspoken fears of a child and families at this time with honesty and kindness. It acknowledges the wisdom of the child who in his heart knows what is happening. I would also hope that this story could open up the possibility of conversations between parent and child. A touching and sensitive work, with beautiful illustrations.
Anna Ledgard, Arts Producer, End of Life doula trainer
A sensitively written and delightfully illustrated book that provides support and comfort to both a seriously ill child or siblings. The Night Crossing provides a safe space for parents and professionals to explore the fears and emotions a child may experience but also provides the opportunity for a child to ask difficult questions.
Janey Treharne, from Jigsaw (South East)
This book has done something very beautiful and reassuring with a very difficult topic.
Taylor Smart, Art Psychotherapist
A Word of Caution The Night Crossing: A lullaby for children on life's last journey