137 pages | 38 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 gentle and colourful illustrations that can help children with fears and feelings, 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.
In this bundle, it is accompanied by the Storybook Manual, a resource that has been designed to support practitioners and parents with practical and creative ideas on how to use illustrated storybooks therapeutically with children.
Key features include:
This is an invaluable resource for all professionals looking to use stories and images therapeutically with children suffering from a life-ending illness. The 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
Storybook Manual The Night Crossing: A lullaby for children on life's last journey