Death Is Stupid

Death Is Stupid


Anastasia Higginbotham
Cuts through platitudes and gives an honest voice to children's first brush with death.

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Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 9781558619258
Publication Date: 04-12-2016

"She's in a better place now," adults say again and again. But mortality doesn't seem better, it seems stupid. This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death. Necessary, beautiful, and ultimately reassuring, Death Is Stupid is an invaluable tool for discussing death, but also the possibilities for celebrating life and love.

"A perfect antidote to all those gentle and fanciful introductions to the toughest and least whimsical of topics . . . If your child craves directness . . . [then] this smart, sensitive book is just the thing." —Chicago Tribune

"Wow, and thank God for this book. What an incredible gift this book will be for countless children. Having it fifty-plus years ago would have been a kind of salvation for me and would have helped me grow into a healthier and infinitely less frightened person." —Anne Lamott, author of Grace (Eventually)

"It's [an] exact mix of true-to-life humor and unflinching honesty that makes Higginbotham’s book work so well, and many of the plainspoken sentiments she includes, as well as several included ideas for how to remember and honor those who have departed, may be eye-opening for readers facing grief themselves." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"We can't stop death, but we can stop the ridiculous sheltering we impose on our naturally curious children." —Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

"The author’s comments are spot-on in validating the child's response, in leaving room for individual beliefs about an afterlife, and in suggesting ways to ease the immediate sense of loss." —Kirkus

"Finally! A book I can give to families!" —Danielle Andy Belusko, funeral home owner and director

"A beautiful, unique resource for discussing death and loss with children." —Korie Leigh, MA, CCLS, CT, child life specialist and bereavement counselor