Publications & Reading List
Here is some useful information to download.
Rainbow Centre Leaflet
The Rainbow Centre leaflet contains some basic information about the Centre and the work we do here.
The Rainbow Centre Fundraising Ideas booklet contains lots of fun suggestions of different ways to raise money, and some advice about running a successful fundraising event.
In our Waiting Room we have a small library of children’s fiction and also non-fiction covering various subjects linked to bereavement and life threatening illness. If you would like to buy your own books here are some we think you may find useful.
Here are some of our recommended things to read.
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Full of activities formulated to help you learn about grief in a safe way, this workbook explains bereavement to young and old, encouraging conversations about death between the two.
Badger is so old that he knows he will soon die. He tries to prepare his friends for this event, but when he does die, they are still grief-stricken. Gradually they come to terms with their grief by remembering all the practical things Badger taught them, and so Badger lives on in his friends’ memories of him.
‘You look as if you’ve seen a ghost!’
Jade is so used to living in the shadow of Vicky, her loud, confident best friend, that when a tragic accident occurs, she can hardly believe that Vicky’s no longer around. But Vicky’s a sparky girl who’s not going to let a small thing like being dead stop her from living life to the full! Whether Jade is in lessons, out running or tentatively trying to make new friends, Vicky is determined to make her presence felt . . .
Very occasionally the term non-fiction has to stretch itself to accommodate a book that fits into no category at all. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book is such a book. It chronicles Michael’s grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain.
Adrian Grimmin’s partner, Mandy, died from pneumonia aged 27 in 1988, leaving their two young sons Sam and Eddy feeling hurt and confused. Ginny Perkins, Sam’s schoolteacher, worked with the family to produce a book which emphasizes the importance of talking about bereavement and of remembering. The book illustrates that the ordinary events of life carry on alongside the trauma the family feels.
This succinct and thorough guide helps dispel the mystery and negative connotations associated with death, providing answers to some of the most-often asked questions and also explores the feelings we may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to remember someone after he or she has died.
Adolescent boys can be difficult to understand – barely communicating, isolating themselves, suggestable to drink and drugs. It’s no surprise that parents worry about their sons growing up and how they’ll turn out – and look for help to understand what their boys are going through. Celia Lashlie has the answers. After years of working in the prison service she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. She also knows what it’s like to be a parent. Throughout her years working as a researcher and social commentator, Celia has talked to hundreds of boys – what she found was surprising, amusing, and in some cases, frightening.
This illustrated guide for children provides a sensitive introduction for a child when a parent, sibling or a person close to them is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer in the family is hard for everyone, especially when children are involved. Children need to understand what is happening and it can be hard for adults to explain when they themselves are trying to come to terms with the implications of the diagnosis. Children often want information but sense that they need to protect their parents from the questions they want to ask.
This hardback activity book offers invaluable practical and sensitive support for bereaved younger children. Beautifully illustrated, it suggests a helpful series of activities and exercises accompanied by the friendly characters of Bee and Bear. The book offers a structure and an outlet for the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. It aims to help children make sense of their experience by reflecting on the different aspects of their grief. At the same time, the book manages to find a balance between remembering the person who has died and having fun.