Does a dying child understand death? How can we help children who are dying? Originally published in 1993, this book concerns a young girl, Rachel, terminally ill with leukaemia. The book describes a series of drawings she made and shows how they reveal her inner experience, how she became fully aware that she was dying and even came to accept death. The result is a moving and informative story that will be invaluable to caregivers and families with a dying child. It provides new understanding of the experience of a dying child and suggests practical strategies for coping.
List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. 1. Children and Death 2. Current Theory 3. Tools for Understanding Rachel's Art 4. Rachel's Journey 5. What We Learned 6. Suggestions for Helpful Interactions. Glossary. Appendix A: Story Text and Teacher Notes. Appendix B: Expert Classification. Appendix C: Information Sheet. Appendix D: Drawing Category Record Form. Appendix E: Table 1. Chronological Order Matched to Random Order Seen by Experts. Appendix F: Table 2. Expert Classification of Random Drawings. References. Name Index. Subject Index.