Drawings From a Dying Child: Insights into Death From a by Judi Bertoia

By Judi Bertoia

Drawings from a loss of life baby matters a tender woman, Rachel, terminally in poor health with leukaemia. The publication describes a chain of drawings she made and exhibits how they show her internal adventure, how she turned totally acutely aware that she was once death or even got here to just accept demise. the result's a relocating and informative tale that would be worthy to caregivers and households with a loss of life baby. It presents new figuring out of the event of a demise baby and indicates functional recommendations for coping.

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She was pale and cooperative. By May 15, 1985, her blood work had improved, but was still grossly abnormal. A doctor’s consultation written May 15, 1985, indicated she was experiencing bone pain in her arms and legs and also intermittently in her abdomen. 44 Drawings from a dying child Parent journal At this time, Rachel got her first bike which ‘changed her whole attitude about the outside world because it was her first bike . . and she lived on her bike’. Relatives from out of town visited over the holidays and Rachel again mentioned that children are closer to God.

An unidentified ‘it’ frightened the wolf also. Perhaps the ‘it’ which frightened the wolf was seeing an aspect of death, for symbolically the wolf has spiritual as well as helpful associations (Herder 1986), but is traditionally seen as a dangerous predator in Western fairy tales. In fact, the wolf goes away and never returns according to the story: These litle kids were playing hide-and-go-seek in the forest and all of them hid in a tree because a hungry wolf was coming by. And they were scared and ran away and it scared him too.

Bach 1969, p. 16) By providing an awareness of what is happening for the child, pictures can direct adult interactions in the way which will be most helpful to the child. Hammer (1985) expresses this same view, adding that children find it easier to communicate, especially those things they will not or cannot share verbally, through drawing. Hammer reminds us that children draw before they can write, and he continues by saying that drawings, like dreams, indicate the projected content of our unconscious conflicts.

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