So, where are we going exactly? is a beautifully illustrated story book aimed at 6 to 10 year-olds, which addresses death as part of the cycle of the natural world.
It provides a range of lively characters and an engaging story designed to help facilitate conversations between adults and children about death.
The book explores some of the challenging emotions and fears that children may experience when someone dies, and responds in a gentle, honest and up-beat way to children’s curiosity about death and dying.
Reflective, educational and joyful elements are mixed together here. Non-religious, it is respectful of all cultures, norms and rituals. It celebrates the link between the human and the natural world, and between the past and the present.
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More About the Book
About the Story
When five year old Katy and her teenage brother Ben accompany their grandparents on a visit to a natural burial ground, it raises a number of anxieties and questions. Through the conversations they have with the people they meet, they come to understand different aspects of death and bereavement.
The story and its illustrations are based on Sun Rising, and focuses on nature and the outdoors, which makes it appropriate for those of any faith or none, of any background or family situation.
Why this Book?
So, Where Are We Going Exactly? developed from an idea first proposed by Pamela Bramble, one of the Friends of Sun Rising, and was discussed at an AGM some years ago. After the death of her beloved mother, Ethel Shepherd, Pam’s family had found it difficult to explain to Ethel’s many grandchildren what had happened, and why – and to accommodate their different enquiries and emotions, especially on top of their own grief.
Finding appropriate books to help them was difficult. Pam knew that her mother’s mission was to help people learn and understand, and felt that it would be a fitting tribute to her to be the inspiration for a book set at Sun Rising, a place she had visited and enjoyed exactly a year before her own burial there.
About the Authors
Simon Bean is an animator who lives in Nottingham. His involvement with the book project was motivated by losing a son who is buried at Sun Rising, and having to explain issues around death to his other children.
Barbara Crowther had a long and varied career in teaching and other academic areas of communication, the final two decades at Wolverhampton University. She is a fair-weather walker, gardener and birder, and an all-weather reader, writer and community facilitator. She lives in Leamington Spa.
Shaun McKenna is a an award-winning playwright, lyricist and screenwriter with four West End shows to his credit. He writes across several genres and has worked extensively for Radio 4, recent productions including China Towns, The Forsytes and Home Front. He lives in West London.
Jo Price spent most of her professional life teaching and working with young children and teachers in early years and primary education. She makes and exhibits ceramics and enjoys singing, reading, community activities and most of all, being ‘Nonna’ to her three lovely granddaughters. She lives in Combroke, Warwickshire with her husband, Merlin.
About the Illustrator
Philip Bannister has been an illustrator for over 35 years, enjoying work from a huge variety of sources including Conde Nast, National Geographic, Goodwood Revival, The Queens Aniversary Prizes, Royal Army Medical Corps Museum, Mary Portas, Country Life, and involvement in exhibitions of his book illustrations for the Folio Society at the British Library and V&A Museum.
"I love the book and hope it is hugely successful. It could almost be my story as I have taken my granddaughters there with my son to get them used to the idea that I will be happy there when I die. My 8 year old said I'd be like the compost they make!" - Jane Smith