In the light of a falling star

by Claudia Ravaldi

A family of cats is waiting for their new baby kitten to join them, but unfortunately that time never comes. After a period of grief, where they experience difficult emotions and thoughts, Kitty and Oscar are able to overcome their loss and learn that in our hearts we can always keep close to us the memory of someone who has left us.

When a baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth, the experience is so painful to be often unthinkable and unspeakable. In most cases, friends and relatives do not know what to say, and almost no one finds suitable words. This feeling is even stronger when talking with children. The shared reading of this story can be a tool for families to reflect on death without fear and without lies, and can give adults and children the opportunity to freely express their thoughts and emotions.

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