When words fail

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Posted by Richard Rawlinson

 As both mother of a son with learning disabilities and also Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s, University of London, Baroness Hollins is well qualified to be founder and editor of the Books Beyond Words series, which communicates through pictures difficult messages to people with learning disabilities, including the topics of death and sex.

Am I Going to Die? tells the story of John, who is terminally ill, and deals with physical deterioration and emotional aspects of dying. The pictures highlight the importance of going on special outings, of remembering good times, and of saying goodbye to family and friends.

Other titles include When Mum Died and When Dad Died, which take a gentle and straightforward approach to grief in the family. The approach is non-denominational, and one illustrates a burial and another a cremation.

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