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Michael Rosen and Barney Harwood
Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate, joined Barney and the GFI team to talk about the difficult topic of coping with death.  All the children on the programme have had to deal with their Dad or brother dying. 

They wanted to pass on their tips to other children.

The Sad Book
Michael's son, Eddie, died and he wrote the 'Sad Book' about how he felt.  The GFI team thought it was a great book,

"That book's helpful and it helps you think about it."
Jack, aged 7.

Wenny Has Wings

They also discussed Wenny Has Wings, by Janet Lee Carey. 

Listen to a clip from the book.

'Happy Feelings Cake' from My Daddy is Dying
The GFI team also interviewed Milly, age 9, who wrote a book called My Daddy is Dying when she was seven.  It's all about her suggestions for activities you can do to help you cope with feeling sad.  Free copies of the book are available at

(NB the BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites).

Badger's Parting Gifts
There are lots of books that deal with the topic of someone you love dying.  This story's called Badger's Parting Gifts and it's written by Susan Varley.
Hear Anna, Barney and Michael chatting about the book.

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine
Another activity book is called Muddles Puddles and Sunshine

"'s got an activity where you make a friendship bracelet and each colour stands for a different person  who you can talk to."
Anna, aged 11.

Make a memory handprint
Seven year-old Jack and eight year-old Chloe told us about an activity you can do to help you remember all the people who are important in your life. 

Click here to find out how to make your own 'memory handprint'!

Where to go for more information
There are lots of places you can go to if you'd like more information on coping with bereavement. 
You can call the BBC's Action Line on 0800 044 044.  Calls are free from a landline, and confidential.

Several charities help families who are dealing with the death of a close relative.  They include the Child Bereavement Charity, Winston's Wish , Cruse and
The Grief Encounter Project - though there are lots more. 
(The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites).

You can also chat on the CBBC Your Life messageboard.

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