Timo and the soft white light
Loss and bereavement
When children face death, as an adult we often stand empty handed. It affects our insecurities, our own questions about life and death and our religious upbringing, whether in the past or now in the present.
In ‘Timo and the soft white light’ is spoken from the young child’s perspective. The book does not offer a fitting answer nor facts about the process of dying. Timo’s story is light-hearted and leaves plenty of room to communicate and fi nd words together from the child’s level within one’s own life’s theological background in search for the ‘secret of life.’
Children handle loss of a loved one in different ways and are unable to cope with the loss and saying farewell. In some cases we could be surprised how fast a young child is able to move on, however the child can be disconsolate as well. When adults show it’s all right to have sorrow and questions are allowed, the child will feel safe and secure.
To Timo there is comfort in the closeness of his parents and his bond with nature. He experiences a profound vitality that reaches beyond death. This helps him to move on, to play and become ‘a big strong boy.’