Dr Tania Pilley, Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
The author of this book has successfully conveyed through a simple story a very poignant message about loss and personal growth through loss. This book can help to give children an emotional language in which to make sense of loss through suicide and can facilitate healthy narratives around death, loss and developing resilience.
Sheila Elliott, Area Manager, Winston’s Wish, Childhood Bereavement Charity
This is a new and valuable resource which we are happy to recommend to parents or carers who are supporting children bereaved by suicide. We know how difficult it can feel to talk about this with children, we also know that it is vital that we do so. Rafi's Red Racing Car is an accessible book for both children and families dealing sensitively with the difficult circumstances of suicide. Louise has captured the importance of giving a child honest information but in small steps. The illustrations support the different often difficult emotions being written about. This book will be a useful resource for any family who have experienced the suicide of a loved one.
Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, CEO of Grief Encounter
Through Rafi the rabbit's profoundly honest story and excellent illustrations, the extraordinary difficulties that a bereaved child has to face are conveyed in a wise, empathic and child friendly manner. Reading the story with a bereaved child, will help adults convey an empathic understanding of the adversity they are facing and will encourage those all-important difficult discussions about the impact of premature death and suicide.
Sally PerrySchool Library Association
The book both explains suicide and grief for a young audience and shows children and adults ways of coping with the overwhelming feelings involved. The book is illustrated by Moir and the pictures are colourful and lively, depicting both the action and Rafi's emotions.