The Heavenly Village

By Cynthia Rylant

This book helps make sense for people dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one. The book is extremely good for children and adults alike. It is simple and not haughty or deeply theological. It is a quick easy read whose philosophy can be interpreted at both the child and adult levels.

The book helped me realize that death need not be the big monster in the closet that no one wants to talk about. Death, by this book’s definition, is a natural progression, even if it comes early in one’s life. The end is yet just another beginning. .