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by Leo F. Buscaglia

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ISBN: 0449200248
ISBN13: 978-0449200247
Category: Self-Help
Subcategory: Relationships
Author: Leo F. Buscaglia
Language: English
Publisher: Fawcett; 3rd Printing edition (May 12, 1982)
ePUB size: 1872 kb
FB2 size: 1362 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 503
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"The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" is a great book about dealing with loss. It's billed as a children's book, but adults will appreciate it as well. Freddie is a leaf on a tree, and learns from the wise leaf Daniel that all the leaves will eventually die and fall to the ground. When Freddie says he is scared, Daniel tells him that "We all fear what we don't know, Freddie. It's natural, yet, you were not afraid when Spring became Summer. You were not afraid when Summer became Fall. They were natural changes. Why should you be afraid of the season of death?" In addition, "Freddie the Leaf" delivers the important message life is bigger than any individual thing, that we're all a part of it, and that it goes on. As someone who lost his dad very recently, I can recommend this book to anyone going through the loss of a loved one.
This book saved my childhood. I don't have the words for how much I love it. When I was 6 years old, my father died in a terrible accident. My mom and stepdad simply told me that night that "daddy had gone to heaven". My response was "ok, when is he coming back?" I didn't understand. They didn't have the words to explain death to me in an accurate way without it being completely traumatizing. Now, as a 19 year old woman, I can understand why. I look at my 7 year old half-sister and couldn't in a million years explain to her that her daddy was dead and she would never see him again. It's so difficult to explain to a child. Too happy/airy fairy and you have a totally confused child like I was, asking when dad will come back, where I can visit him, and why I was being told that dad was in the sky when my grandma is telling me he's in a vase on her mantle! And too rough and you have a traumatized child hearing that dad was nothing but ashes and gone forever.
This book was given to me by my aunt, a child psychologist. My mom read it to me right after my dad passed away and I felt so much better. It didn't go over my head at all. I remember understand every moment, and it made things so, so clear to me. I learned that we all have a purpose, nobody knows what comes after, but at the end of life you feel no more pain. Suddenly my dad didn't just burn up into dust. Now I knew that he came here for a reason, he did everything he was sent here to do, he wasn't scared and it didn't hurt, his seasons just came to an end, and that was ok because life goes on just as the seasons do. I adore this book. I read it to my siblings now a lot. I cry every time but they understand that I'm not crying out of sadness or fright. I'm crying because it is beautiful and so, so meaningful. I couldn't thank this author any more for helping me through my darkest hour.
I was introduced to The Fall of Freddie the Leaf at the funeral of my dear friend's father in 2009. The priest who was handling the funeral brought the book out and began reading it. Initially, I thought to myself that this was a very unusual way to conduct a funeral, but as he continued to read the book to all of us, I found myself drawn into this very warm, tender and thought-provoking story. It was the perfect way to explain the life and death process to both children and adults present at the funeral. At the end of the story, the priest handed the book to the family to keep as a small memento of the occasion. I can say without a doubt that there was not one dry eye in the church.

This book is definitely a classic that gently shows the delicate balance between life and death. As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with the other leaves, he learns that death is part of life. I believe children and adults will be deeply touched by this story written by Dr. Leo Buscaglia. It is beautifully written, easy for children to understand and helpful in opening up discussions about death. It has since become one of my favorite books dealing with the subject of death, and I, too, by following the example of our beloved priest, provide this book to friends and their children who have experienced the grief of losing a loved one.
I don't often write reviews, but this is a book that has had a profound effect on my life.
At 8 years old my Father suddenly passed away. My Mother (who had been separated from my Dad for 6 years) did her best to get me help for my overwhelming grief, but she wasn't exactly a very hands-on Mom and my sudden need overwhelmed her as well. I felt very alone and lost. At that age we are not usually equipped with the ability to understand death, and especially when it is sudden, we are not prepared for the questions and feelings death brings. My behavior was that of a depressed, confused child. I developed extreme OCD and frantically cleaned my room, our house, and other's if they'd let me. I became a loner at school and carried my Dad's ashes everywhere with me in my backpack. Fortunately a couple special people came into my life and helped me cope. My Mom had a friend who was very spiritual, not in a religious way, just a strong faith in the good in life, and death. She introduced me to the idea of angels and the divine. Some of it may have seemed corny to me now as an adult, but it was something I desperately needed. The idea that maybe my Dad was now my guardian angel, that he wasn't totally gone from my life after all, was a belief that brought me immense comfort. Of course I don't know whether that could have been true or not, but my adult skepticism had not developed yet. All that matters is that it helped me cope easier. My Mom made the wise choice to take me to a therapist for help and I'm so glad she did. This therapist taught me about what grief is and how to move through it gracefully. I learned the valuable skill of expressing my feelings and facing what is so difficult, but so necessary. I wrote poetry about my Dad and reflected on my memories of him. I began to recover and heal. I still believe at 24 years old that I grew up then; that my Father's death was kind of the end of my true childhood. But I learned how to cope, not just with death, but with hardship and other losses as well. Some people never have the help and opportunity to develop this valuable life skill. I'm fortunate because my short life thus far has been full of hardship and loss. Too much.
How does all this relate to this book? That therapist I had knew that the new idea of death was too much for a child, so she showed me this book from her shelf, "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf", and it helped me understand the life cycle and why our lives end. It was exactly what I needed; I began to understand. This story is INVALUABLE to ANYONE who is facing the death of a loved one. It is basic enough for a young child to understand, and heartfelt enough to mean the world to a grieving adult. I keep a copy on my bookshelf to remind me that there is always hope.
Buy this book and you'll never forget it.