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Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies Paperback – February 23, 1999
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Basically this book is a place for your child to express what they might not be able to do by saying but can do so in drawing. Each page has a few sentences to help your child write or draw "out" their feelings of loss onto each page. I am even thinking of also in a blank notebook doing this as well for my daughter to see that adults too grieve and miss loved ones.
A few pages:
1st page reads:
Some things, like sand and sea shells, don't change, but people change. Is there someone you loved who has changed? Has this someone been sick or hurt? Draw you special someone.
Sometimes, when a special person dies, we feel like it is our fault. We think this person died because of something we did or didn't do. Death is not something you can control. It is not your fault that your special person died. Draw about some of the things you cannot control.
When a loved one dies, birthdays, holidays, and other special days can be very hard. You might feel mixed up, scared, angry, and sad all over again. On these days, you may want to plant a tree or do something in memory of your special someone. Draw or write your ideas.
Pages 26 & 27
Keep something that belonged to your special person so you can touch it and look at it and remember. Write or draw the things you have kept that belonged to your special person. Think about why these things are important to you.
Do you have a good box to keep memories in?Read more ›
But we don't realize that hiding our emotions teaches them to hide their own, or worse, feel theirs are WRONG.....
That is why books like this are so precious and so very priceless -- because it gives the child an outlet to express themselves in the way they do best -- their own drawings, - and their own writings..... not only are these activities that children enjoy - it offers them such amazing therapy - a release.... It encourages them to express and emote, reflect, feel, cope, and most of all -- through creating what is essentially a journal of the child's journey through the impending loss, to the death, to the mourning that follows ---- it gives your child a keepsake for relection, - spiritiual growth, emotional strength, - and a grand tribute and memoir of the intense love and connection they shared - a book that will honor their love, -- and remind them as they grow through the years of the strength and courage they found within themselves, -- and the compassion and tenderness that blossoms from these things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book for any child to draw and describe their feelings when their loved one is alive and when the lived one dies. Great keepsake for the rough days..Published 5 months ago by Heather Varvel
Have used it in my work w/ children; death or divorce it will work.Published 7 months ago by Pat OC
I'm a social worker by trade and counsel children and adolescents. I recently purchased multiple books for a boy who is 7 and recently lost his father. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Danielle
Thank you for having such sensitive material during a child's first loss of a loved one. It made death and dying easier to explain. It also helped the person explaining. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacqueline
It was ok thought it would have more activities to help children express their grief, but what was there was goodPublished 12 months ago by mary carment
so needed for a child who lost his mom. great help in counselingPublished 12 months ago by Sheila M. Chunis