Drawing on concepts from psychology and a broad perspective on Christian faith, provides a sensitive and practical resource that will help children ages 7 to 13 cope with the death of a loved one.
Nechama Liss-Levinson, PhD, and Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv
8 x 10, 48 pp | 2-color text | 978-1-59473-212-6
Honest, caring words and activities—from a Christian perspective—help kids work through their grief.
- Part One: Remembering after the Funeral
- Part Two: Remembering throughout the Whole Year
- Part Three: Remembering during the Holidays
The death of a grandparent is often a child’s first encounter with grief. Why did this happen? How do I feel? Drawing on concepts from psychology and a broad perspective on Christian faith, Remembering My Grandparent provides a sensitive and practical resource that will help children ages 7 to 13 cope with the death of a loved one. Kids can write, draw, pray, create, and express feelings via concrete, hands-on activities including:
- Becoming a Memory Detective to uncover clues to their grandparent’s own childhood
- Recording favorite memories, photographs and events
- Turning Christmas, Easter and other holidays into times of special remembrance
- Open and gentle, this book will help kids—and their parents with them—understand difficult concepts and communicate deep feelings as they grow through their season of mourning.
“An excellent resource to help children understand complicated concepts surrounding life and death.”
—Catholic Library World
“Provides children with a focus on something positive and constructive, giving them a concrete way to express their feelings of loss.... Excellent.... A treasure to be preserved by children to one day be shared with their own offspring.”
“Offers tools to help youngsters understand and work through their grief.”
“At Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, we struggled to develop an episode to help young children deal with death. The authors of Remembering My Grandparent have taken exquisite care to get it right. They understand that the loss of a grandparent is not a one-time event but an ongoing feature of a young child’s life.... The exercises give room for grief to blossom into a blessing. I am glad my own grandchildren will be able to use this book some day.”
—Eliot Daley, former Producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and author of Father Feelings
“Finally, a book to help parents help their children cope with the loss of a loved one. Opens the discussion on a topic most families don’t discuss because they simply do not know how.”
—Rev. August Gold, author of Does God Hear My Prayer and Where Does God Live?
“A much-needed tool for helping a child remember, honor and celebrate a grandparent who has died. [Will] strengthen the family bond between parent and child that is often stressed by the experience of death and grief.”
—Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Chaplain, Yale University, and faculty member, Yale Child Study Center
“Beautiful. Heals and celebrates ... a godsend at the time of a grandparent’s death. The pages unfold with clarity and simplicity, which lets grief be grief ... and then hope.”
—Rev. Maren C. Tirabassi, author of Improbable Gift of Blessing