Day 23: Help Me Say Goodbye By Janis Silverman

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The book "Help Me Say Goodbye" by Janis Silverman is beautiful.

This is a book that I discovered at my local library well after the death of my mother-in-law.
After the first page I realized that it was too old for my daughters (two and three years old).

This book is an interactive book.
Each page gives a brief prompt and then provides space for a child to write or draw their response.
Each prompts is beautiful but two of them brought me to tears.

"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."


"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."

This is a very special book for children between the ages of five and ten.
It is also a great way to start a conversation about how a child is feeling if they struggle talking about how they feel.

Tomorrow I will be sharing a book similar to "Help Me Say Goodbye" but that is designed for teens.

Read the rest of the series here.

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