When Mom or Dad Dies: A Book of Comfort for Kids

When Mom or Dad Dies: A Book of Comfort for Kids

by Daniel Grippo, R. W. Alley

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When Mom or Dad dies, children grieve deeply. But we can show our care and love for them by encouraging them to share their feelings of sorrow and loss. We can give them the time and space they need to adjust and listen to—if not answer—their questions. We can let them know that they can heal and live a happy, full life of faith, hope, and love—the kind of life their Mom or Dad would want for them. We can listen to their hurt and respond in a loving and supportive way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497693036
Publisher: CareNotes
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Series: Elf-help Books for Kids
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,059,589
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Daniel Grippo is the editor of CareNotes, a division of Abbey Press publications. He is the author of several Abbey Press books, including Loneliness Therapy and Healing Thoughts for Hurting Hearts (August 2004). His wish for the world: that adults would work less, play more, share their toys, and learn how to get along.
R. W. Alley is the illustrator for the popular Abbey Press adult series of Elf-help books, as well as an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and son. See a wide variety of his works at: www.rwalley.com.


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When Mom or Dad Dies

A Book of Comfort for Kids

By Daniel Grippo, R. W. Alley

Abbey Press

Copyright © 2008 Daniel Grippo
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4976-9303-6


Home Doesn't Feel Right

Mom or Dad has died and home isn't the same. It used to be the place you felt really good, all cozy and comfortable, a warm and happy place. But now it's a sad and quiet place. There's an empty place at the table every time you sit down to eat.

Your whole family misses Mom or Dad a lot. But one thing you can do for each other is to stay close as a family. You need each other right now, and you all understand how hard it is. Give everyone in your family a big hug today.

Friends Treat You Differently

Your friends might not come around to visit as much, and they might be real quiet when they are with you for a while. They probably don't know what to say or do. Don't worry—they still like you and want to be your friends. They just want to give you some time.

You can tell them that you still want to be their friend, too. When the time is right, maybe you'll want to talk to a really good friend about how you feel.

Your Life Has Changed

When Mom or Dad died, a lot of things changed. Maybe Mom used to do most of the shopping, or Dad liked to cook. Now maybe you have to do the laundry or mow the grass.

Sure, you'd like to be playing with your friends instead of doing extra chores around the house, but you can look at the extra chores as a way to remember your Mom or Dad in a special way. They really did a lot of things for you, stuff you never really thought about. Helping out around the house is a way you can say "Thanks" to them.

Special Days Feel Strange

Some of your favorite days might be some of your saddest days this year. You may not feel very happy at the holidays. Your birthday won't be the same without Mom or Dad there when you blow out the candles.

You can make some changes in the way you celebrate special days. You might even decide as a family to go on a holiday trip together. In years to come, these days can become days when your family remembers Mom or Dad in a special way, maybe sharing stories and favorite memories.

It's Okay to Feel Sad

You miss Mom or Dad a lot, and sometimes that makes you feel really sad. You might be in a store and see something that reminds you of Dad, or be playing in the park when you remember how Mom used to take you there. These are good memories but sometimes they hurt.

You will feel like crying sometimes, and that's okay. Crying helps us feel better when we are sad. You don't have to hide your tears. Make sure you get all the hugs you need when you feel sad.


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