An Activity Book for the Grieving Child
No one heard me sobbing myself to sleep after Bootsy’s death. I even wrote a song for her but I never (got to? ) share it.” There was nowhere for seven-year-old Laurie Van-Si to express her grief after her beloved cat’s death. But decades later she can still recite that song. Losing a pet in childhood is a profound event that is seldom forgotten. It’s an early influence on our understanding of life itself. Laurie Van-Si’s new book, The Story of My Awesome Pet, provides children with a way to navigate their grief that is both soothing and creative. Its engaging, open-ended questions and enjoyable activities encourage kids to write their own unique stories in a meaningful way and at their own developmental levels. Experts in child development agree that honoring a child’s bereavement helps them move through their grief and into healing. The Story of My Awesome Pet can serve as both a powerful guide on that journey and an ongoing source of comfort for a heartbroken child.
NOTE TO PARENTS: This book is for educational purposes only. Neither the author nor the publisher is responsible for long-term emotional concerns after the child has read it. Consult a psychologist if your child seems overly anxious or preoccupied with their pet’s death.
About the Author
Laurie Van-Si, M.S. Ed., has more than 30 years of diversified professional experience as an entrepreneur and writer, including having co-authored a children’s keepsake book about losing a loved one. She has a unique way of capturing and communicating the reality of the grieving process, with a particular talent for being able to simplify (all the complexities ? ? )of it for children. Her new book, The Story of My Awesome Pet, will help guide your child through the life and death of their pet in a new and healthy way. Fourteen years of full-time ministry experience in English and Spanish contexts, including missions, church-planting, campus and women’s ministries, Michelle J. Goff has deepened her love for travel, meeting new people and walking with them on their journey closer to our Father. Michelle currently resides in Denver, Colorado, where she serves as a bilingual women’s ministry resource, author, and international speaker through Iron Rose Sister Ministries (www.IronRoseSister.com).
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