Grief is sad, painful, and confusing. It can make you feel worried and anxious. After a loved one has died, it is normal to have a jumble of feelings. Sorting out these feelings can be hard. That’s where this workbook comes in. From Darkness to Sunshine helps you identify feelings and name them—the first step on the path to healing.
Each page deals with a different part of grief. The “Feeling Words” page is an example. You circle words that describe your feelings. The “Grief History Line” page helps you see a big picture of your grief. The “Writing a Letter to My Loved One” page helps you let your feelings out.
Being honest about feelings helps you help yourself. Remember, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and cousins havemany of the same feelings you have. The dog may even feel sad. That’s good because you and your family can work on healing together.
From Darkness to Sunshine has hopeful pages, such as making good things from grief. You may not believe it now, but the day will come when you can tell you are starting to feel better. The day will come when you are able to laugh again, life seems brighter, and you feel like you’re walking in sunshine.
Author: Harriet Hodgson
Illustrator: Roxanne Wach
Add a simple child-like definition of grief on page one. Also, a definition of history. Over all a great publication.