And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing

And Still They Bloom: A Family's Journey of Loss and Healing

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by Amy Rovere, Joel Spector
     
 

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Responding to the fact that coping with a parent’s death can be especially hard on young children, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a valuable resource for parents and counselors. Ten-year-old Emily and seven-year-old Ben must deal with the loss of their mother to cancer. Guided by conversations with their father, they embark on a journey of

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Responding to the fact that coping with a parent’s death can be especially hard on young children, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a valuable resource for parents and counselors. Ten-year-old Emily and seven-year-old Ben must deal with the loss of their mother to cancer. Guided by conversations with their father, they embark on a journey of grief and healing, each searching for a path to acceptance. Along the way, both children realize that their mother will always be with them in their hearts. And just as their mother’s flowers had bloomed in the garden, Emily and Ben emerge from the darkness of grief to bloom once more. Using nature as a backdrop for the cycles of life, this moving story emphasizes hope and healing and will connect with all readers who have lost a loved one.

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From the Publisher
"Amy Rovere beautifully portrays the emotions, reactions, and questions children have as they struggle with loss. This is a 'must read' for parents and children coping with loss."  —Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, professor, The Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America

"This book is a gift to anyone hoping to provide comfort, understanding, and hope to grieving parents and children."  —Phyllis Kosminsky, PhD, FT, author, Getting Back to Life When Grief Won't Heal

"The honest sharing of difficult feelings, the loving guidance of a parent, and the useful suggestions for commemoration present a wonderful resource to help young people during challenging times. I highly recommend it!"  —Linda Goldman, LCPC, MS, FT, author, Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children

Kirkus Reviews
Emily and Ben, with the help of their father, work through their grief after their mother dies from cancer. Emily and Ben struggle with all the emotions that follow a devastating loss. Emily shows signs of depression, even snapping at 7-year-old Ben, who is having his own struggles. It's Emily's 10th birthday, and she is angry that her mother is not there to celebrate. Emily's father calmly responds to the mood swings and emotions that his children are experiencing, gently reminding them that the memories they have of their mother will never die. He tries to explain the well-meaning comments of friends and neighbors, responds calmly to his children's many questions, and tries to help both kids understand the complicated emotions their friends might be feeling. "Some kids might be scared and confused. They might worry that what happened to Mom will happen to someone they love." Children facing the challenging year following the death of a parent will not feel so alone knowing that Ben, Emily and their father get through it. Occasional full-page portraits show this strong family working together. The strength of this lengthy, overtly didactic story is that it gives teachers and surviving parents a working vocabulary to use with grieving children and will help when they need to be nudged to talk. (Fiction/bibliotherapy. 9 & up)

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ISBN-13:
9781604430363
Publisher:
American Cancer Society, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/25/2012
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,387,581
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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