Our Dad Died: The True Story of Three Kids Whose Lives Changed

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Amy and Allie, twins, were eight years old and their brother David was four when their father suddenly died in his sleep. Encouraged and guided by their mother, the three children kept a journal for almost two years. They wrote about the night he died, the funeral, the first week, the first year, the cemetery, their thoughts and feelings, their sadness and grief -- and the future. Later, they looked back on what they had written and added new reflections. They also offered suggestions for anyone who has ...
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Amy and Allie, twins, were eight years old and their brother David was four when their father suddenly died in his sleep. Encouraged and guided by their mother, the three children kept a journal for almost two years. They wrote about the night he died, the funeral, the first week, the first year, the cemetery, their thoughts and feelings, their sadness and grief -- and the future. Later, they looked back on what they had written and added new reflections. They also offered suggestions for anyone who has experienced a similar loss -- all from a kid's point of view. Amy, Allie, and David are real children whose lives were abruptly and forever altered. They have chosen to share their pain and learning, wisdom and strength. If you've lost a loved one or know someone who has, their words can help you, too, whether you're four or forty, eight or eighty, or anywhere in between.

Three children, ages eight (twins) and four, describe how their lives changed when their father died suddenly two years earlier and offer practical advice for overcoming loss and moving on with life.

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What do you do to cope with the death of a parent? For Amy, Allie and David Dennison, you write about it. Twins Amy and Allie, age eight when their father died, and David, then four, show kids how to deal with pain by chronicling their own loss. Excerpts of journals kept right after their father's sudden death reveal the immediate thoughts and feelings of the children. Now, five and a half years after his death, each section of the book includes an analysis of how they handled the situation. The children offer practical advice that goes beyond their initial responses and actions. The book covers the night their dad died, the funeral, the next nearly two years, and the future. The end of the book includes letters to their father and suggestions on how to continue dealing with the pain. Their story is written to children from children in an honest and helpful manner. This book will be an invaluable resource for children and teenagers who are trying to deal with a loss of their own. KLIATT Codes: JS-Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Free Spirit, 107p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
— Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-When Amy and Allie were eight and David was four, their father died unexpectedly in his sleep. For the next two years, with their mother's help and encouragement, they kept journals about their reactions to their loss. The chapters are organized chronologically from the time they learned the news through their return to school and other activities. As time passed, the intervals between entries lengthened. At the end of each chapter, the children provide additional thoughts, as they look back five years later. Their love for their father and the closeness they continue to feel to him shine through the pages. Topics such as dealing with relatives and friends, visiting the cemetery, and having their mom date are incorporated into their observations. Their direct and honest comments reveal their own processes of grieving and their interactions with adults who are trying to help them while coping with the loss themselves. As such, the book is a valuable resource not only for children who have lost a parent but also for the adults who interact with them. Jill Krementz's How It Feels When a Parent Dies (Knopf, 1981) offers perspectives of 18 different children and young adults who each share their thoughts in a few pages; the Dennisons' reflections over time provide a different and complementary approach.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421353
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Finding Out That Dad Died 5
The Night He Died 8
The Day Before the Funeral 12
The Funeral 18
After the Funeral 24
The First Week 29
Two Weeks 34
Six Weeks 38
Two Months 42
Three Months 45
Four Months 49
Six Months 53
Eight Months 56
The Cemetery 60
One Year 64
Fifteen Months 69
Seventeen Months 74
A Year and a Half 76
Twenty-Two Months 81
Messages from Dad 84
Grandparents 86
The Future 89
Suggestions 92
Letters to Dad 98
Looking Back Five and a Half Years Later 101
Resources 105
About the Authors 107
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Very positive outlook - a MUST READ

    This book told it like it is, from kids' points of view, in their own words. Their observations of how they felt, how they were treated, how things occurred around them, were very insightful and are what most people who go through this think. It's uplifting in tone, in that they discuss how it's to be kept in perspective, how to focus on the positives, and to know that you are not alone and will get through it to a laughing point in life again. Excellent source for kids suffering a loss, and for adults who are dealing with kids, either professionally or personally.

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