Remembering My Grandparent: A Kid's Own Grief Workbook in the Christian Tradition

Remembering My Grandparent: A Kid's Own Grief Workbook in the Christian Tradition

by Nechama Liss-Levinson, Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette
     
 
The death of a grandparent is often a child’s first encounter with grief. Why did this happen? How do I feel? Drawing on concepts from psychology and a broad perspective on Christian faith, Remembering My Grandparent provides a sensitive and practical resource that will help children ages 7 to 13 cope with the death of a loved one. Kids can write, draw, pray, create

Overview

The death of a grandparent is often a child’s first encounter with grief. Why did this happen? How do I feel? Drawing on concepts from psychology and a broad perspective on Christian faith, Remembering My Grandparent provides a sensitive and practical resource that will help children ages 7 to 13 cope with the death of a loved one. Kids can write, draw, pray, create and express feelings via concrete, hands-on activities.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An excellent resource to help children understand complicated concepts surrounding life and death."
Catholic Library World

"Provides children with a focus on something positive and constructive, giving them a concrete way to express their feelings of loss.... Excellent.... A treasure to be preserved by children to one day be shared with their own offspring."
Montreal Anglican

“Offers tools to help youngsters understand and work through their grief.”
Publishers Weekly

“At Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, we struggled to develop an episode to help young children deal with death. The authors of Remembering My Grandparent have taken exquisite care to get it right. They understand that the loss of a grandparent is not a one-time event but an ongoing feature of a young child's life.... The exercises give room for grief to blossom into a blessing. I am glad my own grandchildren will be able to use this book some day.”
Eliot Daley, former producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and author of Father Feelings

“Finally, a book to help parents help their children cope with the loss of a loved one. Opens the discussion on a topic most families don’t discuss because they simply do not know how.”
Rev. August Gold, author of Does God Hear My Prayer and Where Does God Live?

“A much-needed tool for helping a child remember, honor and celebrate a grandparent who has died. [Will] strengthen the family bond between parent and child that is often stressed by the experience of death and grief.”
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, chaplain, Yale University, and faculty member, Yale Child Study Center

“Beautiful. Heals and celebrates ... a godsend at the time of a grandparent’s death. The pages unfold with clarity and simplicity, which lets grief be grief ... and then hope.”
Rev. Maren C. Tirabassi, author of Improbable Gift of Blessing

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Just as this text arrived in my mail, a friend of mine died and left two young grandchildren. One of the grandchildren had written a poem to her grandparents on a previous occasion, and it was included in the funeral service. The arrival of this volume made me curious as to how it would serve this young 12-year-old in dealing with her grief. Part One of the text allows the grandchild to write down memories of the funeral and the immediate thoughts about the grandparent's death. Part Two expands the experience by helping the grandchild to find where they fit in the family portrait, and how to honor the grandparent by giving to others. Part Three deals with holidays and the memories that they evoke. The author has included a message to parents at the beginning, to help them have the conversations that they need to have with their children. It also has a message to kids, to help them make the most of the memory book. I believe this book will be a tremendous gift book. However, the fill-in pages and the personalization that is encouraged will prevent it from being a viable purchase for a public or academic setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594732126
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nechama Liss-Levinson, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice and author of When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid's Own Remembering Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyond; Talking to Children about Death; and Remembering My Pet: A Kid's Own Spiritual Workbook for When a Pet Dies, as well as many articles on developmental milestones in the Jewish family, and the emotional impact of death and illness on children and adults. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

Nechama Liss-Levinson PhD is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Musings, Milestones and Mayhem at Midlife
  • Not Your Bubby's Bubby: Being a Modern Jewish Grandmother
  • Talking to Children about Death
  • When a Grandparent Dies: Helping the Whole Family to Cope
  • Whose Bat Mitzvah Is It Anyway? Coming of Age and Coming Together

Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv, is senior minister of First Congregational Church of Somerville, United Church of Christ, in Somerville, Massachusetts, and has worked with children in crisis in the United States and abroad.

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