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Grief in Children Begin Healing With This New Resource Storybook and Creative Journal

Updated on March 16, 2020
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Begin Healing From a Loss With This Storybook and Companion Journal

A great tool for beginning a discussion with children about grief and loss
A great tool for beginning a discussion with children about grief and loss | Source

Tools to Help a Child with Grief and the Loss of a Loved One

Grief is a challenging emotion in our children. Joanna Rowland's The Memory Box: A Book about Grief and the companion creative journal are wonderful tools that parents can use to begin a discussion with a child who has experienced a loss of a loved one and is immersed in the powerful emotion of grief. She writes the story of a little girl who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The story is written with compassion and beautiful illustrations. The little girl wonders if the love also died with the loved one. The little girl experiences fear after the loss of the loved one. Both of these concepts are common in children when they experience a loss. The little girl has a wonderful idea of creating a box to keep all of her memories in so that she will never forget her loved one. She places photos and objects into the box that will help her remember her loved one. She also decides to involve others who will remember the loved one and asks them to share their memories of hte loved one. She finally decides to continue to make new memories that she can also place into the special box to share with her lost loved one.

Thea Baker contributed her talent as an illustrator with beautifully colored pastel large illustrations that fill the pages to tell the story. The Memory Book: A Book About Grief was published by Beaming Books and is recommended for ages 3-8. It has an ISBN of 978-1-5064-2672-3.

Pastel Illustrations Help Tell the Sotry

Creating the memory box to remember her loved one
Creating the memory box to remember her loved one | Source
A comforting stuffed companion to help with grief in children
A comforting stuffed companion to help with grief in children | Source

The Companion Journal to Help With Healing Grief

The companion journal for The Memory Box is a creative resource to use after reading the story. The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families uses the concept that writing about our feelings is a powerful method to use when the process of healing begins. Children who are not yet able to write can also use this journal because there are pages to draw ideas about the emotion of grief and how to handle this strong emotion. Rowland begins with an introduction on how to use the journal. She emphasizes the idea that the journal can be used for a long period of time because we do not heal from our grief quickly. It can take months or even a year or two. The pages of the journal include topics such as "The Story of You" where children can write about important parts of the loved one's life. There is a page to draw about the important parts of the lost loved one's life for children who are not yet able to write. Rowland includes journaling topics such as " My Favorite Memories", "Traditions", "Anniversaries", and a page for "New Memories". Each page in the journal is large to help children fill each page as they use the journal.

This journal is a special companion to The Memory Box. Both children and parents will enjoy using this special tool to make their way through the path of grief after the loss of a loved one. Since I am a pet lover, I feel that the storybook and journal can also be used to navigate the path of grief after losing a beloved pet. The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families has an ISBN of 978-1-5064-5781-9. It was also published by Beaming Books. It is also recommended for ages 3-8.

Journal Pages

Example of a page from journal
Example of a page from journal | Source
A writing page from the journal
A writing page from the journal | Source

Bring The Memory Box and Journal Into the Classroom

Teachers will also find the storybook and journal to be helpful in a classroom. Children enjoy sharing a loss with their teacher and classmates. They have a feeling of togetherness when they are able to share a loss with friends at school.

*Read The Memory Box in a story time session. Take a class poll of the number of children who have lost a loved one and be sure to include children who have lost a beloved pet.

*Make copies of the journal pages for children to use as an individual project at school. Include both pages from the journal that children can write on and pages for drawing for children who are not yet able to write.

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