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Children Book Review: I Miss You

Updated on April 17, 2010

After the death of their father in December of 2009, I knew that my children would need grief counseling. To my surprise, there was not much out there in the world of therapy and child psychology being offered to children. I turned to the bookstore and again was surprised at how very little there is for young children (my youngest are eight and nine).

On the shelves, tucked between books about their changing bodies, I found this sweet and straight forward first look at death, entitled just that: "I Miss You. A First Look At Death" by Pat Thomas. Twenty-nine pages of meaningful illustrations and content. The last two pages include a guide on how to use the book for parents or caregivers, suggestions for resources and further reading.

My Review

Here is my review of this wonderful book about loss for young readers:

  • Each page is illustrated beautifully and helps children to understand the concepts told on each page. Exceptional for the visual child or for younger children where the story is being read to them.
  • The book introduces the fact that death is a part of life and what happens when someone dies in terms children can comprehend.
  • The book discusses the gamut of feelings a child may go through and that is normal to feel each and every emotion.
  • Touching on guilt, letting the child know that the death was in no way their fault and that the person that passed loved them.
  • This wonderful book is straight forward, easy to read and understand, acknowledging their thoughts and feelings and validating them.
  • My favorite part was the ending, I won't give it away, but it was a beautiful concept of life after death for children wondering where there loved one has gone and what has happened to them.

I recommend this book for parents with a young reader(s) who is/are dealing with the loss of a loved one.


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    • Missi Darnell profile imageAUTHOR

      Missi Darnell 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Ann thank you for your comment. Yes a wonderful little book.

    • Missi Darnell profile imageAUTHOR

      Missi Darnell 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      JannyC yes it just might. It really puts loss into perspective at their level. The ending is so sweet. I definitely recommend it.

    • Missi Darnell profile imageAUTHOR

      Missi Darnell 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      msorensson me too. Thank you for commenting.

    • Missi Darnell profile imageAUTHOR

      Missi Darnell 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Absolutely Quill, I was very impressed withh this book and its simplicity. Thank you for your comment.

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Sounds like an exceptional book! Thank you so much for the heads up and the review!

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      8 years ago

      This maked me wonder on things. My mother died before my son was born and in pictures he knows of her for I have pictures in the house and stuff of her. I tell him she is no longer with us in heaven so I wonder if this book might help him too. He often says he misses her even though he has not met her and when he was really young and we be heading toward out home he was go Nana nana! That a whole'nother topic there but yeah I might see to get that book for my son maybe it will help him even though she was gone before he was born. He gets so emotional still and say he misses granny. Think that would help?

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      Sounds like a beautiful book. I am glad you found it.

      Many hugs,


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      8 years ago

      A wonderful resource that speak directly into the issues children have with the loss of a loved one so near and dear to them... in many ways it can speak to us as adults as well...

      Blessings and Hugs


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