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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2006
I have come across this book for the first time today. I work in a school and a young child has recently lost one of their parents and was given this book by one of their friends. It was lovely to see a book that has nice activities as well as pages for the child to remember their loved one in a positive way. I wish this book had been around when I lost my dad.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2003
This book is ideal if you have a create child. It enables the grieving child to express themselves via an activity orientated book. This will help them on the road to recovery, and have as a keepsake to remember the loved one who has died. It's in a great large page format,a nd contains many activities. Excellent value for money!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2010
I have bought this book for three families over the past 18 months who have either lost fathers or siblings. All three families commented on how good they have found the book in allowing the children to talk freely about their feelings no matter what they were. The activities have also been great at getting the parent(s)to talk with their children about their feelings too as they have prompted lots of questions. They have also had fun, one of the mum's who had lost her partner said it was one of the first times she had had a good laugh with the kids. The children have ranged from 2 - 9 and all of them have found something to do in the book. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has or knows children who have recently lost a loved one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2009
I bought this book for a friends daughter,my friend could not have praised the book more,its focus on an artistic and tactile expression of love for the person lost,as well as encouraging open natural dissusion within a family of the person lost.Although this is a childrens book it seems more like a book for the whole family,a wonderful keepsake.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
as a family we lost 2 very close family members within 6 months of each other, my 13 year old son had a particularly difficult time accepting and trying to deal with it. he has special needs but a good understanding. someone introduced this book and started to do some of the activities with my son, which encouraged him to open up about his feelings. he then asked different members of the family to do diffrent sectons of the book with him.it was quite upsetting at times but really helped, not just my son but all of us, it encouraged us to talk about the loss etc as a family. also now the book has been completed it now makes a really good memory book about our lost love ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
Was recommended this book by the Macmillan Nurse for my daughter as her grandad has terminal cancer. It has some fantastic ideas for ways to deal with somebody close dying and things like memory boxes, biscuit faces (to show how you are feeling if you don't want to talk about it). Would definitely recommend it. Well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2011
My husband passed away recently at a young age and this book has been brought out a couple of times for me to do with my 5 year old daughter. My 2 year old son is too small yet. However I am finding it invaluable as a memory book for the children. We are filling it slowly and taking our time and I they are able to look at it or do it whenever they want to. It is also has some good pointers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2011
Well written with super ideas to give children a process to allow feelings to be expressed with parents
in a non depressive way, my kids got fed up with the word bereavement ! colourfull with meaning, a great help
to give children a chance to move forward - remember and to have some closure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2012
I really like this book - I will be using it with a child whose family has had a stillborn baby so I may have to adapt it a little bit - but the ideas and the issues the book addresses should help the child.
Thank you to the author for tackling such an emotive issue with sensitivity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
This was an absolutely fantastic book. It was bought for a little boy in school whose mum had died recently from cancer. He just loved completing the book. He loved the activity part and especially the memory jar with the salt and chalks. A treasure to have for him for the future.
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