Losing loved ones is a difficult part of being human. We spend our days lauding the many acts of love that enable us to grow closer to each other - we value community and growing in intimacy. When we lose someone we love we feel the subtle tearing away of the countless bonds between our hearts. It is not easy to interpret what is going on - even as adults. Helping children to know what is going on amid grief can feel that much harder.
This simple book talks about a child's dreams, drawings, pictures, memory box and a process of healing that is aided by his parents, a Social Worker, and his school Guidance Counselor. It reveals a concrete way of looking at the feelings that emerge amid grief and loss by implementing the tools of journaling, gathering of transference objects, and talking things through with those around us.
"When I woke this morning I was dreaming about flowers. I was standing in a big field of them. There were lilies, sunflowers, black-eyed-Susan, and purple coneflowers. They were beautiful; they smelled good, too. Pop-pop brought them to me. He loved fields of flowers."
- from the book
This book challenges us to remember those we love and integrate our losses with our memories, our feelings, our hopes and our dreams. Join this child as he implements some rudimentary methods of processing grief. It is geared toward youth 14 and under, but reaches the child-like spaces in all our lives.
Printing it out on glossy or heavy stock paper, punching holes in it and adding it to a selected binder makes it an awesome project to work on as it is being read and contributes to the creative process the book calls people into. Or, print it out on glossy paper or heavy stock paper and glue it into an oversized scrapbook - decorating the margins.
Creativity gives us space to grieve and mourn in concrete ways. Mending amid grief requires setting hand and heart to work together. Working on not only reading this book, but turning it into a project blends both knowledge and emotion - though and feeling. This makes the mending exponential in its impact.
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