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Walking Grandma Home: A Story of Grief, Hope and Healing

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walking grandma home

This picture book from a child psychologist and counselor uses a touching and relatable story about a young boy’s grief to help children 4-8 understand what it means to lose a loved one and how to process their own emotions of fear, grief, and joyful remembrance.

When Grandma tells Lee she will soon be “going home,” Lee is confused. Isn’t Grandma already home? But as Grandma’s health gets worse and her death approaches, Lee learns what it means to “walk Grandma home” to heaven, while also reflecting on his good memories and dealing with his grief alongside his extended family.

Walking Grandma Home:

  • Presents a child’s perspective on losing a loved one that young readers can relate to 
  • Is ideal for kids who have recently experienced a loved one’s death or are learning about grief for the first time, as well as for children with aging grandparents and family and friends experiencing loss 
  • Equips parents and caregivers to process a child’s emotions in a healthy and loving way 
  • Has a page of questions and activities to help children process their own grief and allow caregivers to personalize the story to the child’s experience 
  • Features text from counselor and author Nancy Bo Flood and beautiful illustrations by Ellen Shi 

 

32 pages                                      978-0310771241                        Ages 4-8

Keywords:  grandmother, death and dying, grief, loss, dealing with feelings, dealing with emotions, how to, Social Emotional Learning, family life, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, hope, healing

 

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When Grandma tells Lee she will soon be “going home,” Lee is confused. Isn’t Grandma already home But as Grandma’s health gets worse and her death approaches, Lee learns what it means to “walk Grandma home” to heaven, while also reflecting on his good memories and dealing with his grief alongside his extended family. 

Written by a child psychologist and counsellor this is a touching and relatable story about a young boy’s grief to help young children  understand what it means to lose a loved one and how to process their own emotions of fear, grief, and joyful remembrance.  It includes a page that explains the child's perspective to help parents and caregivers to process the child’s emotions in a healthy and loving way and personalise the story to the child's own experience.  

Sadly, this is a situation that many of our young ones face -just this week there was a request for suggestions for titles for a child who was angry that her grandfather was in a wheelchair and succumbing to dementia when her friends' grandparents weren't - and thus any books like this that can be added to our collections to help ease and explain the situation have to be welcome. And while each incidence is unique and can be overwhelming for the child involved, perhaps being able to read such stories and have their experience and emotions validated will help a little.

Recommended by:  Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, New South Wales AUSTRALIA

See more of her recommendations:

500 Hats http://500hats.edublogs.org/

The Bottom Shelf http://thebottomshelf.edublogs.org/

Storybook Cushions http:// bit.ly/storybook_cushions

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