Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope with A Traumatic Death is an exceptional tool or resource to help children understand and deal with loss and bereavement due to the death of a loved one.
We live in a culture where young children are frequently exposed to traumatic events, personally and through the media, Grief brought on by the loss of a loved one, family or friend, is never easy. Traumatic deaths, accident or violent, will create a new level of anxiety, fright, confusion, anger, and sadness.
The book’s tender, age-appropriate narrative and the suggested discussion questions will help children ages 3 – 8 open up and share their emotions, unresolved issues and questions about death and dying.
Suggestions for “interventions” offer parents, educational counselors, and other adult caregiver’s assistance for helping children draw out the child’s perspective on the sudden trauma of loss, or are aware of or have witnessed an accidental or violent death.
Azmaira H. Maker, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, loss, and child development.
The dramatic colored pictures reinforce the text and will leave the reader with a lingering sense of the emotionally charged sensitivity of Dr. Maker’s compelling message.
Aspiring families Press, 12625 High Bluff Drive, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92130. 978-0996194112, $9.99, 2017, 40 pages