Since Samantha Jane's dad died, she has been sad and quiet, keeping to herself. One day, her neighbor Mrs Cooper gently asks her about her missing smile, and Sammy Jane begins to open up about her grief, her worries, and her confusion. Sammy Jane's mother joins her daughter in Mrs. Cooper's garden, and helps her further with accepting and responding to her profound loss.
This book deals with the full range of emotions, questions, and worries that children have when a parent has died, including:
* Will people think I didn't love my dad if I seem happy?
* If I let myself cry, will I ever be able to stop?
* Can my sadness just go away if I ignore it?
* If I talk to my mom about it, I'm worried I'll make her even more sad.
It also offers ways to remember and honor the lost parent, encourages the open sharing of feelings, and helps children understand that their parents want them to be happy and live their lives fully.
--- from the publisher
About the Authors:
Julie B. Kaplow, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) in New York. Her primary research and clinical interests focus on the psychological consequences of childhood trauma and loss, with an emphasis on effective coping strategies that can help to inform interventions for children. Dr. Kaplow's clinical experiences with bereaved families prompted her to write this book after recognizing that there were very few tools available to help bereaved children make sense of all of the feelings that they were having after losing a parent. Dr. Kaplow has served on the Traumatic Grief Task Force of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and she is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded study examining childhood bereavement and related mental health outcomes in children who have lost a parent. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband.
Donna Pincus, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Research Associate Professor at Boston University. She is also the Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and is editor and creator of the Child Anxiety Network, a web site dedicated to providing thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. Dr. Pincus is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH funded study investigating the development of a treatment for young children with separation anxiety disorder. She has given numerous talks and workshops on child anxiety and ways in which children cope with stressful life events to parents, teachers, students and healthcare professionals. She lives in Brighton, MA with her husband and her two daughters.
About the Illustrator:
Beth Spiegel has enjoyed a long career in picture editing, focusing on documentary films, working with National Geographic, Vulcan films, ABC, and PBS. Many of the shows she cut are Emmy winners. She directed an animation short, which won several international awards. Beth studied at California Institute of the Arts, where she participated in the film and film graphics program. She has exhibited paintings at LACMA, Barnsdall, Museum of Tolerance, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities in Sun Valley Idaho.