Children’s book to help children cope with the loss of a loved one

Talking with children about death and bereavement can be difficult and uncomfortable, which is why Dr. Shari Seiner has written a children’s book to help children cope with it. Seiner is here with us today to discuss the rationale behind her book, “Together Again” and how it can be used as a tool for parents.

It’s not a typical happy story, but Seiner felt it was a message to help bring comfort when a child experiences loss. She said she wrote this not as a psychologist but as the owner of a curious animal. After her husband died, she noticed her dog was wandering around the house looking for something and wondered if it was her husband. She put it on paper and realized how useful it could be for parents to discuss it with their own children. It is also an easier way for children to understand the concept of death.

Because of COVID, many children and families have had to experience loss and grief. The holidays are also a difficult time for people to cope with the loss of a loved one and these feelings could be exacerbated around this time. Seiner said that while this book may seem sad, it could also bring comfort towards the end with its spiritual aspect of how their memory can be kept alive. She reminds us that there is nothing wrong with talking about someone you have lost with your children, because children are curious and they will be able to understand them better.

You can buy your own copy of “Together Again” at Randee and Company, Salt and Honey Market at Fashion Place Mall, or on Amazon!

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