A storybook with in-built strategies to help children cope with the death of a loved one
Guide for Parents and Professionals. The story.
Camille Gibbs is a social worker in the field of adoption, specialising in direct work with school-aged children moving to adoptive placements. Through her work, she has extensive experience of working with children who have suffered the loss of family members. She has also gained a certificate in counselling using the arts from the Centre for Child Mental Health, UK, in 2009. Camille lives in Essex, UK.
A diamond of a book! So often the awfulness of a parent dying is
sanitised, but this little gem tackles a difficult event with
sensitivity and realism. It offers a young person truth and an
explanation of what grief is. The loss of a mother changes the life
of a child forever, but throughout the story hope, along with the
idea that 'different' can be OK, is offered gently. I would
recommend this book to all professionals working in the field of
bereavement. This book will become a classic and will help many
young people and adults. -- Dee Gardner, Senior Social Work
Practitioner, Fireworks & Feelings Pre & Post Bereavement Project,
St Francis Hospice, Essex, UK
A beautifully written, beautifully illustrated book that not only will help children to understand death and its finality, but will also give them ways of helping themselves and others to cope with the inevitable problems that come to everyone who suffers loss. Outstanding! -- Healthy Books blog
This is a warm, honest story that deals with Mia's feelings about her mother's death, and her creative reactions, which include becoming the ice queen whose heart feels no pain... Gibbs successfully waves a convincing illusion that had me believing Mia was the storyteller and Gibbs a co-writer or collaborator. It is Gibbs' skillful use of the words and language of a child of Mia's age, and the childlike illustrations, that makes this story of pain, anger and everything grief is, genuinely sound as if it is coming from Mia herself... Although a book for children, adults could learn much about the grieving process and useful ways to help children through it. -- Augene Nanning, counsellor * BACP Children & Young People *