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Children and Death - Dealing with Grief - Loss of a Loved One
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grandfather's death, Jenny explores grief in a realistic and positive
way. Through her journey to understand loss, Jenny learns that the love
she shared with her Poppo is continuing to grow, even after his death.
He will always be her Poppo, and that will never change!
Key Points Answers questions for children about death, and how it changes their lives Offers comfort and hope to children who have experienced a death Shows children how to feel happiness after the death of a loved one Models the importance of keeping our loved one close in our hearts - death does not end the relationship, it continues in a new way Encourages children to create rituals that help them to remember Helps children to move beyond grief to find happiness again
Bubbles for Poppo follows Jenny several months after Poppo’s death. In this fourth book of the POPPO Series, Jenny practices all the ways that her grandfather taught her to keep him close. She talks openly to her parents, and she learns that even though she cannot see or hear Poppo the way she used to before he died; he is still very much with her in her heart. Bubbles for Poppo shows us how to move on after the death of a loved one and to feel happiness again. This book is ideal for a child who needs comfort after the loss of a loved one.
Bubbles for Poppo is the fourth book in a series written by Annie MacDonald to help children cope with the failing health and death of a loved one. As with the previous three books in the series, What's up with Poppo?, Poppo's Half-Birthday Wish, and Poppo's Very Best Trick, this book is beautifully illustrated and written in a way that deals with the issue of death honestly and directly but yet is comforting and hopeful. In this book, Jenny, the delightful little girl who has lost her beloved grandfather, is still emotionally processing the loss six months later. She remembers him fondly and misses him terribly. Jenny's parents allow her to talk about him and his death freely. They encourage her to express her feelings openly. Their answers to her many questions are simple but honest. These conversations provide a positive model for parents to help their own children in the grief process. Often parents don't know what to say to their children or how to answer the questions that children naturally have about death. This book is a good place to start that conversation. Bubbles for Poppo also includes a generic spiritual framework for children to deal with death. And, in addition, to including the ritual of a visit to the cemetery, Jenny creates her own rituals that help her remember her Poppo and comfort her in her loss. Both the spiritual aspect and the rituals are important, effective methods of helping children grieve. The book ends on a positive, hopeful note as Jenny once again finds Poppo in her heart.
Annie MacDonald has created another book that would be a valuable resource for anyone helping children cope with death and loss. As a professional, I would recommend it to any helping professional working with children who have suffered a loss. As a parent, not only would I recommend it to any parent or grandparent, I would use it with my own children. Nicely done, Annie, once again!" Terry Raposo, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist
In the First Book of the POPPO Series, Jenny is confused and afraid with all the ways her grandfather is changing. She questions her grandfather's terminal illness, and with the help of her parents she learns that Poppo's love for her will never change. Key Points Models the importance of believing in oneself Encourages expression of feelings and open communication with trusted adults Reminds us to hold love inside our hearts; it never goes away Shows us the importance of finding joy in every part of our lives Teaches us to practice and to do what we love to do
What’s up with Poppo?, The first book in the POPPO Series, specifically addresses the illness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). In this story, Jenny notices all the physical changes in her grandfather as his illness progresses. As time goes on, she questions her parents, and they respond with honesty and love.
Children reading this book will come to understand how even though the physical changes from illness can be scary; the love that they share with their loved one will never go away. Ideal for children who’s loved ones are struggling with illness, What’s up with Poppo? not only offers comfort, it reminds children to find happiness in doing what they love to do.
"I wanted to tell you how touching it was especially your note on the last page about your mistake turning into an inspiration. How lucky you were to have such a mentor in your life to inspire. Poppo sounds like a man who will be dearly missed. I wish I had the funds right now to order more copies, I think it is truly wonderful. But for now I will read and share this one with anyone who is interested." - Patient Service Coordinator, ALS Association
"I just read your book and of course I cried. But it's a beautiful story and I think some of our families would benefit from reading this (although not at one sitting) to their children. You did a fine job. Thanks for a beautifully written story. Poppo must be so proud." Shirley Eisenberg, ALS Association- Ohio Chapter
"I received What's up with Poppo?, it was fantastic!! I love what you want to get across to the children. It is so important with today's challenges." Denise George, RN The ALS Association - Michigan
Poppo teaches his granddaughter a mind magic trick, and it is his very best trick of all! Jenny learns how to keep her grandfather close, even after he dies. With Poppo's help, Jenny discovers that her grandfather will always be with her. They will always love each other and that will never change. Key Points Encourages us to stretch our minds and to believe in mind-magic Illustrates how the love we feel in our hearts never goes away, even after someone dies Reminds us to share the love we have in our hearts with others Shows us how to believe in ourselves and in the power of love Teaches us Poppo’s very best trick; when we look into our hearts, we will always know our deceased loved one is with us
Poppo's Very Best Trick In the third book of the POPPO Series, Poppo is not only a loving grandfather; he is a teacher as well. He teaches Jenny his very best trick; how to keep him close after he dies. Through recollection and the power of mind-magic, Jenny finds comfort in knowing that the love she feels in her heart will continue to grow, even after Poppo dies. Those we love never really die; they live in our hearts forever. This book is ideal for children who have experienced the death of a loved one.
"Poppo's Very Best Trick is the 3rd in a series of 4 books written by Annie MacDonald to help children deal with the death or debilitating illness of a loved adult in their lives. The book begins with Jenny remembering her grandfather, Poppo. She remembers all the fun things they did together and all the things he taught her. Jenny recalls a conversation she had with Poppo about life, death, and life after death. Though the word death is not used, this conversation provides a positive, loving framework for children to understand the death of a loved one. When Jenny's Poppo dies, the way her parents allow her to grieve openly and freely provides a wonderful, healing model for helping children deal with death including a spiritual reference to heaven and a visit to Poppo's grave; an important ritual in the grieving process that is often avoided in these times. The book ends on a positive note as Jenny understands the most valuable lesson that her Poppo taught her that those we love never really die but live on forever in our hearts.
Once again, in this beautifully illustrated book, Annie MacDonald, through her delightful character, Jenny, takes on the challenging and often ignored task of helping children deal with the truly difficult issues of life, loss, death, and dying and accomplishes that in a way that is honest, effective, and hopeful. I would recommend this book to both parents and professionals working with children. And as with Annie's previous book, Poppo's Half Birthday Wish, adults may also be surprised to find their own comfort and healing in its pages! Beautifully done, Annie, the best book so far! I look forward to the next book." Terry Raposo, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist
This workbook, the final installment of the POPPO Books, is a Child’s Guide to Remember and Smile after Loss. Through a variety of activities in this special keepsake, children are encouraged to express their feelings, ask questions, share memories, use their imagination, and find happiness beyond the sorrow that comes with loss. Key Points Provides a healing model to help children deal with loss after death Offers a spiritual framework for children to understand the loss of a loved one Addresses loss after death, honestly and directly, but remains comforting and hopefulProvides a way for children to identify and express their feelings through storytelling, creative arts, written and verbal self- expression, imagination and conversation Creates a starting place for a conversation with children about death Elicits the tough questions that arise when someone you love dies Incorporates the key points [below] through the use of the acronym S.M.I.L.E.
A Child’s Guide to Remember and S.M.I.L.E. after Loss
Share your feelings with someone you trust
Remembering keeps your loved one close
Use your imagination to create mind-magic
Love yourself and others too
Enjoy your life in a new way
Those we love never really die; they live in our hearts forever!
"This is a great book for children and adults. I recently lost my dad after a somewhat long illness. I have the entire series of Poppo’s Books, and have enjoyed reading each of them. I even read Poppo’s Half- Birthday Wish to my dad while he was sick in bed. Since we are all children when our parents die, this really becomes a good memory book for any age. I am glad that there is a workbook that is interactive for children where they can document and talk about their feelings. I also lost my brother when I was very young and this would have really helped me deal with loss. I urge anyone young and old who is dealing with the loss of a loved one to purchase at least the workbook to help begin the process of healing. My best to all dealing with the loss of a loved one – remember to S.M.I.L.E." Debbie Lemnah
Jenny's grandfather is no fun anymore. He can't walk or talk or do anything that he used to do before he got sick. But, Jenny is planning a big birthday surprise for her Poppo's Half-Birthday. Her biggest surprise is making his Half-Birthday wish come true! Key Points Encourages us to understand the importance of living in the present moment, and to make the most of the precious time we have with our loved ones Models a child’s unique ability to celebrate and find happiness, even in the face of illness and death Reminds us to do what we love to do, and those things that make us happy
Poppo's Half-Birthday Wish follows Jenny as she visits her Poppo during his final stage of illness to celebrate his half-birthday. In her bedroom, she collects all the things that she knows her grandfather will love. Even though Poppo is too sick to join in the celebration, Jenny creates a fun-filled half-birthday party that brings joy to them both. This book is ideal for a child who has a loved one with a terminal illness.
"In Poppo's Half Birthday Wish, Annie MacDonald takes on a most difficult issue - how to help children deal with the death or debilitating illness of a loved adult in their lives. In this beautifully illustrated book, a delightful little girl named Jenny plans a "half birthday" celebration for her beloved grandfather who is seriously ill. As Jenny recalls the many fond memories she has of her grandfather, children will be able to recall their own precious memories of their loved one, an important part of the grieving process. And as Jenny discovers what Poppo's real wish is, children reading the book will learn an effective way to put the death of a loved one in a perspective that's both comforting and hopeful. The hidden gem is this book is that the adults reading it will also find it healing! As a professional, I would recommend this book for any parent or therapist dealing with children at any stage in the grieving process but the highest praise I can give is to say that I wish it had been available when my own boys experienced the loss of their beloved grandfather. Beautifully done, Annie!" - Terry Raposo, MSW, LICSW - Clinincal Social Worker and Psychotherapist
Children and Death - Dealing with Grief - Loss of a Loved One
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