The Poppo Grief Pack


Annie MacDonald has created a Grief Pack that gets right to the heart of the subject of death and loss of a loved one. This 2-Pack selection is a school counselor favorite as many children and teens are dealing with the passing of parents, grandparents, siblings, school friends and others. These books guide kids to use their imagination and find happiness beyond the sorrow that comes with loss.


Bubbles For Poppo

After her 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.

Poppo’s Memory Book

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 hopeful
  • Provides 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!