Join seven-year-old Grace on her journey through coping with the loss of her daddy while learning about the different ways that people grieve the loss of a loved one. In the process of learning about who her daddy was through the eyes of others, she learns about who she is today because of her daddy’s personality and love. Am I Like My Daddy? is a book designed to help children who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Children are encouraged to express through journaling what may be so difficult to express through everyday conversation.
Am I Like My Daddy? is an important book in the children’s grief genre. Many books in this genre deal with the time immediately after a loved one dies. This book focuses on years after the death, when a maturing child is reprocessing his or her grief. New questions arise in the child ‘s need to fill in those memory gaps.
The book teaches children that…
A. It’s okay and normal not to remember everything as well as you’d like to.
B. There are ways to learn new things about a loved one that will help to give a more complete picture in your mind.
C. It can be helpful to keep communication open between a surviving adult and child. Children often have more questions than they let on.
My dad died 27 years ago, and I still have new questions that pop up in my mind. Helping a child to build a picture of his or her loved one is very important. Am I Like My Daddy? sensitively addresses issues with grief, years after the initial loss.
Am I Like My Daddy? is a poignant book written to help children and families remember loved ones who have died, even years later. It is a tender and truthful account of a wide range of feelings and reactions of children and adults on their grief journey. It is a touching story, one for all ages, and truly elicits a sense of hopefulness.
–Lisa Bartoszek, Director of Bereavement Lory s Place, St. Joseph, Michigan —
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