Losing someone dear to your heart does not have to be the end. Author Joanna Rowland helps families and their young ones process their grief and celebrate their lost love one with her new picture book The Memory Book: A Grief Journal for Children and Families.
A companion to The Memory Box: A Book About Grief, The Memory Book helps families process the overwhelming grief that comes with losing a loved one. But it doesn’t stop there; it guides children and adults alike into gather all their best memories of their loved one and create a sweet “memory box;” one filled with memorabilia.
After explaining “How to Use This Book,” Ms. Rowland divides the journal’s contents into pages where children can write a story about their loved one, including where they lived, their favorite food, books and movies, and their friends and hobbies. There is a section for children to write their “wonderings, fears and hopes,” and there is a page for writing about things that remind them of their loved ones. The rest of the journal explores traditions, seasons, old memories and even new ones. In short, Ms. Rowland tries to think of everything that might cross a grieving child’s mind so that he/she can face it and write about it.
This book is a lovely companion to The Memory Box, but it can also stand on its own as a book that helps heal the pain of grief and loss.