by Kathleen Arnason
Canadian Best Selling Children's Author Kathleen Arnason brings hope for parents and children dealing with the loss of a loved one. Arnason's sixth book creates a gentle opportunity for people to deal with their grief. The book was inspired by a request from a loss, grief and growth program in Toronto who were looking for a tool that would help children have a voice while grieving.
Remember Me has been designed to be used as a way to approach children and support them through their grieving. It can be used to open a window of communication and allow for storytelling and the recording of memories. There is room on the left-hand page to journal and paste pictures. At the end of the poem is a free journal where children can draw pictures, paste cards or special items. For older children or adults, the book can be used privately as their special place to remember and to grieve.
While Remember Me has been designed for children, many adults have found comfort in its message.
A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to support "Camp Stepping Stones". In 2004, the Interlake Regional Health Authority established Camp Stepping Stones, which is a special weekend camp meant to provide a safe, supportive environment where grieving children and adolescents learn that they are not alone in their grief and have an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with peers who have also experienced the death of someone they loved. The children participate in typical activities like horseback riding, swimming and campfires as well as activities related to their grief.
Children grieve deeply and for a long time. This book will make them see that the sun will still shine and love will remain in their lives. A wonderful help for them and those who love them.
Senator Sharon Carstairs
Wonderful, meaningful book. "Remember Me" encourages children to find comfort in imagining their loved one around them, everyday, and uses words that children can understand and relate to, thereby helping them during their time of grief. I can see "Remember Me" being a very useful resource for the grieving children who attend Camp Stepping Stones , a weekend camp hosted by the Interlake Regional Health Authority for children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
Connie Magnusson Schimnowski, BSW, MSW, RSW
Palliative Care Support Coordinator,
Northeast District, Interlake Regional Health Authority, Manitoba
Manitoba Health Authority
This book is long overdue! Children have been grieving for a long, long time and very little has been made available to them. "Remember Me" will help to give them a handle on dealing with loss in a positive and constructive way.
Jake Schmidt, Therapist / Counsellor,private practice in Winnipeg, MB