ABOUT THE BOOK
32 pages, Color, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, Young Children (7-11 yrs old)
Family & Relationships, Death, Grief, Bereavement
Psychology, Grief & Loss
Juvenile Fiction, Readers, Beginner
Children’s Books, Grief And Bereavement, Parenting, Death And Dying, Family, Death And Loss, Family Memories
Daddy's Blue Eyes
By Marnie L. Hill
Illustrated by Sasha Baines
Daddy’s Blue Eyes is a story about a little girl whose father died and how much she misses him. But this little girl was given a gift—her daddy’s blue eyes.
Eyes that help her to see all the things her daddy can’t see anymore. Eyes that help her to remember all the things she and her daddy loved. Eyes that help her see the sun shining each morning and know that her daddy is watching over her.
Research has found that a significant number of children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach adulthood, with 21% of children who lose a parent developing mental health issues. Grieving children often feel alone, isolated from their peers, and misunderstood.
Daddy’s Blue Eyes is a short and endearing story meant to help parents, teachers, and caregivers open up a tender discussion with a bereaved child in their lives. It offers questions the child can explore and suggests activities to help the child remember happier times. There is also a list of online resources for child-focused bereavement, to help children and their families cope with loss and grief.
Marnie Hill is a mother and grandmother. Twenty years ago, her son-in-law passed away, leaving two young children and a grieving widow. A communications professional, Marnie wrote this story to help her young grandchildren make sense of what had happened and find a way to heal. She wanted them to be able to positively remember their father, and be comforted to know that his spirit lives on in their hearts.
Marnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and currently resides in Toronto. She is a personal historian who is passionate about helping others capture their life stories. Marnie has made a number of memory books to mark special occasions and milestones, and to honour those who have died.
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