If you have a spare 40 minutes, please do watch my talk at the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network Conference in Dublin in November 2016. Online now at Elke Barber’s Talk at the ICBN conference 2016 Happy New Year everyone! xxx
This is our true story...
Both books are based on our true story.
"Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?" explains (sudden) death, while "What Happened to Daddy's Body?" explains cremation, burial and spreading the ashes in words very young children can understand.
They also reassure children and their families that it's okay to be sad, but that it's okay to be happy, too..
You know how they say that child grief is a bit like jumping in and out of puddles, while for us grown ups, it’s more like wading through a muddy river… Well, Olivia seems to have jumped into one of those puddles a couple of days ago, and is still bouncing about in it. (She […]
Just boxing up my leftover books and one of Olivia’s friends (7 1/2) asks Olivia what I am doing. Her reply: “Oh, she wrote books about my Daddy dying and the questions that my brother asked her. Then she packages them up and sends them to people who want them.” – friend: “Your Mum writes […]
Elke is an incredibly determined individual and recognized a need to share her story, born of personal tragic loss, with others and their children who might experience a similar loss. When she went looking to books for answers or similar experiences that might answer some of her children's questions, she found nothing, only more emptiness, which she then decided to fill.Oliver Jeffers, multi-award-winning children's book author and illustrator, and maker of 'Lost and Found'
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