Shelley Gilbert - Chief Executive Officer - Grief Encounter Project http://www.griefencounter.org.uk/ →
The experience of sudden death when someone is young is more common than we imagine. This book addresses this issue with courage, honesty and truthfulness. People search for resources in such challenging times.
At Grief Encounter, we are delighted to add such an excellent book to our resources. It takes courage to share this difficult time in your life in such a clear, sensitive and open way. ‘Is Daddy Coming Back in a Minute?’ will be a valuable stepping stone in the journey of grief to share with other families whose parent dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
Jill Adams, Bereavement Services Team, The Child Bereavement Charity
Elke and Alex have managed to address much of what a very young child struggles with when someone they love dies very suddenly. Using his own words, it touchingly describes how 3 year old Alex felt when faced with the very grown-up situation of having to get help when his Dad had a fatal heart attack. Finding a book on sudden death suitable to be read with a pre-school child is very difficult, this one fills the gap admirably.
Helen Mackinnon, Senior Practitioner, Winston’s Wish http://www.winstonswish.org.uk/ →
This is a beautiful and sensitive book about a very difficult issue. Elke and Alex have shared their story with real feeling and honesty. I can think of no better way to communicate with a very young child about
a sudden death and what follows in terms of funerals and continuing with life. This book will be highly recommended on our Winston’s Wish suggested reading list.
Donna Hastings, Senior Practitioner, Richmond’s Hope Bereavement Project http://www.richmondshope.org.uk/ →
“Elke has managed to capture the difficult task of explaining death to very young
children in a way that they can understand for their age and stage of development.
This book is written with compassion in an honest powerful way.
A beautiful book that will undoubtedly help so many, I would highly recommend it”
Oliver Jeffers, multi-award-winning children's book author and illustrator, and maker of 'Lost and Found'
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.