“Children grieve deeply and for a long time. This book will make them see the sun will still shine and love will remain in their lives. a wonderful help for them and those who love them.”
The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs
” 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
Remember Me: A Resource for Grieving
Written by John Borst on November 8, 2007
“Love always remembers” says author and artist Kathleen Arnason by John Borst
Families, classrooms, and schools from time to time are faced with the task of bereavement. Finding ways of helping children cope with the lost of a parent or sibling, a neighborhood friend, a relative, a classmate or even pet is never easy.
And that is what Gimli, Manitoba’s, children’s author and poet Kathleen Arnason learned one day..
Arnason tells the story of how her friend approached her asking if she could create something physical, some sort of key to allow a child or ourselves a voice through which to grieve.
And out of that experience was born a very unusual book “Remember Me”.
Remember Me is unusual because it is partly a book of poetry, a book of illustrations, a writing journal and scrapbook. As the covering blurb says it was “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 story-telling and the recording of memories. There is room on the left hand page to journal and paste pictures. At the end of the poem there is a free journal where children can draw pictures, paste cards or special items whatever their hearts desire.”
(Imagine, the butterflies
Carry wishes from above)
Sometimes you really do have moments in life when you get a strong sense that there really is a guiding spirit out there. Discovering this book, is one of them.
It strikes me that every Public and Catholic school board and private/independent school should have a stock of Remember Me on hand for those times when a teacher or whole school faces the death of a classmate, teacher or other school based worker.
As Jake Schmidt, a private Winnipeg therapist said at the book launch, “This book is long overdue! Children have been grieving for a long, long time and very little has been made available for them. Remember Me will help to give them a handle on dealing with loss in a positive and constructive way.” And I would add be a heck of a good resource for a teacher too.
© copyright Tomorrow’s Trust, 2007
Kind words for Remember Me from Susan Whitmore
I devoured “Remember Me” the minute I got home. I have since read it over and over. Everything is soothing and sweet and wonderful. I’m SO glad to start to have items like this we can offer children and teens. What a fantastic job you did with the book, and your artwork is stunning! I will take “Remember Me” with me on speaking engagements. Thanks for doing something so dearly needed in this world.
The Erika Whitmore Godwin Foundation and griefHaven “Where Hope Resides”