Helping Children Grieve - November is National Hospice Month; New Children's Book Eases the Pain of Dealing with Death

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Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing and HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. unite to release full-color children's book, "Wings: A Story of Transformation" by Caren Bock to help children dealing with end of life issues.

HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. is presenting their full-color children's book, "Wings: A Story of Transformation" (Wyatt-MacKenzie, Nov. 2005) at an Open House on the 25th Anniversary of HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc., a community-based agency dedicated to providing quality hospice care and support, on November 17, 2005.

This sweet story involves a young boy named Christopher and his friend, "Fuzzy", a caterpillar who, through transformation, becomes a beautiful butterfly, leaving Christopher to cope with his change. This book evolved from a story told by Susan G. Telli, the CEO of HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. to children as a way to help them deal with the death of a loved one.

Author Caren Bock was inspired and encouraged by Susan Telli, her husband, John, and their family to write "Wings". After hearing the story several times while working with HospiceCare, Bock endeavored to make it come to life in a published book. The Bocks reside in Florida with their four children and became involved with local charities including HospiceCare during the years John played for the Miami Dolphins.

A collaboration with Nancy Cleary of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing in Deadwood, Oregon made Caren Bock's dream a reality. The publishing company, named for Cleary's two children, celebrates its eighth year of empowering mom writers.

Cleary used the incredible illustration talent of Bock's mother, Judy Schwinghammer, a freelance artist to bring the story to life. The artwork was influenced by Schwinghammer's own experiences overcoming polio as a young girl-traveling in and out of hospitals, experiencing the loss of childhood friends.

"Wings: A Story of Transformation" will offer care and support to children, parents, grandparents, guardians and families, counselors as well as healthcare providers as they face end of life, and deal with the issues that come after the death of a loved one.

100% of the books proceeds will go directly to HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Inc. to enable them to continue to offer end-of-life care and bereavement support to their community.

Contact Author:

Caren J. Bock


Contact Publisher:

Nancy Cleary


Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc.

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FAX: 541-964-3315

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