Lenoir, NC (PRWEB) July 15, 2008
In his newly released children's story, A Letter From Heaven, author Steve Butler addresses a rarely talked about issue regarding the questions and feelings children have when they discover that their parents had a previous child who died.
Jamie is a young boy full of curiosity and questions. His inquisitiveness about a ceramic jar sitting on a shelf causes him to constantly question his mother about it. For a long time, his mother was quick to give a simple answer that satisfied him. As time passes, he becomes even more curious. His mother finally sits him down and retrieves a letter from the jar. She reads the letter and Jamie discovers that it is written to him from his sister who died shortly after being born.
A Letter From Heaven is a poignant and heartfelt story that explains what happened to Jamie's sister before he was born.
Deborah Wham, MS, CGC
"Parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or neonatal death will find A letter From Heaven to be a gift. It is not only an eloquently told story of death, grief, and new life, but it also helps to explain these abstract concepts to children. Professionals who work with the bereaved will want to keep this one on their bookshelves."
Melissa Eggers - Retired Educator
"A Letter From Heaven will fill a niche that needs filling - a book for children who have questions about a previous child who died. It will help parents to answer those questions, and it will help children understand and be assured that their older sibling who died is still a member of the family, still loved, and still related to them. It's a book about love."
Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services
"With beautiful illustrations enhancing the story, A Letter From Heaven, is a very tender and uplifting story. It is highly recommended as an aid for parents, therapists, and educators, to help children through the grieving process when discovering the unexpected loss of a baby through either a miscarriage, still born, or sudden infant death. The book is a must have for every library."
A Letter From Heaven is published by AuthorHouse, ISBN:9781434347152 and distributed through Ingram Distribution and can be purchased online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and many other online bookstores. AuthorHouse orders can be placed at AuthorHouse
About the Author
Steve Butler is chaplain at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir, North Carolina. Steve is a native of Chicago and has also served as a college chaplain in Wisconsin and Ohio. He is an Associate Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Steve has also written, We are Known as Christ's Disciples, a Christian Education resource for children in grades 1-3, published through the curriculum series, Disciples Alive! He has also written a family history.
If you are interested in reviewing A Letter From Heaven, or arranging for a talk and book signing, or interview, please contact Steve Butler at wsbutler @ charter.net, or by phone at 828 - 292 -1642.