Elementary School Counselor Offers Hope to Grieving Children

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New activity book by Annie MacDonald gives children tools to cope with loss

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We all must learn to cope and move on after someone dies. There is no way of escaping it.

One in every seven Americans lose a parent or sibling before age 20, according to Comfort Zone Camp.

They state that of those children, six in ten believe it was the hardest thing they have ever had to deal with.

Elementary school counselor Annie MacDonald has set out to help young children deal with grief in a healthy way with her new book, ‘Poppo’s Memory Book: A Child’s Guide to Remember and S.M.I.L.E. After Loss.’

“Coming to a place of acceptance after death is a life issue everyone must face,” says MacDonald. “We all must learn to cope and move on after someone dies. There is no way of escaping it.”

‘Poppo’s Memory Book’ is the fifth installment in the children’s book series. The books, written through the eyes of a young child, address the progression of terminal illness and eventual death of a loved one.

Inspired to write the series after a serendipitous reunion with a former teacher and mentor, MacDonald designed the S.M.I.L.E. Approach – Share, Memories, Imagine, Love, Enjoy – to give children a healthy way to cope with grief.

“The S.M.I.L.E. Approach outlines the steps I personally use to keep loved ones close,” says MacDonald. “The message is clear: when someone we love dies, the relationship does not have to end. The love in our hearts helps us to build a bridge that connects our world to the next.”

According to MacDonald, when it comes to the death of a loved one, the best that we can ask is to be able to smile again, and ‘Poppo’s Memory Book: A Child’s Guide to Remember and S.M.I.L.E. After Loss’ helps children do just that.

For more information visit http://www.mypoppo.org.

‘Poppo’s Memory Book: A Child’s Guide to Remember and S.M.I.L.E. After Loss’
By Annie MacDonald
ISBN: 978-1-4670-7273-1
Paperback: $14.95
Available at http://www.amazon.com

About the author
Working as an elementary school counselor for over 15 years, Annie MacDonald is no stranger to children dealing with grief and loss. Having received her master’s degree in education from Keene State College, she has worked with children in many capacities, including parent, teacher, social worker, and counselor. She is also an ordained minister. She currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband of 27 years.

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