to Ease the Pain: Barklay and Eve Help Kids Through Life’s Darkest
December 1, 2002
Precious Gifts: The Katie Coolican Story
the loss of a loved one is difficult for anyone, but for children—without
the understanding of death adults take for granted—it can
be an especially confusing and painful ordeal.
Publishing has created a series of children’s coloring
and activity books dealing with life’s most stressful times,
featuring Barklay and Eve, two friendly dog characters
that help kids deal with feelings of grief and worry.
foundation book is Together We’ll Get Through This, a book
designed to “Recognize and validate all kinds of losses children
may have.” Subjects ranging from divorce and serious illness,
to the stress of moving to a different neighborhood are covered,
providing “constructive activities and healing choices to
help them cope.”
books in the series include, Honoring our Loved Ones: Going
to a Funeral, which helps children cope with, and understand,
the death and funeral of a loved one. There’s also Barklay
and Eve: Sitting Shiva, explaining Jewish burial and mourning
tradition, and Our Special Garden: Understanding Cremation.
is Cancer Anyway? defines the illness for kids, as well
as explaining chemotherapy and radiation treatment in a story with
a hopeful outlook. Hospice care is covered in Everything
Changes, But Love Endures.
Gifts: The Katie Coolican Story is based on a true story,
and deals with organ and tissue donation, touching on difficult
topics such as the meaning of brain death.
one loss every child is sure to experience, the death of beloved
pet, is dealt with in They’re part of the Family,
based on true stories from others who’ve lost their best four-legged
proceeds from the sales of the Barklay and Eve books go to the D’Esposo
Center, which helps children deal with the grieving process.
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