The Fox and the Feather: A Children’s Book for the Grieving Heart, Spotlight and Giveaway

Explaining death to children can feel complicated, scary, and overwhelming. Providing honest information in words that children can developmentally understand while avoiding euphemisms is key. Incorporating books, therapeutic activities, and play can help children process death and have a safe space for expression.

I’m thrilled to share a newly published children’s book that is supporting the grief process for children and families.

Guest Blogger, Kendall Lanning, Author of The Fox and the Feather: A children’s book for the grieving heart.

The Fox and Cardinal are best friends. One day the Cardinal explains that he, “is sick and dying.” Although the Fox is sad and crying, the Cardinal reminds him to look for signs. One of those signs is a feather to assure they will always be together. The Fox comforts the Cardinal with his favorite scarf and says, “goodnight.” At sunrise, the Fox waves good-bye to his best friend. The Fox would then find feathers as a reminder that the Cardinal is flying above him, although he cannot see him.

The intention of this book is to enhance conversations of remembrance, in the hopes to give peace to the grieving heart in knowing that their loved one is still with them. It also has resources and developmental responses to grief in the back of the book, which is a great resource for parents and caregivers.

Testimonials

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing a book that touched our family so deeply.  Explaining to our six-year-old that her grandpa will visit her in signs is exactly what we wanted to share with her and it has started such meaningful conversations in our little family.  I can’t say enough positive things – thanks so much. ”

Therapeutic Activities

There are several therapeutic activities that can follow the theme of the book, such as the scarf and puppet activity. 

Where to Purchase

The Fox and the Feather are available at Amazon.

Author Bio

Kendall Lanning is a Certified Child Life Specialist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Energy Worker, and Author/Illustrator.  She finds her creative outlet through painting and was intuitively guided to write and illustrate a children’s book that will help children cope with death and grief.

Through her personal yoga journey, she found a deep connection to her spiritual path, allowing the space for self-care, healing, and intention setting. She listens to the signs and messages from spirit and is hoping to share that gift through this book.  The intention of this book is to enhance conversations of remembrance, in the hopes to give peace to the grieving heart in knowing that their loved one is still with them.

We will be giving away a grief package to one lucky winner. It will include a signed copy of The Fox and the Feather, a memory box, and therapeutic activity.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 1/9/21.

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2020, Year in Review

Happy New Year! What a crazy ride 2020 has been. I want to thank you all for continuing to inspire me to be a better mother, child life specialist, and human. At the beginning of the year, I was just getting some groundwork for child life collaboration within my community. Everything was halted with the pandemic. I quickly pivoted with the changes and was able to insert my services through telehealth and in-person sessions.

Thank you to community organizations that allowed me to connect with your families and provide caregiver workshops.

Thank you to the families that allowed me to work with your children in-person and through telehealth.

Thank you to the child life academic programs for the opportunity to connect with students.

Thank you to my amazing colleagues for continuing to push me in creative ways.

Thank you to my guest bloggers, authors, and program leaders for sharing your amazing resources.

Thank you to my friends for keeping me grounded and reminding me that I am a good mom.

Thank you to my family for always loving and supporting me.

Thank you, 2020 for allowing me to grow.

Cheers to a new year filled with hope, health, and happiness.

Feelings are Flags: Spotlight and Giveaway

This past year has been incredibly challenging. We have all been dealing with grief over the loss of normalcy, routines, social interactions, and family traditions. Some may have also experienced the loss of a loved one during the pandemic. Children have been trying to navigate this new normal with uncertainties and constant change. One way to help children cope is to name and validate their emotions. They need to feel understood and have an outlet to express themselves.

I often incorporate books when working with children. Staying within the metaphor, children feel validated and can learn valuable coping skills. I’m excited to share a new children’s book with you today, Feelings are Flags. It is a lovely children’s book that is written by a local author in my community.

Guest Blogger, Abigail Morales author of Feelings Are Flags

“Sometimes life is full of big feelings. They swell up in our chests and take over our dealings.” This is a sensation every person knows. Big or small, young or old, everyone has feelings. But why do we have them? What are they for? And most importantly, how do we make the big, bossy ones move along? These are great questions! Emotional management is an important skill for everyone to learn. Feelings Are Flags was written to help enable young children to identify why they have feelings and how to use them in a productive way.

It is the first in a series written for my own children. The current social and emotional climate has left them struggling, making it important that I speak in a more purposeful way so as to direct the conversation specifically towards habits and approaches that might alleviate the burden. Somewhere along the way, they evolved into picture books aimed at 4 – 8-year-olds. Through the lessons and coping mechanisms depicted within the series, I hope to encourage healthy emotional development so that children might grow to enjoy bright futures.

Purchase your copy today and be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook.

Author Bio
Abigail Morales is a new independently published author primarily focused on children’s development, living in California with her husband and their three children.

We will be giving away a copy of Feelings are Flags to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

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  3. Facebook: Follow Abigail Morales Writer
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  5. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 1/2/21.