It can be incredibly challenging for families to navigate loss, trauma, and separation. Using a children’s book that has a storyline that resonates with kids can be therapeutic. As a Certified Child Life Specialist, I often engage kids in bibliotherapy and then follow up with an activity for self-expression. It is amazing to witness a child’s empowerment when they feel a sense of validation, normalcy, and control.
I have always loved the books created by Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher. They are beautifully written with a powerful message of hope and unconditional love. Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is one of my favorites, as it supports children coping with loss and separation. It helps kids feel connected to loved ones through nature. Susan and Courtenay have now made a Spanish version, Besos de sol, abrazos de luna.
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Helping kids cope with trauma, loss and separation
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