This June we talk about grief and loss

Hi everyone, winter is here in New Zealand, and my little patch of Auckland is feeling the cold  quite well. This month I will be featuring titles that talk about loss and grief, because it’s part of life. I hope the titles I’ve selected can help any parents and teachers approach the subject with their younger readers.

One of the reasons I chose this particular theme is because we all experience grief of some form. By the time I was an adult, into my thirties, I’d lost several of my extended family to illness and old age. That intense feeling of loss does dissipate over time, but no one can make it any easier for you. So this month, after reading so many books, I thought I’d share these stories where tweens and teenagers alike have to cope with the loss of a loved one. I hope my readers can find the light of life and love in these reads as I did. I can’t claim to be someone who knows how to handle such huge emotions for children. I do believe one thing though; there is immense courage, strength, and resilience in the young people today than I ever had. I say this because I see it in the youngsters in my life everyday!!

image of mountains and lake in darkened hues. patch of slightly darker sky on top. quote in white letters at bottom over lake. quote reads 'Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.' Meister Eckhart.
On sorrow…

I hope the last adult non-fiction title I’ve selected for this month turns out to be a good one for you. A small note – read it with an open mind. The personal post for this month will be a brief interlude into my own life again. 

Stay safe and keep reading

Miss Mahee

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