From cover to cover and fitting a preschooler’s level of understanding, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? will bring hope to children and help to parents who wish to help them grieve the loss of a loved one. The beautifully simple illustrations are original artwork created by the author herself as well as the artist’s mother, Dixie, whose premature death due to Alzheimer’s disease was the inspiration and driving force behind its creation.
“In a way, even though she is gone, my mom helped me publish this book,” said Flake. “It was fun to share her artwork with my girls, and it is great that now even more people get to see her work through this book.” ~Lauren Flake
As a parent and a grandmother who has experienced the death of loved ones, I wholeheartedly believe this to be a valuable resource that will enable families with children of any age to grieve together while pointing to the hope we have in eternal life in Heaven. Hurting children will find comfort as the book is either read to them or as they thumb through the pages themselves. The poetic wording and heartfelt illustrations in this sweet book will offer joy in the midst of sadness. It will offer hope in despair. What a very special gift.
“Written initially as a poem to help her young daughters understand what happens when you die after the loss of Flake’s mom, Dixie Benton Stucky, in 2013, the book gently leads little ones and their parents into meaningful conversations about death, grief, and eternal love. Activities and resources in the included Parents’ Guide reinforce the book’s comforting message of legacy and hope.” ~ Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? Press Release
Author, Lauren Flake, has generously gifted families of preschoolers with a phenomenal resource to aid in the grieving process of a loved one. Where resources for children in this area are rare, this is a book that should be in every family and church library. Age appropriate activities and resources in the included Parents’ Guide will reinforce the book’s comforting message of legacy and hope.
Photo credit: Photos used with permission by Lauren Flake, author.