Lauren Flake releases new book “Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One.”
Lauren Flake, the Buda woman who helped to raise over $145,000 for Hays County flood recovery with sales of her “Texas Strong” t-shirts, has published a new book entitled, “Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One.”
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.
Flake, who also writes a blog entitled “For the Love of Dixie,” not only wrote the book but illustrated the pages as well, that is with a little help from her mom. Many of the illustrations in the book are replicas of artwork done by Stucky before she lost her battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
“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.”
The hope of Flake is that through this book families everywhere will have a guide that will help them when a loved one passes away. Already, the book has received rave reviews from writers and mothers throughout the country who were able to get a sneak peek.
“This book is not only beautiful, but the message is full of child-like wonder and curiosity around a topic that can be so heavy and serious. Bravo for being able to lift the burden of grieving without making light of the sadness and pain,” says Susan Seay, #Mentor4Moms and mom to 7 at SusanSeay.com.