When Someone Dies
A Children’s Mindful How-To Guide on Grief and Loss
by Andrea Dorn, MSW
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Pub Date 22 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 18 Apr 2022
Navigating the grief and bereavement process can be a challenging and unpredictable experience, especially for children. Whether it’s the loss of a family member, friend, pet, or other loved one, children often don’t know how to cope with the complicated and complex emotions that accompany death.
Written and illustrated by a therapist (and mother), Andrea Dorn, MSW, When Someone Dies walks children through the bereavement process in a simple, concrete, and developmentally appropriate way. Through the lens of mindfulness, children will learn how to say goodbye, make space for any emotions that arise, and work through their grief.
Written for parents, teachers, and therapists alike, this straightforward yet powerful book includes:
· Optional engagement questions to build connection and personalize the reading experience
· Short mindfulness and self-compassion meditations
· A developmental guide to children’s understanding of death
Andrea Dorn, MSW, is a mom of two boys, author, and clinical social worker who has worked in the social work field with adults and children for over a decade. Andrea’s interest in mindfulness, behavioral and attachment theories began in graduate school. Since that time, Andrea has worked to incorporate the benefits of mindfulness into every aspect of her life and frequently uses behavioral and attachment theories to guide her clinical practice. She has found these theories, especially mindfulness, to be truly effective in transforming lives. She has also found clear, consistent, and attachment-based behavioral modification techniques to be crucial to developing healthy and thriving young minds.
Andrea is the author of the Mindful Steps Series ™, a series of children’s how-to guides designed to empower kids with the foundational understanding of important developmental skills and concepts for key milestones common in early childhood. This engaging series was inspired after a year of major transitions in Andrea's life with two young children in tow. Andrea found there was a lack of non-fiction, single-step resources for helping her own children navigate and know what to expect during these big changes. In order to fill this gap, she became interested in writing children's books and has discovered a true passion for the entire writing and publishing process.
Andrea is the co-founder of Statera Counseling Center, a private practice located in the greater Columbia area of South Carolina.
With her background in mindfulness, behavioral, and attachment theories, and compassionate parenting, Andrea is dedicated to helping young minds and their families navigate the big and small changes that come with child development by encouraging mindfulness and emotional connection.
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