Our Story: A Memory Book
by Mel Erickson, is 38 pages of exercises designed to enable children to navigate their grief, tell their story, and better understand and express their grief. It is an interactive tool you can use to help a child learn, heal, and grow through their grieving process, while bonding with you, the helper. Each page can become a springboard for conversation, promoting griefwork as a family around topics like "Favorite Things," "An Acrostic for _____,
" "Toilet Bowl Love," and "Treasured Memories" Pages like "My Silent Hurting Heart," "My Grief Bundle," "The Behaviors of Grief," and "How My Family Has Changed" increase understanding of the grief experience.
With a completed Our Story Memory Book, a child no longer needs to worry about forgetting the person who died. As a keepsake, it may also be an invaluable support when grief inevitably recycles in later years, especially in adolescence. It will enable him or her to reconnect with once-fresh feelings, memories, and perspectives of their loss.