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Puddle Jumper Publishing

Stories to Support Grieving Children

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Puddle Jumper Publishing helps caring adults support grieving children.  Talking about death with children can be a challenge - these stories will provide you with a framework for discussing death in a direct, concrete and supportive way. 

Each story is carefully crafted to explain how the death occurred in child-friendly terms and introduce the concept of grief.  The stories are designed to open a conversation about the 5 most common informational needs of grieving children (known as the 5Cs):

1.) They did not CAUSE it

2.) They will not CATCH it

3.) They cannot CURE it

4.) They will still be CARED for

5.) They will stay CONNECTED to the person who died 

All stories in the Puddle Jumper Publishing Collection contain reader's tips, conversational prompts, suggestions to support children's grief and helpful resources.  Appropriate for children 4 -12 years old. Honouring legacy is important to us, so each story is available in pronoun options to memorialize the person who died. 

Jumping in Puddles

"For adults grief is like wading through this enormous river, whereas for children it's puddle jumping, but when they're in that puddle it's no different to the river.

Julie Stokes, Winston's Wish

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Author & Illustrator

Thank you for visiting Puddle Jumper Publishing.  My name is Carla Mitchell, I am the author and illustrator of this collection of bereavement stories for children.  I am a registered social worker and end of life doula.  I provide bereavement support services, resource navigation and children's grief programming. 

I am the mother of three young children. The books were inspired by my clinical practice and personal experience of supporting my own grieving children. 

I believe that all children are capable of grieving and benefit from having supportive adults that can help them understand death and grief.  The best way to do this is through providing the child with honest, concrete and real information they can understand.


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