By Kerry DeBay
The Grief Bubble is a special workbook for children ages 6 and older who have experienced the death of someone special. The interactive format invites them to find expression for their thoughts and feelings, encouraging the exploration of their grief. A useful tool for parents, counselors, educators and other caring adults supporting children in grief.
About the Author:
Writer and illustrator Kerry DeBay is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Trauma Specialist. Kerry has been working with children and their families for over 15 years - a significant focus has been supporting children and their caregivers faced with the terminal illness or death of a loved one. The concept of The Grief Bubble came from this work with grieving children. It developed as a way to illustrate and explain the phenomenon - grief to the children were experiencing, helping to increase their understanding and awareness of their unique process, while normalizing their experience.
Kerry's understanding of a child's loss can only come from sensitively listening to their spoken and unspoken words. The Grief Bubble provides fresh air and hope for grieving children."
- Jim Gustafson, Education Coordinator, Hope Hospice - Ft. Myers, Florida.
"I strongly recommend The Grief Bubble to be utilized to empower children through their grieving. The activities provided are helpful, sensitive and practical. Additionally this resource offers a variety of opportunities for the child to express their grief as well as their new life experience."
- Doreen Cammarata, MS LMHC,
"I searched for a book like The Grief Bubble for my son back in 1999, when my daughter died. The simple message along with the permission to feel & hope for the future is a great gift for children (& their caregivers). Eight years after her death, this book has opened a new dialogue on a different level, about our family grief process. Thank you Kerry, for filling a void in children's grief books that has long been overlooked!"
- Dee (Jashoda) Trombetta, bereaved mother.
Paperback, B&W illustrations, 60 pages, 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.1 inches