Using Books to Help Build
a Child’s Coping Skills

Bobby’s Books is a program that uses books to help children and adults deal with difficult issues. Using children's literature as a springboard for conversations will give kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.

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I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand...A Child's Guide to Grief and Loss
Dr. Pat Palmer

I Wish I Could Hold Your Hand

A best friend has moved away, Dad no longer lives with the family, or a favorite pet has died. This warm, comforting book gently helps grieving children identify their feelings and learn to accept and deal with them.

This books discusses the reality you feel when you lose someone. It helps to reinforce that you are not alone. It can often validate for a child a sense of understanding when they feel that no one knows what they are going through. It helps them to identify their feelings in an effort to express them.

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Hospice of Northwest Ohio is committed to providing support to the children in our community and we have provided Bobby’s Books training to nearly 70 schools in Northwest Ohio reaching to more than 25,000 students.

We are impressed with the Bobby’s Books program and curriculum.  We loved the fact that Pam Krenzke developed this easy to use tool for anyone who has the compassion and desire to help a child, of any age, cope with their grief. 

Bobby’s Books program empowers adults who are providing support to grieving children in a way that is unique to the loss.  The Train the Trainer session was informative, interactive and fun to participate in.  As grief counselors we have an understanding of what grief and loss for children looks like.  What makes the training session unique is it can be attended by anyone whether or not you have formal counseling training.  

The opportunities on how to use this program are endless and is only limited by the creativity of the individual using the program.  Another great tool within this program is the large bibliography offered regarding many types of grief/loss and for a variety of age groups including adults.  We recommend this program for your organization or community.  A must have program!!!

                           Dawn DeFalco, Bereavement Team Leader
                           Hospice of Northwest Ohio