Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine, written by Diana Crossley and illustrated by Kate Sheppard is an activity book for bereaved children that we often recommend to Parents and Schools.
Children can dip in and out of the activities; picking the ones that they are interested in. We have been fortunate enough to see it in use and it has allowed for children to complete activities with their families or with trusted members of staff. In completing the activities, children often find it easier to talk about their loss with the trusted adult.
Don’t just take our word for it though! Here is a review of the book from a pupil who used it last year, with the support of a Pupil Support Assistant:
“Someone close to me died I was really upset.
Sometimes I struggled to stay in class.
This activity book helped me remember good memories about the person. It also helped to talk about the person.
The memory jar was my favourite activity in the book it was my favourite because it was fun to do.
Sometimes it helped me distract myself from being upset.
I brought the jar home and still sometimes look at it to remind me about the person.”
By Aiden, Primary 7