Children's Books Honoring Deceased Loved Ones
I don't typically spend time writing long product reviews, but I had such a good experience recently that I wanted to share it.
My partner's Mom passed away a few years before we met. When we found out we were having a baby it was bittersweet for him; he would have to go through the whole process without his mama. We struggled with how we would approach talking about Charla (his mom) to Bowie (our daughter). We wanted to do it in a way that would honor her without having to mention death or an afterlife (subjects we think are just too heavy for a baby).
Luckily, I was put in contact with Juliette Eames.
As part of Zachary Keith Oden's Father's Day gift, I partnered with Juliette and was able to help curate the most darling children's book about Zach's mom and her life. The book touches on many of Charla's passions and gives a basic timeline of important family events. The best part is that it's all done in the sweetest, most child-friendly way you could imagine. There's even a page at the end to include real photographs or write your own favorite memories.
Needless to say, my partner was very emotional when he received the gift. Now we have a tangible thing to hand our daughter and a way to facilitate discussions as she gets older. As a side note, I ordered a second copy for Zach's dad (he was my co-conspirator when it came to family history) and he got a little misty eyed as well, especially when I told him I envision him reading it to all his grandbabies someday. The cost was exceptionally affordable when you consider the amount of personal details Juliette included. I cannot recommend this service enough. Its great for people that have experienced loss but would also be a great way to honor a living family member as well. I have so much gratitude for Juliette and her amazing team.
Juliette doesn't have a website at the moment, but you can click the button below to send her an email.
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Amanda Paulus is a writer, designer and stay-at-home mom (but not like a regular mom, a cool mom). She lives in Atlanta with her five month old daughter and her 408 month old partner.