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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-910852-3
    • 8.5 x 11.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 52 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-910853-0
    • 8.5 x 11.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 52 pages
  • Keywords
    • Grief for kids,
    • Grief for children,
    • Losing a sibling,
    • Death of a sibling,
    • Workbooks for kids,
    • Workbook for grief,
    • Coping with sibling grief

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Out of the Storm
A Therapeutic Activity Book for Kids who have Lost a Sibling
by Joanne Marks

Out of the Storm is a therapeutic, hands-on activity book that helps children navigate the turmoil of the loss of a sibling. Siblings experience grief very deeply, and every sibling relationship is unique. When a sibling dies, the remaining sibling often has to grow up faster than they should. Parents, who tend to get most of the attention from well-wishers, also have a lot to cope with at that time. Children can make their way through this workbook on their own, or with the help of a supportive adult. It covers all aspects of the grieving process, from going to the funeral (or missing it), making a plan for getting by day by day, and understanding the huge emotions they are struggling with. It guides the child through the process of grief, while comforting, explaining, and validating their feelings.

"Losing someone we love can feel like being lost at sea in a dangerous storm. We find calmer waters when we learn that there are things that death can't take from us." "The greatest value of Joanne’s work is not only that it provides a beacon of understanding for those children who have experienced a sibling death, but more importantly it also provides a path, step by step, back into the light." —Simon Trepel MD FRCPC Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Joanne Marks is a thanatologist who works with the dying and their families. She is a grief counsellor, has worked as an End-of-Life Doula, and volunteers with Palliative Manitoba. Marks loves working in all areas of death, dying, and bereavement care. Her focus is filling the shortage in areas of bereavement care that need more resources. Over the years, she has come to realize that there just aren’t the resources for children to work out their feelings about their loss of a sibling. That gap inspired her to create Out of the Storm. Marks lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with her husband, son, and beloved dog, Lazer.


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