Artistic development of a children's book, National Children's Grief Awareness Day, op-ed, Will You Hold My Story?

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day

traipsing home from school
Artist’s Sketch Meggi Beth in different perspectives
Busy woman in title Will You Hold My Story
Choosing the color scheme for the busy woman in Will You Hold My Story? picture book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The late Mister Rogers is quoted as saying, “It’s ok to not be ok.”

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day is a day to honor kids who are grieving – in any season – and particularly as we journey into the holidays.

Children need to feel safe inside the space of their sorrow.

They need to tell about it.

For Meggi Beth, it’s been hard lately to carry the weight of her grief story. In the book, “Will You Hold My Story?”, this lovable little girl is patiently waiting for someone else to ease her burden. In this endearing book for kids and grownups, Meggi Beth discovers two things: a secret and a story-bearer who becomes a treasured friend. Settle in and get acquainted with the delightful characters who stop by to comfort Meggi Beth.

You may even recognize yourself in the story.

Scene from Will You Hold My Story
Artist’s Sketch Old Man Passing By Meggi Beth
Sketch Will You Hold My Story
Artist’s Sketch Old Man’s Face Close up
Will You Hold My Story
Artist’s sketch Old Man Pats Meggi Beth
Will You Hold My Story
Artist’s Sketch Old Man Passing By

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“Will You Hold My Story?” by Kathy Joy, to be released February 2021.