The Center is celebrating the achievement of another goal – the creation of a booklet that can be used by teachers, nurses, doctors, parents – anyone who comes into contact with, and wants to help, a grieving child.
Out Came the Sun is a labor of love that was two years in the making. Now a reality, the book is being distributed to schools, hospitals, churches, pediatrician’s office and other organizations to provide useful information about how to support a child who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
Every year the Center provides grief support services for over 1,500 children and adult caregivers. However, there are many more grieving children in San Antonio and surrounding counties who need comfort, support and understanding. For every one of these children, there is an adult parent or caregiver who is struggling to meet the needs of the child, while coping with their own grief. Out Came the Sun is designed to help these adults by providing descriptions of appropriate grief reactions, warning signs to watch for, recommendations for how to handle different issues, referrals to on-line support and helpful books and publications.
“It is our vision to be able to serve every grieving child in our community,” said Executive Director Marian Sokol, “But we know that is not realistic. We hope that by making this book available to as many people as possible, fewer children will find themselves walking the journey of grief alone, and more will be able to recover and lead healthy, productive lives.”
Thanks to Editor Michele Stanush for her insights and recommendations, and the team at TradeCraft for their creative guidance. The first printing of the book was made possible by a contribution from the San Antonio Pi Beta Phi Alumni Association. Already underway, the second printing was made possible by the Porter Loring Family.
The Center hopes to distribute Out Came the Sun to organizations and individuals who would find it most useful. If you would like to order a copy, you can CLICK HERE to contact the Center with your request.
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