Always Kiss Me Goodnight book cover. (Photo provided by Deborah Dickson)

Local author sheds light on child grief

Wingham based author Deborah Dickson is looking to shed light on child grief and what kids go through after the loss of a parent, grandparent, or other significant person in their life.

"Always Kiss Me Goodnight" was published on May 3 and the idea came from Dickson's own grief when she lost her mother.

"It's written for ages six to 12 and is the personal story about my loss of a loved one, my mom," said Dickson. "Everyone has their own personal journey for grieving and the storyline is intended to evolve through the eyes of a child."

Dickson said her intent for the book is to have it be a resource for families and the hard conversations that take place after a loved one is lost.

The book has garnered endorsements from various professionals in the community.

"My mom was my world," she said. "Her loss has made me more aware, more grateful for each day, and the family and friends around me. She wasn't there for my wedding, to know my husband, to meet our children, we would have had so much fun."

Dickson shared her personal story so family around little ones experiencing loss will be less daunting to navigate.

"I feel there needs to be additional resources for families to assist their young children to navigate through difficult conversations," she said. "Children's emotions need to be recognized. They need to be loved and in a safe environment. Losing a parent will seem like they've lost everything."

Her advice for anyone going through this is to monitor your child's behaviours and know when it's time to ask for professional help, if necessary.

If you're interested in getting a copy of the book, Dickson will be at Ladies' Night at the Old Mill in Blyth on June 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a signing.

In Wingham, another signing will be held at the Alice Munro Public Library on June 13 at 7 p.m. Shannon Mercer of Mental Health Matters Wingham will be a guest speaker.

A link to purchase online can also be found on Dickson's website.

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