Child Welfare League of America

Can You Hear Me Smiling?

Aariane R. Jackson

Can You Hear Me Smiling? The death of a sibling is among the most traumatic losses a child can endure, and yet few resources exist to help children address this unique and devastating experience and its aftermath. In Can You Hear Me Smiling?, Aariane Jackson, the book's 9-year-old author, recounts with honesty, tenderness, and courage the story of her older sister's illness and passing. Aariane's heartfelt narrative gently leads young readers through the range of emotions she experienced during this difficult time: from a very close sibling relationship that nonetheless had its share of squabbles to Aariane's confusion, guilt, and fear regarding Londee's illness- and through a little girl's intense grief at the loss of her sister to her gradual sense of understanding, acceptance, and peace. With a preface by Aariane and Londee's mother and an afterword by two leading children's grief therapists, Can You Hear Me Smiling? communicates to young survivors of a sibling death that they are not alone.

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Price: $9.95
CWLA Stock Number: 8357
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN-13: 9780878688357