A Peaceful Piggy's Guide to Sickness and Death, Sadness and Love (Hardcover)
Helping children navigate and cope with the sickness and death of a loved one is a tough endeavor. This new book is a way to initiate the conversation and a great tool to use to guide your child through a difficult time. What I especially appreciate about this book, is the identification of feelings, and the concrete activities that can be practiced to ease discomfort. The back of the book contains an adult guide of various detailed activities that can calm and soothe troubled spirits.
-Virgie— From Après April Staff Picks
When someone we love gets sick, we little piggies worry! Luckily, there is one good thing we peaceful piggies can do: meditate.
When someone we love gets sick, we little piggies worry! It can feel scary when a person we care about is sick or in a hospital. Luckily, there is one good thing we peaceful piggies can do: meditate.
This is a story about love.
Experiencing a loved one’s illness or death is challenging for both children and their grownups. With three distinct sections to choose from—when someone we love is sick, dying, or has died—this guide will help you easily find soothing and practical mindfulness activities focused on what your young one needs in order to guide them through their big emotions and questions. These practices will help calm and empower children—and their grownups—as they discover they can still be with their loved ones through their heart connection, no matter where they are.
About the Author
Kerry Lee MacLean is the author and illustrator of several award-winning and bestselling picture books, including Moody Cow Meditates and Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Kerry has been leading family meditative arts workshops in North America, Australia, and Europe for fifteen years. She is the mother of five young adults who still employ meditation as an important tool in their busy lives.
“Every parent, teacher, therapist, and guardian should have this book on hand. At some point, all children will have a loved one who is sick or dying or has passed on. How I wish my mother had this book when my grandmother—who lived with us—and then my father both died before I was ten years old. Reading this gentle but powerful book took me back to that painful time as I imagined that I was the child to whom the author was speaking. A deep calm overcame me as I tried each of her mindfulness practices. My hope is that you’ll get this book now so you’ll be ready to help a young one when the time comes.”
— —Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick
“The loving voice of a grandmother’s wisdom emanates from the practical guidance and loving comfort provided on each page. MacLean’s latest is a must-have for every parent’s bookshelf and local library.”
— —Sumi Loundon Kim, author of Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings
“Kerry's Peaceful Piggy skillfully offers a way for children to process illness and death, topics that continue to be so often unspeakable, and yet so present in our lives. A beautiful and timely book that will be a most enriching addition to my therapy practice and my family.”
— —Sara Marlowe, therapist and author of No Ordinary Apple and My New Best Friend