Thursday, March 8, 2007

Besos y abrazos al aire (Flying Hugs and Kisses) Gets Selected

Current studies continue to indicate that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to be a leading cause of deaths for over 2,100 infants during the first year of life in the United States. It is neither preventable or predictable. As collaborative projects, continue throughout the United States medical research arenas searching to uncover the mystery of SIDS and affect positive outcomes for families, it becomes even more vital for professionals and families to come together, to not only support each other, but also to learn more about this silent unpredictable killer of babies.

It is my hope when SIDS silently strikes; we never forget there are siblings who enter the grief process with their parents and extended family members. Sometimes the grief and loss experience is too overwhelming and scary for parents to explain or give accurate information to their children of what happened to their baby brother or sister.

I wrote Flying Hugs and Kisses to help explain in simple terms what happens when someone dies, what children may think and feel when they experience the loss of a baby brother or sister; and most importantly, to explain that there is life after death.

My book is for children who are able to comprehend written material concepts with the goal in mind, to provide a resourceful tool that would help parents and professionals help children develop healthy attitudes about grief and loss.

Last year, 2006 it was translated into Spanish by a gifted and gracious translator, Lucero Tenorio-Gavin.

It is my pleasure to announce the National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center has selected Flying Hugs and Kisses' Spanish Language edition, Besos y abrazos al aire, (Lifevest Publishing. 2006) as a resource for grieving parents, their families, friends, and other caregivers. The English version was selected last fall.

Besos y abrazos al aire trata de cinco niños estadounidenses que asumen creativamente papeles de apoyo mutuo, mientras expresan sus propios sentimientos por la muerte de su hermano bebé. Esta sentida historia de duelo y recuperación es un gran recurso para ser usado por padres de familia para ayudar a sus hijos a entender y afirmar su experiencia en la pérdida de un hermano o hermana.
English translation: Flying Hugs and Kisses is about five children who creatively take on roles of support toward each other while showing their individual feelings about the death of their baby brother. This sensitive story of grief recovery is a great resource for parents to use to help their children understand and affirm their experience of the loss of a brother or sister.

Until researchers find a way to predict and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), may Flying Hugs and Kisses help children and their families heal from their grief and loss.

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