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Remembering Sundays with Grandpa by Lauren Kerstein & Nanette Regan

Remembering Sundays with Grandpa is a heartwarming story about bereavement. Sensitively written, it can help a child work through their grief after the loss of a grandparent or another special person.

The Story: Sundays aren’t the same since Henry’s Grandpa died, they used to spend every Sunday together. Henry is sad that Grandpa has gone but with Mom’s help he realises that he can still experience Grandpa’s love by recreating special memories.

Mom tells Henry that Grandpa’s body was fragile but his love will live on forever. As Henry’s Sunday with Mom unfolds they remember the funny voices that Grandpa used to do when he read stories, the cucumbers that gave him hiccups and the funny faces he made. And baking cookies helps Henry create a new Sunday tradition that keeps his memories of Grandpa alive.

Nanette Regan’s gorgeous, pastel coloured illustrations are oozing with love and empathy as Mom helps Henry come to terms with their new family situation. A rocking chair, a music box and simple experiences that are familiar to many children help Henry start to come to terms with life without Grandpa.

Remembering Sundays with Grandpa is a wonderful book to stimulate discussions about loved ones who are no longer with us and the memories that we have of them. Talking about loss and grief can be hard but this gentle, heartwarming story can be used in a one to one situation or in a classroom to help children who are working through their emotions after a bereavement.

Age Range: 3+

Author: Lauren Kerstein / Illustrator: Nanette Regan

Thank you to Suzy Senior for sending a review copy of this beautifully reassuring picture book.

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8 responses to “Remembering Sundays with Grandpa by Lauren Kerstein & Nanette Regan”

  1. RaisieBay avatar

    This story has bought a tear to my eye. I remember Sundays with my Dad, we’d go to the bluebell woods or the park, or sometimes watch the horses in the field and let them feed from our hands. We’d also visit the brook and on sunny days he’d let me paddle in it. Sundays with my Dad have always held so special memories. He passed away when I was very young, I only wish I’d had someone work through my grief with me but my family believed that ‘children’ should not be exposed to death and grief and he just wasn’t mentioned anymore. A story like this is a great way to show how parents should behave with a grieving child.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that when we were younger our parents thought that shielding us from the reality of death helped to protect us. But I have several friends who have suffered in later life because they weren’t helped to grieve as a child. This is a fabulous picture book to support children through that process.

  2. Carol avatar

    You always find the nicest books that deal with real problems – like bereavement. A gentle approach with small steps for a child. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      This is a beautifully sensitive picture book to support children through bereavement and I love the way that Henry comes up with his own way of remembering Grandpa on a Sunday 🙂

  3. Lisa | Handmade in Israel avatar

    Oh gosh! This is wonderful. I could have used this book when my boys were young. My mum came to visit and passed away when she was staying with us.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Oh my goodness Lisa, that is so sad. That must have been a really difficult time for you all 🫂

  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a lovely, thoughtful story. I can imagine this really helping children with the loss of a grandparent. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a gorgeous story, really gentle and supportive 🙂