Dear Brave Friend is one of the sweetest and universal children’s books that I have read in awhile. My favorite feature about the book is that it has journaling pages in the back. A place for kids to express their thoughts or a safe space to deal with loss.
The author wrote the book from the pet’s perspective, something I have not seen before. It’s about the pet reassuring the child that everything they are feeling is normal and everything will be ok in the end. The beauty of this book is that it can be about any loss. Death is inevitable, but love is eternal.
The author lets kids know that even though your loved one is not here in physical form, they will forever live in your heart. It reminds you to have your hearts open, still love, and still enjoy life. Take the memories of your time together and carry that with you for strength.
The illustrations, by Trish Murtha, are gorgeous. I want to say the kitchen illustration is my dream kitchen. So much talent in this cute book, and it’s great for kids and adults. Check out Mourning to Light Pet Loss and buy this book.