Why Did Daddy End His Life?
Why Did He Have to Die?
A Children’s Suicide Bereavement Book
Samantha Pekh, M.A., is a Registered Psychologist who supports children, teens, and their families through trauma and the loss of suicide.
This children's book provides a tool for parents to support their children through loss by suicide. It is written for children from the perspective of a child.
About the Book
This book, which is written for children between the ages of five and twelve years, provides a resource that parents and caregivers can use to support and guide their children through the difficult process of suicide bereavement.
Explaining suicide is not a task that parents are usually prepared for. Parents and caregivers often feel lost and overwhelmed at the prospect of having to discuss suicide with their children.
Written from the perspective of a child, this illustrated story provides a fictional character for children to relate to. The story guides children through the difficult emotions they may feel, but often find difficult to express. It ends by reassuring children that they can survive the pain of their loss, even though it currently feels unbearable.
The parent or caregiver should read this book with their children. It provides parents with a means to explain suicide and suicide bereavement in a way that a child can understand, while also giving their children permission to talk openly about their loss.
The purpose of this book is to increase the sense of connection between parents/caregivers and children and to help children feel understood and supported.
In the supplementary parent’s guide, the author answers some of the common questions that arise for parents and caregivers, and covers specific examples of how they can respond to their child when discussing the suicide.
Why Did Daddy End His Life? Why Did He Have To Die?
A Suicide Bereavement Book for Parents and Children
About the Author
Samantha Pekh, M.A., is a Registered Psychologist, a Certified Traumatologist, and an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner. She is the director of PsychSolutions, Inc., a private clinic based in Edmonton, Alberta and she specializes in the areas of trauma, bipolar, and suicide prevention and bereavement.
As a trauma therapist, Samantha supports children, adults, and families through their losses and painful experiences, supporting them towards healing and being able reclaim their lives.
In the area of bipolar, she supports people diagnosed with bipolar and their loved ones learn how to effectively manage bipolar and stressors that contribute to worsened symptoms, to strengthen family relationships, and to build strong self-care and support plans.
In the area of suicide prevention and bereavement, she helps individuals who are at risk of suicide by guiding them back to mental wellness while also addressing the distress causing their suicidal thoughts. Often, this support involves chosen support people so that an effective support team can be put into place.
Her children's book was written to provide an additional resource for families and children who have lost someone to suicide. This book was informed and inspired by the experiences and deep wisdom of the people she has had the privilege to support during their loss journeys.