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The world can be a violent place. Although you try to shelter your children, terrible things can happen at any moment. As a parent, you want to protect them, but this isn't always possible. The best thing you can do for your children is make sure you are prepared to help them after a sudden death or other traumatic experience. Where Did My Friend Go? was written by clinical psychologist and child-development specialist Azmaira H. Maker, PhD, to help adults discuss a traumatic death and bereavement with children ages three to eight years old. Children will read along as the protagonist talks about the sudden loss of a friend and asks adults important questions about dying, grief, and safety. Dr. Maker has spent her career working with children and families. She understands how witnessing-or even simply hearing about-a violent and sudden death can leave children traumatized, frightened, and confused. Dr. Maker's new picture book allows children to cope with their feelings and questions in a calm and nurturing context. The book includes a guide for adults and a list of discussion questions to help children and adults talk honestly about the difficult emotions that arise after the sudden loss of a loved one. Through conversations, pictures, sculpture, playacting, and more, children can share their fears, learn how to cope, and receive appropriate reassurance about their own safety.
Azmaira H. Maker, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, loss, child development, and parenting. She has spent more than twenty years working with children and families. She has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Maker received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Hospital. Dr. Maker now works as a clinician, author, presenter, and consultant in San Diego, California. Her first book, Family Changes: Explaining Divorce to Children, won several awards from the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs. Dr. Maker is currently writing My Story: Coping with and Healing from Pregnancy Loss, and other books on IVF, anxiety management, and celebrating differences.