You Smile Again
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About You Smile Again
YOU SMILE AGAIN is a book that should be in homes and schools because it is a tool that helps parents and teachers when a death happens in the life of a child regardless of their religious beliefs.
Sooner or later, we all face the death of a beloved one and, unfortunately, children are not an exception. It is in these moments when adults, sometimes overwhelmed with the same sorrow, face the reality of not knowing what to tell the children. The adult himself has problems processing his grief, and the child goes through the days with a distress he doesn’t know how long will it take or if someday it will stop hurting.
No child should face the sadness that the death of a loved one brings, without having a prior preparation showing him that what he feels is a temporary state.
Death and sadness are natural situations of life. Children have the right to know what the meaning of these states of life before facing a sudden experience. This is why it is important to have tools to help both, parents and teachers.
To a child, the death of a loved one is a time of uncertainty. Many adults and even other children will be willing to explain what happened to the loved one that died, but they will not talk about what is going to happen to the child.
The child does not know if that state of sadness is permanent or if it will stop hurting at some point. Adults often do not know what to say to the child, because they do not understand what they feel.
The child needs to know the truth.
The parents are the ones to treat the subject of death. Talk about it as often as necessary, so that it becomes clear that death is part of life, that it is not something out of the ordinary.
In the case of mortality, it is important for the child to be close to a trusted adult (preferably one of the parents), to whom he can express what he feels. A serene adult who explains to the child that it is okay to feel sad or scared.
“YOU SMILE AGAIN” is a support material for those cases in which the death of the loved one already happened, but also so that the child becomes familiar with the inevitable, as is the case of sudden deaths.
There are many types of farewell rituals for loved ones, precisely, for this reason, I do not touch the subject in this book, but it is also advisable to explain to the child the process of the different traditions.
“YOU SMILE AGAIN” is my small contribution so that the subject of death ceases to be a taboo.
“YOU SMILE AGAIN” is the book I would have loved to have when I was nine years old, my father died, and I was sorrowful and confused.
So that no other child has to feel as I felt is the reason I wrote and illustrated “YOU SMILE AGAIN.”
Silvia Ramírez de Aguilar P.
Silvia Ramírez de Aguilar P.
Silvia Ramírez de Aguilar P. is a Mexican writer. She comes from two families of journalists and writers, reason why she has always been immersed in the world of books.
She started writing stories when she was a girl. Later, she collaborated with one of the most important newspapers in Mexico City with articles in the culture section. She also worked as the editor of a publication in an important company.
She has had a blog for some years (www.cuentosrecuentosyrenacuajos.blogspot.com) where she publishes her stories. She has followers from the whole world.
Besides YOU SMILE AGAIN, she published the book “SERVILLETAS AMARILLAS Y OTRAS HISTORIAS DE LA VIDA REAL” (Yellow Napkins and Other Real Life Stories).
She is currently working on a stories’ book.