Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide – Book & DVD
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About Red Chocolate Elephants
I feel upset and angry that my dad died... and there has been a lot of sad thoughts in my head...
My son really struggles with the fear of forgetting his dad, as he was only 5 when he passed away. The activities in the Red Chocolate elephant book and words on the DVD from other children grieving the loss of a parent to suicide has helped my son immensely. The Red Chocolate Elephant book is an amazing resource and I will be doing all I can to make sure this resource becomes readily available within our community.— Mother of 12 year old boy
John R. Jordan, PhD, International Author, Professional Advisor Survivor Council of American Foundation Suicide Prevention, Clinical Consultant Samaritans Boston Grief Support, commented:
“The Red Chocolate Elephants is a remarkable resource for children bereaved by suicide. In a world where children are forgotten mourners, this unique combination of text, pictures, and voices - all in the words of bereaved children themselves - is a treasured safe haven for young people to hear their fears, questions, and difficulties put into works by other children just like them.
This book and DVD will be an excellent resource for parent and child to use together in trying to face the suicide of a loved one. In writing and production, Red Chocolate Elephants, Dr. Diana Sands has given children everywhere who are bereaved by suicide a wonderful gift for beginning their journey of healing.”
The author Diana C. Sands, PhD, is the Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Service, Sydney, and has for over two decades provided community education, family counselling and group programs for adults, adolescents and children bereaved by suicide.
When a loved one dies by suicide there will be lots of confusing and different feelings that are hard to find the words for. Children need reassurance that they are loved and that nothing they did caused the death. Most children will have a limited understanding about what suicide means and will look for information from adults that they trust, to help them make sense of this raw and painful experience. Your readiness to listen, talk and support will assist their understanding and help them develop the resilience to cope...
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This important publication provides a sensitive and appropriate means of engaging with children around the difficult question of death through suicide. Red Chocolate Elephants will be a valuable tool for those supporting children in schools and other settings, and provides an important bridge into exploring this complex and confusing experience. I highly recommend it.—Christopher Hall, MAPS, Director, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Red Chocolate Elephants, with the directness of child-practical tips, and a caring therapist guidance, is an invaluable resource. I would have treasured this as a source of comfort after my mother died by suicide.— Dr. Nancy Rappaport, Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Director of School Based Programs in Child Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance
In this moving and beautiful book, children write and draw what it was like losing a parent to suicide. With disarming directness, they offer insights for other children facing such tragedy, for parents, carers and therapists supporting such children, and for anyone responding to suicide or grief and seeking to continue in life. I highly recommend this excellent work, its author and advisory team— Dr. Michael Dudley, Senior Specialist in Psychiatry, Sydney Children’s and Prince of Wales Hospitals and Chair, Suicide Prevention Australia
Red Chocolate Elephants provides a unique way of helping children, often forgotten mourners in suicide grief, cope with the loss of a loved one. No-one expresses it better than children and this is their opportunity to speak. The most important piece of all? Knowing their dads are still with them.— Dr. Michelle Linn-Gust, President-Elect, American Association of Suicidology
This small book conveys a great deal of wisdom that will assist children as they sort out their feelings when someone they love dies by suicide. Red Chocolate Elephants is a most therapeutic gift.— Dr. Ken Doka, Professor, The College of New Rochelle, Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America
This poignant DVD and book is a welcome edition to the field of suicide literature. Listening to the voices of the children, we are reminded not just of how suicide affects them, but also of what we can learn about loss from them.— Dr. Susan Delaney, Clinical Psychologist, Bereavement Services Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation
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Video: Dr. Sands talks on Open to Hope about helping children bereaved by suicide.
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