HELP­ING CHIL­DREN WITH GRIEF

Daniela We­ber knows how crip­pling grief can be but through her own grief she had to find a way to ex­plain to her young son why he was no longer go­ing to be a big brother.

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - BY BEV JOR­DAN

The poem she wrote to Cooper is the ba­sis for the beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated chil­dren’s book ti­tled, My Sis­ter Lives in Heaven Now.

Il­lus­trated by Di­lara Niriella, the book was launched at The Hills Women’s Shed in Baulkham Hills last Satur­day. All pro­ceeds will go to the Feel the Magic foun­da­tion which has been a huge sup­port her son who is now eight.

“Cooper was ex­cited about be­ing a brother,” said Daniela “but I found out at my 20-week scan that some­thing was wrong.”

The baby girl she was car­ry­ing was di­ag­nosed with Dandy Walker Syn­drome in 2017.

The con­di­tion caused her brain to stop de­vel­op­ing at 17 weeks’ ges­ta­tion although her body con­tin­ued to de­velop.

“I found it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to ex­plain death and the process of grief to my son.”

It was then Daniela de­cided to write him a poem.

‘I used it as a tool to nor­malise the process and stages of grief in a way which he could un­der­stand and re­late to.”

She said de­cid­ing to turn the poem into a book to help oth­ers has been “a bit­ter-sweet” jour­ney.

“I am glad I did it be­cause it has been re­ally good for my own heal­ing and it hon­ours my daugh­ter, Aura” “Cooper loves the book.”

“He even built up the courage to read it out loud at the book launch. I was so proud of him. The book is ac­tu­ally ded­i­cated to Cooper in lov­ing mem­ory of his baby sis­ter Aura.“

Cooper has at­tended Feel the Magic Camps which has been very pos­i­tive for him.

The launch raised $500 for Feel the Magic and sales from the book will with fur­ther fundrais­ing. The cost is $19.99 which in­cludes postage. To or­der email daniela.we­[email protected] com.au

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