The Memory Box

      A Book About Grief


We all have various memories that we want to remember when someone passes. ‘The Memory Box A
Book About Grief’ is all about a little girl that learns one of the biggest lessons in one’s life. She
wonders about many questions about what happens after one loses a loved one. One question is ‘What
happens to your love?’ Joanna has written a story of remembrance and how one must/can remember the
one that passes away.

Book about Grief  This is a book that shows ways we can deal with the memories of those we have lost. ‘The Memory Box ‘a book about grief helps to
teach coping skills in dealing with grief. We are allowed to show the various emotions of missing one
that was lost in one’s life.

‘The Memory Box’ is a good book that teaches readers how to deal with various issues and how we can
keep loved one’s with us till we meet them again. It is a picture book that shows the various emotions
that children and adults share at a time like this. At the end of the book there are two questions that
adults can ask children at a time like this: ‘Will I forget my loved one?’; ‘What do I do with my
feelings?’ If you know a child who is dealing with loss, here are some ways you can help them process
their grief?’ Answers are given as examples, but in working through grief there really is no right or
wrong. This is an experience of living that we all must learn and make decisions depending. The Memory Box itself is a great idea. Saving things that reminds you of the one you lost.


The Memory Box is a 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards winner–a contest intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.A parent guide in the back includes information on helping children manage the complex and difficult emotions they feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

I’m scared I’ll forget you…”

From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together


About the Author

Joanna Rowland is from Sacramento, California where she lives with her husband and three children. She teaches in elementary school and writes picture books. Her books include The Memory Box: A Book About Grief, Stay Through The Storm, Always Mom; Forever Dad and The Monstructor. In the summers you’ll find her by the pool watching synchronized swimming, in the mountains, on the coast, or reading behind a good book.


The Memory Book ‘A Grief Journal for Children and Families
Joanna Rowland
Thea Baker
ISBN: 978157819
Beaming Books
63 pages
We all need a place to write and share our memories of losing someone special. This is a physical journal book that could be used in conjunction with ‘The Memory Box’ also written by Joanna Rowland and Thea Baker. Each part of this journal gives a personal page remembering a place to tell about who died, and in general a place to write, draw, and share what you and the deceased had in common and also share wanderings, fears, and hopes and that is okay with you to remember them. One of my favorite activities is on page 30 ‘Today I’m asking everyone about their favorite memories of you (the deceased). This works, but only if one’s asked want to do it. On page 34, there is an activity that asks
and thinks about the special times and what we’d planned to do and that the deceased will always be
with you. Another activity that is used is to as to write a letter to the deceased and how losing them
affects(ed) them in living the memories of the deceased and just being able to share with others, and if
the reader (writer) is having trouble accepting could be shared with them, if needed. A perfect journal
book that serves a purpose and the loved one’s did.


The Memory Book, Rowland has created a beautiful grief journal to help readers put her methods into practice. The Memory Book helps grieving families process their emotions together by remembering their lost loved one and creating their own memory album full of photos and keepsakes of the person they lost. With gentle prompts and ideas for journaling, drawing, and talking through grief, this journal will bring comfort in the midst of loss and be a keepsake for families for years to come.

   Both of these books are available on AMAZON

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