Fine Niche Reading for Families or Friends of Families Who Experience Sudden Death Syndrome
How does a family deal with the most difficult event it may ever face?
I hope by getting the help they need. Author, Jewel Sample, and illustrator, Lori Kiplinger Pandy, have
written Flying Hugs and Kisses and an accompanying workbook with the same title to help families who
suffer from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is also an excellent resource for the families associated
with them -relatives and neighbors. Everyone will need both understanding and comfort.
This book does not mince or dodge away from the idea of death, of losing a loved one -that would only make a
child uncomfortable. It might make him or her feel that there was shame attached to the event. The fears of
surviving children -the idea that if death could come so easily to a baby it might come easily to them- are met
head-on as well. Still, this is a sensitive book, one that assures those who must face this kind of event that
joy still exists in the world, and helps them to find. it.
I also highly recommend the activity book, which will help those affected work though their feelings. The
book includes a few pages that give children practice in handling an emergency. Some of the activities have
nothing to do with the subject at hand, a welcome relief. Some help with important concepts like celebrating
life and events like funerals.