A new children's book to help children with loss
by Janet O'Connell
3 - 4
Illustrator, John McNees ,
John McNees has been a freelance illustrator / designer for over 18 years with a multitude of projects under his belt and has been recognized with art awards for several of his works. These illustrations are his first published for a children’s book.
John currently is an instructor of Graphic Design at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI. He has also instructed colored pencil classes at the Art Center of Battle Creek and other venues. His favorite art though is doing caricatures at festivals and fairs for many smiling faces. Married to Donna for 22 years, he has 2 daughters, Kelly and Molly and a son Michael, who left too early.
Author, Janet Marie O’Connell,
has written her first book, When They Died, Where Did They Go?, geared toward young children who have lost loved ones and are going through the grieving process. This Christian based book was derived from the author’s own personal experience of dealing with repeated deaths of family members whom she lost at an early age. Having taught elementary education for over 32 years, she became well aware of the lack of children’s books dealing with the grieving process. This became the catalyst for the author to create a book looking through the eyes of her elementary students which offers a positive book of hope, comfort, and conventional wisdom for young children. This book will generate a dialog between Christian parents and their children for a better understanding of coping with grief. When They Died, Where Did They Go? is a personal memorial for the loved one who is deceased. This is a book that will be reread as it is filled with joyful hope and promise. It is an excellent tool for parents, teachers, counselors, physicians, and clergy. In the near future, look for a second book from the author, God’s A, B, C’s which presents God’s loving creations in an alphabetic format to young children.