We will be hosting a special event at the bookshop for Children's Grief Awareness Day on Saturday, November 20th, at 2PM with 11-year-old author Seldon Peden. We will be discussing his book, The Good Mourning, which he wrote to help other children understand the process of grief while providing coping mechanisms. The author will be donating part of his book proceeds to the Foundation for Camp Hands of Hope.
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The Good Mourning is a kid's support guide for grief and mourning death. The book helps other boys and girls deal with the loss of a parent, grandparent, other close relative, or friend. The Good Mourning is an easily read book that helps children process, from a peer's perspective, the broad range of emotions, thoughts, and pain experienced after the loss of a loved one. In a warm and conversational manner, the young author, whose mother died just before his 5th birthday, is supportive, uplifting, informative and transparent. This book was written by a kid who experienced loss and grief... for kid's who are experiencing loss and grief. The Good Mourning is a conversation among peers that adults are welcomed into, as it is also for invaluable to any adult who raises, cares for, or loves a child in grief and mourning. It is age-appropriate, understandable, relatable, and applicable. More importantly, it equips its readers with tools to help them take control of how they mourn. This book helps children grieving the death of a parent, grandparent, or other loved one, understand more, process better, become stronger, and Get to Their Good Mourning!
Seldon Peden, II is a 5th grader at A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School in Greenville, SC. He is an honor roll student, 3-sport athlete, and avid history buff. Seldon's mother passed away when he was 4 years old. However, he continues to overcome, and has established himself a leader among his peers. He has received the United States Congressional "I'm An Achiever" Award, as well as other academic and leadership awards from his school. Seldon is also a leader in his school's Grief Group, made up of students who've lost a parent or close family member. Seldon is an outgoing, fun-spirited pre-teen who loves playing sports, spending time with his family, and making new friends.