LIFE STORY: On the Wings of a Butterfly author Belinda Messer explores how children deal with loss.
LIFE STORY: On the Wings of a Butterfly author Belinda Messer explores how children deal with loss. Inga Williams

Story from the heart heals kids

IT CAN be difficult to talk about grief, especially for younger children who might have never experienced the feeling before.

Having lost her father at a young age, Augustine Heights resident Belinda Messer knows first hand how confusing and upsetting it can be.

That tragic event has helped her to publish her fourth book titled “On the wings of a butterfly”, a special story to support conversations on grief and loss.

“This is a book really written from the heart,” she said. “It is a special story to help support families who are going through a difficult time, regardless of what kind of loss or grief they are experiencing.

“A child will be able to relate to the loss in this book, whether it be a family member, a friend or a pet, and it tells them that it is ok to feel sad or upset.

“But when I was writing the book, I didn’t want it to be a sad book.

“So the meaning of life goes on is brought home at the end of the book on a positive note, and will also bring about a sense of hope.”

Mrs Messer spent four months making the book and also consulted with a clinical psychologist, a professional counsellor and a disability, grief and loss counsellor throughout the process.

She has also started working on a number of new titles which she hopes to release soon.

For the release of this book, Mrs Messer will be having a book launch at 6.30pm on Wednesday, June 8 at Bookface Orion, Springfield Central.

Send your RSVP to donelle@bookface.net.au.



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