My Father's Words
But a terrible accident one day changes their lives forever, and Fiona and Finn O’Brien are left without a father. Their mother is at a loss. What words are there to guide them through such overwhelming grief?
At the suggestion of their friend Luke, Fiona and Finn volunteer at an animal rescue shelter where they meet two sweet dogs who are in need of comfort, too. Perhaps with time, patience, and their father’s gentle words in their hearts, hope will spark once more.
Building Memories after a Death
When Fiona and Finn's father, a psychologist, is killed in a car accident, the children and their mother (who is getting a degree in something "between philosophy, dance and making brushed wool dolls for preschoolers) have a hard time dealing with everything. One of the father's patients, a young man named Thomas, asks if he can call every Monday at 6:50 to give Finn a pleasant memory of his father. Also trying to help is Finn's neighbor, Luke, who suggests that they visit shelter dogs to read to them. Eventually, the family adopts a dog, Jenny. This helps a little, and the family slowly creates a new version of normal for themselves.
There's no shortage of middle grade literature dealing with the death of one or both parents, but this is a gentle book to address the younger end of the spectrum which might not be ready for longer books like Erica S. All Three Stooges, Stevens' The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley or Gephart's Death by Toilet Paper.