Last year, Rosedale Funeral Home were contacted by the co-founders of Inspired Goodbyes, to help support the launch of ‘It’s Not Fair’. Rosedale were invited to support the book and donate through crowd funding to assist with the funding of the illustrations and publishing costs.
Not only is this book special in that it assists children with understanding death and grief but families have been offered the opportunity to include a dedication to their loved one they have lost. Through the crowd funding, families were given the opportunity to donate a set amount so that they could immortalise their loved one forever in illustration which is then featured within the book or to have their name included on the front page of the book.
“When we first heard about the idea of this new bereavement book for children, we knew we wanted to support it as much as we could” says Simon Beckett-Allen, director of Rosedale. “Supporting bereaved children is something that we are very passionate about and the ideas on how to include loved ones are so unique, we signed up straight away”.
“I lost my sister suddenly last year and had been looking for a way to respectfully pay tribute to her life and this was just the tribute as not only does Sarah appear within the pages of this book along with her beloved Labrador Milly but it is for a brilliant cause. Sarah would love that she was able to assist children have a better understanding of bereavement and grief.”
“It’s horrible when someone we love dies. It’s hard enough for adults to comprehend, imagine how difficult it is for little ones. Even though some resources are out there for small children, we don’t think there are enough. This is why we’ve written ‘It’s Not Fair!’” said Helen Lawson and Sophia Lucop-Leech of Inspired Goodbyes “The book is designed for younger children and uses appropriate jokes and language. it’s funny, silly, even a little bit daft in places but it gives children permission to let their feelings out as well as let them know it’s okay to have fun sometimes. It might even make them smile. We don’t want to give away the whole book just yet but the last two pages go like this: You can say their name loud and remember their face and you can know that you’re loved and in a very safe place”.
Rosedale have a copies of ‘It’s Not Fair’ in their children’s book baskets in each of their funeral homes which are available to borrow.