Remember Me When… Creating Memories To Last A Lifetime
By Todd Williams
Illustrated by Ciara Compton
Do you know how you’d like to be remembered by the children you love after you’ve gone to heaven? In this special memory book, share the many ways we can remember each other, from eating strawberries in the spring to playing dress-up with friends and watching fireflies light up the summer skies. Then add your own family memories to create a lifelong keepsake. With joyful, full-page color illustrations reflecting the diversity of God’s children, Remember Me When… celebrates the moments children have shared with family and friends and provides an opportunity to talk about the inevitable reality of death and grief and how God comforts us in those times. In a season where grief from the COVID-19 pandemic will become more public and a shared international experience, Remember Me When… will empower families to mourn in healthy, positive ways. This legacy book also includes a blank page for writing in your own remembrance.
The sentiment behind this book is just beautiful. We all want to be remembered when we leave this Earth to go to Heaven. This book shows children that they can keep the memory alive in everything they do. Sometimes in death it’s hard to feel a positive, but this book shows us such a great way to do just that. I love the diversity of children portrayed throughout the book, it encompassed all of God’s children. Great book make sure to check it out!
About The Author
Author, Todd Williams Shares the Inspiration Behind Remember Me When…
Three years ago, as a hospice chaplain, I had a talk with a grandmother wanting to talk to her grandkids about dying and being remembered.
She said, “Surely, there’s a book I can read to them so that it’s not scary. And I don’t stumble as I talk.”
We couldn’t find a book. Then I asked her, “What does it mean to you?”
She said, “There’ll be a day I won’t be present. I want to talk about how I can be remembered. As a child when I was on top of the swing and just before I start to fall back, I remember the butterflies in my stomach. That’s how I want my grandkids to remember me. I love to push them behind the swing and hear their giggles.”
I drew a swing with the words, “Remember Me When…”
Just before she died, she looked at me and said, “You are going to write that book, right?”
Yes, I have. It’s beautifully illustrated by Ciara Compton.I hope this book allows you to have those conversations. Also, at the end of the book, there’s a place to create your own family memory.
Todd Williams is a hospice chaplain in Houston, Texas.
Ciara Compton is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Huge thanks to Smith Publicity for gifting me this book in exchange for my honest review. To get your hands on a copy just click the link below!
Thank you for joining me today, have a wonderful day!