Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


Children who have lost a parent will benefit from reading a story that helps them cope with the loss of a parent and the emotions they feel during the grieving process. The focus of this research project is a child's resiliency to the loss of her father. It is during the grieving process that the book created as a part of this research project will help children understand that what they are feeling is normal and that life goes on after loss.

This research project is a realistic fiction, free-verse novel that captures the emotions, feelings, and thoughts of an 8 year old girl who lost her father. The poetry book is written in first-person, by the researcher, from her daughter's point-of-view. The focus of this book is the implementation of a strength-based approach to the grieving process which allows bereaved children the resiliency to handle death and move forward in life.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger


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