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Where Do We Go?: The Good Grief Book - The death of a loved one is difficult enough for an adult to understand and cope with; imagine how much more difficult it is for a child! Where Do We Go? delicately explores the theme of death in a child-friendly fashion with reassuring, thought-provoking text and cheerful illustrations. With compassion and sensitivity, James F. Weinsier addresses the age-old, complex question: Where do we go when we die? In the words of Laura Duksta, author of the New York Times bestseller I Love You More, Where Do We Go? Brings joy, play and ease to what is often an awkward conversation. Its message is a precious tool that will open the hearts and imagination of its readers to a greater awareness of love, life and beyond! Where Do We Go? The Good Grief Book is as helpful to children as it is to the adults challenged with the bewildering task of discussing death with them.
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Born in New York City in 1945, James Weinsier was raised on Long Island. He received an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from Nassau Community College (Long Island, NY) in 1964, and then served in the U. S. Navy. Upon completing his tour of duty, he resumed his education at the University of Miami, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. With education behind, it was time to work in the family s refrigerated warehouse and distribution business in New York, New Jersey and Florida. In 1972, he jumped into the interior design industry. Coupled with partner Virginia Hottel, James handled all of the administrative aspects of the business, while Virginia did the actual design work. In 1980 the business was phased out, as Virginia had to leave south Florida to take care of her ailing mother. James joined his brother in the lake management business for a short period of time, which led to his next venture of designing, manufacturing, and servicing lake fountains. Selling the business in 2006, he and his wife retired in Fernandina Beach, FL., where they reside today. His attempt at writing emerged in 1996, when in anticipation of his daughter s twenty-first birthday (knowing she would be moving on with her life upon graduating from the University of Florida), he decided to give her something special . In search of gift ideas, he began jotting down memories of the time they shared. Still pondering...he found the answer was right under his nose, the intangible times of their life together. While the flashbacks were still fresh in his mind he ran out and purchased a blank journal and began to write. Finding trouble writing in prose, such as tying thoughts together, and basically hitting a stone wall at every turn, he tried his hand at verse, or poetry. Before he knew it, the hundred page journal was a full collection of thoughts. The gift meant so much to his daughter, he continued giving her journals for the next seven years. Exposed to some of the selections in the books, family members and friends asked if he would write poems for special occasions. Somewhere during each conversation you should write a book would pop up. Dismissing the notion as merely an insert buried within the Thank you , coupled with the fact that there was little spare time for such a project, the idea went in one ear and out the other, until 2002 when his father would turn ninety. A large party was planned, and this time around he didn t have to think about a special gift . Rewriting several of his favorite selections-making them somewhat generic, he presented his father with his first published book of poetry, Here...and Afterthoughts . The book turned out to be an idiosyncratic, tender look at life written by a father to his daughter. Loving parental messages all of us can relate to, these poems reflect the little details of life we take for granted, while reassuring, and giving kind advice. The purpose is to say the things we neglect while Here ...and to leave behind some everlasting Afterthoughts . Three years later, and shortly before his father's passing, James authored a second book of poetry, More...Thoughts . Over a nine month period in 2006, James experienced the devastating losses of three family members spanning four generations; his father, his son, and his grandson. In response to the pertinent questions from his other young grandchildren about where do we go after we die, James wrote a children s book Where Do We Go? . A couple of weeks after the book was published 'wondrous' events started taking place. James' daughter gave birth to a second son-within minutes of the passing of her first son two years earlier, and they both went 'home' on their tenth day.Review:
The author's sensitivity in addressing the complex questions, Where Do We Go? combined with delightful illustrations, make this book a tribute to love. --Rose Martin, RSM, Ph.D. Life Long Educator
Where Do We Go?: The Good Grief Book; brings joy, play and ease to what is often an awkward conversation. Its message is a precious tool that will open the hearts and imaginations of its readers to a greater awareness of love, life, and beyond! --Laura Duksta, author of New York Times Best Seller I Love You More
This book is wonderful! It captures the individual and collective hope for another kind of life after an earthly death in positive, readily identifiable terms. --Ms. Leslie Kiewra, Elem. School Counselor
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