• Kate Armon

Book Corner - The Invisible String


When I was a marriage celebrant it was part of our job to do ‘ongoing professional development’. This involved six hours of study in the area of marriage celebrancy. This included anything from how to write a good ceremony to running your social media pages.


As Funeral Celebrants sadly this is not a requirement by law. But, as we travel our journey as Funeral Celebrants we have come to realise just how important knowledge is, and that although study is not compulsory it is absolutely vital in our profession.




Even after 12 years in the industry we are still learning. We learn from the families we help, the amazing funeral directors we work with and by asking for feedback after we have been involved in a service. We want to be the best we can possibly be, and give our all to the families that come into our care. We want to know that when we have helped a family that the service was everything they wanted and they felt cared for and looked after with empathy and love.


To further our education Craig and I have decided to read every book we can find on grief and loss and then share our thoughts with you. We have done this for two reasons. The first is to have a better understanding of grief ourselves, so that we are in a better position to help our clients when we are planning funerals. The second reason, is that we want to be able to suggest books that might be helpful to our families struggling with their grief and loss.


For our first book review, we have chosen a book called;

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst & Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Sadly, we have many families that come to us with young children who have either lost a parent, grandparent or sibling.


For children it is an incredibly difficult time, their feelings are difficult to understand. As adults we want to make everything better and wipe away their tears, but don’t really know how to start or what to say. Plus, we are dealing with our own grief and only just holding it together.


Today, I would like to introduce you to a sweet little book called ‘The Invisible String’ it is for a younger age group, and I would be tempted to put this on a young child’s reading list whether or not they are facing the loss of someone close. Its premise is that no matter how far you are from your loved one there is an invisible string that connects you. The book only briefly touches on death when one of the children asks “Can my string reach all the way to Uncle Brian in Heaven?” to which the reply is, “Yes, even there.”

It is a beautiful idea and even as an adult it touched my heart and I found myself thinking of all of my own invisible strings and it gave me a sense of peace. This is the sort of book that I would introduce to my children to when they are little and let the idea of Invisible strings become part of their mindset. As I said it does not directly deal with death but it does begin to touch on the idea.


The book has been received very well and is in fact a best seller, with five star reviews across the board. The author herself talks about the positive influence the book has had, helping with grief and healing for children. But also the effect it has had on adults, I can attest to this. Although simple with very few words it actually had a pretty profound effect on my adult brain.


We highly recommend this book to adults for their children and would give the book a solid 5 out of 5.

This book is available from our resource page.

Disclaimer

We read all books and give an honest and open review. All 4 and 5 star rated books then become available via our resource page. We are an affiliate of Booktopia.


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