Supporting children through literature after the loss of their sibling

Toni Watson 

Supporting children through literature after the loss of their sibling    


Toni Watson (previously Toni Tattis) is an Australian Author providing literature support for young children after the loss of their sibling. Her inspiration are her three beautiful earth children and her seven precious children she holds in her heart.

The loss of a baby through Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant loss, is not only a devastating experience for parents, but the loss of a brother or sister can affect children in many ways too. 

Validating young children's feelings is incredibly important but often parents are unsure of how to guide and support them through their grief. I Have a Baby Sister in Heaven, Toni's first published book, gently addresses grief in young children and offers parents a place to begin that special conversation.


Toni hopes to provide a space for parents to introduce a dialogue with their child about the loss of their sibling, and to keep that dialogue open and flowing, through her beautifully illustrated picture book as well as her simple and honest choice of language. Their sibling remains a very special member of the family; their brief life meaningful and their memory sacred. When we show children beautiful, positive ways to remember and honour their sibling amongst the sadness, we are lifting their hearts with light, filling their hearts with love and warming their hearts with a great big hug. Most importantly, we are giving them tools to help them continue through their life experiences and understandings.

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