Spruce Street Books

About The Book

The Week I Tore Up My Book: Recognizing Grief Expression in Young Children, is now available at sprucestreetbooks.com.

Author and certified thanatologist, Laura Watts, desires to create open spaces for people to talk about death and to grieve without shame. This book serves as a tool for children to explore their emotions and behaviors associated with grief, and to guide conversations within the family about this difficult aspect of life. It is intended as a means of support in personal and professional settings; in the family room and the funeral home.
Here's what readers are saying:

"The Week I Tore Up My Book gives us a succinct guide on how to talk gracefully about death & grieving. For parents & professionals alike, it’s an indispensable resource."  Joel, Medellin, Colombia

"A beautifully written book that I feel could help a wide age range of children who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. I read it to my four year old after we lost our beloved family dog, and it led us to a very healthy and constructive conversation about the incredibly complex topic of death. I am so thankful to Laura for writing this book." - Kaitlin, New Orleans, LA

“I have been working in organ donation with grieving families for ten years now, and it is obvious that this subject needs more attention. The author’s handling of this difficult topic is as moving as it is illuminating for children and parents struggling with loss.” - Buck, Louisville, KY

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Also availble at Blue Cypress Books in New Orleans.