The death of a loved one is never easy to understand, let alone speak about. But for a little girl whose father has just died, the hardest thing is figuring out how to say goodbye. As Mommy makes funeral arrangements and tries to figure out the best way to say goodbye to a man who was loved by many, the little girl must find her own way to come to peace with her father’s death. As the funeral gets closer, will she find a way to say goodbye?
Targeted Age Group:: 8-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote this book to help any family experiencing grief and also for those young readers who might need help in understanding someone else who is going through a loss. I wrote this book to help with my own grief of the death of my father when I was nine years old. Writing this book helped me finally say goodbye after all of these years.
“Mommy says we are going to use Daddy’s ashes to make a reef. The reef will be a new home for fish and other sea animals. I like that idea. I think Daddy would, too.”
Author Ta’Shay Mason served sixteen years in the U.S. Army and has a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.). As a child, she experienced the acute loss of her father; and her inspiration for But i don’t want to say GOODBYE! comes from her personal journey. When Ta’Shay isn’t busy writing poignant stories for children, she enjoys reading books, listening to a variety of music, and collecting vinyl.
She loves to hike and travel and spend time with her family, including her relatives, her fur baby—an Old English bulldog named Bella—friends, and fellow veterans.
In sharing her message of overcoming grief, Ta’Shay hopes that readers with a similar experience can identify with the story’s family, learn a creative way of memorializing a loved one, that grief is a process and takes time, and that having a healthy and open conversation about death is helpful to that process.
Ta’Shay lives in Texas with Bella. This is her debut children’s book. Look for additional upcoming books in her series of “A Child’s Journey Through Grief.”