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You Are Not Alone ISBN 1-931310-05-X

William Steele, PsyD, MSW Illustrated by Ayla M. Ludwig


You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Help for Grieving and Traumatized Children by William Steele, PsyD, MSW Illustrated by Ayla M. Ludwig

A very special thank you to James, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary, and all who have taught me so much about being resilient in the face of trauma.

ISBN 1-931310-05-X ŠTLC 1999 Revised 2016

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children 13725 Starr Commonwealth Road Albion, Michigan 49224 www.starr.org/tlc ŠTLC

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A bad storm comes, but doesn’t stay forever. It comes, and then it goes far, far, away. Bad things happen to us too. Then they go away and good things happen. It doesn’t rain forever, does it? No. It rains for a while. Then the sun comes out, and we play. ©TLC

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You know, things never stay the same. Sometimes good things happen to us. We go to a party, we hear a funny story or see a funny movie. We make a really good friend. Sometimes new and exciting things happen, even if they’re a little scary at first. Sometimes someone we know is happy, and then sad. Sometimes bad things happen and we have bad dreams, or we feel sad or mad. Sometimes we feel afraid. Sometimes we don’t know what it is that has happened to us on the inside. It feels strange and weird. All we know is we don’t like it.

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Elizabeth’s older sister was shot and killed by a bad man. Terry’s best friend got really sick and died in the hospital. Terry misses him a lot. Jamie’s best friend of all time moved far away. He misses him a lot too. Jessy’s grandma died of cancer. Jessy got really upset. She cried a lot. She used to like to play a lot. Now she’s afraid. Allison’s Dad lost his job and her family has to live in a shelter. She is worried that they will never have their own place to live. Mark has lived with three different foster families. He is afraid this new foster family isn’t his forever family either. Paul’s grandpa died of a heart attack. He was with his grandfather when it happened. He thought he caused it.

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You Are Not Alone  

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You Are Not Alone  

A TLC Publication