Daddy’s Blue Eyes is a story about a little girl whose father died and how much she misses him. But this little girl was given a gift—her daddy’s blue eyes.
Eyes that help her to see all the things her daddy can’t see anymore. Eyes that help her to remember all the things she and her daddy loved. Eyes that help her see the sun shining each morning and know that her daddy is watching over her.
Research has found that a significant number of children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach adult-hood, with 21% of children who lose a parent developing mental health issues. Grieving children often feel alone, isolated from their peers, and misunderstood.
Daddy’s Blue Eyes is a short and endearing story meant to help parents, teachers, and caregivers open up a tender discussion with a bereaved child in their lives. It offers questions the child can explore and suggests activities to help the child remember happier times. There is also a list of online resources for child-focused bereavement, to help children and their families cope with loss and grief.