Nana's Magic Swing is the story of Graham, a happy little boy who lives next door to his beloved great-grandmother, Nana. Nana hugs Graham, gives him cookies and milk, and calls him funny names. Best of all, she takes him for rides on the Magic Swing. The Magic Swing can be anything and take Graham anywhere in the world he wants to go, all in Nana’s comforting and loving arms.
One day, Graham’s world is turned upside-down when Nana dies. The story follows Graham from the shock of the news to the funeral, burial, and the aftermath of the loss. At first, Graham struggles to understand Nana’s death and cope with the changes in his life. Eventually, with the love and support of his family, he begins to realize that Nana’s memory and their experiences together will always be with him, even if she is no longer there. As Graham returns to Nana’s house and introduces the Magic Swing to his little brother and sister, he passes on the love and memories he has received and his smile returns.
This heartfelt story of love, loss, memory, and acceptance provides a soothing yet honest context and language for talking with children about death, offering support through the grieving process, and facilitating healing. Nana's Magic Swing concludes with a page of straightforward, sincere advice for kids coping with the death of a loved one.