"I'm Still Here" by Edward R Nasello
by Edward Nasello
I'm Still Here by Edward R Nasello
A little over two years ago, my sister woke up one February morning to find her son laying on the floor. He passed away suddenly in the night after 12 years of an amazing life that defied the odds and left an indelible mark on everyone he met. My nephew, Joseph, was a special needs child who fought every year of his life to overcome challenges; and he always did it with a smile on his face. Since the day that he passed on, he has remained a part of our lives. We continue to celebrate his life and honor him by trying to help others who are facing similar challenges or coping with loss. My sister is actively involved in fundraising and speaking with families who have recently lost a child or have children receiving palliative care. She has a webpage in his honor, called More Hearts for Joseph, and she collects gifts for a local children's hospital each year.
About one year ago, inspired by the life of my amazing nephew, I decided to write a picture book to help children and their families cope with the loss of a loved one. With the help of my niece, who did the illustrations, we wrote "I'm Still Here." This book focuses on how to confront loss by celebrating life. It will help children and their families to find strength in remembering their loved one and celebrating his or her life each day. This book is currently available at Amazon.com. Proceeds from the sale of this book are going to the More Hearts for Joseph foundation.
ARE YOU A BEREAVED MOTHER OR FATHER?
We are two bereaved parents who have teamed up with researchers at Yeshiva University and Memorial Sloan Kettering to study how the death of a child impacts parents’ lives, and the resulting ripple effects as life continues without our children. We invite you to participate in a survey which will help us develop resources to better support parents experiencing the heartbreak of child loss.
For mothers or fathers who have lost a child (or children) of any age, and would like to make a contribution to our understanding of bereaved parenthood, this is a way to make a difference.
If you would like to participate in our study, please fill out this confidential survey at https://yeshiva.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUXcBDFIiWAg6Ng It will take about 20 minutes.
For more details, you can contact the Principal Investigator:
Kailey Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.
Thank you for your consideration --
Judith Kottick, LCSW and Jean Singer, PhD
IRB Approved at the Study Level, May 10, 2021. #30499052.0
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