AJ Whittenberg student writes book after losing mother to cancer

An Upstate boy has written a book about grief after losing his mother to cancer.Seldon Peden II says he misses his mother, Cathy Peden, every day.He was just 5 years old when she lost her battle to ovarian cancer, six years ago.Near and dear to many, Cathy was Chair of the English Department at JL Mann High School.Seldon’s taking a page out of his own book, and turning it into a tool for healing.He says, “it’s important to know, even when we are suffering and hurting it does not excuse, mean or disrespectful or aggressive behavior, this is why we must find or create positive ways to release our pain and grief. This is important in getting to know your ‘Good Mourning.'”This week the 11-year-old AJ Whittenberg student published his first book called, “The Good Mourning: A kid’s support guide for grief and mourning death for kids, by a kid.”It was illustrated by “Whimsical Designs by CJ” out of Columbia, South Carolina.”I think photos can really express how you feel sometimes,” Seldon says.Seldon is part of a grief group at his elementary school. He says he likes to remind them, “getting to your good mourning will take time.”He adds, “you don’t want to be mean or disrespectful or disobedient because it can hurt people that you love.”He says the support from his father and brothers has kept him going, and feels his mom is still with him, every day. Seldon says, “I think she’d like how I am trying to express myself and help other kids.”The book begins with “important words and meanings,” like “pass away” and “grief.”The book ends with “18 things that I did and still do to get to my Good Mourning.”He says he hopes this helps children worldwide, and encourages them to get more in touch with their feelings.You can purchase your copy of “The Good Mourning” here.

An Upstate boy has written a book about grief after losing his mother to cancer.

Seldon Peden II says he misses his mother, Cathy Peden, every day.

He was just 5 years old when she lost her battle to ovarian cancer, six years ago.

Near and dear to many, Cathy was Chair of the English Department at JL Mann High School.

Seldon’s taking a page out of his own book, and turning it into a tool for healing.

He says, “it’s important to know, even when we are suffering and hurting it does not excuse, mean or disrespectful or aggressive behavior, this is why we must find or create positive ways to release our pain and grief. This is important in getting to know your ‘Good Mourning.'”

This week the 11-year-old AJ Whittenberg student published his first book called, “The Good Mourning: A kid’s support guide for grief and mourning death for kids, by a kid.”

It was illustrated by “Whimsical Designs by CJ” out of Columbia, South Carolina.

“I think photos can really express how you feel sometimes,” Seldon says.

Seldon is part of a grief group at his elementary school. He says he likes to remind them, “getting to your good mourning will take time.”

He adds, “you don’t want to be mean or disrespectful or disobedient because it can hurt people that you love.”

He says the support from his father and brothers has kept him going, and feels his mom is still with him, every day.

Seldon says, “I think she’d like how I am trying to express myself and help other kids.”

The book begins with “important words and meanings,” like “pass away” and “grief.”

The book ends with “18 things that I did and still do to get to my Good Mourning.”

He says he hopes this helps children worldwide, and encourages them to get more in touch with their feelings.

You can purchase your copy of “The Good Mourning” here.

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