“This year is unlike any other for Iman, who has just lost her little sister, Firdous, to leukemia.” Prayers for My Sister is a bereavement book written by Dr. Arshia Madni for children who have lost a loved one. As a palliative care physician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis TN, she has walked along the side of many families who have experienced life-threatening illness and loss of a beloved child. Though parents suffer greatly, siblings of all ages also experience tremendous grief. Children often grieve in different ways, depending on their developmental stages and cultural backgrounds. Paying attention to a child’s loss and normalizing their grief response is an important step in helping them through their bereavement process.
Many families and patients lean on religion and spirituality when coping with the loss of a loved one. The bereavement material available to the patients overwhelmingly have Christian underpinnings, which does not exclude non-Christians, but does not speak to the cultural and religious diversity that exists in the population of bereaved children.
Readers can travel back in time with Iman as she reflects on her time with Firdous and shares here feelings on learning how to live without her beloved sister and attempts to find a way out of the darkness of grief into the light of healing. Included are specific coping tools and activities for young people who are also grieving that honor feelings, faith, and provide a gentle reminder that our loved ones are always alive in our hearts. Though this book has been written to help fill the gap that exists in bereavement material for the Muslim child, Iman’s journey and tools she uses to heal can be relatable for any child.
You can find Prayers for My Sister on Amazon and many other online booksellers.
Feel free to send any questions to Dr. Arshia Madni at firstname.lastname@example.org