Ollie the Octopus Loss and Bereavement Activity Book
A Therapeutic Story with Activities for Children Aged 5-10
Dr. Karen Treisman
In a magical underwater forest lived a colourful and
loveable Octopus called Ollie, who loved swimming with his friends and spending
time with his mum and dad, Orla and Orson the Octopuses.
Until one day, Orla started to get very sick. The doctors did everything they could to help her, but very sadly, Orla died. Ollie had so many thoughts and feelings spinning around in his head, and his heart was hurting.
This activity book has been developed by expert child psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Karen Treisman. The first part of the book is a colourful illustrated therapeutic story about Ollie the Octopus, with a focus on Ollie making sense of and processing the loss of his mum, Orla. This is followed by a wealth of creative activities and colourful photocopiable worksheets for children and the people supporting them to explore aspects of loss, grief, death, and bereavement, and how to find ways to understand and cope with them.
The final section of the book is full of advice and practical strategies for parents, carers, and professionals on how to help children aged 5–10 to begin to understand the complex and multi-layered feelings surrounding loss and bereavement, and what they can do to help navigate them through their grief journey.
This activity book is complemented by a standalone picture book of Ollie's story, also available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Ollie the Octopus, ISBN 9781839970238).