Sadness is a feeling that all of us experience and yet for various reasons we don’t always honor it. This book, sweetly illustrated, helps readers to see sadness for what it is, a feeling. It’s a feeling that initially feels so much bigger than us, one that comes and visits but isn’t meant to stay. Readers are given ideas on what to do with this feeling (music, hot chocolate, drawing, going outside) — one that is less about what happened to us and more about what our hearts need as we navigate through it.
This season has been filled with a lot of sadness for our family and this book is a tangible reminder of what we are learning and being reminded of each time sadness knocks on our door.
What a gift we give to our children and to ourselves when we acknowledge and honor their truths and our own. When we sit with our sadness, when we give ourselves permission to be with it, sadness doesn’t stay.
Through the validating of this feeling, sadness only visits us for a time, passing through until we meet again. When it leaves our hearts are stronger, our self soothing skills sharpened and our hope for a brighter tomorrow ever present.
Sadness is a feeling that can be difficult to embrace but perhaps an achingly beautiful reminder of what it means to be human.
When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland