UNION — How do you explain the death of a child to another child, especially when the children are siblings?
That’s a tough question to answer, but even tougher would be answering the questions of a child who has lost a sibling.
In “Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery for Kids,” Tommy Mann draws on his own experiences with explaining the loss of a sibling to a child to provide answers to the questions children have at such a time.
“In 2011 I wrote ‘Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery,’” Mann said. “The first book dealt with child loss, answering the questions people have when they go through that. My wife and I lost three children to miscarriages, so we wanted to answer some of the questions we had.
“After our daughter was born, we had a fourth miscarriage, so we had to explain to her about her little brother,” he said. “‘Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery for Kids’ explains child loss to children.”
Mann said the premise of the new book is a little girl who is looking forward to being a big sister, but whose mother suffers a miscarriage. The book, which Mann said is in the form of a poem, seeks to answer the questions of that little girl and all children who suffer such a loss.
An author since 2009, “Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery” is Mann’s seventh book.
“I’ve always wanted to be a writer,” Mann said. “I enjoyed writing in school and always wanted to be a writer in some form.”
Mann has served as Associate Pastor of Philippi Baptist Church for the past eight years. He and his wife, Alicia, have two children, Reagan and TJ.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, “Asleep in Heaven’s Nursery for Kids” is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.