New children's book opens door for dialogue about grief and death

Posted 5/13/20

New Children's Book Opens Door for Dialogue About Grief and Death

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New children's book opens door for dialogue about grief and death


ATLANTA, Ga. (NEWSWIRE) -— When Bryson Thompson
Sr.’s mother passed away from stomach cancer in 2016, he grappled with how  to tell his 3-year-old son that he would never see his beloved grandmother  again.
It was this life-changing event that sparked him to write, "How  Angels are Made."

Thompson wrote the first version only two days after returning from his mother's funeral when it became apparent his son needed more answers  than he was readily able to give. His son was confused, grieving and  needed help to work through this trying time, which turned the world he knew upside down. 

Bryson focused his energy to create a book that would help him and his  family to clearly communicate with their son about grief and death. He  quickly realized if this book could help his family to heal, it could  help others too. He also saw a need for a book that focused on an  African-American family. 

"There are very few books on the subject where African Americans are at the  center," he says. 

Based on a true story about the bond between Bryson's son and mother, "How  Angels are Made" is a transformational children's book that fosters needed  conversations between youth and adults about grief and death. It highlights actual conversations that took place between Bryson, his wife and their son. 

In the beginning, the book highlights their personal relationship and then  moves into the family's experience of dealing with loss.

Bryson exceeded his Kickstarter campaign goal with one week left, which  ironically happened the day before his mother's birthday, and plans to end  the campaign, which is now in its "stretch goal" and appropriately  scheduled to end on Mother's Day. The additional funds will allow Bryson to
provide even more free copies of the book to local schools, libraries and  children who have lost a loved one or friend, than originally anticipated. 

"With one in five youth currently having to deal with the death of someone  close to them by the time they are 19, 'How Angels are Made' will resonate  with many families around the world," Bryson said. "It's also ideal for  schools, therapists, church groups and more. My hope is that this book will   be a tool to help change lives."

About the Author
Bryson Thompson has more than 10 years' experience as a special education teacher and mental health professional. He's a husband, father, educator,  mentor and entrepreneur. He has dedicated his life to finding ways to  uplift young men and women. With a degree in special education from Clemson  University and a masters in behavior/learning disabilities from Georgia  State University, he continually works to find ways to enhance the life and  experience of the future generation.

The book will be available to the public in June and pre-orders can be made at


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