Local Author Pens Book to Help Kids with the Tough Topic of Loss

An Eden Prairie mom co-wrote a children’s book on grief and loss.

As a parent, some topics are just easier to avoid—until they can’t be ignored. When Kristine Rauenhorst’s mom, Karen Wiswell, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, both women were concerned about how to discuss it with Rauenhorst’s 2-year-old twin boys, Henry and George. Rauenhorst, who lives in Eden Prairie, and Wiswell decided to broach the subject of death by writing When Grammy Comes to Play, a children’s book that discusses loss and grief in a very gentle way.

The book highlights all of the fun things grandchildren do with their grandma, but mentions that when grandma can’t be there, she can always visit in dreams. Wiswell’s cancer is now in remission, but the book still resonates with Henry and George, especially since Wiswell lives in Arizona.

When Grammy Comes to Play is available for sale at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Itasca Books. Find details at the website here.