Title: Missing Mummy: A Book about Bereavement
Author: Rebecca Cobb
Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (2012)
“Some time ago we said good-bye to Mummy.” A young girl looks for her mother behind the sofa, under the bed and in the garden. She is confused when she finds her mother’s belongings and her father quietly weeping in his bedroom. They take flowers to her grave but the girl doesn’t understand why the old ones are still there. Realising her mother isn’t coming back she experiences a range of emotions, from being scared, angry, guilty and lonely.
She finally asks her father when her mother is coming back. “Daddy gave me a hug and told me that Mommy had died.” He explained that after someone dies they can’t come back and he misses her too. The people in her life care for her and encourage discussion of her feeling. She knows “how special I was to my mommy and she will always be special to me.”