Books Can Help Kids Deal with Trauma like Cascade Mall Shooting

“It’s really hard because they should be innocent. They shouldn’t have to worry about walking in a mall. They shouldn’t have to worry about walking down the street. I want my son to play like I did as a child,” said mother Gale Torres.

But today, kids live in a new reality.

“You don’t need to share graphic details but you do need to help them understand what it means to have someone die,” said Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute Director Marie Eaton.

Leaders from Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute encourage dialogue about tough topics.  In this case, with the help of age-appropriate books like “Sonya’s Chickens” for pre-schoolers.