Bringing Books of Comfort was launched two years ago as a volunteer project. At a time of loss adults are often in emotional pain and unable to communicate with their children about their loss. However their children may be asking questions that are hard to answer and they are often the forgotten mourners.
Bringing Books of Comfort is a program that provides appropriate books and resources for children and teenagers. These materials serve as a vehicle for families to share feelings and emotions that might otherwise be difficult to discuss, in a framework (reading together) that is both familiar and comforting. The books that are used are spiritual and non-denominational.
Families often feel isolated at a time of loss and Bringing Books of Comfort functions as a community project to connect with families at this time. Representatives of the project team bring a backpack of books and resources to loan to the family within a week or two of the loss and sit with a parent or caring adult to share the books and talk about how they might be helpful.
The program encourages the community to reach out to the family and say “we care about you; we want to support you and want you to know you are not alone.”
The program as a volunteer project at our synagogue two years ago, in memory of the father of the woman who started it. Since then it has attracted interest from other synagogues, and schools as well as communities religious and secular. So now we are formalizing it more (including a logo and web presence) so that we can roll the program out to other groups in an organized way.
THOUGHTS FOR THE LOGO
Soothing color scheme
Black and white version, as this often will be reproduced at schools or religious organizations that won't have access to color copiers/printers
Not cartoony or childish. This needs to appeal to teenagers as well as young children.
Simple, subtle, and clean -- but also modern
The attachment is a rudimentary drawing of an idea we like -- it shows people who aren't obviously any age, race, etc. We would also be open to/interested in designs that incorporate the concept of community -- i.e. one person giving the backpack to another person.