A Therapeutic Book To Help Kids Cope With A Sudden Or Traumatic Death.

“Unique, sensitive, informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Where Did My Friend Go? is a unique and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ tool to help children understand and cope with loss and bereavement due to the death of a loved one be it a family member or a friend.” – Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch.

“No other picture book provides this perspective, making Where Did My Friend Go? a top recommendation that should be in any library offering emotional support tools for adults working with kids.” – Donovan, CA Bookwatch.

Where Did My Friend Go? Wins 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Where Did My Friend Go? wins the 2017 National Association of Book Entrepreneurs Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Where Did My Friend Go? Wins 2017 Book Excellence Finalist Award

Where Did My Friend Go? Wins Finalist in the 2017 Book Excellence Awards

Where Did My Friend Go?  Wins Finalist in the Children’s Picture Book of the 2017 Best Book Awards

“An excellent first step for children on the journey of healing.” —M. Crowe, M.A. Child Development, Institute for Public Health, San Diego State University.

Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death

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Where Did My Friend Go? Helping Children Cope With A Traumatic Death is a therapeutic picture book to be read by an adult to a young child (3-8 years old), who is coping with a sudden or traumatic death. A thorough guide for adults and child-based interventions are provided in the beginning and end of the book. The book is versatile and can be used for incidents of sudden illnesses, gun violence, car accidents, plane crashes, terrorist attacks, and other sudden or violent deaths.

The purpose of the book is to help the child understand and cope with his/her shock, loss, confusion, and fear. Therapeutic and support interventions are presented at the end of the book for the adult to work through with the child. Where Did My Friend Go? begins a dialogue about a sudden death, addresses what happened, identifies feelings, explores fears, confusion, and loss, helps the child cope with the trauma and grief, and reassures the child with safe tools. 

Where Did My Friend Go? is a first step, cost-effective, and immediate mental health intervention for the youngest survivors and witnesses of a sudden or traumatic death.

The Family Psychologist, Fall 2016 (American Psychological Association), shares important information on Where Did My Friend Go? Read the interview:  The Family Psychologist interviews Dr. Maker on Where Did My Friend Go?

You can purchase the book and donate it directly to any school, library, shelter, ER, community clinic, HeadStart program, or other institution of your choice from Amazon or Buy Now. 

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Where Did My Friend Go? is also available on Amazon for families, teachers, librarians, counselors, ERs, and the community to purchase if their children and students have been touched by a traumatic death. 

“Where Did My Friend Go? is a unique and compelling book that beautifully captures the powerful emotions and questions young children might have after surviving, witnessing, or being exposed to a traumatic death. The book’s gentle, age-appropriate narrative, coupled with thoughtful questions and therapeutic interventions at the end, make it an ideal resource for parents, professionals, and caregivers faced with the difficult but necessary work of facilitating children’s processing and healing. I often see the painful and severe impact of unresolved childhood trauma. It is so essential for children to begin the process of healing and this book is a catalyst for that process. The gentle and reassuring story is versatile, and can be used for coping with sudden illness, gun violence, car accidents, plane crashes, or terrorist attacks. Dr. Maker has provided the community with a desperately needed tool for children touched by traumatic death. She is brilliant at providing a story that is not only visually captivating, but offers gentle wisdom and guidance for both children and adults to navigate this level of tragedy. I highly recommend this exceptional resource!”-  Krista Roybal, M.D.,Executive Medical Director,True Life Center for Wellbeing.


The Brady Campaign reports that there have been 160+ school shootings in the U.S. since Sandy Hook.

The Brady Campaign reports that everyday, 7 children and teens die of gun violence, and everyday 40 children are shot and survive in the U.S. 

More than 1 in 5 U.S. children and teenagers report having witnessed a shooting, with PTSD, depression, anger, withdrawal, and desensitization to violence being some of the outcomes.

It is hard to believe that American kids die by guns 11 times more often as children in other high income countries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified gun shootings as the second leading cause of death for children and teenagers, and a national health crisis.

My hope is that people come together as a community to share this project with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, schools, and organizations to continue to raise funds and visibility for this cause.

It takes a village to help kids thrive.