Prince Harry is supporting several charities by participating in a book about a child processing loss after the pandemic. SimonSays, Child Bereavement UK (Prince William is also involved in this charity), and Winston’s Wish all offer support for grieving children.
In hopes of raising awareness for the charities, Sally Stanley, founder of SimonSays, asked Prince Harry to participate in Hospital by the Hill after meeting him through the Invictus Games Foundation.
The Duke of Sussex wrote a very sweet forward for the book about his mother, Princess Diana. He says, “If you are reading this book, it’s because you’ve lost your parent or a loved one, and while I was I was able to hug you right now, I hope this story is able to provide you comfort in knowing you’re not alone.”
“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. At the time I didn’t want to believe it or accept it, and it left a huge hole inside of me. I know how you feel, and I want to assure you that over time that hole will be filled with so much love and support. We all cope with loss in a different way, but when a parent goes to heaven, I was told their spirit, their love and the memories of them do not. They are always with you and you can hold onto them forever. I find this to be true.”
Prince Harry goes on to explain that, “Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do.” He encourages the child reading the book by promising them, “you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.”
“I hope this book helps remind you of just how special your parent or loved one was. And how special you are too,” Harry sweetly says.
Hospital by the Hill is written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote. The book will be offered for free to any child who has lost a parent working on the frontline during the pandemic in the UK. Get your copy here.
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