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Friday, 13 December 2013 08:22

‘Everyone Grieves’ offers comfort and hope to grieving children

MINNEAPOLIS – As a certified thanatologist and professor in special education, Marc A. Markell has helped children with disabilities cope with death and grief for over 30 years. His new book, “Everyone Grieves: Stories about Individuals with Disabilities and Grief” (published by Trafford Publishing), is a collection of seven short stories for mentally and physically disabled children trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

“Everyone Grieves” introduces the concept of death and what it means through seven different stories about children with cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical disabilities. Readers will identify with the diverse cast of characters, ranging in ages from early childhood to young adult. Each story gently explains death and includes ideas and rituals that caregivers can use to help their grieving loved one.

“People with disabilities as well as people who care about them will be able to read stories about people like them and the people they love,” says Markell. “They will be able to connect with the characters as well as learn about possible ways of helping people with disabilities grieve and mourn.”

An excerpt from “Everyone Grieves”:

“The rest of the school year was difficult for Abigail, but when she felt really sad and missed Mike a lot, she would stand in front of the pictures of trains and say, ‘Mike, one day I will be on that train with you, and we can ride everyday.’ That helped Abigail feel better.”

Markell invites readers to visit him at


“Everyone Grieves”

By Marc A. Markell Ph.D., CT

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 60 pages | ISBN 9781490717241

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 60 pages | ISBN 9781490717234

E-Book | 60 pages | ISBN 9781490717258

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Marc A. Markell Ph.D. is a professor at St. Cloud State University in the department of special education. His primary areas of interest at St. Cloud State include teaching literacy instruction for students with special needs, behavior management techniques, and grief and loss education. He has previously published “The Children Who Lived” and “Children With Developmental Disabilities and Grief.”

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit


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