The Duke of Sussex is aiming at helping children who, like him, are mourning the loss of a parent, as he writes an emotional foreword in a new book he hopes will help kids cope with loss, adding, ‘I know how you feel’.
Prince Harry has officially written a foreword as part of a book aimed at children who are dealing with the pain and grief of bereavement after losing a loved one amid the ongoing pandemic.
In the foreword to Hospital by the Hill, Harry reveals how he struggled to accept the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997 when he was merely 12. He hopes the book will provide ‘comfort in knowing you are not alone’.
He writes, ‘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.’
Hospital by the hill is a book we’ve created which tells the story of a young person and the loss of their mother, who had been working on the front line.
We are providing these books for free to any child or young person in the UK affected in this way.
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— Hospital by the hill (@ByHospital) March 19, 2021
Prince Harry adds, ‘Now, I never met them, but I know this person was special to you, and they were someone incredibly kind, caring, and loving because of where they chose to work. Helping others is one of the most important jobs anyone can ever do.’
‘You may feel alone, you may feel sad, you may feel angry, you may feel bad. This feeling will pass. And I will make a promise to you – you will feel better and stronger once you are ready to talk about how it makes you feel.’
This comes after the prince recently revealed he previously sought help for his grief after ignoring it for so long. The upcoming book is being published ahead of Britain’s National Day of Reflection and is written by Chris Connaughton and illustrated by Fay Troote. It also promotes the services offered by various charities for children.
So excited by this. Delighted to have been involved in this project during lockdown.
— Chris Connaughton (@intextchris) March 19, 2021
It tells the story of a young person coming to terms with the loss of their mother, who had been working on the frontline amid the pandemic at a hospital. It is being provided for free to any child or youth in the UK who has been affected in this way.