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My Hot Air Balloon Ride


written by: Alexa Getchell

illustrated by: Fruzsina Kuhari


About the Book

Children are often the missed grievers; overlooked with the belief they cannot grasp what is happening. This book not only can help children with their grief, but it can also act as a resource for any caregivers in their struggle to address this concept with children.  

My book is relatable for any loss for a child not just a specific person. I allow the reader to understand it is ok to feel sad and also show that it is important to tell an adult how they feel. The story helps to understand that after someone dies their physical state may be gone but the memories live on.


'With their eyes squeezed shut, a little boy and his mother are transported to a magnificent hot air balloon that takes them all the way to heaven to remember those they have lost.'           

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Why I Wrote This Book

When I was 13 years old my dad passed away. It is difficult to put into words the pain and heartbreak my family went through. Now, 16 years later, the pain is still there and so real.

After my Dad died I made a promise to myself to help others going through similar situations. I wrote a children’s book to help kids and families with the extraordinary pain that comes with losing a loved one or even a pet. My goal is to give whomever needs it a place to cope with their loss, and with all the sadness they feel, maybe give them some peace and happiness as well.

I hope this book can provide some light in all the darkness.

What People Are Saying

"As a child life specialist I often utilize books when supporting children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This book validates children's feelings, encourages them to talk to an adult, and provides a coping mechanism."

Erin Connelly

CLS, Boston Children's Hospital

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