You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. ~ Madeleine L'Engle
Sisters Jalyn Scott and Allison Scott Westman have been longing to create a resource for those who have experienced similar circumstances as theirs, and to educate others on the topic of grief and loss, as they continue to navigate the loss of their own mother back in 2013, when the two were only teenagers. On a trip to see their grandmother, they were met with an idea to fulfill this longing, and began writing and illustrating Love, Mom immediately.This would be a children’s book, in order to be digestible for all ages, that would be a compilation of hypothetical letters from a mother to a little boy. These letters serve as encouragement and validation to specific scenarios and concepts of grief that the little boy struggles with in her absence. They submitted their rough draft manuscript to Mascot Books, who ended up wanting to publish Love, Mom, and illustrations were finalized in the meantime. Love, Mom can support and encourage children, or even adults, as they navigate circumstances that are challenging while grieving the loss of someone deeply loved.