If you have a broken heart from the death of a loved one and you want to help your family

There's Hope...

Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too!

Letters For Grieving Children Like You

 After 40 Years as a psychotherapist, Sharon Diaz created this digital, interactive at-home grief support program to help families know what to do. 

 

Apsy The Cassowary

Apsy The Cassowary

Apsy is Melodee's friend. Both he and Melodee are learning to cope with the death of their loved one. 

Melodee Roo The Tree Kangaroo

Hello Dear Friend, It's Me,Melodee Roo The Tree Kangaroo

 'Wantok' means close friend and one who speaks the same language.

 Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! understand all about loss and the language of grief, lending a helping hand to you and your children. 

 

Eugene

Eugene The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Eugene has a habit of suddenly appearing to help Melodee. His favorite saying is, "Feelings Are For Healing".  

How It Helps

  • Relatable characters provide step-by-step guidance for a child and family. (I hear this all the time...What do I do? What should I say? Now you can learn and have the confidence you are doing and saying the right things.

  • Encourages open communication about death.(Simple, clear, concrete explanations are suitable for children. It even answers a question kids have - Does it hurt to die?)

  • Helps a child to identify sensations in their body and to name and express emotions that are a normal part of the grieving process. (There is a difference between thoughts, sensations and emotions, but EVERYBODY mixes them up. Help your child not to feel mixed-up or discombobulated.)

  • Lets a child explore troubling thoughts they may keep to themselves and gives outlets to express them. (A communication skill is taught in Roo-Letter Four. Roo-Tivities in each letter guides children to express themselves in different ways.)

  • Helps a child understand that courage helps to build resilience and confidence as they learn to cope. (Kids are resilient, but they need help in coping and building confidence.) 

  • The power of friendship with Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! softens the wall of isolation a child may feel. (Kids won't always talk to their friends because they know they won't understand.)

  • Provides coping strategies for nightmares, handling anniversaries, birthdays, and special events, helping to keep memories alive. (There are tons of ideas and projects they can do, and the song, In A Different Light is great for helping with nightmares.)

  • Soothes through comforting songs. (Children and families alike love Disney songs. There are six songs written by a composer who has written for Disney films.)

  • Provides an opportunity for families to bond together as you read each Roo-Letter and do Roo-Tivities together. (Only you know how devastating your loss is. Help each other to heal together.)

  • Provides year-long guidance that lasts a life-time, because grief does not end after the funeral.( Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You is the only resource to offer this type of long-term guidance for your family right in your home)

Melodee develops a relationship with your son and daughter as a friend, and one who knows what it's like to travel through the ups and downs of loss. 

 
"Sharon Diaz LPC, LADC has used her professional expertise and writing abilities to create a wonderful tool to help children through the grieving process. Her warmth, compassion, and child-friendly approach allows children and families to move along, step by step, as they express their feelings, gain insights, and feel less alone with their grief. Children can identify with this fictional character and her friends in the rainforest as they encourage each other and move forward to find love, mutual support, and joy in spite of the losses that are a part of our life experience."

Victoria Sherrrow, Children's Author 


 

As a parent or guardian, when you are exhausted from jam-packed days on top of your own grief, it's hard to go to weekly counseling, or find the right grief group for your children, or spend long hours driving to a grief camp for a weekend. Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You, makes your life a little easier during the worst time of your life, by bringing you help right in the comfort of home.

When You Have No Idea Of What To Do Or Say

 

You may think that children don't think about, or feel the profound effects after the death of a loved one because they continue to play, laugh, hang out with friends, and go about their day. That is not true. Or, you may think it's better to protect a child and not say anything. It's not. Adults with unresolved grief who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a child, always remember the day they died. And the common theme is -

No One Talked About It.

My own mother remembers how hard it was for her at eight years old, to concentrate in school for a whole year after her father died. No one talked with her about it.

Because children are sensitive to your pain, they tend to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. So even if you encourage them to come to you, to say whatever they want, they may not do that. They don't want you to feel more pain.

Everyone who cares wants to protect. But it ends up being avoidance.

Today, with support and guidance, children can learn to be more open, learn to identify their thoughts and feelings, to cope, become more resilient and thrive as they adjust to life without their loved one. Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! supports you and your child like no other product has. So, thank you for being here today. Your visit means that you care about a child who has experienced the death of a loved one and

YOU WANT TO HELP!

 

Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You, is a fantastic resource for parents, family members, and mental health professionals who are looking to support, guide, and provide explanations to children after they have experienced the death of a loved one.

Sharon Diaz has incorporated sound therapeutic techniques but approaches them through story, drawing, writing, movement, and art projects that children will find helpful and fun. The Disney-like songs are a beautiful way to reach children and help them feel cared for and understood. Children are often overwhelmed and confused by intense emotions and as they are still in the process of learning about themselves, the death of someone who they care about can be a confusing and scary life event for which they have no point of comparison.

This is a professional and invaluable resource that an adult can offer a child as a way to manage this complex process. I would highly recommend Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You as a means to support a child who is experiencing grief but also as a means to bring family members closer together through their shared tragedy.

Adriana M. Diaz, CAGS, NCSP
School Psychologist
 
Melodee Roo comforts Apsy The Cassowary

Melodee Roo comforts Apsy The Cassowary

Melodee hears shocking news from Swando the Sugar Glider

Melodee hears shocking news from Swando the Sugar Glider

Melodee has never seen Apsy so angry...

Melodee has never seen Apsy so angry...

An e-mail will be sent with your personal passwords to open each Roo-Letter

 

A family moving through loss can be so overwhelmed by your grief that it is hard to function in your day-to-day lives.

Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You, make it easy to get help right in your own home. Once you receive confirmation of your purchase, download the file from Melodee containing your 12 personalized passwords. Then, go to www.melodeeroo.com and click on Member Access Letters/Songs in the menu bar and enter your password to open the latest enhanced Roo-Letter on a desk-top computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It's that simple!

Included are comforting songs to listen to, written by David Friedman, a composer renowned for his Disney and Broadway songs.

Sara Vincent brings soothing reassurance to your child with her beautiful voice.

Watch videos, click on links, and engage in the variety of different Roo-Tivities to help your children express their thoughts and feelings and to cope more effectively. Click on the below link to see the parent letter. It gives you an outline for what each Roo-Letter covers.

 

 

Listening, Hearing, Seeing, Touching, Doing

 

Melodee Roo's online letters help a child to cope by incorporating all styles of learning.

  • They can read the stories and see the great illustrations, designed by Donald Wu, a highly regarded children's illustrator.
  • They can be soothed and reassured by hearing the comforting songs, sung by Sara Vincent, a mother and para-professional to special needs students.
  • And in the comfort of home, while reading or being read to, they can be held by a loving family member or snuggle in a soft, Roo-blanket
  • Either together as a family, or alone, a child can do the Roo-Tivities helping them to express their thoughts and feelings all along the way. 

Above all, the healing power of friendship between Melodee Roo and The Wantoks Too! and your child, will show that love soothes heartache and helps to build resilience as they move together through life's hardest experience. 

 

 

 

For Decades Sharon Diaz Has Helped Thousands

 

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut, Sharon knows that helping people is her life-long mission.

As a champion for change for 40 years, and now an author, Sharon has branched out from in-person therapy to helping families digitally. She is known for her wisdom, insight, intuition, compassion and humor. Sharon has guided individuals, couples, and families to understand themselves, helped them through loss, helped them to find creative solutions to difficult problems, to improve their relationships, and even laugh a little more...usually in ten sessions or less! And in her spare time, she has performed as a stand-up comic in Connecticut, and graced the stage of The Metropolitan Room in NYC!     

Sharon and Georgia

Sharon and Georgia

Sharon Diaz LPC, LADC

Sharon Diaz LPC, LADC

I'd be honored if you let me help you,to guide your children to cope with their grief.

I recommend these letters for children ages 6-12. However, others have stated that they have learned a lot from reading them. So, if you want to order Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You for older ages, please feel free to do so. Younger children will need help from a family member to read the stories to them.

Psychologists, counselors, marriage & family therapists, clergy, and others in the helping professions can also use this tool to help those in their care.
 

Click the link below to read my blog post No One Talked About It to know what inspired me to create Melodee Roo & The Wantoks Too! Letters For Grieving Children Like You.

http://www.melodeeroo.com/blog/bamahoota/death/loss/children/grief/help/cope/2016/2/10/no-one-talked-about-it