Amanda Seefeld Markle
Amanda Seefeld Markle is married and the mother of four children. She works as a speech language pathologist in Minnesota's public school system. In January of 2013, Amanda and her family were in a tragic accident. Her nine-month-old baby, Tabitha, died two days later. Currently, Amanda is a volunteer at Children's Minnesota, volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House 'Cooks for Kids' program and speaks at local grief coalitions in the Twin Cities metro area. She and her husband, Jon, are active members of their faith community and at the school their children attend. They hope that "Stella's Story" will help other families with young children who have lost a sibling.
Stella's Story: Dealing with Sibling Loss
After the Markle family lost their nine-month-old baby in a car accident, they discovered that few resources are available for young children to help them cope with sibling loss. Amanda Markle wrote "Stella's Story" to be used as a tool with a consistent message to help their two-year-old daughter deal with the death of her baby sister.
The book briefly tells the family's story and provides an opportunity to catalyst into basic discussions with young children on the topics of death, love and faith. Included are also practical ideas and tips for parents to help them discuss loss with their children. The words in this book are those used by Amanda when talking to her surviving child about baby Tabitha who watches over them and lives on in their hearts.