Prince Harry penned an intimate note included in a new children’s book focused on the emotions of losing a parent.
The book, “Hospital on a Hill,” is about a child losing their mother, who is a health care worker, to COVID-19.
The book was written by Chris Connaughton in partnership with the UK organization, Simon Says, which helps provide support to children dealing with the loss of a parent or close relative.
Prince Harry’s forward in the book talks about his own emotional turmoil after Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. The prince was just 12 at the time.
“When I was a young boy I lost my mum. 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,” the prince continued according to Bazaar Magazine.
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.— Hospital by the hill (@ByHospital) March 19, 2021
We are providing these books for free to any child or young person in the UK affected in this way.
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The book is being made available to all children in the United Kingdom who have lost a parent or close loved one to COVID-19, according to the book’s website.