Book Review: Remember Me When… by Todd Williams

How do we help children to grieve and remember the loved ones they’ve lost? With engaging full-page color illustrations reflecting the wondrous diversity of God’s creation, Remember Me When… celebrates the moments children have shared with family and friends – playing in mud, sledding down a hill, enjoying a snow cone, blowing dandelion seeds, and more – as it simultaneously mourns those who can no longer join us for future memories. In a season where grief from the COVID-19 pandemic will become more public and a shared international experience, Remember Me When… will empower families to mourn in healthy, positive ways. This legacy book also includes a blank page for writing in your own remembrance.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Remember Me When... is a book written to help children learn to mourn in a positive way. It shows moments when a child may have a memory of their friend or loved one, and they are encouraged to remember them when they’re doing everyday things.

The first example is to “Remember me when you see butterflies flutter in the sky,” and the second example is, “Remember me when you laugh out loud.” I found it interesting that those are two things that bring memories of my mom, so these are also good suggestions for adults. The last page even has a place for the person who gave the book to the child to put in a memory of their own.

The illustrations are great. They’re bright and colorful and impressive. Ciara Compton helps the book to come alive.

It is always important to talk to our children and grandchildren about death, that it’s part of living and that even though our body is no longer here, we are still here in spirit. This is an important book especially during the pandemic.

About the Author

Todd Williams attended Indiana University, Bloomington, received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, and later, worked as a chaplain in the Heart and Vascular Center with the Memorial Hermann hospital system.

Prior to becoming a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, TX, he was a Chaplain with Houston Hospice, Houston, TX. He is also the Stated Supply at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galveston, TX.

He is married to Quincy, and they have two grown children, as well as, two grandchildren.