Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Marie LeJeune

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


This thesis explores how literature can smooth the process of grief. Specifically, it focuses on the loss of pets through the shape of a children’s book with a target audience of children ages two to six. The book is designed to be used with children as loss occurs in their life to provide them with a new lens to learn about what has happened. The book contains back matter for the adult to review to learn about loss and children, and it will also provide discussion starters to open conversations between the adult and the child. The goal of this book is that as the characters find understanding and hope, the children reading it—or having it read to them—will be able to experience the same sense of calm following what could be a traumatic experience. The second piece to this project is a written reflection following the composition of the children’s book which explores the writing process. There is also an expository section which discusses similar resources and research which guided the choices made in the production of this children’s book.



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