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FEATURE: Grandparents Day – special personalized loss books

27 Jul , 2016  

Marian McQuade

Grandparents Day is a relatively new concept. The impetus for a National Grandparents Day in the USA was started by Marian McQuade, a housewife from Fayette County, West Virginia. The reason she wanted to champion this cause was primarily for lonely elderly people in nursing homes. She also hoped that it would persuade grandchildren to tap into the wisdom and heritage that their grandparents could provide. President Jimm Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year Grandparents Day fall on September 11th.


After experiencing the loss of one of her twin sons, Kate wrote her first book ‘Sam and Finn’ to share Sam’s story with her surviving twin, Finn, as well as her family and friends. Demand for the book spread and it was published and distributed worldwide, providing hope and comfort to many other families who had also suffered the devastating loss of a twin. Through Kate’ dealings with bereaved families, she had many requests for the book to be personalized with a family’s own child’s name. Hence, in collaboration with her publishers ‘Solopreneur Publishing’, many other, personalized, non-twin specific versions of the books were created, including a twin’ version that mimics the original Sam and Finn book.


Adult Male older version - grandpaIt soon became apparent that many people also wanted a personalized loss book for adults; to remember their father, mother, aunt or uncle … and of course their grandparents. The books set Kate (the author) and the publishing team a challenge, as each book needed to be personalized with different special terms of endearments as well as the person’s name. Some people call their grandparents – Grandpa, Popps, Grandad, Grandma, Grandmother, Nanna or Nanny – to name but a few.

‘We wanted everyone to be able to use the term of endearment and first name exactly as they would want it on each book,’ Gail Powell, the Publishing Director, stated. ‘It took a lot of thinking through and also to make sure that it was a simple order process as well, but we managed it! The result is a beautiful bespoke book in a variety of skin tones, hair colors, and ages – to represent as many of our parents and grandparents as possible – and the purchaser can use whatever term of endearment followed by the person’s name that they want added. We are very pleased with the results’.

In honor of ‘National Grandparents Day’ in the USA on September 11th, ‘The Story of Books’ have created a very special offer of purchasing two books and receiving a third copy absolutely free. A great idea if you want to keep a copy for best, one to look at every day, and give one away as well.

If you, or the grandchildren, want to remember a Grandparent that is no longer with us this year then this is the perfect keepsake.

To see the range, read more, and/or order a copy CLICK HERE  For the offer just be sure to order two copies from the drop-down menu on quantities and you will receive a third book absolutely free. The offer ends – Monday August 29th in order for all orders to be printed and arrive in time for Grandparents Day.

Then click on the tabs ‘Adult Female’ or ‘Adult Male’ (Loss) buttons at the top of the website Home Page. Please click

Please click LOOK INSIDE Adult loss books

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