Psychology Today featured our book!

How important is it to talk about death to children? Kaja Perina wrote a review titled “How Should We Talk to Kids About Death? Child advocates use fiction to guide parents on an effective approach.”

Psychology Today in blue textThe article states: “Pediatric physician David Schonfeld warns that limiting discussions about death could interfere with the child’s ability to cope when it happens to someone they know. They might experience guiltshamefear, or even “view death as a form of punishment.” Kids need to be able to talk about it. Placing the concept into a story frame like Everyone Dies, with a natural setting that works within the cognitive parameters of young children, can help them to express their feelings and concerns.”

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Thank you Kaja for spreading the word!  Read the Full Article Here

Our Book is a Feathered Quill Book Award Finalist!

Feathered Quill Book Awards Finalist

We are excited to announce that the book “Everyone Dies, and Yes, It Is Normal” is a Finalist in the 2022 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Children’s Picture Book category!  Here’s what one of the judges had to say:

“A sensitive subject tackled well, the story puts death in a context that young children can understand, a much-needed topic for many parents/children”  – Feathered Quill Book Awards Judges’ Comments

The judging panel is comprised of professionals: authors, reviewers, editors, and publicists who are active in the literary community. In the extremely competitive book world, the Feathered Quill judges know what makes a TOP-PICK. Judging criteria include, but are not limited to:

Originality, Ability to Engage the Reader, Cover Art, Interior Illustrations (particularly in the children’s division), Layout and Design, Production Quality, Editorial Quality, and How Well the Book Fits into the Intended Genre.

The Book is an Award Winner!

Big Book Award Winner

Marianne Matzo and Darlene Domanik receives national recognition through the NYC Big Book Award®!

The NYC Big Book Award recognized Everyone Dies and yes, it is normal in the category of Death & Dying-Children as a winner.

Books are judged on presentation, editorial quality, and audience appeal. Selected award Winners are based on overall excellence.


Dr. Matzo Presents at Southern Association of Child Life Professionals

2021 Virtual Conference, by Texas Association of Child Life Professionals

  • October 22nd
  • 11am-12pm: Marianne Matzo
  • Presentation: Talking with Children About Death
Abstract for Program:

There is a wide variation in the ways children of the same age understand death based on what they have experienced and what they already know about it. A child’s understanding of death often draws upon an ages and stages model, but there can be tremendous variability between children. This presentation will share four basic concepts to facilitate a child’s understanding about death and resources to simplify the process.

Mike Ward dedicates a song to Everyone Dies

Mike Ward – BMI Singer / Songwriter – has been on our podcast a couple of times with his songs about aging and death, and he wrote this song just for Everyone Dies! You can listen watching the video below.  You can also get the lyrics, and see an interview with Mike when he plays it live on the Everyone Dies website.  To hear more of Mike’s work, go to https://www.psychosongs.com. To listen to our interviews with him, and learn more about life-limiting illness, dying and death, please visit our website at https://every1dies.org.

Marianne reminds us “Every day is a gift.” This song beautifully calls out the need to say those words we need to say, to do the things we want to do, savor those precious moments, because all of us have limited time on this earth. And spoiler alert…there’s no surprise…everyone dies


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