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Last Updated: Wednesday October 24 2007 18:40 GMT

Girl's book helps kids with grief


A nine-year-old girl whose dad died from cancer has written a book to help other children cope with death.

Milly wrote My Daddy is Dying when she was seven years old, after being told doctors couldn't make her dad better.

The book is a collection of drawings and games designed to help kids cope with the death of someone they love.

Milly said: "I wrote about the things I found difficult like going to sleep. I hope that my book helps other children and lets them know they are not alone."

Milly, who's from Exeter, used to read to her dad every day while he was ill and even helped with his medication.

Milly and her dad
Milly's dad, Simon Bell, died in May 2006
Suggestions in her book include making a Happy Feelings cake where all the ingredients are happy thoughts.

Her mum, Gaynor Appleby, said Milly had been devastated when her dad died, but always thought about other children first.

She said: "We are so proud of her and I know her dad would have been too."

Milly's book is being published by the cancer charity Force and is free on request.

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