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The Lovebird's Freedom

Story by Esther Maloney

Lydia loves birds and sock-skiing through her apartment, but one night a phone call wakes her whole family. Her Aunt Sanaz has died.

While her mom travels to help the grieving family, Lydia dedicates herself to helping her neighbour Marie rehabilitate some wild baby birds. A blue and copper bird catches her eye and she names him “Lovebird”.

When the time comes for Lovebird to be released from his cage into the wild, Lydia explores her feelings of loss and sadness through a conversation with her dad and
comes to imagine death as its own kind of freedom, a moment when our souls are released from our bodies to fly free.

This book offers families an opportunity to share thoughts, experiences and emotions around loss, grief and healing.

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  • Full color illustrations.

  • 7.5 x 9.5 inches, soft cover.

  • Simple concepts and visuals that can be understood by children 6 and up.

  • Practical suggestions to help deal with grief (end of the book) that can be used at home, school or as part of therapy.

  • A book to help with difficult conversations and emotions.

Esther Maloney

Esther Maloney is an actor, director, writer and producer. She directs Illumine Media Project, creating films and episodes for and with diverse young people and their families in neighbourhoods across Toronto, Canada. She is completing her Master of Arts in Education and lives in a tall building that faces the sunset with her tea-loving husband and energetic toddler. To find out more about illumine media projects and view their short films and videos: or

Free tools for download

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- To use with the book as a way of expanding on certain subjects.
- To use as a discussion tool and create a visual reminder of the person who has passed.
- To use along with the suggestions in the book.
- To use as needed.

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