What do your children know about "death"?

-Developing a Healthy Understanding of Difficult Subjects-

Written by author Yuno Imai

As soon as you’re born, frankly, you’re dying.

Death is an inevitable part of our lives and children experience it at different occasions – Grandparents, elderly neighbors, pets or the nanny who has a stage 4 cancer… What do your children know about “death”?

I’m not afraid of death, but my mom is. She gets frightened talking about it.

This was the beginning of my inspiration to write heartwarming stories about death and difficult subjects – I don’t want anyone else to go through life fearing death.


Growing up, I assumed my mom struggled with talking about death, partially because she lost her mom suddenly at the age of 17. However, soon I realized that my mom wasn’t alone. Many parents get uncomfortable discussing death or don’t know how to explain the subject to their children. There aren’t enough children’s books on the market about this important topic, either.

How are you introducing the concept of death to your children?

Books might be a great start. And I hope my stories will provide readers an opportunity to engage in discussion or develop a healthy understanding of difficult subjects.


Trevor and Me

Trevor and Me defies the boundaries of age, gender and race. It is a heartwarming story about reincarnation based on the real-life friendship between an elderly Caucasian man and a young Asian girl. As Trevor’s health starts to decline and he prepares to die, he promises to always be with the girl even after he’s gone. Trevor dies and the girl is filled with grief until one day she begins to receive signs to let her know Trevor is and always will be with her.


The Last Meal

The Last Meal compassionately tackles a difficult and controversial subject to educate readers about the death penalty. The story follows four fictional death row inmates on their final days before their executions. All of the characters are adorable birds who must face the consequence of their actions. Chase, Peter, Fred and James are each given the same opportunity to have one last special meal of their choosing to reflect on the past and find closure as they come to the end of their life.




About the Author

Yuno Imai is a Los Angeles based children’s book author and food & travel writer.

She specializes in writing heartwarming stories that help readers cope with death or develop a healthy understanding of difficult subjects. She is originally from Japan and came to the United States alone at 17, speaking very little English.



Yuno is passionate about inspiring people through her stories and also bridging Japan and other countries, especially America, where she calls her second home.

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Website – IKnowYouKnowYuno.com/Books

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Amazon USA – amazon.com/author/yunoimai


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