Angel Catcher by Kathy Eldon & Amy Eldon Turteltaub


BY: April Ratcliffe, LSW

CATEGORY: Grief and Loss

​Angel Catcher is a beautiful journal book written by Kathy Eldon and her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub after the tragic loss of one of their family members. This journal of remembrance was first published in 1998, then revised to reach a new audience with the message of hope and peace as one copes with a loss.
Kathy and Amy begin by giving their testimonials regarding their feelings of grief and devastation after the murder of Dan, Kathy’s son and Amy’s brother.

Angel Catcher, a “book to capture an angel” is designed to assist the grieving in “capturing the essence of someone no longer with you.” The pages can be filled with private thoughts, memories, pictures, recipes or songs that will become your own special book of memories. These memories come to life as one responds to open-ended statements, answer fill in the blank questions or write poetry. A back pocket is attached to place special letters, cards or mementos.

Amy Eldon Turteltaub also created Angel Catcher for Kids, a similar resource which provides healthy and effective methods for children to cope with their loss.

Angel Catcher is a wonderful tool which guides the bereaved to express feelings and “find a new greater sense of joy and fulfilment,” reminding us of our resilience despite the loss of a loved one.

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