Kate Polley


After the loss of her infant son, Kate wrote her first children’s book, Sam and Finn. Originally written for her surviving twin and older children, the illustrated book is described as a ‘story of hope’. Through gentle and simple prose, the book explains the many ways someone who has passed away, still lives within and around us. Demand for the book spread and the requests for a customised version of the book, personalised with a family’s own child’s name was overwhelming. The personalised versions of the book are now being distributed to families all over the world. It is Kate’s hope that every family who receives a copy, will be provided with a tiny bit of comfort and hope. The aim of the books is to acknowledge children who have died, regardless of age or circumstance and to assist families in explaining the concept of death to children. The stories provide a way for parents to open the dialogue about a sibling or family member who has passed away and gives children the opportunity to ask questions and talk about their feelings. Kate lives in Cape Town, South Africa, together with her husband, and four living children – Hannah, Erin, Finn and Jude. She balances motherhood with her passion - sharing Sam’s story and providing hope for bereaved families.