The grandchildren of Gadi Bar Dor never had the honor of meeting him but their mother decided to introduce her father to them by writing a book. Her book is also helping other children deal with the loss of a loved one.

Ravit Liron and her daughter Gil

Ravit Liron and her daughter Gil Photo Credit: Courtesy of the family/Channel 2 News

Gadi Bar Dor’s four grandchildren never met him. Bar Dor was critically injured during the Yom Kippur War and died 13 years later. However, his daughter Ravit Liron never gave up and decided to introduce her children to her father through a book she wrote titled: Grandpa Gadi came for a visit. Her book is also helping other children deal with the loss of a loved one.

“At every stage of life, the loss hits you,” explained Liron, who is now married and a mother to two sets of twins. “When my dad was injured, I was just a little girl and all of the stories were just erased from my head. All of a sudden, I had children of my own and I was surrounded by friends whose children have a grandmother and grandfather and so many stories. I felt that I didn’t really have anything besides a grave.”

“Once I was released from the hospital [after giving birth], I took my children to his grave in Kfar Masaryk,” Liron explained. “Every once and a while, we visit his grave. They know that he’s their grandfather.”

The book

The book Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Ministry/Channel 2 News

As the 25th anniversary of his death approached, Liron put together a photo album dedicated to her father’s memory. When she showed it to her family and friends, they urged her to share it with the public. “People around me were suddenly telling me that it could also interest other people,” she said. “When I was told that over and over again, I understood that I really managed to create something special and maybe it was a good idea to try to develop and publish the album.”

The book is divided into two parts. The first part talks about Grandpa Gadi’s special meeting with his grandchildren. In the second part, Liron invites the young readers to meet their loved one who is no longer with them by answering a few questions, carrying out some special tasks and using a bit of imagination.