After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss Through the Years

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Free Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 273 pages
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For a parent, losing a child is the most devastating event that can occur. Most books on the subject focus on grieving and recovery, but as most parents agree, there is no recovery from such a loss. This book examines the continued love parents feel for their child and the many poignant and ingenious ways they devise to preserve the bond. Through detailed profiles of parents, Ann Finkbeiner shows how new activities and changed relationships with their spouse, friends, and other children can all help parents preserve a bond with the lost child. Refusing to fall back on pop jargon about "recovery" or to offer easy suggestions or standardized timelines, Finkbeiner's is a genuine and moving search to come to terms with loss. Her complex profiles of parents resonate with the honesty and authenticity of uncomfortable emotions expressed and, most importantly, shared with others experiencing a similar loss. Finally, each profile exemplifies the many heroic ways parents learn to live with their pain, and by so doing, honor the lives their children should have lived.

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Ann K. Finkbeiner, who herself lost a child in 1987, is an award-winning science journalist and co-author of "The Guide to Living with HIV Infection." She is a regular contributor to "Science" and has won a number of awards for medical and science writing. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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