Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death: What Children Need to Know

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 112 pages
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Death is never an easy subject for discussion and adults often struggle to find the right words when talking about it with children. This book explores children's thoughts and feelings on the subject of death and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions. The author explores some of the most common questions children ask about death and provides sensitive yet candid answers, phrased in a way that children will be able to understand and relate to. Each chapter is devoted to a particular issue, such as religious beliefs, coming to terms with terminal illness, and the fear of forgetting someone when they are gone. The book recognizes the emotions and reactions of children and family members and includes separate conclusions for parents and children. This guide offers useful advice for parents and carers and will also be of interest to counsellors and other professionals working with children.
 

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Thanatology fellow and counselor Goldman (Children Also Grieve) presents a brief introduction to death discussions with young children by providing sample questions children typically ask after a ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
7
Chapter 1 Why did my mom have to die?
13
Chapter 2 What does dead mean? How do people die?
22
Chapter 3 Where was God when I needed him? How could God let my brother die?
29
Chapter 4 Where is my person? What is heaven?
34
Chapter 5 My mom is dying What can I do?
43
Chapter 6 I am very ill Who can I talk to about dying?
50
Chapter 7 I worry a lot Will I die too? Will you die too?
55
Chapter 9 Is it my fault my mom died? Did she suffer?
69
Chapter 10 How do other kids grieve? Sometimes I feel so alone
76
Chapter 11 Im scared too What can I do to feel safe?
82
Chapter 12 How can I remember with my friends and family? Can I go to the funeral too?
92
A FINAL NOTE
100
A CHECKLIST FOR CHILDREN
102
FOR CARING ADULTS
104
USEFUL WEBSITES AND CHILDRENS RESOURCES
108

Chapter 8 Will I forget my dad? What if I forget him? How can I remember?
62

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Linda Goldman is a licensed counsellor and has a Fellow in Thanantology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement with an MS degree in counselling and Master's Equivalency in early childhood education. Linda worked as a teacher and counsellor in the school system for 20 years. She has written many articles on counselling and taught and lectured at various universities, most recently in the Graduate Program of Counselling at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Linda has a private grief therapy practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she now lives. She is author of Children also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

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