On the Death of a Child

Front Cover
Radcliffe Publishing, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 254 pages
0 Reviews
The death of a child - whether during or following birth, through illness, through accident, or through suicide - is one of the greatest challenges families, carers, friends, and the health and social care professionals who support them can face. This book provides professionals with practical advice, resources for further support and reading, and much-needed reassurance that whatever contact they have with the bereaved, and however inadequate they may feel to the task, they can make a difference. With revised material and an entirely new chapter reflecting recent developments in bereavement theory, the third edition of this classic text offers unique insights for professionals with varying levels of experience. From theory and narrative come practical ideas on what to say, what to do, how to behave, how to stay humble in situations where the only real experts are the bereaved themselves, and how professionals can look after themselves in what can be particularly traumatic and upsetting circumstances.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Incidence and characteristics of child death
3
The death of a child is different from other bereavements
5
Sudden and accidental deaths
7
Prenatal and perinatal loss
14
Death from illness
18
Death from congenital conditions
20
Socially difficult deaths
23
Organ retention
26
Emergency procedures and intensive care
110
After the death
113
Attending the funeral
118
On first visiting the family
119
Anniversaries
120
Suicide risk assessment
121
Guidelines for talking with children
124
Child experience of loss and bereavement
125

Features of grief and mourning when a child dies
29
The development of bereavement theory
31
New understanding of grief
36
What the death of a child means for different family members
43
Mourning rituals
50
GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES
55
Professional roles
57
Bereavement support workers
58
Chaplainsspiritual care advisors
59
Clergy
61
Coroners
62
Counsellors
64
Funeral directors
66
General practitioners
67
Health visitors
70
Hospital doctors
72
Mortuary technicians
75
Nurses
77
Midwives
79
Paramedics
81
Pathologists
83
Police
85
Registrars of births marriages and deaths
87
Social workers
88
Teachers
90
Guidelines for all
93
General principles
94
Supervision
98
Training
101
Skills
102
Helping strategies
103
Resources questionnaire
105
Guidelines for stressful situations
107
Breaking bad news
108
First principles
127
Helping children understand about terminal illness
130
Informing children of the death
131
Telling children about a murder or suicide
133
Summary of dos and donts
136
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
139
Support for families
141
Befriending
143
Counselling
145
Psychology
154
Groups
155
Social activities
158
Support for children
159
Support for schools
164
Planning and preparation
168
who does what and when?
172
Levels of support following critical incidents affecting schools
175
After a suicide
177
Support services
181
Core conditions
182
Starting a support group
183
A coordinated approach
186
Hope meaning and resilience
190
Some parents stories
193
Comment
213
Useful contacts for support organisations
217
Childrens hospices
224
Useful resources for working with children and families
232
Use of geneograms in bereavement counselling
239
Essential references
243
Further reading
245
Index
249
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

BA (Hons), BACP Accredited Counsellor, BACP Accredited Supervisor

Bibliographic information