Parent Grief: Narratives of Loss and Relationship

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 252 pages
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Based on intensive interviews with 29 couples who lost at least one child (age newborn to mid 30's), this book explores what couple and individual stories say and do not say about the child's dying and death and about parent grief. Among the many areas that the book illuminates are the process of searching for what is true and right about the death and its aftermath; the ways the parents characterize the child; the continuing relationship of parents and child; the language of couple conflict and divorce; parent metaphors in talking about the dying process, death, and grief; organ donation; death rituals; and the sexual relationship of the grieving parents.
 

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Contents

The Narratives of Bereaved Parents
1
What Parents Say Is Rooted in Culture and Community
7
Summary
13
Summary
25
The Story of Dying and Death
27
The Story of the Dying Process
37
The End of Life
48
Naming the Cause of Death
55
How Parents Explain the Grief Process
103
Parent Metaphors for the Grief Process
109
Parent Metaphors for a Failed Grief Process
121
Continuing the Childs Timeline
134
Talk about Conflict
148
Summary
161
Learning What There Is to Say
173
Meaning and MeaningMaking
187

Summary
61
Rituals Beyond the Funeral
72
Metaphors of Grief Feelings
75
The Language of Pain
84
Summary
91
The Challenge of What to Do about the Chasm with Others
97
Summary
204
The Child Is with God in Heaven
218
References
231
An Interview Guide
244
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Paul C. Rosenblatt has a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and is Professor Emeritus of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. He has taught in university departments in family social science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. His multidisciplinary background enables him to offer a substantial range of examples and illustrations in the book. He has advised 36 students through to the PhD and served on roughly 450 other doctoral committees. He has been a research consultant to university-based, government-based, medical-based, and industry-based research projects. Dr. Rosenblatt has mentored dozens of faculty members at his university and at universities around the world. He has fellow status in national professional organizations in psychology, anthropology, and the family field and has been and/or is on editorial boards of scholarly journals in psychology, sociology, anthropology, the family field, and the field of dying, death, and bereavement. He has published 13 books, including "The Impact of Racism on African American Families: Literature as Social Science"; "Knowing and Not Knowing in Intimate Relationships" (with E. Wielding); "Shared Obliviousness in Family Systems"; "Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing"; and "African American Grief "(with B. R. Wallace).

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