Parent Grief: Narratives of Loss and Relationship
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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