Grieving Child

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Simon and Schuster, 1992 - Family & Relationships - 207 pages
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Making a Child's World Whole Again

Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative can face. The Grieving Child offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Parents of children from preschool age to the teen years will find much-needed guidance, covering:
• Helping a child visit the seriously ill or dying
• Using language appropriate to a child's age level
• Selecting useful books about death
• Handling especially difficult situations, including murder and suicide
• Deciding whether a child should attend a funeral
With a new chapter devoted to the special issues of the bereaved toddler, The Grieving Child provides invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child's emotional responses (including anger, guilt, and depression) and helping a child adjust to a new life.

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User Review  - Rebecca Russo -

This was a good book with a lot of ideas in dealing with children. A little redundant with her advice at times but as a whole a lot of good advice. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time talking about death with their children. Read full review

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User Review  - madhamster - LibraryThing

A good book for helping children through the grief process. The introduction emphasises that parents may not be able to read the whole book in the beginning, but that they should try to read those ... Read full review


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Chapter Four
Guilt or Regret
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
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Page 172 - Rofes, Eric E., and the unit at Fayerweather Street School. The Kids' Book About Death and Dying. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1985. Fourteen children offer facts and advice to give young readers a better understanding of death. Slater, Dr. Robert C. Tell Me, Papa. Council Bluffs, IA: Centering Corporation, 1978. Children have many questions about death. This book takes the great unknown of death and, through the words of Papa, "tells it as it is. " The feelings that are triggered by death are explained...
Page 168 - Designed to be read aloud, this is a story about how Aarvy Aardvark comes to terms with the loss of his mother and brother. Many animals offer unhelpful advice to Aarvy; only his friend, Ralphy Rabbit, is truly helpful.
Page 169 - Death eventually touches every family, and this book, for people of all faiths, is a starting point for parents who must talk about this difficult topic with their children.
Page 173 - Bart Speaks Out: Breaking the Silence on Suicide. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services, 1998.
Page 175 - Anderson, Moira K. Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet.

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About the author (1992)

Helen Fitzgerald is an author and lecturer certified in thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. For twenty-three years she was the coordinator of the Grief Program for Mental Health Services in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she conducted many groups for adults, as well as for grieving children ranging from preschool age through the high school years. In July 2000 she retired from that position and she is now the director of training for the American Hospice Foundation. Her books include The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen.

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