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Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals

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ISBN-10: 0807023078
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Almost 30 years ago, Grollman wrote a groundbreaking work for children on death, Explaining Death to Children (LJ 11/1/67). Since then, Americans have made strides toward viewing death as a natural part of life, not an occasion to be denied or ignored, and for the most part this attitude is being taught to children. Grollman now brings together articles from 14 writers (teachers, medical professionals, clergy, and counselors) to address diverse subtopics, such as terminal illness, death education in schools, responses among different faiths and ethnic groups, and the use of film and drama to teach about death. His selections stress the importance of grief and attendance at a funeral and burial or marking closure in some definite way. The value here is in recognizing wide, diverse responses to death while supporting the idea that since death is part of life, children need to be prepared. For most collections.?Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
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'"In this much-needed book, a group of carefully chosen authorities explore with sensitivity and wisdom the complex problems faced by those young people whom Rabbi Grollman so correctly calls 'the forgotten mourners' . . . The authors have given us a work that is direct, thorough and--most of all--useful." --Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., F.A.C.S. author of How We Die, winner of the 1994 National Book Award
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (August 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807023078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807023075
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Earl A. Grollman, a pioneer in the field of crisis intervention, was rabbi of the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, for thirty-six years. A certified death educator and counselor, he was cited as "Hero of The Heartland" for his work with the families and volunteers of the Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Grollman has spoken at many colleges, clergy institutes, seminaries, physicians' forums, and hospital nursing associations, and has addressed many support groups, such as Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Widows Personal Services. He has also appeared on national television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, All Things Considered, and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio's End of Life series in the roundtable discussion on grief and bereavement.

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Book: I Highly recommend this book for understanding grieving children. It helped me cope with what I was feeling, and with what I thought our boys might be going through, when my father in law died.
The book is good for parents, teachers, scout leaders and youth workers.
It contains over a dozen essays from religious, and medical specialists who deal with death and grief and children. Many religious and social concerns and perspectives are introduced. It is good for youth leaders because not everyone comes from your particular background and it helps you to understand where they might be coming from. It is written for an average parent or teacher to read. You don't have to be a Pastor or a Psychologist to get enormous value from it. Warning, however, it made me cry. That was part of the process too.
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Every child is different, Expect some to be completely quiet and expect others to burst out laughing. Watch for the change. Don't dismiss their feelings, it will take time to listen-- a LOT of time-- it can't be solved in a 15 minute talk, but should be addressed at the child's schedule.
Although the book is published by Beacon Press, which falls under the Unitarian Universalist Church, each of the chapter-essays are written from a different person of a different religious or social perspective. There is a chapter each on the Protestants, Catholics, Jewish, Native American, Inner City, etc. perspectives. Grollman was the editor of all the essays. Each essay is easy enough to read as a stand-alone guide.
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So far every book I have seen by Earl Grollman is wonderful and this one is no exception. Having lost my mother to cancer when I was a teenager and now, as an adult, working with children who have experienced the death of a family member, this book is a great guide. It has everything from explaining death to children to spiritual and cultural differences of death. If you're a parent of a grieving child or a professional helping children, this is a perfect book.
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