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Anyone who has experienced loss or knows someone who has, will benefit from reading this book. A must-read for anyone working with those who are grieving, including nurses and physicians. An excellent resource for all those who encounter parents dealing with loss and grief... --Dr. M. M. West, PH.D., RN, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

About the Author

HOLLY FOX VELLEKOOP worked for many years as a registered nurse at a state mental hospital. She retired as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Penn State University. Holly has a murder mystery, STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River, published by Avalon Books, a division of Thomas Bouregy Publishing of New York and has also had newspaper and magazine articles and poems published. She currently lives in Florida with her husband, Dr. Ronald Vellekoop.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Note Publications; First edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878398253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878398253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,341,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Living in Florida is a wonderful place for my writing in all genres. As a mother and a grandmother of six wonderful grandchildren, there's plenty of life experiences from which to choose for writing. I enjoy reading (of course), writing, gardening, kayaking, antique cars, and speaking to groups about a variety of topics. Visit my web page @hollyfoxvellekoop.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Spangler on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Holly Vellekoop knows what it's like to lose a child, certainly one of the most painful experiences imaginable. By sharing her experience and telling the stories of other grieving parents, she has offered readers a uniquely practical and helpful book. Too often parents who lose children are bombarded by well meaning but insensitive advice from friends and family who don't understand what they are going through. What makes this book so helpful is that it includes insights from "experts," other parents who share what helped and didn't help as they grieved the loss of their children. The stories are moving and honest. Reading this book will be like having a friend beside you--someone who understands your pain and can support you in the midst of it. It will also be helpful to counselors, pastors, friends and family. I would have given it five stars except for the last story in the book, which tells of the terrible grief of a mother who suffered the loss of a child who was brutally murdered. Though readers can sympathize with her deep grief, it's unfortunate that it led her to believe that she can regularly communicate with her son after her death. Such desires are understandable, but it would be unfortunate if her story were to encourage readers to believe that such things are possible or advisable. Having said that, I can enthusiastically recommend the rest of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By djg1970 on January 18, 2010
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This book serves as a very useful tool for anyone that is going through the grieving process. I highly recommend this book to everyone that is seeking comfort in the loss of a loved one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Allen on August 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book deals with the unique grieving of parents who have lost a child. The author addresses acute and long-term grief for the most shocking event a parent ever faces. She not only focuses on the deep felt depression, betrayal, and emptiness, but suggests support others can offer. The book containes actual interviews with parents who have endured this horrific event, whether the death of a newborn, a toddler, teenager, or adult child, the pain is deep, severe, and lifelong. The manner of death - illness, accident, homicide, suicide, or natural causes - leaves a different type of suffering for survivors. Holly Fox Vellekoop successfully reaches out and touches those who have had to cope with this most devastating loss. A helpful book for family, friends, coworkers, or others to learn how to help when parents grieve.
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I was touched by the heartfelt advice and encouragement that Holly offers in this book about grieving. Holly's insistence that everyone be able to grieve in their own way is so powerful. I personally have not lost a child but a close family member has and it was incredibly insightful to hear from other parents who have lost dear children. I would highly recommend this book for anyone suffering a loss.
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