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Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Find Faith, Hope and Healing after the Loss of a Loved One Paperback – March 1, 2002

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Hope, help, and healing for grieving children.

My grandfather's death was a mystery to me.  One day he was there...the next day he was gone. All I knew was that now when I knelt down to say my prayers before bed, I asked God to bless Grandpa in heaven.  But heaven can be a pretty hard concept to grasp, especially when you are five years old. I didn't know where heaven was or what it meant to go there.

In this practical, faith-based guide for parents of grieving children, DeTurris Poust seeks to help parents deal with the mystery and confusion surrounding death and grief.  Threough the wisdom of seasoned parents and advice from professionals, DeTurris Poust offers strategies for leading children successfully through the grieveing process toward healing and happiness.

"...a breath of fresh air in the genre of grief and grieving.  This is a work that grasps the reader's attention from the get-go and never lets up." --Ron Wooten-Green, author, When the Dying Speak

"One of the most informative working tools for parents who are struggling to help their child cope with grief. I highly recommend it as a practical 'how-to' guide for bereaved families as well as professionals working in this field." --Susan P. Cox, executive director, For the Love of Christi, Inc.

 

Hope, help, and healing for grieving children.

My grandfather's death was a mystery to me.  One day he was there...the next day he was gone. All I knew was that now when I knelt down to say my prayers before bed, I asked God to bless Grandpa in heaven.  But heaven can be a pretty hard concept to grasp, especially when you are five years old. I didn't know where heaven was or what it meant to go there.

In this practical, faith-based guide for parents of grieving children, DeTurris Poust seeks to help parents deal with the mystery and confusion surrounding death and grief.  Threough the wisdom of seasoned parents and advice from professionals, DeTurris Poust offers strategies for leading children successfully through the grieveing process toward healing and happiness.

"...a breath of fresh air in the genre of grief and grieving.  This is a work that grasps the reader's attention from the get-go and never lets up." --Ron Wooten-Green, author, When the Dying Speak

"One of the most informative working tools for parents who are struggling to help their child cope with grief. I highly recommend it as a practical 'how-to' guide for bereaved families as well as professionals working in this field." --Susan P. Cox, executive director, For the Love of Christi, Inc.

About the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an award-winning freelance writer and columnist with eighteen years experience. Her writing focuses on family life issues and has been widely published in national media. She lives with her husband and children in upstate New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829415270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829415278
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary DeTurris Poust is a writer, retreat leader, inspirational speaker, and spiritual motivator. She is the creator of Not Strictly Spiritual, a blog that focuses on "discovering the divine in the everyday" through faith, food, family life, travel, and more. An award-winning columnist, journalist and author of six books on Catholic spirituality, Mary has written hundreds of articles for Catholic and secular publications over the past 30 years. She writes a monthly column,"Life Lines," which appears in Catholic New York newspaper and The Catholic Spirit (NJ). Visit her at www.notstrictlyspiritual.com to learn more about her books or to schedule her for a speaking engagement.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
The writer's personal approach makes this an easy and insightful read. Rather than another book full of only "expert" opinions, she has gathered stories from her own family, as well as others, showing how parents and other adults can help children cope with loss. I wish I had had this book last year--it would have helped me understand my teenager's reaction to his grandmother's death. This is one I'll keep on my bookshelf and plan to send a copy to my sister as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2002
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I found this book to be extremely knowledgeable and written from the heart. For those who need this type of guidance, the advice given is written with a personal touch and is truthful and precise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2002
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This book can serve as a practical guide for helping children through very difficult situations. However, after reading this book you realize it is much more than that. It is the way the author recounts her own experiences, as well as the personal experiences of others, that make for compelling reading.
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"Parenting a Grieving Child" was recommended to me by Heidi Hess Saxton as a reference for helping children who are in foster care or have been adopted. All of these children are grieving to one degree or another. This book by Mary DeTurris Proust does not deal directly with that sort of grief, but it should be required reading for all parents because, at one time or another, all children grieve, and how we help them to cope with that grief is very important.

The loss may seem relatively small, like that of a goldfish, or huge such as losing a parent or sibling, but every child grieves every loss "on his or her terms." Just as for adults, there is no one right way to grieve, and what seems like a small loss to us may be extremely important to a child. We must guide them through the process.

Proust offers suggestions on talking about death and emphasizes the importance of telling children the truth about what has happened in an age-appropriate manner. She also provides a list of symptoms and behaviors that grieving children may exhibit, and red flags that professional help is needed.

Faith is an important component of this book. "We cannot separate our faith from our grief and mourning." What we believe about God and the afterlife will have a huge impact on how we and our children grieve. We need to offer spiritual support to our children, especially as they question how God could allow such pain and tragedy. "Faith offers a kind of support that cannot be found anywhere else."

"Parenting a Grieving Child" is a very valuable resource, perhaps best read when one is not in the midst of grieving, but rather as preparation for the inevitable. In addition to parents, it would be helpful for educators and those who work with children in a pastoral capacity.
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