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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No other book offers readers the breadth and depth of research-based guidance
for navigating through one of life's most painful experiences. The compassionate personal stories of grief and loss, told by children, adolescents, and adults are unique to this book and represent a body of work that is extremely moving, yet comforting for readers who are experiencing similar losses. This book is a treasure-trove of guidance and wisdom for
parents who are faced with the often overwhelming task of moving the family
beyond the painful realities of living life after the death of a loved one. I highly recommend this book as the authoritative text for understanding the complex and often complicated grief process associated with the death of a child, parent, or friend." --Doody's Health Sciences Review, a 5-star review!


"Silverman and Kelly have written a definitive yet readable book to help parents of children who are lost in an intimidating new world of loss. At a time when the pain of loss can paralyze both thought and feeling, this guide will be a road map to coping and moving to better days. A must book in every parent's library."-- Dr. Phil McGraw


"If I were to recommend one comprehensive book to help parents and health professionals through the paths of the crushing journey of death, it would be the writings of Phyllis Silverman and Madelyn Kelly. Thoroughly researched with compelling practical wisdom and guidance, this harvest of healing insights is a gem to be treasured." -- Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, DHL, DD Author, Living When a Loved One Has Died


"This readable, commonsense book will greatly assist parents in their own grief journeys, as well as in better helping their children navigate the changes death brings to their lives. Weaving words of wisdom from children, teenagers, young adults, and parents who have 'been there,' the authors sensitively and compassionately 'tell it like it is.' Every parent raising a child who has experienced a loss through death should have this book; I look forward to heartily recommending it to the parents at our center, as well as to professionals who serve those who are grieving." --Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT Executive Director, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families


"As the elder half of a couple with young children, I'd better give this book to my wife. I suppose I could leave instructions in my will, but they wouldn't be as wise as Silverman's and Kelly's. Besides, nobody listens to me when I'm here, let alone when I'm gone."--P.J. O'Rourke


"We all know people who have seen death uncomfortably close at hand. Max Kelly has, too, and she has filled her book with healing testimony from people who have lost husbands, fathers, mothers, siblings. How many times have you asked a grieving friend: What can I do to help? A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children is one positive answer to the question."--Men's Health blog


"A useful resource for parents and professionals that work with families who are experiencing a loss. Recommended."--Library Journal


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About the Author

Phyllis R. Silverman has received many awards for her work and is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of bereavement. The co-principal investigator of the pioneering Harvard Child Bereavement Study, her books include Widow to Widow: How the Bereaved Help Each Other and Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives. Madelyn Kelly is a writer and former television news producer, and the mother of two sons. Her husband, the writer/columnist/editor Michael Kelly, was the first American journalist to be killed in the Iraq war, in 2003. She edited a compilation of his work, Things Worth Fighting For: Collected Writing.

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I wish I had this book when our oldest son was murdered.
Howard Morton
I highly recommend this book, both for surviving spouses or anyone who has lost a family member or friend.
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There are so many quotes from parents and kids- very honest.
Dena K. White

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hannelore Wass on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
This comprehensive guide for parents of bereaved children is filled with a wealth of wisdom born of personal experience and outstanding scholarship in the areas of grief, child development, child-rearing practices and mental health. Most particularly, it draws on the insights gained from the pioneering Harvard Childhood Bereavement Study of which Phyllis Silverman was the Co Principal Investigator and from decades long experience with grief support groups across the country. Madelyn Kelly's personal experience of her journalist husband's killing in the Iraq War and its impact on her and her children, adds special poignancy.

What makes this book compelling to read and offers perhaps the greatest potential for help, is the authors' uncanny ability to communicate with the reader in an ongoing conversation that radiates deep compassion and sensitivity and that on each and every one of its 244 pages of text, bereaved children and parents share a part of their personal stories.

This book should be in the library of every parent of a child who has experienced the loss through death of parent, other family member, or friend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Black on April 21, 2009
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The concerns, worries, fears and hopes of all families living with painful loss(s) are addressed in a nurturing, compassionate, soothing presentation of facts, voices of real people and age related perspectives.

This is a most welcome resource and gift for The Children's Room (TCR), Arlington MA, as well as others who may not have the availability of a Children's Room.

Sandra M. Black, Ed.D., retired mental health professional, long term volunteer, chair of TCR library committee and Board Member, The Children's Room, Arlington, MA.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dena K. White on June 29, 2010
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This book has given me nuch needed insight as to how to support my two children ages 13 and 11. My husband died suddenly just three months ago at the age of 35 and I found myself at a loss as to how to help them. He was "all in" as a father and husband, we have a very close extended family for support but still this is overwhelming for us. I have marked up this book so much with my notes as it has become an invaluable tool. I even gave it to the grandparents to read in order to help them understand the kids. They too find it helpful. I now understand that children grieve much differently than we adults do for so many reason. I am better prepared to watch, listen, wait and act as necessary without second and third guessing all the time. There are so many quotes from parents and kids- very honest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marian K. Shapiro on November 17, 2010
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Anyone who has lost a beloved - child, parent, sibling, spouse -- will find company in this fine book. The reading is 'easy,' that is, not obsfucated with jargon, but the topic is not. As a psychologist, I've recommended it to several clients within the past month, and all of them have been moved and helped by reading it - people whose losses were long ago, but still affecting them; people whose losses are current. Different sections will resonate with different people, but all come away feeling that they were understood, that they were no longer 'the only one' who reacted as they did.
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