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It would be a pity if this interesting, humane, and practical book were read only by parents of recently bereaved children--for two reasons. First, the book is about grief in a broad sense. Its lessons apply not only to the child whose pet, aunt, or parent has died, but also to the child whose parents have divorced, who has suffered a debilitating injury, or who has experienced other forms of traumatic loss. Second, let's face it: every child will suffer a loss at some point, so it behooves parents to be prepared in advance. As the authors say, "our task as parents is to prepare our children to deal with the experiences they will have."
It's unfortunate that the book has what might be considered a common structural flaw in self-help books. All of Part I (about 50 pages) is devoted to examining various myths about grieving and mistakes in dealing with it--for example, that the griever should keep busy and try not to feel bad. This is "good advice about bad advice," but it leaves the reader wondering why the authors didn't choose to get on with the plain old "good advice" on page 1. By Part II, it's already clear which coping techniques the authors will recommend. It would have been better to start there. --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Coauthors of The Grief Recovery Handbook, John W. James and Russell Friedman join with psychotherapist Leslie Landon Matthews to present When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses. This compassionate manual addresses the nature of grief, purges common myths the worst of which, the authors claim, is that time heals all wounds (only small, positive actions can heal a person, insist James, Friedman and Matthews) and encourages adults to adopt a more healthy approach to grief themselves, so that they, in turn, can help children.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
This made a lot of sense, but I felt it could have been about half the size.Published 2 months ago by Granover
I read this book over 14 years ago when my younger brother passed away leaving a wife and 3 young children 10 and under. It left a lasting impression upon me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arlene
I work with parents who have lost a child, and this book has proven invaluable, both for my understanding as well as for parents' coping.Published 9 months ago by Kathy Davis
This book was required for a class I recently attended as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children). It doesn't only deal with death but any loss suffered by a child. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MommaG
What is missing is how to talk directly to the child. Too much focus on the parent and how the parent is grieving and what the parent is teaching the child by example.Published 15 months ago by Lynne Castle