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The Colors of Grief: Understanding a Child's Journey through Loss from Birth to Adulthood 1st Edition
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Part 1 of Di Ciacco's book is about the general concepts of grief and loss as they affect children. All infants bond with the first person that they are physically close to, generally the mother. The infant attaches emotionally and psychologically to the primary caregiver, so if she dies or is killed, the infant is significantly traumatized. The security and familiarity of routines, physical contact, and hidden regulators are lost, causing fear and anxiety. Di Ciacco then walks the parent through normal emotions during grief, including fear, anger, shame, guilt, depression, and withdrawal. These are all normal responses to the vulnerability and abandonment a child feels after a loss. Many emotions actually serve as defensive mechanisms to postpone the grieving process until a child's brain has matured to deal with the abstract reality of death. Next, Di Ciacco describes the stages of grief, giving common false beliefs by children of different ages as they deny what happened or reflect a misunderstanding of the totality of death. One significant observation here is that due to the lack of development, many children cannot use words to describe their emotions.Read more ›
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This is a very well written and easy to read book that is based on up to date academic literature.Published on April 21, 2013 by Robyn Revington
Excellent resource for anyone wanting to better understand the feelings and behaviors of children who have experienced early losses, and how their experiences of loss effect... Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by Sandra Thomas
Colors of Grief covers current research, strategies, and in depth analysis of how children, ages 0-25 deal with grieving and significant loss. Dr. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Bonith Parker