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Fatherloss: How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms with the Deaths of Their Dads Paperback – September 19, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Chethik is a sensitive storyteller." -- Washington Post
"Chethik's first book is both intimate and revealing." -- Los Angeles Times
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In Fatherloss, Mr. Chethik has combined powerful story telling with quality survey research to give us a fresh picture of men and loss. The book is surely to be respected academically, but reaches the reader's heart in a way no academic book can. He brings fathers and sons to life, sometimes in their own words, and always in his eloquent descriptions of character and events. He also includes some fascinating research about historical and contemporary men. I was especially fascinated in the stories of John F. Kennedy Jr., and Michael Jordon.
I was personally moved by this very readable book, but also feel I have become much better informed about the hearts and minds of my fellow men. I also asked my wife to read it even though I have not yet lost my father. I believe it will help her understand my gender. Thank you, Neil Chethik, for writing this power book.
I applaud Neil for so bravely and expertly writing a book that goes far beyond the superfical and offers wisdom and solid evidence of the complicated bond of father and son. His years as a columnist have taught him to tell a story well and his years as a newspaper reporter and editor have given him the skills to back up every story with solid information. He has done a masterful job and it is a book that all of us need to embrace to understand who we are, where we have been and where we are going. A marvelous book that everyone needs to read.
A friend who has experienced torment over fatherloss encouraged me to read Neil Chethik's "Fatherloss." Knowing the depth of my despair, my friend sensed that reading "Fatherloss" could become a transforming experience. It was.
"Fatherloss" is a detailed study of the impact of a father's death on sons. It comforts, illuminates and instructs. Chethik interweaves anecdotal responses of bereaved sons with his own life-affirming observations and commentaries. His volume gently tears down walls of silence and suffering; it is not only profoundly moving, it is liberating in the understandings it presents to its readers. As Chethik maps the differing responses of sons to father death through the variables of age, prior relationship and impact, he sheds light on the dilemmas and pain sons face as they attempt to mourn, assess loss and rejoin the living.
I now realize that I am far from alone in my reaction to my father's death. Like many sons whose fathers' premature death shattered their lives, I never said goodbye to Joe. Never told him how much I loved him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recmmended by a friend who lost his father. Purchased it for all my male friends and family.Published 5 days ago by P. Raymond
Quality book and easy to understand! Read either the entire book or just portions that apply to you. Worth the money.Published 3 months ago by SEAN R GRAY
One of a kind book written specifically to help men deal with the loss of their Dad. Great bookPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book I first read 12 years ago. I have since given out 4 copies to men I know that have lost their fathers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband lost his father while he was incarcerated, he said he read this book and it helped him a lot. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie Jimenez
I only ever saw my father cry twice – the first time was when he accidentally burned himself and was in severe pain, and the second time was at his father’s funeral. Read morePublished 21 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Having recently experienced the death of my father I have found this book very useful in helping me process my thoughts and feelings relating to my father and our relationship. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Northwest reader
Bought this when my Dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. It helped me through the process.Published 24 months ago by Kevin
A good friend of mine gave me this book shortly after my father died. Overall, I am glad I read it because it triggered some memories and that helped me through part of my grieving... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Andrew Ratcliff