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Healing Children's Grief: Surviving a Parent's Death from Cancer / Edition 1

Healing Children's Grief: Surviving a Parent's Death from Cancer / Edition 1

by Grace Hyslop Christ, Grace H. Christ
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In this unique book, Grace Christ relates the powerfully moving stories of eighty-eight families and their 157 children (ages 3 to 17) who participated in a parent-guidance intervention through the terminal illness and death of one of the parents from cancer. Using extensive case examples throughout, Healing Children's Grief: Surviving a Parent's Death from Cancer provides a detailed examination of how children and adolescents cope with this loss. Covering a critical 20 month period, from 6 months before to 14 months after the death of a parent, Christ reports that a majority of the children successfully adapted to the loss during the subsequent months after the death.
The book is divided into two major sections. The first summarizes the theoretical background and methodology. The second presents the findings of the five developmentally derived age groups (3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-17). Using qualitative analytic methods, these findings clarify important differences in children's grief and mourning processes, in their understanding of events, in their interactions with families, and in their varying needs for help and support. The author describes how parents participated in healing their children's grief by: preparing, informing, and guiding children through the experience; understanding their developmental needs; supporting and resonating with their unique expressions of grief; helping them construct a positive legacy; and reconstituting relationships without the day to day presence of the parent who died. Healing Children's Grief: Surviving a Parent's Death from Cancer provides practical guidance and direction for professionals and physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, guidance counselors, and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195105919
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/27/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Narrative: Mother, 3-year-old daughter
2. Childhood bereavement studies
3. Stages of the illness and child development
4. Study sample, intervention, bereavement model, methodology
5. Pre-school children 3-5 years of age: responses variations
6. Narrative: Mother, 4 and 7 year old daughters
7. Children: 6-8 years of age: responses variations
8. Narratives:
Mother, 7 year-old son and 4-year-old daughter
Father, 7 and 20 year-old daughters
9. Children, 9-11 years of age: response variations
10. Narratives:
Father, 10-year-old daughter
Mother, 7 and 11 year old daughters and a 10-year-old son
11. Children 12-14 years of age: responses variations
12. Narratives
Father, 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son
Mother, 12-year-old son
13. Children, 15-17 years of age: response variations
14. Narratives:
Father, 13 and 16 year old daughters and 15-year-old son
Mother, 16-year-old daughter
15. Conclusion

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