Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies
Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age children who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children. The volume presents major findings from the Harvard Child Bereavement Study...
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Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age children who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children. The volume presents major findings from the Harvard Child Bereavement Study and places them in the context of previous research, shedding new light on both the wide range of normal variation in children's experience of grief and the factors that put bereaved children at risk. The book also compares parentally bereaved children with those who have suffered loss of a sibling to death, or of a parent through divorce, exploring similarities and differences in these experiences of loss. A concluding section explores the clinical implications of the findings and includes a review of intervention models and activities, as well as a screening instrument designed to help identify high-risk bereaved children.
" An excellent book that will enlighten" --Choice "Understanding of the child and of bereavement has informed the systematic approach of the investigators. Most impressive is the attention to details such as developmental level, gender of the child, gender of the deceased and living parent, family size, and sibling order, to mention only a few....This is a readable and practical contribution to the clinical understanding of children who have lost a parent." --The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research "Each chapter contains a wealth of information, well presented, written in Worden's own inimitable free-flowing style and summarized clearly at the end. This book is more than just the findings from a research project. It offers concise and sensible guidance for those working in the field with families where children are bereaved." --Mortality "...excellent...this reference book is destined to become another classic in the field of bereavement, grief, and mourning....Any teacher or student of children's grief will definitely want this book in his or her personal professional library....Worden's expertise comes through as he applies his four tasks of the mourning model to the children's level....A nice bonus in this book is Worden's comparisons of the loss of a parent by divorce juxtapositioned against the loss of a parent by death....This book certainly serves as a model of excellence of what can be accomplished and published in the arena of death and dying." --Illness, Crisis & Loss "...a consummately crafted volume that should become required reading for all psychotherapists in training, practicing psychotherapists with a multicultural clientele, and teachers of advanced multicultural psychology or psychology of women courses." --Signs "This is an instructive, practical, and readable book that clearly deserves attention....Worden writes in a simple, clear, and straightforward style. He is thoroughly familiar with the literature in his field. He takes care to describe the work of others plainly and fairly, and to show how that work relates to his own views. He organizes materials well. He makes good use of the task-based approach to understanding coping with loss and grief that he first introduced, and he draws on his own extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, and presenter." --Death Studies "...informative, and eminently readable....It will become a classic study in the area....clinicians and researchers alike will return to this book often for its clear and perceptive treatment of the central issues in the lives of bereaved children and their families." --The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease "The author is a concise writer, with clear lines of thought....I appreciate how research data have been presented in a clinically practical fashion. Two immensely strong points about this book are the inclusion of verbatim statements from children to add a human dimension to the data, and also the summary 'points to remember' at the end of each chapter....This book will satisfy readers from many differing levels of expertise. It gives a reliable look at the landscape of mourning, in which the reader will find many helpful signposts." --Canadian Child Psychiatry Review "An important book....Clearly written, with powerful quotations from children themselves, summaries at the end of each chapter and a helpful biography." --Palliative Medicine "Clear, comprehensive, and extremely useful...A scientifically sound and readable text that will be useful to developmental psychologists, family therapists, family physicians, and parents." --Family Medicine "Well worth reading by health care professionals and others who care about wounded children...Well-written, well-organized, useful, and comprehensive....Presents practical suggestions about how to identify children a