The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide  -     By: Helen Fitzgerald
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The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide

Fireside Books / 2003 / Paperback

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Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative can face. This book offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Parents of children from preschool age to the teen years will find much-needed guidance, covering: helping a child visit the seriously ill or dying; using language appropriate to a child's age level; selecting useful books about death; handling especially difficult situations, including murder and suicide; deciding whether a child should attend a funeral. With a new chapter devoted to the special issues of the bereaved toddle, this book provides invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child's emotional responses (including anger, guilt, and depression) and helping a child adjust to a new life.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Fireside Books
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0671767623
ISBN-13: 9780671767624
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Making a Child's World Whole Again

Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative can face. The Grieving Child offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Parents of children from preschool age to the teen years will find much-needed guidance, covering:
• Helping a child visit the seriously ill or dying
• Using language appropriate to a child's age level
• Selecting useful books about death
• Handling especially difficult situations, including murder and suicide
• Deciding whether a child should attend a funeral
With a new chapter devoted to the special issues of the bereaved toddler, The Grieving Child provides invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child's emotional responses (including anger, guilt, and depression) and helping a child adjust to a new life.

Author Bio

Helen Fitzgerald is an author and lecturer certified in thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. For twenty-three years she was the coordinator of the Grief Program for Mental Health Services in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she conducted many groups for adults, as well as for grieving children ranging from preschool age through the high school years. In July 2000 she retired from that position and she is now the director of training for the American Hospice Foundation. Her books include The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen.

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. From the Foreword A primer for parents in helping their children through the process of grief.

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    This was a good book with a lot of ideas in dealing with children. A little redundant with her advice at times but as a whole a lot of good advice. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time talking about death with their children.
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