Healing Childrens Grief: Surviving a Parents Death from Cancer

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byGrace Hyslop 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 examplesthroughout, 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 thechildren 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 importantdifferences 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 guidingchildren 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.

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Losing a parent is difficult for children at any age, especially when that parent has suffered a long, lingering illness. Drawing on stories from nearly 160 preschool to teenaged kids, Grace Christ highlights the different stages of the grieving process and offers suggestions on how to support them in their time of mourning in The Lega...

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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 examplesthroughout, Healing Children's Grief: Surviving ...

Grace H. Christ is at Columbia University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.91 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195105915

ISBN - 13:9780195105919

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Narrative: Mother, 3-year-old daughter2. Childhood bereavement studies3. Stages of the illness and child development4. Study sample, intervention, bereavement model, methodology5. Pre-school children 3-5 years of age: responses variations6. Narrative: Mother, 4 and 7 year old daughters7. Children: 6-8 years of age: responses variations8. Narratives: Mother, 7 year-old son and 4-year-old daughter Father, 7 and 20 year-old daughters9. Children, 9-11 years of age: response variations10. Narratives: Father, 10-year-old daughter Mother, 7 and 11 year old daughters and a 10-year-old son11. Children 12-14 years of age: responses variations12. Narratives Father, 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son Mother, 12-year-old son13. Children, 15-17 years of age: response variations14. Narratives: Father, 13 and 16 year old daughters and 15-year-old son Mother, 16-year-old daughter15. ConclusionBibliography

From Our Editors

Losing a parent is difficult for children at any age, especially when that parent has suffered a long, lingering illness. Drawing on stories from nearly 160 preschool to teenaged kids, Grace Christ highlights the different stages of the grieving process and offers suggestions on how to support them in their time of mourning in The Legacy. This is an ideal resource for parents, caregivers and teachers who wish to ensure that kids who have lost a mom or dad grieve in ways appropriate to their individual experiences and personalities.

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"In the most comprehensive study of child bereavement to date, the author examines how children aged 3 to 17 cope with terminal cancer and subsequent death of one of their parents. The first section gives a summary of the literature on this topic and offers a background on the methodology usedin this study. The second section makes extensive use of specific examples to present the findings of this study for each of the five age groups." -- Journal of Social Work Education