Never too Young to Know: Death in Childrens Lives by Phyllis Rolfe Silverman

Never too Young to Know: Death in Childrens Lives

byPhyllis Rolfe Silverman

Paperback | August 15, 1999

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In spite of society's wish to protect and insulate children from death, the experience of loss is unavoidable and there is surprisingly little guidance on how to help children cope with grief and bereavement. Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives is the first book to bringtogether diverse fields of study, offering a practical as well as multifaceted theoretical approach to how children cope with death. Using stories of children's own experiences supported by data from a large research study, Silverman explains the wide range of effects of loss upon children and thechallenges they face as they grieve. Silverman presents grief as a normal part of the life cycle, which results not only in pain and sadness but also in change and growth. She further explains that children can and do cope effectively with loss and the changes it brings as long as they are taught tounderstand that death is a part of life and that they will be included appropriately in the family drama. Never Too Young To Know: Death in Children's Lives is divided into three parts. The first section includes an overview and theoretical framework that examines the social, historical, developmental, and familial forces that frame and focus children's lives as they experience loss. The second sectionoffers a detailed analysis of how children experience mourning different types of death including the death of siblings, parents, and friends, and death due to illness, suicide, accidents, and violence. The final section includes an accessible guide to helping children cope with grief, emphasizingthe importance and the necessity of social support as children learn to adapt to their new lives. Never Too Young To Know: Death in Children's Lives is not only ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students learning about children but it is also useful for courses on death and dying and the family. It is also an invaluable book for mental health practitioners, clergy, schoolteachers,nurses, pediatricians, as well as the general reader interested in learning how to deal with death in children's lives.

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Phyllis Rolfe Silverman is at Harvard Medical School.

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Title:Never too Young to Know: Death in Childrens LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195109554

ISBN - 13:9780195109559

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsPrefaceIntroductionPart I: Making Meaning of Death and GriefIntroduction1. Historical and Theoretical Perspectives2. Bereavement: A Time of Changing Relationships and Transition3. Grieving and Psychological Development4. Children in the Family ContextConcluding Thoughts to Part IPart II: Stories People TellIntroduction5. The Death of a Parent: Dealing with Bad News, My World Is Turned Upside Down6. The Death of a Parent: Making an Accommodation7. My Child is Dying8. After a Child's Death: Nothing is the Same9. When a Sibling Dies10. Invisible Mourners: The Death of a FriendPart III: On HelpingIntroduction11. Help Over Time: Meeting Changing Needs12. Finding Help: Services for the Bereaved13. Teachable Moments: Promoting CompetenceAfterwordBibliographyAppendix: Resources for the Bereaved

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In some cultures, allowing children to experience the emotions associated with death is as important as letting them celebrate a new life. In most western cultures, however, people tend to shelter youngsters from the grief and unpleasantness resulting when someone passes away. Phyllis Rolfe Silverman suggests the most effective ways in which you can help children cope with the loss of a parent, sibling, relative, friend or even a cherished pet in Never Too Young to Know.

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"The title does not do it justice. [Never too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives] is far more than the subtitle suggests. ... Silverman has done well to distil the breadth of research covered by this text ... there is great skill in being able to extract the essence of a field and placeit in a larger framework. ... It is above all else a book where children are given center stage."--Death Studies