Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals

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Bringing together fourteen experts from across the United States and Canada, Bereaved Children and Teens is a comprehensive guide to helping children and adolescents cope with the emotional, religious, social, and physical consequences of a loved one's death. The result is an indispensable reference for parents, teachers, counselors, health-care professionals, and clergy.

Topics covered include what to say and what not to say when explaining death to very young children; how ...

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Overview

Bringing together fourteen experts from across the United States and Canada, Bereaved Children and Teens is a comprehensive guide to helping children and adolescents cope with the emotional, religious, social, and physical consequences of a loved one's death. The result is an indispensable reference for parents, teachers, counselors, health-care professionals, and clergy.

Topics covered include what to say and what not to say when explaining death to very young children; how teenagers grieve differently from children and adults; how to translate Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish beliefs about death into language that children can understand; how ethnic and cultural differences can affect how children grieve; what teachers and parents can do to help bereaved young people at school; and activities, books, and films that help children and teens cope.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'"In this much-needed book, a group of carefully chosen authorities explore with sensitivity and wisdom the complex problems faced by those young people whom Rabbi Grollman so correctly calls 'the forgotten mourners' . . . The authors have given us a work that is direct, thorough and—most of all—useful." —Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., F.A.C.S. author of How We Die, winner of the 1994 National Book Award
Library Journal
Almost 30 years ago, Grollman wrote a groundbreaking work for children on death, Explaining Death to Children (LJ 11/1/67). Since then, Americans have made strides toward viewing death as a natural part of life, not an occasion to be denied or ignored, and for the most part this attitude is being taught to children. Grollman now brings together articles from 14 writers (teachers, medical professionals, clergy, and counselors) to address diverse subtopics, such as terminal illness, death education in schools, responses among different faiths and ethnic groups, and the use of film and drama to teach about death. His selections stress the importance of grief and attendance at a funeral and burial or marking closure in some definite way. The value here is in recognizing wide, diverse responses to death while supporting the idea that since death is part of life, children need to be prepared. For most collections.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Booknews
A fairly comprehensive guide to helping children and adolescents cope with the emotional, religious, social, and physical aspects of a loved one's death. Topics range from how adolescents grieve differently from adults to concrete ways to help children cope. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807023075
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Earl A. Grollman is an internationally recognized bereavement counselor who has been named Hero of the Heartland and given the Distinguished Human Service Award from Yeshiva University, among countless other awards. He is author of the best-selling Living When a Loved One Has Died (Beacon / 2719-7 / $10.00 pb), among many other books, and articles about him and his work have appeared in USA Today, Harper's, Reader's Digest, Ann Landers, People, and in virtually every major American daily. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. 1 Death, Development, and Relationships 1
1 Explaining Death to Young Children: Some Questions and Answers 3
2 Entering into Adolescent Understandings of Death 21
3 Friends, Teachers, Movie Stars: The Disenfranchised Grief of Children 37
4 Talking to Children about the Terminal Illness of a Loved One 47
5 Toward Siblings' Understanding and Perspectives of Death 61
Pt. 2 Cultural, Philosophical, and Religious Perspectives on Death and Children 75
6 Children and Death: Diversity in Universality 77
7 Behind Smiles and Laughter: African-American Children's Issues about Bereavement 93
8 Protestant Perspectives on Grief and Children 113
9 Life, Death, and the Catholic Child 129
10 Explaining Death to Children from Jewish Perspectives 141
11 A Philosopher Looks at Children and Death 159
Pt. 3 Treatments and Therapies That Can Help Children Cope with Death 169
12 Care of the Dying Child 171
13 "I Thought about Death All the Time...": Students, Teachers, and the Understanding of Death 181
14 Special Needs of Bereaved Children: Effective Tools for Helping 195
15 Using Story, Film, and Drama to Help Children Cope with Death 213
Index 231
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