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Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing
     

Children Also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing

by Linda Goldman
 

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Children Also Grieve is an imaginative resource, fully illustrated with color photographs, that offers support and reassurance to children coming to terms with the loss of a close friend or relative and to adults who are supporting them through their bereavement.

The first part of the book is designed to be read and worked through by children. The story tells of

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Children Also Grieve is an imaginative resource, fully illustrated with color photographs, that offers support and reassurance to children coming to terms with the loss of a close friend or relative and to adults who are supporting them through their bereavement.

The first part of the book is designed to be read and worked through by children. The story tells of the experiences of Henry, the dog of a family whose grandfather has died. During Henry's progress through the different stages of bereavement, he learns strategies for coping with his grief. At various stages of the story, Goldman provides readers with the opportunity to share their own reactions to loss through words and pictures, using specific prompt questions that encourage the exploration of different facets of grief.

The second part includes a list of useful vocabulary to help children express their feelings about bereavement, a bibliography of other useful resources for both children and adults, and a section that will help adults to understand and aid children throughout the grief process. This last section also explains the approach taken in the story, details typical responses to bereavement, and discusses useful ways in which adults can discuss and share grief with children.

This book is an invaluable tool for bereaved children and those who care for them.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This title, meant to be shared by a child and an adult, will help youngsters deal with grief. The book is divided into four sections. In "Henry's Story," the family dog tells of Grandfather's death and describes family members and their various responses ("Grandfather died and I am very sad"; "This is Ling-.He is sad after Grandfather died and doesn't feel like playing ball anymore"). Each reaction is different, but considered completely normal. Some pages include a question or two designed to encourage children to talk about their feelings ("Can you tell me what you think death is?"). Colored photographs are interspersed throughout the dog's narration. The "My Memory Book" section contains 19 pages of fill-in-the-blank sentences and opportunities to add or draw pictures. A two-page glossary defines words associated with death and grieving. The last part, "For Caring Adults," provides information about a child's understanding of death, signs of grief, and more. While some children might wonder why the dog is telling the story, this book will encourage dialogue and will aid children in dealing with loss and healing.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108085
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Publication date:
01/16/2006
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 6.81(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Goldman is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement (FT) with an MS degree in counseling and early childhood education. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and currently has a private grief therapy practice for children, teenagers, families with prenatal loss, and grieving adults. Linda shares workshops, courses, and training on children and grief, and teaches as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program of Counseling at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. She has written several titles on children and grief, including Life and Loss, Breaking the Silence and Bart Speaks Out. Linda was active in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) after September 11.

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