The Colors of Grief

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Following a life-shattering experience, a child embarks upon a confusing emotional journey that can be likened to a prism of many colors: of dark feelings like sadness and fear, but also warm feelings of love and courage. The way they deal with these feelings has a lasting impact on their life as they grow.

The Colors of Grief explores strategies for supporting a grieving child to ensure a healthy passage into adulthood. Drawing on the latest research in neurology and ...

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Overview

Following a life-shattering experience, a child embarks upon a confusing emotional journey that can be likened to a prism of many colors: of dark feelings like sadness and fear, but also warm feelings of love and courage. The way they deal with these feelings has a lasting impact on their life as they grow.

The Colors of Grief explores strategies for supporting a grieving child to ensure a healthy passage into adulthood. Drawing on the latest research in neurology and psychology, Janis Di Ciacco illustrates the child's grieving process by describing their key stages of development, which range from preverbal infancy (0-2 years) through to early adulthood (about 25 years). She shows how a child's progress through these stages can be impaired by an early encounter with loss, which can lead to cognitive, emotional and social difficulties. As well as explaining the connections between bereavement, attachment issues and social dysfunction, the author also suggests easy-to-use activities for intervention at each stage, including infant massage, aromatherapy and storytelling. This is a revealing and accessible book for both parents and professionals working with, or caring for, infants, children or young adults who have experienced loss.

About the Author:
Janis Di Ciacco, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108863
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 707,498
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     13
Acknowledgements     17
The Well of Grief
Introduction: Shattered Dreams     21
Loss and Separation     24
Bonding and attaching     25
The uniqueness of childhood bereavement     26
Effects on the child's health over the years     28
Social dysfunction and attachment disorders     31
Hidden regulators wrapped in everyday life's routines     32
The Prism of Emotions Through the Grief Process     36
Fear and anxiety     36
Anger     39
Shame and guilt     40
Depression     42
Withdrawal, indifference, and despair     43
The Stages of Grief     45
Shock and numbness     45
Denial     47
Grief Through the Ages
Introduction: Grief and Developmental Stages     57
Birth to Toddler (Ages 0 to 2)     63
Marnie's story: Early separation     63
Henry's story: Loss in the second year     67
The developing brain     69
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     74
Toddler through Early Childhood (Ages 2 to 6)     81
Sarah's story: Memories of bereavement     82
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     85
Middle Childhood (Ages 6 to 10)     93
Andy's story: Loss of a father     94
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     101
Adolescence to Young Adulthood (Ages 11 to Mid-twenties): An Overview     110
The age of transition     110
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     112
Early Adolescence (Ages 11 to 15)     118
Kelly's story: Death of a brother     119
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     119
Middle Adolescence (Ages 15 to 17)     123
Hannah's story: Death of a parent     123
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     125
Late Adolescence (Ages 17 to Mid-twenties)     128
Brian's story: Death of a close friend     129
Cognitive, emotional, and physical considerations: Useful checklists     129
Conclusion     133
Therapeutic Activities     137
Massage     137
Puzzle Technique     138
Rock Technique     141
Aromatherapy     147
Stress balls      151
Storytelling     152
Transitional Tools     154
Window cards     154
Pain comforters     155
Mary Poppins Milk Recipe     157
Glossary     158
Bibliography     162
Subject Index     167
Author Index     173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Excellent resource

    Dr. DiCiacco has written an excellent book for parents and professionals. It provides the reader with solid information helpful when working with children dealing with loss and how it manifests itself. Also, I appreciate that Dr. DiCiacco addresses adopted children. I recommend this book to both the families I work with as well as my colleagues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Adoption

    This book is the best! My husband and I have adopted three children. Parenting for everyone is challenging. For parents who have adopted children, there are many factors that go beyond the 'normal' parenting responsibilities. Dr. DiCiacco's book is a great source of knowledge for me in trying to understand the 'why is my child behaving like that?' What happens during a child's developmental years is so important. For an adopted child, grieving is already a part of their makeup. So to have a readable book full of knowledge that makes sense to my many questions is exciting. Our children have struggled in making good decisions and have difficulty in 'connecting dots'. I recommend all adoptive parents and professionals working with children to have a copy of this book to read and use as a resource. I guarantee you will be enlightened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Incredible Book

    This book is an absolute must for caregivers and professionals working with children. It is an compassionate, thorough, developmental look at loss throught the eyes of a child. This book has been invaluable for me working with families of loss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Kids and parents can really benefit from this book

    As a clinical psychologist, I am very impressed by both the skill and the heart that Dr. DiCiacco has put into this book. It is the first reference that I know that spans all stages of early life loss and recovery, from birth to early adulthood. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to a wide range of readers, from concerned parents, to educators, to health and mental health professionals. Dr. DiCiacco has also achieved a nice balance between theoretical information to aid understanding, and very practical, how-to information that can be used to aid a child in healing. Children, and their parents and others who love them, are greatly benefitted by the publication of this book.

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