Death of a Parent: Reflections for Adults Mourning the Loss of a Father or Mother

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Adult children, regardless of whether they are in their twenties or sixties or somewhere in between, often need to do much more than make the funeral arrangements. Intertwined with the grief process are many personal concerns that surface and need to be addressed.

Whether the adult child was quite close to the deceased parent or rather distant, whether the parent's death was sudden or came after a long illness, many powerful feelings and memories arise when a parent dies. Adult ...

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Overview

Adult children, regardless of whether they are in their twenties or sixties or somewhere in between, often need to do much more than make the funeral arrangements. Intertwined with the grief process are many personal concerns that surface and need to be addressed.

Whether the adult child was quite close to the deceased parent or rather distant, whether the parent's death was sudden or came after a long illness, many powerful feelings and memories arise when a parent dies. Adult children must deal with the immediate loss plus unresolved issues from the past, the new shape of their family, the reality of their own identity and mortality, and the relevance of religious beliefs and values.

The Death of a Parent: Reflections for Adults Mourning the Loss of a Father or Mother is filled with stories of people who have lost a parent and how they dealt with the reality of that event. Eighteen stories divided into eight sections touch on a wide range of emotions and situations related to grief, loss and moving on with one's life in a healthy manner. A spiritual reflection concludes each section.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780879462246
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the test of faith 9
Taking care and letting go 15
When they just up and die 16
Praying for them to live, praying for them to die 19
No more hugs 23
Losing your very best friend 24
The last view 28
Each of us mourns a different parent 30
All this stuff! 35
They can't take it with them 36
A keepsake or junk? 39
The family tree loses a branch 45
Losing a generation 46
Who's going to be Grandma now? 53
When it wasn't all love and kisses 61
They lived together but died apart 63
Mourning the parent you had and the one you'll never have 68
They never stop being your parents 75
Get on with your life 83
Reminded of your own mortality 84
Get up, get over it 91
Now who am I? 97
To forgive but not forget 98
Will the real me please stand up? 101
Dare I live a happier life than my parents? 106
The eternal perspective 113
Their journey 114
Conclusion: the legacy of faith 121
Acknowledgments 123
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