Fatherloss: How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms with the Deaths of Their Dads

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FatherLoss is a nuanced look at one of the most common and least-studied events in men's lives. Offering a fresh view of the grieving process and practical advice, this book contains information on: how a son can prepare for his loss; coping immediately following the death; a woman's role in helping men through it; and the different ways men grieve.

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Overview

FatherLoss is a nuanced look at one of the most common and least-studied events in men's lives. Offering a fresh view of the grieving process and practical advice, this book contains information on: how a son can prepare for his loss; coping immediately following the death; a woman's role in helping men through it; and the different ways men grieve.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
Chethik's first book is both intimate and revealing.
Thomas Lynch
A welcome and necessary addition to the literature of bereavement and the lives of men.
Washington Post
Chethik is a sensitive storyteller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786884490
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/19/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 264,252
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Chethik, a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, specializes in writing about the psychology of men. A professional speaker and workshop leader, he has worked on the staffs of newspapers in Florida and California. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Impact of FatherLoss
13
Chapter 1 Torn Asunder--Birth to Age 17 17
42
Chapter 2 Too Soon--Ages 18 to 32 46
66
Chapter 3 The Body Blow--Ages 33 to 55 69
89
Chapter 4 Closing the Circle--Ages 56 and Up 93
Part 2 Rebounding from FatherLoss
109
Chapter 5 Preparing for FatherLoss 112
129
Chapter 6 The First Days After 132
149
Chapter 7 Men's Styles of Mourning 153
174
Chapter 8 How Spouses Help 177
192
Chapter 9 Life Changes 195
212
Chapter 10 Does Therapy Help? 214
228
Chapter 11 Lingerings 232
Part 3 The Lessons of FatherLoss
Chapter 12 Affectionate Fathering 249
Appendices
Appendix I The FatherLoss Survey 273
Appendix II Resources for Men Facing Loss 279
Appendix III Father Films 284
Sources 286
Acknowledgments 302
A Reader's Guide to FatherLoss 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Help and Healing

    Neil Chethik has performed a great service for all of us --- those who have lost a father to death, those who are distant from their living fathers, and those who have an opportunity to make the most of the time they still have with their fathers. Perfect or imperfect, loved or loathed, present or absent, your father is the most important man in your life. What you have been, what you are, and what you will be are all shaped your dad. But, don't forget dad's simple humanity. The quality of your relationship with your dad depends upon the efforts of both of you. With weaknesses, fears, worries and limitations like anyone, most dads simply do or did the best that they could. Chethik's book gives comfort to those who have lost their dads and reminds the rest of us to learn more about our dads and about ourselves while we have the chance.

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