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Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Around the World Know That Can Help Us
     

Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Around the World Know That Can Help Us

by Sukie Miller, Doris Ober
 
Finding Hope When a Child Dies gives voice to the unpronounced fears and the consuming guilt that most people in Western cultures experience at the loss of children they have loved. This is a book about grief and healing, a book that invites us to look at the heartening possibilities of other cultures to seek a meaning in what seems senseless, to try to become

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Finding Hope When a Child Dies gives voice to the unpronounced fears and the consuming guilt that most people in Western cultures experience at the loss of children they have loved. This is a book about grief and healing, a book that invites us to look at the heartening possibilities of other cultures to seek a meaning in what seems senseless, to try to become whole people again, even if we cannot ever be the same.

Editorial Reviews

Wingate Packard
This is a comforting, thoughtful approach to the excruciating questions that grief churns up-'How will I go on? What is the meaning of this child's death?'-without minimizing the loss of innocence and lifelong sorrow felt by survivors. "This is the best book on parental grief that I have seen."
The Seattle Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As in her previous work (After Death), Miller again looks to other cultures for inspiration--in this case for alternative ways to deal with the intense grief following the death of a child. A psychotherapist and founder of the Institute for the Study of the Afterlife, Miller repeats here to the point of redundancy that Judeo-Christian culture has "no language" for describing this grief. She recommends adopting the rituals of groups such as the Hindus, West African Yorubas, Native Americans and the Spiritists of Brazil to make up for what she perceives as Western inadequacies. Drawing on client case studies, Miller posits, for example, that the Baha'i belief in destiny can serve as an antidote to the tendency of parents to take responsibility for a child's death. Inspired by an Afro-Brazilian tradition, she further suggests that bereaved parents renew their faith by regarding the experience as an initiation that results in a deepened spiritual understanding of the loss. Although Miller's approach may be useful to some, others who question such concepts as communing with the dead and reincarnation will find little solace in it. Agent, Barbara Lowenstein. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684846637
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.75(d)

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Rachel Naomi Remen
Finding Hope When a Child Dies is a wise and courageous response to the painful questions that arise for us all after the death of a child. Dr. Sukie Miller speaks directly and compassionately to the parts of ourselves which can remain hidden, mute, and frozen for years, and encourages them to return to life. Written for both families and health professionals, Finding Hope When a Child Dies offers a new way to speak of and cope with this greatest of all life's tragedies. Dr. Miller has written a book that will revolutionize our thinking and restore our hearts.
Naomi Rachel Remen
Finding Hope When a Child Dies is a wise and courageous response to the painful questions that arise for us all after the death of a child. Dr. Sukie Miller speaks directly and compassionately to the parts of ourselves which can remain hidden, mute, and frozen for years, and encourages them to return to life. Written for both families and health professionals, Finding Hope When a Child Dies offers a new way to speak of and cope with this greatest of all life's tragedies. Dr. Miller has written a book that will revolutionize our thinking and restore our hearts.
Howard K. Bell
Finding Hope When a Child Dies is impactful, practical, and enlightening. Sukie Miller's personal wisdom, clinical insights, engaging story telling abilities, and findings from her innovative research are powerfully integrated. She attempts to answer life's most difficult questions without providing answers, but rather by offering possibilities. I believe that the hope offered in this book has universal application. Health care professionals, counselors, grief therapists, and other spiritual seekers will find valuable renewal and resources in these pages.
Larry Dossey
Dr. Sukie Miller provides comfort and hope for one of the most difficult moments of life: the death of a child. There are ways to deal effectively with the grief and bereavement of these dark periods, as Miller compassionately reveals."
Mary Ann Boe
Finding Hope When a Child Dies reaches into the deepest corners of the questioning soul and invites the birth of new language to help move us through fear and heal the broken heart.
Harold Koenig
A sensitive, moving, and deeply comforting book filled with insightful ideas, practical information, and inspiring personal stories. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost a child or has tried to help those who have.

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