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Posted September 4, 2001
This book was written for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Based on interviews with 29 bereaved parent couples, it helps readers understand why the death of a child can be so challenging to a married couple and it offers a lot of content about dealing with the challenges. It helps readers to understand the long (perhaps lifetime) grief process, how it is that two people always grief differently, and how most of the couples who were interviewed managed to stay together as couples and often to do quite well together. It talks about learning to accept your differences, learning to be patient with the long and difficult process in oneself and one's partner, and how to deal with issues that come up frequently for grieving parent couples--including sexual issues, money issues, frustrations in dealing with others (friends, co-workers, relatives), deciding whether to have another child, parenting other children, dealing with alcohol or drug problems, and dealing with depression. It offers useful perspectives on support groups and counseling and on what may be a continuing relationship with the child who died. The couples who were interviewed are quoted extensively in the book; their voices and perspectives are central to the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.