Help Your Marriage Survive: The Death Of A Child

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Rosenblatt, founder of the Grief and Families Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations, has written a sympathetic book focusing on the effects of the loss of a child on a couple's relationship. Rosenblatt's research is based on interviews with 29 couples from different socioeconomic circumstances who lost children of varying ages. Although this book definitely fills a gap in death and dying literature, it is, unfortunately, poorly written, and its repetitious style detracts from its worth. Rosenblatt's advice differs little from couples counseling in general. Perhaps the most helpful chapter deals with strained sexual relationships following the death of a child. In some cases, Rosenblatt tries to copy the vernacular of the interviewees, but rather than enhancing the dialog, it actually disrupts the flow, often making the interviewees sound unintelligent. The book would have benefited from a list of references and/or suggested readings. Because the work is written specifically for couples, it is best suited for public libraries.--Annette Haines, Central Michigan Univ. Libs., Mt. Pleasant Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566398053
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    The Author's View of This Book

    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.

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