Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children / Edition 2

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With this resource, the reader learns to recognize and understand different types of childhood losses while avoiding the stifling cliches that block feeling. The reader will also become aware of the myths that hinder the grief process, learn the four psychological tasks of grief, and help a child say good-bye to a dying loved one. Finally, the author explains the techniques of grief work, providing useful tools, ideas, and inventories for educators to discover ways for kids to commemorate loss (funerals, memorials, memory books).
The second edition of Life and Loss creates a framework for work with childhood grief in the new millenium. A vast amount of resources have been added and updated, some especially for educators and for those who work with children and dying. Also included are web sites, cd-roms, and grief camps. Additional grief resolution techniques have also been added, demonstrating children's written work and artwork as well. The inclusion of two timely childhood losses - the loss of the protection of the adult world and the loss of a future - sets the stage for griefwork for today's and tomorrow's children.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Goldman is well established as child's advocate, counselor and frien. Her many publications, programs as well as personal interventions have brought endless comfort and care to children and to their familites. This book is about life and loss, and about children. Goldman uses story, craft, feelings to guide children and parents. Goldman is a name you will remember, and wisely so.
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"This book is masterfully written and comprehensive in its coverage of a broad range of loss issues for children and their families. Goldman clearly states a variety of problems, and those are followed by well-documented strategies and solutions. She provides a vast number of useful community contacts as well as wide-ranging print and electronic resources. This is a major contribution for people helping grieving children and their families—and for the families themselves."

—J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT, author of Helping Grieving People

"From death and divorce to immigration and cyber-bullying, Goldman views the losses of childhood through a wide-angle lens and dispenses compassionate advice. Life and Loss speaks practically to parents, teachers, counselors and the rest of us, offering a trove of recommended books, insights and web sites that support those who support grieving children."

—Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, coeditor of Grief and the Expressive Arts

"Linda Goldman has given us a guide, encouragement, and a mandate. Each edition of Life and Loss adds new situations and resources. Goldman is at the top of my chart and should be for you. Make sure you have her books in your library. You can’t go wrong."

—Richard B. Gilbert, PhD, CT, graduate school of social and behavioral sciences, Mercy College

"What a remarkable new edition for a trusted resource by a trustworthy clinician! Goldman offers panoramic perspective to the changing grief environments children must navigate in today’s cyberfocused world. Both my mind and my heart were stretched by Goldman’s analysis and insights. The bibliography of recommended children’s books is superb. Goldman’s writing deflates the cultural clichés, and readers will think about this book long after they have finished it."

—Harold Ivan Smith, DMin, FT, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, and author of Borrowed Narratives

"Linda Goldman provides invaluable insight and clear direction for coping with life after loss; we have relied on her inspired work to guide hundreds of our traumatically bereaved families from despair into hope. She is an absolute treasure, and Life and Loss is an absolute must for every caregiver's bookshelf."

—Bonnie Carroll, president and founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560328612
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Goldman is the author of several books, including Breaking the Silence: A Guide To Helping Children With Complicated Grief and Raising Our Children to Be Resilient: A Guide to Helping Children Cope With Trauma in Today’s World. She has been an educator in the public school system as a teacher and counselor for almost twenty years and has a private grief-therapy practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Children's Loss and Grief 1
Ch. 2 Myths of Grief 23
Ch. 3 Four Psychological Tasks of Grief Work 35
Ch. 4 Techniques for Grief Work 55
Ch. 5 Preparing For A Goodbye Visit 101
Ch. 6 Especially for Educators 111
Ch. 7 The Community Grief Team 135
Ch. 8 Community and National Resources Point the Way to Help 157
Ch. 9 Let's Explore Materials 165
References 194
About the Author 197
Index 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2000


    This book has helped me in so many ways. It speaks in a clear way that parents and perfessionals can understand. Everyone would benefit from a copy of this book!

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