The Loss That Is Lost Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father

The Loss That Is Lost Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father

by Maxine Harris
     
 

The death of a parent before a child reaches adulthood is a cataclysmic event that forever scars that child. No assumption, no expectation, no belief can remain the same. Yet millions of children grow to adulthood on a foundation that is both marred and shaped by such an early loss. The Loss That Is Forever, written by esteemed clinical psychologist Maxine Harris,…  See more details below

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The death of a parent before a child reaches adulthood is a cataclysmic event that forever scars that child. No assumption, no expectation, no belief can remain the same. Yet millions of children grow to adulthood on a foundation that is both marred and shaped by such an early loss. The Loss That Is Forever, written by esteemed clinical psychologist Maxine Harris, provides a thoughtful and moving framework for understanding the impact that early loss has on every aspect of adult growth and development. For anyone who has survived the early loss of a parent, as well as for those with a spouse, friend, or lover who has lost a parent in childhood, this powerful book explores all aspects of this life-defining event. An important guide to discovery and understanding, The Loss That Is Forever sheds new light on the overwhelming impact of a parent's early death - and shows how the human spirit can survive and even master the ultimate loss.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than 60 men and women who lost a parent at an early age contributed their stories to this investigation of an important life event by a practicing psychotherapist. Their stories-including accounts of some famous figures: C.S. Lewis, Virginia Woolf, Eleanor Roosevelt-shed light on a legacy of loss the author views as ``the psychological Great Divide, separating the world into a permanent `before and after.'" Whatever form the impact of this loss takes in later adult life-it can be rage, driving ambition, fear of intimacy-these life stories amply demonstrate the indelible character of the mark left on the child. These are also stories of recovery, of people who became more than survivors, testifying to the repair of damage from childhood trauma. This enlightening presentation opens up a seldom discussed topic. (Sept.)
Booknews
Harris (codirector, Community Connections mental health agency) provides a framework for understanding the impact of early loss of a parent on every aspect of adult development, drawing on interviews and the writings of figures such as Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Darwin to illustrate how themes of loss and survival weave through the lives of those who have lost a parent in childhood. She discusses the relationship with the surviving parent, intimate relationships, and perspectives on one's own mortality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525938699
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.69(h) x 1.20(d)

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