The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child

Overview

The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.

"...draws on stories of surviving families, as well as on the latest research, to explore the healing process parents must go through when they lose a child."

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Overview

The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.

"...draws on stories of surviving families, as well as on the latest research, to explore the healing process parents must go through when they lose a child."

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"Parents mourning the loss of a child will find that Rosof's many insights ring true."-Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Each week some 1900 American families are faced with the death of a child-allegedly the most harrowing of losses. Research shows that the grief of parents lasts longer and is more intense than any other. Here, Rosof, a California psychotherapist who works with bereaved families, offers compassionate advice to help parents cope. After describing the many ways children including adult children die, she explains why grieving is crucial to recovery, how the partners' relationship may be affected and the ways surviving siblings grieve. She also shows parents how to break down psychological barriers that hinder necessary grief work and prevent full recovery. In perhaps the most enlightening-as well as painful-part, families tell of their children's deaths and their aftermath. Included is a list of national organizations that support bereaved parents. Author tour. Oct.
Library Journal
Rosof, a child psychotherapist who has worked for many years with families who have lost children, offers a clear, sympathetic, no-nonsense guide to surviving "a loss like no other." Using effective anecdotes from her practice, she explains why grieving is necessary, the stages of grief parents and sibling will likely go through, possible barriers to grieving, and learning to let go and create a new life. Throughout, she stresses that parents will never be the same as they were before their child's death. Rosof wisely deals with specifics such as coping with the death of a newborn or death from illness, murder, suicide, and accidents, though inevitably there is some ground she cannot cover, e.g., a stepparent's grief and the loss of an adult child or sibling. Nevertheless, parents mourning the loss of a child will find that Rosof's many insights ring true. An excellent primer that belongs in most public libraries.-Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805032413
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 194,501
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Rosof, M.S., is a child psychotherapist in private practice in Solana Beach, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    This is the best book I have read since losing our 17 year old son to suicide a year ago. It really relates to all the feelings you go through when the worst thing in the world happens to you... losing your child.

    This book is comforting and helpful. All the emotions and fears are written about and you feel like someone else really understands what you are going through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2009

    Great Book

    This book was a great resource for me and my family. My sister lost her daughter instantly in a car accident and of course the whole family was devastated. This book helped us through the grieving process and reminded us that we were not alone. I was reading this book in the aisle of a B&N store and started crying and a woman shared her story with me. She had just lost her mother and had read this book. She commented on how wonderful the book was and I bought it. It was the best book I could have purchased and I passed it on to my sister who said along with our prayers, this book got her through the initial grieving processes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    tHE ONLY BOOK I'VE FOUND THAT MADE SENSE TO ME

    I lost my daughter in 1996, i bought this book ten years ago.It is the only book i've found that makes sense to me about what we go thru after loosing a child. I have a support group for parents who have lost children and i am recommending this book to them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    The best of all the grief books I have read.

    I lost my son several years ago, and I still refer to this book as I reach new stages of my journey. The word pictures she creates are so clear; such as our imaginary canopy that keeps us safe, which has now been taken away. She understands the feelings I have felt, so I understand that these feelings are okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    Finally, One That Understands

    We lost our 19yr old college freshman son to Congestive Heart Faliure three months ago. This book is the only one I've read that really understands what we are going through. It's compassionate, loving, and not clinical. If offers wonderful advise on the worst of all topics, like what about his room?

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