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When Jarrod's Grandpa Died
     

When Jarrod's Grandpa Died

by Elizabeth McDonald
 

Children often struggle with the concept of terminal illness and death of a loved one. After all this is a tough topic for all of us. For a child with limited understanding and coping skills it becomes even more challenging.
When Jarrods Grandpa Died; gives children a concrete description of the terminal illness, death and funeral process. It excludes terms such

Overview

Children often struggle with the concept of terminal illness and death of a loved one. After all this is a tough topic for all of us. For a child with limited understanding and coping skills it becomes even more challenging.
When Jarrods Grandpa Died; gives children a concrete description of the terminal illness, death and funeral process. It excludes terms such as sleeping peacefully, gone to a better place, taken to heaven or became a new star. These terms are nice and can be an explanation but they may also result in confusion and create an expectation for the person to return or re-awaken. It can also set up a fear of sleep or God due to the worry of dying also.
Such terms can be used with children but I encourage you to take care if you chose to do so.
I have also excluded religious labels and symbols so as to maintain a neutral story line to cater for all. Your personal beliefs can of course be shared and included in conversation and during story telling with your child.
Involving children in the process of viewing the deceased is always a controversial issue. In fact this can be a very important part of acceptance for your child. By seeing and touching the deceased person; death becomes less of a mystery, a child processes the world around them with all of their senses. To allow them to see and touch their loved deceased person they are able to begin processing the finality of death in the difference they see and feel.
Death is hard for us all, grief is not a comfortable process, but we all need to go through grief when somebody we love dies. If a person is worth loving and caring about then they are worth grieving for. Our grief is our expression of love for those who have died and left us. It is my hope, that this book will allow your child’s grieving process occur a little easier and with less confusion.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044982734
Publisher:
Elizabeth McDonald
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

About the Author
Liz McDonald is a well established Private Practise Mental Health Social Worker/Psychotherapist. She enjoys writing therapy books for children’s mental health and emotional needs; however her skills in writing are multi-genre with her exploring the realms of children’s fiction, adult biography and adult therapy and health.
Away from writing Liz works in her own mental health practise with an eclectic therapy base including CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Symbol & Sandplay Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Guided Mindfulness and Art Therapy.
Liz’s practise includes working with children, teens and adults. Her passion includes working with children with anxiety, behaviour disorders and autism spectrum disorders. In regard to working with adult mental health; Liz has a long history and skill base with co-morbid mental health including drug and alcohol. She is skilled with eating disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, OCD, anxiety, trauma, etc. Her work has resulted in her being accredited as a victims of crime therapist working with adults and children.
A new and special interest in therapy has resulted in a special focus on dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder. Liz does not profess to be an expert in regard to DID but is a keen supporter and passionate advocate for those identifying with this disorder who may or may not be formally diagnosed.
Other interests and activities include lecturing on mental illness with Monash University Medical Hub, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, public speaking and supporting in parent/family education programs.
Liz is the published Author of What If Worries; guided therapy book for childhood anxiety disorders, available in paperback or download. The second book written by Liz; When Jarrod’s Grandpa Died is a supportive educational book for childhood understanding of terminal illness, death and the funeral process.
A third ebook released through Smashwords is a liquid diet book specific to medical needs that require a special diet.
My Body Book about me and how I can keep my body safe is the forth published therapy book for Liz and was released in May 2014. It is available now via Liz's Website or through Xlibris publishing, Barnes and Nobel and Amazon.
Currently Liz is working on her first novel and hopes to have it published by the end of the year

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