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When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults [NOOK Book]

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The topics range from the psychological responses to a parent's death such as shock, depression, and guilt, to the practical consequences such as dealing with estates and funerals.
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When Parents Die: A Guide for Adults

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Overview

The topics range from the psychological responses to a parent's death such as shock, depression, and guilt, to the practical consequences such as dealing with estates and funerals.
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``One of the situations you face in grieving for a parent is the likelihood that some people will treat it as a non-event''; well-meaning friends will commonly ``ask `how's your mother taking it?' but nothing about how you feel'' writes Myers, a free-lance journalist who has experienced the death of both parents as an adult. Relying primarily on interviews and questionnaires, the author covers the grieving process, the difference in impact of sudden death versus slow decline, and some of the practical and emotional issues involved in planning the funeral, dividing personal property, and resolving residual feelings. Although not comprehensive, this book is recommended as a resource for further reading and/or for guidance from social service agencies and as a validation of grief upon losing one's parentsat any age. Suzanne Druehl, Little Rock P.L., Ark .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101651551
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 405,970
  • File size: 490 KB

Meet the Author

Edward Myers is a freelance writer who, together with Koman, has written The Parenting Survival Kit and How to Mend a Broken Heart.
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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    With All Due Respect, This Book Is Simply Too Dated

    I purchased this after reading an excerpt on Barnes and Noble. The excerpt was by far the most compelling that I had read of the titles on loss of a parent as an adult. Unfortunately, the book did not fulfill the promise of the excerpt and does not deal with the loss of a parent in any way other than cursory. First, it's anecdotal, and anecdote-filled "support" books are of no help in understanding one's own situation. Not only that, but it deals with the loss of parents at all ages--and in this work, the average age of loss of a parent seemed to be early 30's.

    I finished reading (after some skimming) in less than an hour. With all due respect to the author, I don't see how this book will be of help to anyone in the midst of grief. It's the kind of thing one would encounter in a mid-80's women's magazine. Readers in 2012 are generally more sophisticated if not more highly educated than when the book was published; *SOME* attempt to help a reader to understand the grief process is essential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended if You Lost a Parent

    I recently lost my father and was struggling to cope and deal with his untimely passing. I was 21 years old when he passed; my mom's birthday was only a week away, his was a week and a half. The passing was a complete surprise to all of us. My mom and I don't exactly have a great relationship, so talking about my dad and his passing became more difficult. I do not have any friends who's had a parent pass away at a young age, so no one could really help guide me.

    I was told by several people to find a book that would possibly help me understand and cope with my dad's passing. This book did a great job of relating to different age groups (ages 13 - 60+) and different kinds of untimely passing's (whether it be a long-term disease, suicide, murder, or just out of the blue, like a heart attack). The book remained relatively neutral about the age of the person dealing with the death of his/her parent and how the parent passed, which is great because there aren't that many books for people (especially my age) dealing with the untimely death of a parent. I have researched and looked for books that could help me (I found that a lot of books deal with young children, teenagers, or people who are 40+ who have recently lost a parent). I realize that young adults like myself experiencing a passing of someone important in their lives may be rare, but it does happen and I'm sure a lot of young adults would like a book to help them; that being said, this book is the closest and best reference out there that I have found.

    The author included had many useful tips, tools, and suggestions for how to deal with such a passing and even gave a reference to other books that may be helpful and even some outside resources.

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