When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter

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"For every parent who loses a child, when one life ends another life is forever changed." —from When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks presents a breakthrough concept of mourning, documenting the process of evolution from initial grief to an altered outlook on life. Excerpts from interviews with 50 parents who lost a child from five to forty-five trace the road from utter devastation to a revised view of life, resulting in a work that is a...

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Overview

"For every parent who loses a child, when one life ends another life is forever changed." —from When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks presents a breakthrough concept of mourning, documenting the process of evolution from initial grief to an altered outlook on life. Excerpts from interviews with 50 parents who lost a child from five to forty-five trace the road from utter devastation to a revised view of life, resulting in a work that is a tribute to resilience and the indomitable human spirit. 

Author Judith R. Bernstein, Ph.D., speaks from the dual perspectives of bereaved parent and psychologist. She weaves keen psychological insight with the voices of parents to achieve an intelligent volume that is at once heartbreaking and heartwarming. The wisdom of her science and her heart combine to result in a book that teaches the psychology of bereavement with profound tenderness.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780836252828
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 90,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    'It really hit home.'

    My husband and I buried our 9-year old daughter, our only child, who was a true embassador of love and light in the lives of many, a short time ago. She died suddenly, and this book was given to us by a friend even before the funeral. I highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling the devastation and isolation that follows this insurmountable loss. It doesn't talk about 'moving on' or 'getting over it.' It acknowleges the fact that there is no 'getting over' the death of a child. The book discussed the reactions of parents to various causes of death, the struggles AND celebrations of marriage after a child dies, and ways to honor personal feelings and needs. My husband is a very private person, introverted about his feelings and ideas, and this book generated conversation I was afraid we'd never share. Please, if you are grieving your child, buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Very comforting

    We lost our 16yr old son in a tragic shooting. Yet to be determined if accidental or someone did this. Two weeks after his death I found this book and read it within 24 hours. Even though it has only been two weeks I could relate to the many emotions the writer had described. It has helped me to be aware of feelings to come that we are also experiencing. I would recommend it to anyone that has lost a child or anyone that you know that has. What a wonderful comforting gift this makes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Extremely Comforting

    After the untimely death of my 16 year old son, I checked numerous books out of the library, searching for something to reach me in a special way. This was the only book that really spoke to me. I read it again two years later and have recommended it to several people.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    A Frank Discussion

    I brought this book for my sister after her 21/2 year old son passed away. I read it first which helped me help her. After she read the book she felt it helped her cope and have hope. If you are looking for your self or a loved one this book could be of help.

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