When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents' Broken Hearts

When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents' Broken Hearts

by Avril Nagel, Randie Clark
     
 

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The death of your child is devastating. No parent feels that he or she should outlive his or her child. However, the sad fact is that, every minute around the world, some 15 children die. The psychological and emotional impact following sudden and traumatic death can inhibit parents' grief and, without appropriate treatment, develop into Post Traumatic Stress

Overview

The death of your child is devastating. No parent feels that he or she should outlive his or her child. However, the sad fact is that, every minute around the world, some 15 children die. The psychological and emotional impact following sudden and traumatic death can inhibit parents' grief and, without appropriate treatment, develop into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When Your Child Dies provides grief-stricken parents with the tools to navigate the grieving process and addresses the challenges of dealing with the media, the justice system, the medical system and coroners. Besides providing a comprehensive list of resources and reading for ongoing support, there is practical advice for grieving parents on how to:

Identify and address issues that linger and cause emotional pain

Reduce anxiety and depression and promote healthy self-soothing

Incorporate your loss into your lives in healthy ways

Talk with surviving children about death and grief

Handle the impact on extended family systems and social relationships

Foster a continued loving relationship with your dead child's memory

Authors Nagel and Clark have both experienced the traumatic loss of a child and speak with compassion and empathy directly to the reader, parent-to-parent, as well as providing insightful psychological guidance and support. When Your Child Dies is a comprehensive handbook for grief-stricken parents, grief counseling organizations, resource centers and library grief collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882823911
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Avril Nagel is a writer living in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband and two young children. She graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and has a professional specialization in emergency management. As a project manager and planner she has researched, written and edited numerous publications for the government and not-for profit sectors. Her publications are versatile and range in topic, including bereavement, pregnancy loss, international development, health and wellness and parenting.

Avril and her husband lost their son Alden when his heart stopped suddenly during birth.

Randie Clark is a therapist/counselor for adults and an on-call Emergency Mental Health Response worker. She also leads workshops for first responders, professionals and community members in intervention assessment and treatment approaches for victims of trauma, sudden and traumatic loss and individuals experiencing mental health crises. She maintains a private practice working with individuals and couples, specializing in complicated issues of loss and grief. She holds a masters degree in psychology with a focus on post traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic loss and grief from Antioch University, Seattle, Washington. Clark's twenty-six year old son David was stabbed to death in a street robbery. She and her husband reside on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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