Caring for Your Grieving Child / Edition 1

Caring for Your Grieving Child / Edition 1

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New Harbinger Publications

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Caring for Your Grieving Child / Edition 1

When children mourn the death of a loved one, a pet, their parents' divorce, or a great loss or change, most have not yet learned the coping skills necessary to ease the impact of this pain. By understanding both the signs of grief and the signs of healing shown by a grieving child in your life, you can actively help him or her cope with the grief process.

Learn to identify the intense attachments, changes in behavior, and signs of stress, anxiety, and depression that grieving children exhibit. Then discover the effective play-based therapeutic techniques that have been proven to help kids heal from emotional wounds and loss. A wealth of expressive art exercises like the Magic Wand, where kids make the yucky feeling go away, and Drawing Out the Pain, where kids color with different crayons to express different feelings, not only help the child cope with feelings but also help you understand them. Find out how to notice different types of play and respond to each. The book offers healthy ways to communicate with children, tips on how to care for yourself while helping a child, and ways to recognize the signs children exhibit when they truly begin to heal.

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ISBN-13: 9781572243064
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Unassigned Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Understanding Childhood Grief and Helping Your Child Heal
1Understanding Your Child's Grief: An Overview9
2Children Grieve, Too21
3First Feelings, First Losses29
4The Difference Between Grief and Depression45
5Explaining Death to Your Child: Ages and Stages55
6Divorce and Other Losses67
7How to Speak Your Child's Language83
8What Is Play Therapy?89
9Setting Up Your At-Home Play Space99
10Your Turn111
Part 2Healing Play Exercises
11Specific Play Techniques to Help Your Child Grieve121
12More Play Exercises145

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