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The Colors of Grief
     

The Colors of Grief

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by Janis A. Di Ciacco
 

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Following a life shattering experience, a child enters upon a confusing emotional journey that can be likened to a prism of many colors of dark feelings like sadness and fear, but also warm feelings of love and courage. The way they deal with these feelings has a lasting impact on their life as they grow.

The Colors of Grief explores strategies for supporting a

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Following a life shattering experience, a child enters upon a confusing emotional journey that can be likened to a prism of many colors of dark feelings like sadness and fear, but also warm feelings of love and courage. The way they deal with these feelings has a lasting impact on their life as they grow.

The Colors of Grief explores strategies for supporting a grieving child to ensure a healthy growth into adulthood. Drawing on the latest research in neurology and psychology, Janis Di Ciacco illustrates the child's grieving process using a model of development that employs 'key stages'. These range from preverbal infancy (0-2 years) through to early adulthood (about 25 years). She shows how a child's progress through these stages can be impaired by an early encounter with loss, which can contribute to cognitive, emotional and social difficulties. Drawing connections between bereavement, attachment issues and social dysfunction, the author suggests easy-to-use activities for intervention at each key stage, including infant massage, aromatherapy and storytelling.

This is a revealing and accessible book for both parents and professionals working with, or caring for, bereaved infants, children or young adults.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108863
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
829,588
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Janis Di Ciacco, PhD has a Master's Degree in Special Education, a Diplôme Linguistique from the Université de Besançon and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. For the past 30 years, Dr. Di Ciacco has worked with children and their families around issues of attachment and loss, death and dying, foster placement and adoption, post-traumatic stress disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism / Asperger's, and pediatric brain injury. She is also founder of Mindful Moods, LLC, dedicated to the creation of preverbal emotional tools for children and adults and is the creator of the Mood Patch. Dr. Di Ciacco regularly gives seminars and presentations for parents and professionals throughout the US.

Janis Di Ciacco, PhD has a Master's Degree in Special Education, a Diplôme Linguistique from the Université de Besançon and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist. For the past 30 years, Dr. Di Ciacco has worked with children and their families around issues of attachment and loss, death and dying, foster placement and adoption, post-traumatic stress disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism / Asperger's, and pediatric brain injury. She is also founder of Mindful Moods, LLC, dedicated to the creation of preverbal emotional tools for children and adults and is the creator of the Mood Patch. Dr. Di Ciacco regularly gives seminars and presentations for parents and professionals throughout the US.

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Colors of Grief 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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This book is the best! My husband and I have adopted three children. Parenting for everyone is challenging. For parents who have adopted children, there are many factors that go beyond the 'normal' parenting responsibilities. Dr. DiCiacco's book is a great source of knowledge for me in trying to understand the 'why is my child behaving like that?' What happens during a child's developmental years is so important. For an adopted child, grieving is already a part of their makeup. So to have a readable book full of knowledge that makes sense to my many questions is exciting. Our children have struggled in making good decisions and have difficulty in 'connecting dots'. I recommend all adoptive parents and professionals working with children to have a copy of this book to read and use as a resource. I guarantee you will be enlightened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute must for caregivers and professionals working with children. It is an compassionate, thorough, developmental look at loss throught the eyes of a child. This book has been invaluable for me working with families of loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. DiCiacco has written an excellent book for parents and professionals. It provides the reader with solid information helpful when working with children dealing with loss and how it manifests itself. Also, I appreciate that Dr. DiCiacco addresses adopted children. I recommend this book to both the families I work with as well as my colleagues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a clinical psychologist, I am very impressed by both the skill and the heart that Dr. DiCiacco has put into this book. It is the first reference that I know that spans all stages of early life loss and recovery, from birth to early adulthood. It is written in a way that makes it accessible to a wide range of readers, from concerned parents, to educators, to health and mental health professionals. Dr. DiCiacco has also achieved a nice balance between theoretical information to aid understanding, and very practical, how-to information that can be used to aid a child in healing. Children, and their parents and others who love them, are greatly benefitted by the publication of this book.