How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life

How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life


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How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life by Catherine Sanders, Catherine M. Sanders

"Thank you, Catherine Sanders, for giving us a book that few others could have written. Every page speaks both the depth of your compassion and the breadth of your knowledge. This book will be a wise companion on the difficult journey from loss to recovery."
— Robert Kastenbaum, Ph.D., author of The Psychology of Death
"How to Survive the Loss of a Child is a godsend to those in the field as well as to those of us in need of such a resource for our own mourning."
— Eugene Knott, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
"Dr. Sanders' insights are profound and poignant."
— Patricia Geiger, M.D., pediatrician, Boone, North Carolina
"Thank you so much for all that you do for bereaved parents but especially for writing How to Survive the Loss of a Child. I know that it has changed lives. It changed mine!"
— Nancy Ulmer, bereaved parent, Kindermourn, Charlotte, North Carolina
It is only through experiencing grief that bereaved parents ultimately heal. Moving through the phases of grief, the bereaved person works toward restoration. Understanding these phases, knowing what to expect, and learning what they can do to help themselves give parents greater assurance and comfort.
In How to Survive the Loss of a Child, Dr. Sanders, a bereaved parent herself, offers grieving parents practical help and emotional support. This book also helps family members, friends, and caregivers relate to grieving parents and aids them, too, in understanding the process of healing through grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761512899
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 183,609
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Catherine M. Sanders, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in bereavement. Her previous book, Grief: The Mourning After, was chosen as the outstanding book in its field by the National Library Association.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Ultimate Tragedy
Chapter 2: The Five Phases of Grief
Chapter 3: Dealing with Guilt and Anger
Chapter 4: Unresolved Grief
Chapter 5: How Families Grieve
Chapter 6: Horrendous Deaths
Chapter 7: Loss of the Unborn and Newly Born
Chapter 8: The Importance of Mourning Rituals
Chapter 9: Surviving the Emptiness
Chapter 10: Beginning to Live Once More
Chapter 11: Finding Joy After the Pain
Chapter 12: How We Can Help Ourselves
Chapter 13: For Friends and Family Members: Providing the Best Support
Chapter 14: Self-Help Organizations: Lifelines
About the Author

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How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child.
I lost my only son and this book has been a tremendous help to me in understanding the grief process and giving me an expression of the pain I am enduring. It has now been 17 months since my tragic loss, and I still return to this book for guidance and comfort.
snowgirlNJ More than 1 year ago
Having lost both of my adult children within six months of each other just this past year, I was looking and reading everything to find comfort. The author hits on every emotion that we as parents feel when we lose a child.I found comfort in reading this book. I also gave this as a gift to two of my friends who had experienced the loss of a child right after me. Nothing compares to the loss of a child and I will go back to this book every once in a while seeking answers to all my questions and feelings.
eyemom2 More than 1 year ago
Since our son died a month ago, I have read a number of books. This was the first one I read. It was helpful, but it gets into the religious areas and that may be a problem for some readers. It was for me. The first half of the book deals with loss from a personal as well as research basis (the author has talked with countless other bereaved parents). The recovery seems to center in large part on finding a higher power. If you are religious this may be the book for you.
Nancy0628 More than 1 year ago
Losing a child is one of life's most horrific trials to endure. This book helps us understand the changes we experience through the loss and to feel "less insane".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago