An eloquent book that explores the impact on one's life of losing a parent as an adult, and the effect it has on families, careers, and friendshipsnow in paperback.
Losing a parent is an event that happens, sooner or later, to nearly everyone. Yet seldom has the impact of parental death on the identities of adult offspring been examined. This book fills that gap. Backed by her original study and filled with compelling case histories, Secunda's book explores what happens to men and women when they are on their own in ways they have never been before. She addresses myriad issues, including:
- What does it mean to be living without parents to please or rebel against?
- How does adult "orphanhood" alter relationships with one's siblings, partner, friends, children, or one's career choices?
- How does it reshape one's sense of self?
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Victoria Secunda is an award-winning author, journalist, and lecturer whose previous books include When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends, Women and Their Fathers, and When Madness Comes Home. Her work has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Woman's Day, and Glamour. A frequent guest on network television and radio programs, she lives with her husband, photographer Shel Secunda, in Connecticut. Both her parents are deceased.
Table of Contents
|Foreword: "I've Lost My Reference Point"||xv|
|Introduction: Childhood's End||xxix|
|Part 1||The Changing of the Guard|
|1||Point of Departure: When One Parent Dies||3|
|2||The Relationship to the Remaining Parent||26|
|3||Voices from the Grave: Legacies and Loyalties||56|
|Part 2||Ripple Effects: The Consequences of Parental Loss|
|4||Realigned Family Ties: Siblings and Only Children||87|
|5||Changes of Heart: Effect on Romantic Partnerships||120|
|6||Parenthood Reconsidered: On Having, and Not Having, Children||146|
|7||Achievement: Reappraised Careers||178|
|Part 3||The Reconfigured Self|
|9||Unfinished Business: Coming to Terms with the Past||233|
|10||A New Sense of Family||257|
|11||After We've Gone: Creating a Legacy for the Future||276|
|Appendix||The Parental Loss Questionnaire and Survey Results||283|