Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life

Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life

by Victoria Secunda

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786886517
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/25/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 876,790
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

Acknowledgmentsix
Foreword: "I've Lost My Reference Point"xv
Introduction: Childhood's Endxxix
Part 1The Changing of the Guard
1Point of Departure: When One Parent Dies3
2The Relationship to the Remaining Parent26
3Voices from the Grave: Legacies and Loyalties56
Part 2Ripple Effects: The Consequences of Parental Loss
4Realigned Family Ties: Siblings and Only Children87
5Changes of Heart: Effect on Romantic Partnerships120
6Parenthood Reconsidered: On Having, and Not Having, Children146
7Achievement: Reappraised Careers178
8Friendships Reassessed206
Part 3The Reconfigured Self
9Unfinished Business: Coming to Terms with the Past233
10A New Sense of Family257
11After We've Gone: Creating a Legacy for the Future276
AppendixThe Parental Loss Questionnaire and Survey Results283
Notes291
Bibliography311
Index323

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