Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent

Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent

by Diane Ingram Fromme

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Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent by Diane Ingram Fromme

In Stepparenting the Grieving Child, Diane Ingram Fromme shares the assumptions and presumptions, steps and missteps that occurred within her own stepfamily. Diane faced the key challenges any new stepparent to grieving children experiences, including helplessness to know how and when to offer comfort, awkwardness to identify the times and ways to memorialize the lost parent, and outsider blues—not only feeling uncomfortable in her own home but also in her own skin.

With personal examples, insights from other stepfamilies, and knowledge gained through experience and research, Diane provides information relevant to anyone who supports grieving children. Diane’s straightforward approach will help you:

  • Gain a more relaxed mindset toward stepparenting through grief
  • Learn meaningful ways to include and memorialize the lost parent
  • Help the natural parent claim his or her role in the grieving family

In Stepparenting the Grieving Child you’ll find hope, strength, and inspiration for the journey ahead, no matter where you are now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939919472
Publisher: Merry Dissonance Press
Publication date: 03/06/2017
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 581,997
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

A writer since childhood, Diane Ingram Fromme's experience spans her Stanford University communication degree, training and facilitation work, articles and essays. A native New Yorker, Diane now writes from her cozy home in Colorado, where she lives with her husband,
teen daughter, and a spunky canine. Diane is fortunate to see and keep in touch with her adult stepchildren.

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Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Kathleen20 More than 1 year ago
Diane Ingram Fromme’s book will help navigate the tough road of stepparenting a grieving child. In addition to parents, Fromme’s book would be a wonderful resource for teachers, pastors, foster parents or anyone who knows and/or works with a grieving child. Fromme gives poignant and real world examples from her own experience with her stepchildren and her biological child. For me this book was an insight into what worked or didn’t work and what Fromme wished she had known. For anyone craving knowledge and help in the world of step parenting, whether you have a grieving child or not, I highly recommend Stepparenting the Grieving Child.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent by Diane Ingram Fromme is a groundbreaking book that offers insights and advice on parenting a child who has lost a parent. Loss of any kind is always a tough experience and no two losses are the same. Quite often, it is easy to think that we can come in with our empathetic speeches and sweet-talk kids into believing that we can replace a parent they have just lost. It’s an illusion and the author spells it out very clearly. However, we can develop an appropriate approach to parenting which can help grieving children feel less pain in their loss, learn to connect genuinely with others and with themselves, and to accept their reality. In this book, Diane Ingram Fromme combines her personal experience with research to offer tips and advice which create the path towards successful parenting for grieving children. I found the idea of “honoring the gap” to be very insightful and new. The book is well-written and laced with numerous personal experiences, real life examples, and strong references; it is packed with the wisdom any stepparent needs to successfully help a child who has lost a parent. In this book, readers will find the support they need and a more relaxed approach to parenting, the courage to empathize with themselves when life gets tougher and more challenging, the tools to easily connect with stepfamily members experiencing loss, and what they need to move ahead when they are stuck. Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent by Diane Ingram Fromme is a gift that will alter the way we connect with grieving children, a book filled with light that must be shared.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite In her non-fiction book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent, Diane Ingram Fromme explores what it means to be a parent of a child who has lost a biological parent. When she married Brian, she became stepmother to her husband's daughter and son. Brittany and Ian lost their mother to cancer when they were both under the age of seven. In the years to come, Diane would have to take up a unique challenge. She would have to assume a motherly role to her stepchildren while treading carefully so as not to hamper and dishonor the memory of their deceased mother. This guide teaches stepparents what "sustainable stepparenting" is all about. From the moment that the author introduces Brittany and Ian, we know that they handle their mother's death in different ways. Using intuitive knowledge and years of research, the author takes readers through each component of the "sustainable stepparenting" formula. Progressing through this book means seeing two kids grow up that had lost so much, and the author's addition to the family was certainly not to make them forget what they had lost. Short snippets of other stepfamilies' experiences and the different pieces of advice the author had gotten from professionals add to readers' learning experience. I can see many a stepparent reading this book with their writing tools handy. The stepparenting advice that the author gives warrants an almost immediate meeting of pen and paper. A wonderful book about stepparenting that I'll easily recommend to readers in the future.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent by Diane Ingram Fromme is a comprehensive and informative guide for step parents facing one of the most heartbreaking of challenges. The book begins with Fromme's own experience with her now-husband's children, Brittany and Ian, six months after the loss of their mother to cancer, along with a personal back story of losses in her own history. Through three parts and twelve chapters, Fromme guides readers through the struggles she faced and creates a realistic, attainable, and intimate manual for others in similar situations. From the intricacies of understanding and coping, to communication recommendations, family meetings, and working through various stages and ages, Fromme helps lay the foundation for step parents who find themselves confronted with such a distressing dynamic. What makes Diane Ingram Fromme's Stepparenting the Grieving Child: Cultivating Past and Present Connections with Children Who Have Lost a Parent particularly poignant is in her own story, and the stories of others. I myself lost my mother and, in turn, had a step mother enter the picture—and as a young woman on the grieving side I can absolutely see how advice like Fromme's would have been life (and relationship) saving. Fortunately for today's families, the experience and expertise that Fromme delivers in the most personal and friendly of manners could make all the difference in the world. I would recommend this book to anyone in the situation of having to fill the role of step parent to a grieving child, and hope it will be sought out by psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and anyone else who enters the professional realm of helping children and families through their grief.
Joe_M-53 More than 1 year ago
A great book and easy to read. The years of research and the personal experience of the author come through with flying colors. I would absolutely recommend this book to all parents and anyone who's profession requires interaction with children but especially to stepparents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like having a best friend help you through the good, bad, and unexpected parts of being a stepparent to a child dealing with loss. What I love about this book is that it takes an honest look at the road ahead over the course of years, including the ebb and flow of relationships, and the unique role stepparents play in a healing family. There are plenty of tips, expert advice, and real stepparenting stories that give the reader a solid road map to navigate these uncharted waters. In fact, this book is great for anyone, not just stepfamilies, who need help and hope when guiding children through the devastating loss of a parent. I highly recommend this book!