The Death of a Child: Reflections for Grieving Parents

The Death of a Child: Reflections for Grieving Parents

by Elaine E. Stillwell


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There is perhaps no more excruciating pain than the loss of a child. It is a life-changing event that will forever scar a parent. When a child dies, bereaved parents face the challenge of rebuilding their lives, a daunting task that may often seem overwhelming.

The Death of a Child is filled with stories of people who have lost a child and how they dealt with the reality of that event. This collection of life-giving lessons touches on a wide range of emotions and situations that parents may encounter after the death of their child.

Chapter titles include:

-Creating a New Normal

-Riding the Roller Coaster of Grief

-Cherishing the Seasons

-Singing Their Song

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879462604
Publisher: ACTA Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 600,097
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Beginning the Journey9
Creating a "New Normal"13
Discovering Our Life Has Changed Forever
Finding the Motivation to Go On
Making Choices
Building Structure
Telling Our Head
Baring Our Soul23
Finding Those Loving People
Telling the World How We Really Feel
Tuning in to Our Spouse
Sharing with Our Remaining Children
Linking with the Clergy
Talking to God
Riding the Roller Coaster of Grief37
Managing Good Days and Bad Days
Dealing with Insensitive Remarks
Giving Anger a Positive Voice
Wearing Out Guilt
Enjoying Permission to Be Crazy
Finding Our Way Through the Power of Words53
Discovering Books as a Lifeline
Recording the Heart's Voice
Empowering Spirits
Grasping the Message of Support Groups
Sharing the Journey Through Writing and Speaking
Struggling with Special Issues65
Enduring Sudden Death
Living through Extended Illness
Surviving Suicide
Dealing with Murder or Accidental Killing
Braving Deaths from War and Terrorism
Cherishing the Seasons83
Celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries
Coping with the Holidays
Remembering on "Hallmark" Days
Sharing Others' Joy
Planning Get-Away Vacations
Rescuing Forgotten Mourners99
Acknowledging Loss from Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Honoring the Love of an Estranged or Divorced Parent
Confirming that Siblings Hurt Too
Appreciating a Stepparent's Grief
Realizing the Twofold Pain of Grandparents
Supporting Classmates and Friends in Their Grief
Responding to a Special Love119
Welcoming the Comfort of Solitude
Reviving Our Spirit Through Music
Relishing Nature's Beauty
Finding Renewal in a Hobby
Rejuvenating Ourselves through Physical Activity
Feeling the Healing Power of a Pet
Singing Their Song137
Sharing Their Possessions
Savoring Memories
Investing That Special Love
Growing Fully Alive Through the Gifts of Loss
Living the Promise of the Resurrection155
About the Author159

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