When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents' Broken Hearts

When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents' Broken Hearts


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When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents' Broken Hearts by Avril Nagel, Randie Clark

The death of your child is devastating. No parent feels that he or she should outlive his or her child. However, the sad fact is that, every minute around the world, some 15 children die. The psychological and emotional impact following sudden and traumatic death can inhibit parents' grief and, without appropriate treatment, develop into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When Your Child Dies provides grief-stricken parents with the tools to navigate the grieving process and addresses the challenges of dealing with the media, the justice system, the medical system and coroners. Besides providing a comprehensive list of resources and reading for ongoing support, there is practical advice for grieving parents on how to:

Identify and address issues that linger and cause emotional pain

Reduce anxiety and depression and promote healthy self-soothing

Incorporate your loss into your lives in healthy ways

Talk with surviving children about death and grief

Handle the impact on extended family systems and social relationships

Foster a continued loving relationship with your dead child's memory

Authors Nagel and Clark have both experienced the traumatic loss of a child and speak with compassion and empathy directly to the reader, parent-to-parent, as well as providing insightful psychological guidance and support. When Your Child Dies is a comprehensive handbook for grief-stricken parents, grief counseling organizations, resource centers and library grief collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882823911
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,214,829
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Avril Nagel works at the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program where she has researched and written numerous programs. She graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Nagel and her partner lost their son Alden when his heart stopped suddenly during birth.

Randie Clark is a therapist/counselor for adults and an on-call Emergency Mental Health Response worker. She also leads workshops for first responders, professionals and community members in intervention assessment and treatment approaches for victims of trauma, sudden and traumatic loss and individuals experiencing mental health crises. She maintains a private practice working with individuals and couples, specializing in complicated issues of loss and grief. She holds a masters degree in psychology with a focus on post traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic loss and grief from Antioch University, Seattle, Washington. Clark's twenty-six year old son David was stabbed to death in a street robbery. She and her husband reside on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 When Trauma and Grief Combine 1

Chapter 2 A Dictionary of Emotions for the Grieving Parent 15

Chapter 3 Exploring the Cause of Your Child's Death 37

Chapter 4 Taking Your Child Off Life Support 65

Chapter 5 Seeing Your Child's Body 73

Chapter 6 Handling End-of-Life Rituals 85

Chapter 7 Dealing with the Criminal Justice System and the Media 99

Chapter 8 Surviving with Your Partner 117

Chapter 9 Healing the Family System 135

Chapter 10 Managing Social Relationships 157

Chapter 11 Experiencing Identity Loss and a Shattered Worldview 171

Chapter 12 Facing Spiritual Emergencies 181

Chapter 13 Tools for Healing 195

Chapter 14 Creating Personal Rituals and Memorials 215

Conclusion: The Path Ahead 221

Appendix: Support Groups, Organizations and Web Sites 229

Bibliography 235

Acknowledgements 243

Index 245

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