After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss through the Years (Paperback)
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Short Description for After the Death of a Child Examines the long-term nature of parental grief through the tales of those who suffer it. The author combines psychological, sociological and psychiatric research with the views of parents who have lost a child, revealing their attempts to make sense of the death, and their changed priorities.
- Published: 01 July 1998
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801859144 ISBN 10: 080185914X
- Sales rank: 312,121
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After a child dies, the parent's world changes entirely. Years later, this new world has changed the parents. The exact nature of this change-the long-term effects of the death-illuminates the nature of the bond between parents and children. Ann Finkbeiner lost her son in a train accident when he was 18. Several years later, she noticed she was feeling better and wondered whether this feeling was what was meant by "recovery." As a science writer, she read the psychological, sociological, and psychiatric research into parental bereavement. And as a bereaved parent, she asked hard questions of thirty parents whose child had died at least five years before, of all causes and at all ages. In this book, Finkbeiner combines the research and the parents' answers into a description of the parents' new lives. The parents talk about their changed marriages and their changed relationships with their other children, with their friends and relatives. They talk about their attempts to make sense of the death and about their drastically changed priorities. And most important, they talk about how they still love their children, how the child seems to see through their eyes and live through their actions. They move on through their grief, they get on with their lives, but they never let go of their children. Their wisdom is here presented to any in need of it.