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After a Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal


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by Margo Requarth

Helping a child after the suicidal death of a parent is a daunting and difficult task. After a Parent's Suicide tells what adults can do to empower children and help them heal. The author, herself a survivor of parental suicide, has done her homework and her professional work. She has studied the field, worked with bereaved children and teens, has led groups for bereaved parents. Her grit is tempered with courage. Her hope is fueled by experience. She writes that not only can children survive following such a loss, they can flourish.

After a Parent's Suicide reflects current research in suicide, traumatic death and bereavement. Readers are reminded that the suicidal death of a parent is a life-changing event that will necessitate attention over the long haul. She tells us that a child's grievous loss is understood and dealt with across their life span, that it is natural, even expected, that the loss will be reinstated for understanding and integration across time. Each new developmental stage, each significant developmental milestone, change in ability, health and maturation may trigger new levels of loss and awareness.

After a Parent's Suicide is a highly readable resource—for caregivers of children as well as those who serve families in a professional capacity. Eighteen chapters include:

* How Could This Happen?

* Telling Your Children

* How Young Children Grieve,

* Returning to School

* Memory Building and Rebuilding,

* Complicated Suicides – When More Help is Needed

* Resiliency & Meaning Making

This is not a book of short cuts. None are suggested. Instead, meaningful pathways are offered to assist young people through the despair, confusion and fear that follow such a loss.

Paperback, 254 pages.

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