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Dora Black , Rebecca Abrams
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18 Mar 1999 0415200660 978-0415200660 2

This new edition of When Parents Die will speak to bereaved children of all ages in a very accessible style. Rebecca Abrams draws on both her personal and professional understanding of parental loss to provide the reader with a compassionate and insightful exploration of the experience of losing a parent.

When Parents Die has already established itself as an indispensable aid both to the bereaved seeking some understanding of their loss and to the many professionals who work with them. This new edition takes into account new research and theories and considers in more depth:

*the continuing importance of the dead parent in ones life
*the critical role played by the surviving parent
*the experiences of younger children
*the impact of divorce and adoption.

Retaining its clear, direct and sympathetic style, this text will continue to appeal to the bereaved, their friends and family, counsellors, social workers, doctors, nurses and teachers.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (18 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415200660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415200660
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The only way we will ever really understand what it means to grieve is when we learn from those who are bereaved and can share their experience with us. This book is a wonderful example of how Rebecca Abrams used her own experience with death and the grief that followed to help herself and others.’ – Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, Harvard Child Bereavement Study, USA.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rebecca Abrams is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. She worked as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care and at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College for a number of years, and she regularly lectures and leads workshops on young people and parental bereavement. She is a tutor in creative writing at the University of Oxford and writer-in-residence at Larkmead School, Abingdon.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
I first picked this book shortly after my mother died from cancer. I am 24 and was very sceptical that any book could offer me words of comfort or reassurance during my time of grieving. Yet this book offered both of these and more. A very well written book which is understandable and reaches out to the reader, explaining that many of the taboo feelings that they may be experiencing are normal and to be expected. It also takes the reader through the different stages of grief, from the immediate feelings through to two years later, therefore preparing the reader to expect their grief to last longer than society allows.
A very practical book written for the grieving child of any age, though particularly useful to the teenager/young adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empathetic and helpful 6 Aug 2005
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Having lost both my parents before the age of 21, I had searched for a book that could help me with the (what seemed like endless) process of making sense of it all. This book is fantastic - it includes the acknowledgement of pain and sorrow, but the promise of better things to come. Written in a fantastic style which is neither patronising or overly formal, I would heartily recommend this to anyone who has experienced losing a parent and has wondered from time to time if they are actually going mad - this book normalises and offers reasons why everything can seem a bit wonky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone understands 17 July 2006
- A very tough subject to write on, but this book is so honestly written, heartwarming, tear jerking and comforting at the same time.

All those feeling you go through are normal- other people feel them too, and this book highlights the tragic loss of a loved one, but re-itterates you are allowed to have a rollercoaster of emotions, and that you are perfectly entitled to feel what you want. Some bits are tough to deal with, but this really really helped me realise I am not a freak!

I would reccomend it to anyone in this horrible situation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 6 April 2007
By tw1979
I first read this book at 23, seven years after my father died. I found it enormously helpful, reassuring and well written. I only wish I had read it sooner. Strongly recommended to anyone dealing with the loss of a parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jay 27 Feb 2011
By Jay
My husband passed away 4 months ago and I bought this book for my 18 year old daughter to try to help her to cope with her loss. She said that she found it really useful and although nothing can make you understand why these terrible things happen to you, it gave her some reasurance that other "real" teenagers are going through the same thing, without getting into the "Spiritual" side of things.
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