Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age children who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children. The volume presents major findings from the Harvard Child Bereavement Study and places them in the context of previous research, providing insights on both the wide range of normal variation in children's experience of grief and the factors that put bereaved children at risk. The book also compares parentally bereaved children with those who have suffered loss of a sibling to death, or of a parent through divorce, exploring similarities and differences in these experiences of loss. A concluding section explores the clinical implications of the findings and includes a review of intervention models and activities, as well as a screening instrument designed to help identify high-risk bereaved children.
'Clinicians and researchers alike will return to this book often for its clear and perceptive treatment of the central issues in the lives of bereaved children and their families.' - The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 'Clear, comprehensive, and extremely useful... A scientifically sound and readable text that will be useful to developmental psychologists, family therapists, family physicians, and parents.' - Family Medicine 'Well worth reading by health care professionals and other who care about wounded children... Well-written, well-organized, useful, and comprehensive...Presents practical suggestions about how to identify children at high risk for maladaptation to grief, and offers easily understood approaches that might be taken by adults who are concerned about bereaved children.' - The Journal of Family Practice 'This book will satisfy readers from many differing levels of expertise. It gives a reliable look at the landscape of mourning, in which the reader will find many helpful signposts.' - Canadian Child Psychiatry Review