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The Grieving Child: A Parent's Guide

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The book upon which this course is based, written by the director of a grief program in a community health center, is intended as a guide for parents seeking to explain the death of a parent, relative, friend, or even a pet to a child. The book’s format employs a paragraph numbering system, which allows readers to turn to relevant information easily. All subjects are listed in the table of contents and index. Suggestions are given for dealing with emotional responses and helping in the child’s adjustment to a new life. Fitzgerald believes in using a clear, direct approach when explaining death to a child, yet her tone is gentle and loving. Recommended for most parenting collections, as well as for professionals who work with grieving children.

This course is based on the book, The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide created by Fitzgerald, Helen in 0.

Journal/Publisher:

Simon & Schuster

Publication Date:

1992

Course Material Author

Fitzgerald, Helen

Helen Fitzgerald is an author and lecturer certified in thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. For twenty-three years she was the coordinator of the Grief Program for Mental Health Services in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she conducted many groups for adults, as well as for grieving children ranging from preschool age through the high school years. In July 2000 she retired from that position and she is now the director of training for the American Hospice Foundation. Her books include The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about childhood grief processes and ways to assist parents with their child’s grief experience. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how parents can introduce their children to the concept of death and how children tend to react to death.

  2. Identify ways to prepare children for the reality of death and how parents can deal with their children’s emotional responses.

  3. Assess information presented regarding adjustments after a death and ways to help children work through their grief.

  4. Apply concepts presented regarding unresolved childhood grief in adults in bereavement work with clients/patients.

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Course Number 101295
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