When a child has just lost a parent, a sibling, or other loved one, what can we say? How can we do the right things without adding to the child's sadness, confusion and grief, especially when we are grieving, too? In clear, concise language, Dr. William Kroen offers comfort, compassion, and sound advice to any adult who is helping a child cope with death. Combining his experiences and information from the well respected Good Grief Program at the Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston, Massachusetts, he explains how children from infancy through age 18 perceive and react to death. He offers suggestions on how we can respond to children at different ages and stages, and describes specific strategies to use in order to guide and support them through the grieving process, from the first devastating days through commemorating the loved one and eventually moving on with life. This book also includes a list of recommended organizations and additional readings.
Author: William C. Kroen, Ph.D., LMHC