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After the Death of a Child

Living With Loss Through the Years

by Ann K. Finkbeiner

Hardcover, 273 pages
Published by Free Press
Publication date: May 1, 1996
ISBN: 0684829657


Children aren't supposed to die. When they do, the disorientation can be profound. Finkbeiner, whose only child died in 1987, tells her story and provides detailed profiles of other bereaved parents. The composite picture that emerges shows the complexity of the changes that follow the death of a child. Parental responses range from the heroic to the poignant. But overall they never stop feeling love for their children. The book shows how this bond can be preserved and may even intensify following a death.

The author steers clear of pop psychology and cookbook formulas for describing what happens after a death. She offers a much richer treatment of the subject than the typical grief recovery tract. You won't find easy answers here, because there aren't any. Some reviewers found the case study approach disjointed, but agree the book is worth reading even if it doesn't flow like a novel.

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