The death of a parent marks an emotional and psychological watershed in a person's life. For children and teenagers, the loss of a parent if not handled sensitively can be a lasting trauma, and for adults too, a parent's death can be a tremendous blow. When Parents Die speaks to bereaved children of all ages. Rebecca Abrams draws on her personal and professional understandings of parental loss, as well as the experiences of many other adults, teenagers and children, to provide the reader with an honest, compassionate and insightful exploration of the experience of losing a parent. The book covers the entire course of grieving, from the immediate aftermath of a parent's death through to the point of recovery, paying particular attention to the many circumstances that can prolong and complicate mourning, including sudden death. An indispensible aid to the bereaved and the many professionals who work with them, this book is written in a clear and sympathetic style. It has been fully revised for this third edition to take recent research and theoretical developments into account.
Rebecca Abrams is a freelance writer, journalist and lecturer. She has worked as a bereavement counsellor for CRUSE and still gives talks and leads workshops regularly on the subject of young adults and bereavement. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, and is a faculty member with the School of Life in London, where she teaches the Family Course.
Foreword to the Third Edition Introduction 1. My Story 2. First Days, Last Rites 3. Different Deaths, Different Griefs 4. Mourning Time: The First Year 5. Mourning Time: The Second Year and After 6. Changes and Losses: The Private Kind 7. Changes and Losses: The Public Kind 8. Old Grief in New Guises 9. Pathways to the Future Suggested Reading Useful Organizations