Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 August 1999

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195109559

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Never Too Young to Know

Death in Children's Lives

Phyllis Rolfe Silverman

In spite of society's wish to protect and insulate children from death, the experience of loss is unavoidable and there is surprisingly little guidance on how to help children cope with grief and bereavement. Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives is the first book to bring together diverse fields of study and offer a practical as well as multifaceted theoretical approach to how children cope with death. Using stories of children's own experiences supported by data from a large research study, Silverman explains the wide range of effects of loss upon children, the challenges they face as they grieve, and ways of supporting them as they change and grow in the bereavement process. The book is divided into three parts: an overview and theoretical framework; a detailed analysis of how children experience mourning different types of death (including the death of siblings, parents, and friends; and death due to illness, suicide, accidents, and violence); and an accessible guide to helping children cope with grief. Never Too Young To Know: Death in Children's Lives is not only ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students learning about children but it is also useful for courses on death and dying and the family. It is also an invaluable book for general readers interested in learning how to deal with death in children's lives.


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