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Children and Loss

A Practical Handbook for Professional

Edited by Elizabeth C. Pomeroy and Renee Bradford Garcia

Publication Date - December 2010

ISBN: 9780190616274

220 pages
6 x 9 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $51.00


Few books written for practitioners provide any practical information regarding grief and loss issues with children and adolescents. In a clear and concise manner, Children and Loss: A Practical Handbook for Professionals details the strengths perspective of grief and loss developed by the editors. It discusses grief and loss in relation to individual children while also addressing issues and strategies for families and professional teams. The handbook specifically focuses on the dynamics of grief and assessment issues and provides in-depth case examples. This realistic and usable application of essential techniques and resources will immediately enhance practitioners' skills with children and adolescents in specific settings where children are most likely to present with grief and loss issues.

This book is a great resource for all practitioners who work with children, from foster care professionals and therapists specializing in divorce to counselors in schools and churches. This book can also be used to academic settings for any course related to child development, child psychology, children and families, grief and loss, end of life, and death.


  • Explains practical methods of grief assessment and intervention within a variety of specific contexts (see Table of Contents)
  • Includes case scenarios for practitioners to apply their knowledge of grief assessment and intervention to specific populations

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth C. Pomeroy (PhD, University of Texas at Austin; LCSW) is professor at University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival. She is the editor-in-chief of Social Work, the official professional journal of the National Association of Social Workers. She has previously co-authored two books, The Clinical Assessment Workbook and The Grief Assessment and Intervention Workbook: A Strengths-Based Perspective.

Renée Bradford Garcia (LCSW; MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is a clinical social worker in private practice and a practice affiliate with the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival. Her career as a social worker includes extensive experience with palliative care, bereavement, loss, and life transitions. She has over fifteen years' experience helping people discover their strengths and use them to find greater fulfillment and inner peace. She is co-author of The Grief Assessment and Intervention Workbook: A Strengths-Based Perspective.

Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Chapter 1: Theories of Grief and Loss: An Overview, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy & Renée Bradford Garcia
    Chapter 2: Children and Grief, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy & Renée Bradford Garcia
    Chapter 3: Grief and Loss for Children in Foster Care, Adoption and Residential Treatment Settings, Tamara Linseisin, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy & Renée Bradford Garcia
    Chapter 4: Children and Adolescents Growing Up in the Shadow of Divorce, Pamela A. Malone
    Chapter 5: Grief and Loss among Children and Adolescents in the School Setting, Renée Bradford Garcia and Elizabeth C. Pomeroy
    Chapter 6: Children, Adolescents and Grief in Medical Settings, Barbara L. Jones and Mikki Tesh
    Chapter 7: Children and Adolescents in Crisis, Pamela A. Malone, Renée Bradford Garcia & Elizabeth C. Pomeroy
    Therapeutic Activities for Practice, Renée Bradford Garcia