Without You: Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and Its Effects

Without You: Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and Its Effects

Without You: Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and Its Effects

Without You: Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and Its Effects

Synopsis

"Without You explores the experiences of children and adolescents who have suffered a significant loss - for example, through the death of a parent or sibling, through divorce, parental neglect or through abandonment. Tamar Granot explains the effect of loss and its aftermath in the period immediately following the loss, as well as its effect on each stage of the child's development." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Why do we need a book about the effects of loss on children?

Loss, death, and children are concepts that seem to be at odds with one another. Such things simply should not happen to children. When children suffer, we adults want to wrap them in our arms and protect them. There is also something that makes us want to distance ourselves so we don't have to meet their eyes. And what about them? For the most part, they want to get on with their lives – and be no different than other children. Yet they also want us to feel their pain. They want us intuitively to know when they need a hug from us, without having to ask.

Over the past few decades, society has exhibited a heightened consciousness and comprehension of themes related to death and loss: the effects of loss, responses to it, and factors that influence these processes. This book focuses on children who have experienced loss. It seeks to deepen the understanding of the specific effects of loss on children.

Significant losses

The most significant loss of all for a child, and the one on which this book will concentrate, is the loss of a parent. Children can experience loss of a parent from a variety of circumstances: most traumatic of all is the death of a parent – from disease, car accident, military operation, act of terrorism, suicide, or murder. There are times that loss of a parent can result from the parents' divorce and the pulling away by one of the parents from the rest of the family. A child can experience loss of a parent when the parent ceases to function as such, as in the case of addiction to alcohol or drugs, an emotion- ally debilitating condition, emotional rejection, or abandonment – physical or . . .

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