Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Life and Loss by Linda Goldman

Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Life and Loss by Linda Goldman

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Goldman, Linda. (1994). Life and Loss. Bristol, PA: Accelerated Development. 154 pp. Paper ISBN 1-155959-052-1, price $19.95.

"How could Daddy have died and left me all alone?"

These and other children's words are scattered throughout this workbook designed for parents and teachers to assist children in dealing with their feelings of loss. Topics are focused on working through the loss and grief due to death, divorce, abuse, moving, war, illness, or disabilities.

The author provides basic information about death, divorce, and violence rates before outlining four psychological tasks of grief. One practical chapter suggests effective terms and phrases to use when speaking to children about emotionally sensitive issues. Photos, children's art, and an array of activities are presented in recognition that children actively work through their grief. These play activities are designed to assist children in healing through the use of simple vignettes and story ideas for creative writing, music, and art.

A final section recognizes that professionals working with grieving children feel stress. …

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