Click on the images below to view the table of contents and preview a chapter from this book.
Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Guidelines for the Treatment of Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood
A. F. Lieberman, N. C. Compton, P. Van Horn,
and C. Ghosh Ippen 2003
Offers clinicians, counselors, educators, child-care professionals, and others a compassionate yet practical guide to the assessment and treatment of young children who have experienced the death of a parent or primary caregiver. The authors describe how babies, toddlers, and preschool-age children typically respond to overwhelming loss, explain complications in the grieving process that are associated with the sudden or violent death of a parent, and offer vignettes that illustrate therapeutic interventions with traumatically bereaved young children and their families.
"What a valuable book! . . . [A]n essential resource for . . . anyone wishing to provide informed, meaningful support to bereaved young children and their families. Alicia Lieberman and her co-authors do not flinch from describing the potentially devastating effects of the death of a parent on a very young child’s development. It is no longer possible to say that a small child is too young to grieve. They must, and it shapes their lives. 'How can we help them?' becomes the question. These authors offer honest, empathic, and effective assistance to even the youngest children and those who care for them."
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
"This book has been greatly needed. It is a triumph of common sense supported by theory, therapeutic strategy, and great experience, all viewed from a very human perspective. It will be essential reading for all who must deal with parental death in the early years."
Daniel N. Stern M. D.
"This is an extraordinarily valuable work that focuses on a vital area for all mental health professionals."
Stanley Greenspan, M.D.