Having lost her own 11 year old after major surgery, Harriet Sarnoff-Schiff developed, by trial and error, a way of coping with the bereavement. She offers this guide to the many parents who have to deal with tragic loss and the necessary bereavement.
Bereaved parents can feel isolated because no-one could possibly know such a loss. Harriet Sarnoff Schiff, who lost her own ten-year-old son, can offer genuine understanding to other parents, drawing on her own experience, as only another grieving parent can. The worst has happened to you. Yet you can, and will, continue living. You must accept what has happened and look to the future, despite feeling that this is impossible. Explaining feelings of grief, guilt and hopelessness that affect all parents, Harriet Sarnoff Schiff also explains that the conflict between partners, the panic, isolation and despair that is also part of the experience of all parents who go through this loss. And she helps to guide any grieving parent through the grief process. A once-happy home can be transformed into a joyless place for parents, surviving children and friends. Yet this must not be allowed to endure. This book offers not only personal experience, but also the advice of other parents and psychiatric and religious counsellors. The Bereaved Parent is for parents at any stage of the grieving process, whether facing an imminent death, shocked by an accidental death, just after the burial of a child or whether they are still caught up in the long aftermath of depression. Describing the day-to-day decisions and difficulties to be faced, how to cope with the funeral, accepting the change in family life, protecting surviving children, re-building the marriage and coping with delayed reactions, The Bereaved Parent is a sensitive and comprehensive guide. It is the most recommended book for parents seeking help at a time when their world seems to have fallen apart.