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ERIC Number: ED320369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Process of Grief as Experienced by Parents of Children with Handicaps.
Witcher, Ann E.
Educators need to understand the grieving process that parents often experience when they learn their child has a handicapping condition. The diagnosis of a handicapping condition may result in a symbolic death--the death of the preconceived "perfect" child, and the death of the parents' plans, hopes, and dreams for that child. The stages of grief as identified by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross can provide structure for addressing the emotional experiences of many parents as they come to terms with having a child who is handicapped. The stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages, as well as initial feelings of shock and the continual need for adjustment, need to be understood by professionals who work with parents of children identified as having handicapping conditions. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A