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ERIC Number: ED451467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 13
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The Normalcy of Parental Bereavement: Re-Thinking Complicated Mourning.
Kagan, Henya Klein
The death of a child is a traumatic event for parents. Parental bereavement is a normal reactive process to an abnormal event. The duration of grief is life-long with varying intensity. It requires readjustment to a new reality. This process of readjustment is considered from both the bereaved parent's and from the outside observer's perspectives. Readjustment entails a constant interpretation of the grief experienced. It involves changes in perception of self and changes in the relationships with the living family. Readjustment also occurs through the grief that is expressed in emotions, behaviors, coping strategies, and influences on health. The process moves from the attachment to the deceased child to an emergence of a new self/identity and may continue to progress to the discovery of new meaning in life. Counselors can help parents with the process of reconnecting them to life and assist them in functioning in a productive and nondestructive manner. (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (Toronto, Ontario, March 28 - April 1, 2001)