Beyond the Innocence of Childhood: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying, Volume 3, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Beyond the Innocence of Childhood

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying, Volume 3, 1st Edition

Edited by David W Adams, Eleanor J Deveau


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Death is not a mere possibility but a certainty for all of us. Yet, today's society unrealistically portrays childhood as a time of unremittant joy and freedom. Unfortunately, the reality of life may suddenly bring children face to face with tragic circumstances such as the death of their pet, the terminal illness of their parent, their own struggle with life-threatening disease, the accidental death of their sibling, or the suicide of a friend. The gravity of any of these situations takes children beyond the innocence of childhood and plunges them into a world that is frightening and full of uncertainty. Unfortunately, our perceptions and attitudes toward death do not equip children with the tools to help them cope adequately with such overwhelming experiences.

Beyond the Innocence of Childhood is a collection of forty chapters which are divided into three separate volumes. The overall purpose of this series is to answer the question: How do we as educators, clinicians, other professionals, and parents help children and adolescents deal with threat to their lives, dying, death, and bereavement?

In this three volume set the editors have brought together a number of well-known educators, researchers, and practitioners who share their knowledge and expertise concerning the care and well-being of children and adolescents.


"In today's rapidly changing and complicated world, many children are brought face-to-face (sometimes precipitously) with the threats, ambiguities, and uncertainties associated with death, life-threatening illness, and bereavement. Increasingly parents and other adults need to rely on community specialists and others outside the family to guide them and their children as they struggle to cope with the stresses brought by these painful life circumstances. Adams and Deveau have brought together a wealth of information about the major death-related problems faced by children and adolescents today and the strategies adults can use to help young people respond favorably to the changes in their lives. These volumes are a valuable resource for anyone who works with children or adolescents."

—Jeanne Quint Benoliel, Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

"In this work, David W. Adams and Ellie J. Deveau have contributed a most significant and important resource on children and death. They integrate well contemporary theory and clinical practice, providing an invaluable guide to educators, clinicians, and caregivers. In these three volumes, Adams and Deveau offer sensitive suggestions for assisting children struggling with a wide range of death-related experiences as well as children coping with their own grief or life-threatening illness."

—Kenneth J. Doka, College of New Rochelle

"Easy to read, it is an excellent resource for adults living and working with children— teachers, counselors, and caregivers alike. . . .The text provides many practical examples that can be applied in a professional and home setting. . . .The book covers a breadth of information and vital questions are asked about the way we as adults and as a society view and cope with death. I commend Adams and Deveau for addressing the crux of the issue."

—Kylie Bartolo, Victoria University, Victoria, Canada, Journal of Family Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, April 1999

Table of Contents


Anticipatory Grief and the Child Mourner, Therese A. Rando

Respecting Bereaved Children and Adolescents, Thomas W. Attig

Religion, Spirituality, and Bereaved Adolescents, David E. Balk and Nancy S. Hogan

Long-Term Effects of Sibling Death in Childhood, Betty Davies

Re-Grief as Narrative: The Impact of Parental Death on Child and Adolescent Development, Mary Anderson Miller

The Legacy of AIDS: The Untold Stories of Children, Ruth Rothbart Mayer

Helping Bereaved Children and Adolescents Cope with the Aftermath of Suicide, Sandra L. Elder

Domestic Violence, Children and their Losses, Barbara C. Zick

What Do We Do with The Empty Desk? Margaret M. Metzgar

Grief Responses and Group Treatment Interventions for Five- to Eight-Year-Old Children, Eileen Ormond and Heather Charbonneau

Interventions with Bereaved Children Nine to Thirteen Years of Age: From a Medical Center-Based Young Person's Grief Support Program, Ben S. Wolfe and Linda M. Senta

Adolescent Grief Support Groups, Catharine Johnson

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health