Loss and Grief Recovery: Help Caring for Children with Disabilities, Chronic, or Terminal Illness, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Loss and Grief Recovery

Help Caring for Children with Disabilities, Chronic, or Terminal Illness, 1st Edition

By Joyce Ashton, Dennis Ashton


193 pages

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The grief reaction is often similar for many diverse circumstances and situations. This book focuses heavily on caring for children with disabilities, chronic or terminal illness, dealing with the loss, and the recovery process.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Challenges of Our Numerous Losses

Loss of Parents/Suicide, Miscarriage/Stillborn and Infant Loss, Changing Jobs, Infertility and Adoption, Loss of Relationships/Divorce, Moving, Chronic/Terminal Illness, Loss of Child, Kinds of Loss, Loss Scale

Chapter 2: Our Struggle With the Diagnosis

The Unknown Diagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis, Testing, Professionals, Facing the Facts, Anticipatory Grief, Denial, Social Withdrawal, Relationship Changes, Services, When Do We Tell The Child, Accepting the Diagnosis

Chapter 3: Caring for our Child at Home

Social Needs, Outside Help, Respite or Foster Care, Hospitalization, Medical Costs, Doctors, Infant Programs, Equipment, Toys, Vision, Hearing and Speech, Home Therapy, Bathing and Dressing, Education, Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Discipline, Recreation, How Much Should the Child be Told? Should we Have Other Children?, Suggestions for Friends and Relatives, Other’s Fears, Friends For Your Child, Accepting Your New Life, An Attitude of Gratitude, The Loss

Chapter 4: Building Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

Self-Worth versus Self-Esteem, Unconditional Love and Acceptance, Identity, Negative Labels, Life Review, The Teen Years, View of Self, Gone to Soon

Chapter 5: Recognizing and Managing our Grief

Intellectually/Mentally, Spirituality, Physically and Emotionally, Shock/Numbness/ Disbelief and Denial, Hurt/Confusion and Anger, Depression and Hopelessness, Anxiety/Stress and Control, Longing/Yearning/Probing/Pinning and Searching, Bargaining/Wishes and Overactivity, Loss of Self/Disorientation/Disorganization, Withdrawal, Help With The Funeral, Grief Outline, Dimensions, Cycle of Anger and Guilt.

Chapter 6: Reconciliation of Our Loss: Adjusting, Acceptance, and Healing

Holidays and Special Occasions, Support Groups, How to Help Others Who are Grieving, Professional Marriage Counseling, Graphs Showing the Intensity of the Characteristics of Mourning

Chapter 7: Our Relationships/Other’s Reactions to our Loss

Communication, Touch, Men and Women are Different: Incongruent Grief, Surviving Siblings, How Do We Know if a Sibling Needs More Help? Humor/Equilibrium, Friends, Finding Meaning/Positive Attitude

Chapter 8: The Role of Spiritual Healing

Life’s Irony, Faith and Spiritual Injury, Differences in Faith and Grief, Differences in Spirituality and Religion, The Near Death Experience: (love/joy/knowledge, noise/tunnel/out of body, nonverbal communication/light and life review, dead relatives appear, brightness/beauty versus dull/gray, they must return, a time to die, choice or fate?) Children and Near Death Experience, Death Preparations, Making the Most Now, Before Death Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Impressions, My Own Impressions, After Death Dreams, Our Own Near Death Experience, Mind/Body/Soul, Psychology and Spirituality, The Final Power

Chapter 9: Other Considerations

Placement, Dealing With Seizures, Surviving Murder and Suicide

Appendices: Resources and Organizations


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health