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The Magical Thoughts of Grieving Children
Treating Children with Complicated Mourning and Advice for Parents

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ISBN 9780895032065
Published June 15, 2000 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

This book is designed for clinicians, educators, clergy, and nurses - anyone who is assisting children who have experienced the death of a loved one. This work offers a unique framework for helping children heal from the wounds created by the life process of death, a framework that has its defining basis in children's magical thought. Magical thought is motivated by the desire of a child with incomplete cognitive equipment to understand his world. Magical thought helps children develop inaccurate conclusions about many aspects of death and their own personal grief, often suggesting that they or someone else is responsible for the loss.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 — Children's View of Grief
 How to be an Expert in the Eyes of Children
 A New Look at the Normal Grief Emotions of Children
 The Normal Grief Emotions
 The Numb and Stunned Reaction • Commotion • Attempts to Re-create Coupled with Balancing Denial • Anguish • Anger •

Chapter 2 — Cognition: The Most Definitive Feature of Children's Grief
 To Bond or Not to Bond? • Imitation • Concrete Thinking • The Onset of Abstract Reasoning • Adolescence—Abstract
 Thought Unleashed

Chapter 3 — The Model of Magical Thought
 What is Magical Thought? • The Model of Magical Thought: "Seeds for the Destruction of Children's Personality Development"
• Key Definitions for the Model of Magical Thought

Chapter 4 — The Tasks of Mourning Distorted by Destructive Magical Thought
 The Five Tasks of Healthy Mourning • Complicated Mourning • Therese Rando's Six "R" Response • Disenfranchised Grief •
Conversions from the Unhealthy Model of Magical Thought to the Tasks of Healthy Mourning

Chapter 5 — Action-Focused Techniques to Eliminate Destructive Magical Thought
 Action-Focused Techniques Defined • Advantages of Action-Focused Techniques with Bereaved Children and Families • Five
 Purposes of Action-Focused Techniques • The Interview Process • Parental Involvement • Examples of Action-Focused
 Techniques Eliminating Magical Thought

Chapter 6 — Anger and Magical Thought
 Prescription for Anger Management • Summary of a Plan of Treatment for Anger Management
 Chapter 7 — A Special Note for Parents
 Chapter 8 — Magical Thought of Adults and Society
 The Functions of Magical Thought of this Society • The Trickle Down Effect

 Chapter 9 — Final Thoughts
 Appendix A — Resources for Action-Focused Techniques

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James A. Fogarty, Ed .D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist