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Title:
Caring for your grieving child : engaging activities for dealing with loss and transition
Author:
Wakenshaw, Martha.
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Publication Information:
Oakland, Calif. : New Harbinger, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
162 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781572243064
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Book

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Summary

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When children mourn the death of a loved one, a pet, their parents' divorce, or a great loss or change, most have not yet learned the coping skills necessary to ease the impact of this pain. By understanding both the signs of grief and the signs of healing shown by a grieving child in your life, you can actively help him or her cope with the grief process.

Learn to identify the intense attachments, changes in behavior, and signs of stress, anxiety, and depression that grieving children exhibit. Then discover the effective play-based therapeutic techniques that have been proven to help kids heal from emotional wounds and loss. A wealth of expressive art exercises like the Magic Wand, where kids make the yucky feeling go away, and Drawing Out the Pain, where kids color with different crayons to express different feelings, not only help the childcope with feelings but also help you understand them. Find out how to notice different types of play and respond to each. The book offers healthy ways to communicate with children, tips on how to care for yourself while helping a child, and ways to recognize the signs children exhibit when they truly begin to heal.


Author Notes

Martha Wakenshaw, MA, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, WA, and a board-certified mental health counselor specializing in play and expressive arts therapy. She is the author of This Child of Mine: A Therapist's Journey Foreword writer Herman Frankel, MD, is a pediatrician and teacher who has, for the past thirty years, specialized in helping children and parents deal effectively with loss, challenges, and transitions in their lives. He is a recipient of the nation's highest honor for community health promotion and disease prevention, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Award of Excellence. Director of Divorcework Center, Frankel works directly with parents and their children and leads workshops for professionals, parents, and general audiences.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Understanding Childhood Grief and Helping Your Child Heal
1 Understanding Your Child's Grief: An Overviewp. 9
2 Children Grieve, Toop. 21
3 First Feelings, First Lossesp. 29
4 The Difference Between Grief and Depressionp. 45
5 Explaining Death to Your Child: Ages and Stagesp. 55
6 Divorce and Other Lossesp. 67
7 How to Speak Your Child's Languagep. 83
8 What Is Play Therapy?p. 89
9 Setting Up Your At-Home Play Spacep. 99
10 Your Turnp. 111
Part 2 Healing Play Exercises
11 Specific Play Techniques to Help Your Child Grievep. 121
12 More Play Exercisesp. 145
Referencesp. 163