"Thank you, Catherine Sanders, for giving us a book that few others could have written. Every page speaks both the depth of your compassion and the breadth of your knowledge. This book will be a wise companion on the difficult journey from loss to recovery."
— Robert Kastenbaum, Ph.D., author of The Psychology of Death
"How to Survive the Loss of a Child is a godsend to those in the field as well as to those of us in need of such a resource for our own mourning."
— Eugene Knott, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
"Dr. Sanders' insights are profound and poignant."
— Patricia Geiger, M.D., pediatrician, Boone, North Carolina
"Thank you so much for all that you do for bereaved parents but especially for writing How to Survive the Loss of a Child. I know that it has changed lives. It changed mine!"
— Nancy Ulmer, bereaved parent, Kindermourn, Charlotte, North Carolina
It is only through experiencing grief that bereaved parents ultimately heal. Moving through the phases of grief, the bereaved person works toward restoration. Understanding these phases, knowing what to expect, and learning what they can do to help themselves give parents greater assurance and comfort.
In How to Survive the Loss of a Child, Dr. Sanders, a bereaved parent herself, offers grieving parents practical help and emotional support. This book also helps family members, friends, and caregivers relate to grieving parents and aids them, too, in understanding the process of healing through grief.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Ultimate Tragedy
Chapter 2: The Five Phases of Grief
Chapter 3: Dealing with Guilt and Anger
Chapter 4: Unresolved Grief
Chapter 5: How Families Grieve
Chapter 6: Horrendous Deaths
Chapter 7: Loss of the Unborn and Newly Born
Chapter 8: The Importance of Mourning Rituals
Chapter 9: Surviving the Emptiness
Chapter 10: Beginning to Live Once More
Chapter 11: Finding Joy After the Pain
Chapter 12: How We Can Help Ourselves
Chapter 13: For Friends and Family Members: Providing the Best Support
Chapter 14: Self-Help Organizations: Lifelines
About the Author
About Catherine Sanders
Catherine Edwards Sanders is a journalist with experience in radio, television, and print journals such as The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Insight, World Magazine, and Coastal Living. She has written for The McLaughlin Group and was the producer of Janet Parshall’s America talk-radio program. She lives in Virginia.