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When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter

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Explaining that parents can never get over the loss of a child, a psychologist and bereaved parent offers strategies by which parents can accept and integrate the effects of trauma into their lives. 15,000 first printing.
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Andrews Mcmeel Pub
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Karen Abrahamson
Oct 15, 2014 Karen Abrahamson rated it really liked it
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When psychologist Judith R. Berstein's adult son, Steven, died on July 12, 1987, she was caught totally unaware. Initially, her world was "colored by the year of horror, watching our son's struggle with cancer." She describes those months as being "wrapped in the warm blanket of caring friends and family."

Then, following Steven's death, she and her husband were "lost." "How," she asked, "are we to live with this for the rest of our lives? Will the crushing ache in my chest ever lessen? Can we e
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Brenda Rogers
May 23, 2015 Brenda Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In searching for comfort,this book touched on most of the do's and don't's I have encountered since the death of my daughter three months ago.
Susie
Jan 19, 2015 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent tutorial as to how to handle social settings while you are grieving.
Frank Schwarz
Oct 28, 2015 Frank Schwarz rated it liked it
Good advice on coping with loss.
Deborah
Feb 04, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
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far and away the most insightful, gentle but reality driven book that I have read on the very difficult subject of the grief that accompanies the death of a son or daughter. a personal journey but the author sensitively coaxed my sanity along through many moments of intense pain. I read many books but I carried this one with me until just recently.
Anita Brenner
Mar 24, 2012 Anita Brenner rated it really liked it
A good resource. The author is a bereaved mom and she interviews other bereaved parents. Lost a star for her professional skepticism as to the spiritual side of this. Otherwise, a good resource.
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Excellent book to read about the death of a child or thru
suicide. A guide by an expert. Highly readable.
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