Children Also Grieve is an imaginative resource, fully illustrated with color photographs, that offers support and reassurance to children coming to terms with the loss of a close friend or relative and to adults who are supporting them through their bereavement.
The combination of narrative and interactive memory book in the first part of the book, is designed to be read and worked through by children. The story tells of the experiences of Henry, the dog of a family whose grandfather has died. During Henry's progress through the different stages of bereavement, he learns strategies for coping with his grief. At various stages of the story, Goldman provides readers with the opportunity to share their own reactions to loss through words and pictures, using specific prompt questions that encourage the exploration of different facets of grief.
The second part includes a list of useful vocabulary, to help children express their feelings about bereavement, a bibliography of other useful resources for both children and adults, and a section that will help adults to understand and aid children throughout the grief process. This last section also explains the approach taken in the story, details typical responses to bereavement, and discusses useful ways in which adults can discuss and share grief with children. This book is an invaluable tool for bereaved children and those who care for them.
"Linda Goldman has offered a bridge of understanding between grieving children and the adults who care about them. Using a balanced offering of simple text, appealing photos, gentle coaching, and straightforward advice, she has provided to readers of all ages an accessible resource for understanding and managing the experience of loss in a way that lets them draw closer together, rather than drift further apart. I recommend it highly." - Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, author of Lessons of Loss: A Guide to Coping and Editor of Death Studies "The sharing pages, memory book section, and the very important 'Sharing Grief with Words' provide the community, family, and therapist with the tools to help children climb out of this canyon of pain they are experiencing. Normalizing the grief response and letting each response to grief be understood will help all of us who grieve. This is a book that is not just for children, it is for all of us who love and experience the love of someone who is no longer present in our lives." - Frank Campbell, Executive Director of the Office of Clinical Research and Consultation of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, Executive Director of the Crisis Center Foundation, and Past President of the American Association of Suicidology "Children Also Grieve is the definitive book for young people facing loss and the adults who care about them.[It] brings warmth and reassurance to children of all ages who are coping with the death of a loved one and struggling to understand the mysteries of life at the time of loss. Linda Goldman offers gentle guidance for children grieving a loss and invaluable information for the adults who support them on their journey to heal. ...As children join Henry on his journey to understand the death of Grandfather, they gently explore their own feelings of pain and sadness. By identifying with the animals and children in the book, readers learn they are not alone in how they are feeling and find comfort in gaining constructive ways to honor their loss and heal from the pain of their grief." - Bonnie Carroll, Founder and Chairman of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors "In her easy, caring style, Linda Goldman has come up with a creative way to help parents and counselors address grief in children. It's a read-to workbook with Linda's own photographs, designed to overcome the hesitation both parents and children have in talking about death and addressing children's grief. It includes pages in which children are invited to write about their own feelings and paste in pictures and clippings. And it has a section for parents to broaden their understanding of what grieving children really need." - Helen Fitzgerald, Training Director for the American Hospice Foundation and author of The Grieving Child
Linda Goldman is certified as a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement (FT) with an MS degree in counseling and early childhood education. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and currently has a private grief therapy practice for children, teenagers, families with prenatal loss, and grieving adults. Linda shares workshops, courses, and training on children and grief, and teaches as an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program of Counseling at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. She has written several titles on children and grief, including Life and Loss, Breaking the Silence and Bart Speaks Out. Linda was active in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) after September 11.
Henry's Story. My Memory Book. Sharing Grief with Words. For Caring Adults. Bibliography. About Linda Goldman.