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Grace H. Christ

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195105919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105919.001.0001

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Children 12–14 Years of Age: Narratives

Children 12–14 Years of Age: Narratives

(p.170) 12 Children 12–14 Years of Age: Narratives
Healing Children's Grief

Grace Hyslop Christ

Oxford University Press

The confluence of the adolescent's developmental shift with a parent's terminal illness and death presents an awesome challenge to both the adolescent and the surviving parent. This chapter describes two families where both surviving parents reached out and offered nurturing closeness. This allowed their adolescents' mourning and ongoing developmentally syntonic separation to continue. Before reviewing how a surviving mother and her adolescent son dealt with all of these factors, the chapter looks at how a surviving father exerted an extraordinary amount of effort in order to guide his two adolescent children through their mother's death, despite the additional problems of poverty and acculturation.

Keywords:   cancer, children, surviving parents, bereavement, bereaved adolescents

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