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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the author's experience in counselling a couple, Judith and Alan, whose daughter was diagnosed with a fatal respiratory disease. Based on his previous experience, the author decided to tell the couple about their child's condition in order to give them the opportunity to prepare for the burial and to be the last to touch their child's body. The chapter explains that when giving someone difficult information it is important to first ask the person's permission so that he can prepare himself or herself for the bad news.

Keywords:   counselling, daughter, fatal respiratory disease, burial, bad news

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