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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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You Cannot Prepare

You Cannot Prepare

Rehearsing Grief/Romanticizing Death

(p.101) 16 You Cannot Prepare
The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues concerning rehearsing grief and romanticizing death, describing the cause of Ofira, a mother in her forties, who is so afraid that one or all of her children will die. It explains that no amount of imagining or rehearsing for the death of a child will help a parent prepare for the impact of their death and suggests that energy used in imagining or rehearsing for a death could be better spent in nurturing the cherished relationship.

Keywords:   grief, death, children, parents, cherished relationship

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