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Death Is No Stranger: Helping Children Grieve [Paperback]

By Cynthia Long Lasher (Author)
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The death of a loved one is a traumatic, life-altering experience at any time in our lives. However, it can be especially harrowing when the one left behind is a child. These children must face the difficult reality of mortality without the coping mechanisms we gain as we mature. Therefore, it is up to us as adults to aid and guide these little ones through this experience, loving and supporting them along the way. But how do we begin? Death Is No Stranger, Cynthia Long Lasher offers resources and guidance for aiding in grief ministry to children, allowing them to adapt in a healthy manner to the reality of life without a loved one while still allowing them to remain what they are -- children. This is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, ministers, and others who interact with children during times of loss. This resource will guide the reader through the process of aiding children in their grief, covering such topics as: Talking To Children About Death How Children Understand Death Defining Grief and Mourning, and Types of Grief Reactions God calls us to protect and care for our children. Death Is No Stranger gives direction on how to care for children in these difficult circumstances. Most importantly, this book helps us during times of loss to guide children to God, who loves them most of all.

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The death of a loved one is a traumatic, life-altering experience at any time in our lives. However, it can be especially harrowing when the one left behind is a child. These children must face the difficult reality of mortality without the coping mechanisms we gain as we mature. Therefore, it is up to us as adults to aid and guide these little ones through this experience, loving and supporting them along the way. But how do we begin? Death Is No Stranger, Cynthia Long Lasher offers resources and guidance for aiding in grief ministry to children, allowing them to adapt in a healthy manner to the reality of life without a loved one while still allowing them to remain what they are -- children. This is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, ministers, and others who interact with children during times of loss. This resource will guide the reader through the process of aiding children in their grief, covering such topics as: Talking To Children About Death How Children Understand Death Defining Grief and Mourning, and Types of Grief Reactions God calls us to protect and care for our children. Death Is No Stranger gives direction on how to care for children in these difficult circumstances. Most importantly, this book helps us during times of loss to guide children to God, who loves them most of all. Cynthia Long Lasher is the Grief Support Specialist and Program Coordinator for Shenandoah Valley Grief Services, part of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. She is also the copastor for Grief Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church in Staunton, Virginia. She has served in pastoral positions in other Lutheran churches in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, and her Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She and her husband, John, live in Waynesboro, Virginia.

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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   93
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788025058  
ISBN13  9780788025051  


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Helping Children Grieve  May 13, 2008
The middle of the night can fall upon us anytime, but God is with us all the time. Many fine new books can help Christians to see the risen Son even when darkness coils around us.

Darkness is palpable when children must cope with death, and adults may feel fear and confusion about how to help children through such a painful time. One useful resource for these ordeals is Death Is No Stranger: Helping Children Grieve by Cynthia Long Lasher (CSS Publishing, 2008, $9.95). Lasher draws from her experience in grief ministry to provide wise guidance for helping pastors and lay people support bereaved children. Over the course of eight short but full chapters, Lasher instructs readers on topics such as: factors that affect how children might respond to death, how children understand death, the variety of reactions to grief, and how our beliefs affect our grief.

Lasher's book is full of good sense and smart reminders. For instance, she reminds adults not to use with children euphemisms regarding death (such as "pass away") or to offer trite consolations such as "God doesn't give us more than we can handle." Instead, we are to be gentle but direct and concrete, remembering that children are literal thinkers. If we tell a child that a dead person is simply sleeping or away on a trip, the child then may fear sleep or loved ones going on trips. It is more effective to use clear, honest language (pp. 15-17).

Another example of Lasher's helpfulness is in her descriptions of ways that children respond to a loved one's death. Sometimes a child reacts to such news by playing with toys. This reaction does not indicate indifference or a lack of understanding. Rather, Lasher explains, a child may turn to play to help herself or himself manage the grief (p. 63).

In numerous ways, this short book provides valuable direction for the person trying to help a child through the dark night of grief.

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by David P. von Schlichten

This article appeared in May / June 2008 * Volume 24 * Number 3
 

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