SOCIAL SCIENCES

Loss Survive Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

Rowman & Littlefield. Nov. 2019. 350p. ISBN 9781538125236. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781538125243. CHILD REARING
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Statistics state that nearly one in five U.S. parents outlive their children, and more than 100,000 under 40 die each year, creating a sizeable group who may be coping with bereavement. Beck (Stop Eating Your Heart Out), who has experienced the devastation of losing a child firsthand, here compiles stories from 27 parents who share their own journeys through the grief process. Organized into sections by the cause of loss—miscarriage, illness, accident, suicide, drug usage, and murder—the accounts are both raw and deeply personal, reflecting individual lessons learned on the path to healing without shying away from the myriad feelings involved in processing the death of a loved one. Resources for recovery, as well as insights from fathers, often less recognized in the literature, are highlights.
VERDICT A helpful and perspective-giving tool for anyone who is wading through tragedy and in need of support and inspiration.

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