Children 6–8 Years of Age: Narratives

Grace Hyslop Christ

in Healing Children's Grief

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105919
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893973 | DOI:
Children 6–8 Years of Age: Narratives

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This chapter presents the stories of two families and their responses to the onset of terminal cancer. Seven-year-old Mark Stone, the boy in the first story, concerned the interventionist more than did 8-year-old Coleen O'Leary, the girl in the second story. Already during kindergarten Mark was a bit immature, and worried professionals about a potential problem with hyperactivity. However, for Coleen, a cascade of secondary stressors — the loss of all nurturing supports — had a powerful effect. The things she had control over, she did well: she was an excellent student, was liked and respected by classmates and teachers, and she behaved well and responsibly at home. Yet her outcome was more troubled than Mark's.

Keywords: cancer; bereavement; bereaved children; families; intervention; school-age children

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