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Children 9–11 Years of Age: Themes

Grace Hyslop Christ

in Healing Children's Grief

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105919
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105919.003.0009
Children 9–11 Years of Age: Themes

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This chapter describes the impact of terminal cancer on the lives of 37 children — 19 girls and 18 boys — aged 9 to 11. They came from 33 families, and their surviving parents were 20 fathers and 13 mothers. It summarizes the developmental attributes that were important in understanding these children. The summary is followed by descriptions of how the children coped with the family tragedy, how they and their families responded to the terminal illness, how the surviving parents prepared the children for the death and family rituals, and how parents helped them to cope with their bereavement and reconstitution.

Keywords: cancer; school-age children; bereavement; bereaved children; families; surviving parents

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