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Children 9–11 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105919.003.0010
Children 9–11 Years of Age: Narratives

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This chapter discusses the experiences of two contrasting families. The first family consists of a surviving father and his 10-year-old daughter. The second family includes a surviving mother, two daughters, and a son. Both parents learned the roles of becoming a single parent, and both mourned the loss of a spouse. In the first story, the father stayed home from work for seven months to care for his daughter. He is one of five fathers in the total sample who elected this option, and it was a good choice for them as well as for their children. In the second narrative, the mother faced a cascade of stressors that initially staggered her. She helps us to understand the pain of grief, which is complicated by the need to develop a new, independent identity. The chapter ends with a summary of the characteristics of the children and families that constitute the different outcome categories.

Keywords: family; single parents; surviving parents; children; bereavement; bereaved children

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