Children 15–17 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 15–17 Years of Age: Narratives

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This chapter presents two narratives that illustrate how adolescents experience more adult mourning. In the first, a 15-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sister confront the death of their mother. They have a 13-year-old sister as well. What can be observed are differences between the early and the mid-adolescents in the timing of their most intense mourning, differences in their symptoms, and their ability to recover after a few months of intense grief. In the second narrative, a 16-year-old girl loses her beloved father and tries to negotiate a new relationship with her mother, who was herself in the midst of her own troubled mourning. The chapter ends with a summary of the characteristics of the children and families that constitute the four possible outcomes when last interviewed, 8 to 14 months after the parent died.

Keywords: cancer; children; surviving parents; bereavement; bereaved adolescents; adolescence

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