CHILDREN'S CONSTRUCTION OF A DECEASED PARENT: The Surviving Parent's Contribution

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Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Bostan, MA 02114

Abstract

Constructing a connection to the deceased is helpful to children in adjusting to the death of a parent. Using interview data from a subset of a larger study of childhood bereavement, this paper describes ways in which parents help children, ages 10–12, build this connection, provides case examples contrasting parental attitudes and behavior that are helpful and those that are not helpful to the child, and offers implications for clinical practice.

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