Bereaved Parents and their Continuing Bonds
For bereaved parents the development of a continuing bond with the child who has died is a key element in grieving and how they manage their future. Using her experience of working with bereaved parents, Catherine Seigal looks at how continuing bonds are formed, what facilitates and sustains them and what can undermine them. The book offers an insight into the many and varied ways grief is experienced and expressed and what can be helpful and unhelpful. And, it offers bereaved parents the opportunity to share other parents' experiences, to understand a little more about their own feelings and to know they are not alone.
"In this profound and beautifully written book Cathie Seigal opens our minds and hearts to a world of loss, grief and transformation that is far outside the experience of most people. She weaves together the stories of bereaved parents with her own capacity for deep reflection and understanding, and disturbs our settled notions of what grieving might be. The work she describes is not easy, and reading this book was a painful experience for me at times, but it is an indispensable resource for anyone concerned with accompanying other human beings in extreme pain. Truthful, grounded, intense, emotionally accurate, and ultimately spiritual in its sensibilities, I cannot recommend it too highly".
(Andrew Cooper, Professor of Social Work at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
"This book can be read by anyone, but will be an incredibly valuable resource for parents, professionals and those supporting the bereaved. It manages to convey the complex array of human responses to the death of a child with clarity and compassion. Her central thesis of the importance of creating a lasting relationship between the child who has died and those left behind is powerfully and beautifully rendered".
(Timothy Watts, Consultant Neonatologist at St Thomas' Hospital, London)
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