KIDS SNEAK PEEK NAVIGATING THE PATH OF GRIEF.Byline: - Nancy Hewitt
When they should be enjoying a carefree childhood, many young children may experience a loss of some sort.
It could be the loss of a pet, moving away from a best friend, parents divorcing, or the death of a close relative.
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1. To cause to be sorrowful; distress: It grieves me to see you in such pain.
2. , but most parents are ill-equipped to deal with their children's grief. This is the consensus of John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Landon Leslie Landon (born October 11, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, best known from the role of Etta Plum on Little House on the Prairie TV series. Her father was Michael Landon and mother is Lynn Noe. Her brothers are Michael Landon Jr. Matthews, co-authors of the book ``When Children Grieve.''
This book was written to teach parents how to help their children resolve grief. For the most part, parents do not know how to deal with loss because they were never taught how.
``It's a book for parents,'' says James. ``It lays out for parents what to say, when to say it. What to do, when to do it. When your heart is broken, this is the manual to teach you how to fix it.''
Friedman adds: ``This is an essential book. Ours is an action program, not a talking program. Fixing a heart involves an action.''
And these authors want to help kids ``one heart at a time.''
Throughout the book are discussions of the six myths about grief. Expressions such as ``don't feel bad,'' ``replace the loss,'' ``grieve alone,'' ``be strong for others,'' ``it just takes time'' and ``keep busy'' are the wrong things Wrong Things is a collaborative short-fiction collection by Poppy Z. Brite and Caitlin R. Kiernan, released by Subterranean Press in 2001. This short hardback includes one solo story by each author and one story written in collaboration, as well as an afterword by Kiernan. to say to anyone grieving grieving Mourning, see there - especially when it's a young child.
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v. con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es
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b. to these kids. It doesn't make sense to the way they're feeling,'' says Matthews.
``When Children Grieve'' is following in the footsteps of James and Friedman's first book, ``The Grief Recovery Handbook
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However, in the preparation of ``When Children Grieve,'' they have added the expertise of Matthews, who 10 years ago took one of their seminars to resolve her own grief after the death of her father, actor Michael Landon Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. . She subsequently completed her doctorate in psychology and became certified See certification. by the Grief Recovery Institute.
The three authors are in total agreement that the issue of children's grief needs to be addressed.
``The first major loss for a child is the loss of a pet,'' says Friedman. ``Many parents say, 'We'll get a new pet this weekend.' ''
Or, says Matthews, ``We take the kids out to the store and buy them a toy. It doesn't do anything. It's just a quick fix.''
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1. To ease the anger or agitation of.
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``Be open to what they feel,'' Friedman says. ``Listen with your heart, not your head. (And remember) grief is an emotional issue, not an intellectual issue.''
Matthews agrees: ``Be patient with how your child is expressing himself. Practice expressing yourself. When he sees what you are doing, he will do it, too.''
James also agrees that parents should share their feelings with their child. ``You can say to your child, 'I miss grandma,' '' he says. ``It's a signal that it's OK for your child to talk about the loss.''
For parents concerned that their children may not have finished the grieving process, there are several behaviors they might notice: a child may have trouble concentrating, his eating habits may change, and he may become depressed or emotionally isolated.
The book retails for $24. James, Friedman and Matthews will be doing book signings over the summer: 2 p.m. Saturday at Bookstar, 12136 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818) 505-9528; 7:30 p.m. July 12, Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino (818) 380-1636; July 17, Bookstar, 100 N. La Cienega There are at least three places with the name La Cienega (from the Spanish La Ciénaga: swampland, marsh or bog):