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Without You – Children and Young People Growing Up with Loss and its Effects

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Adults often believe that children are quick to overcome and forget loss, but there is evidence that children are affected by the memory and impact of loss throughout their lives, and especially during the years that they grow-up.In this sympathetic book, Tamar Granot explains the immediate and long-term effects of loss on children and adolescents. She describes how loss is experienced at different ages, explains the significant consequences it can have at each stage of the children's development and the effects it might have on the development of their personality.

The author describes how the circumstances of the loss and its aftermath and the behavior of parents and other significant caregivers influence the child's reaction. She explores the special effects of different kinds of loss, including the suicide of a parent or sibling, murder, the loss of a parent through death and parental abandonment due to divorce, disease, substance abuse, etc. Tamar Granot emphasizes how important it is to stay attuned to the special needs of these children along their growing years and provides practical and sensitive explanations and advice on how best to support them. Adults who experienced loss in childhood will find the book insightful to retrospective understanding of the effects of the loss on their growth and adult life, especially on their emotional state and their functioning in intimate relationships and as parents.

Drawing on theories of loss and child development in an accessible way, Without You provides valuable guidance for parents and carers of bereaved children, as well as for the professionals who support them.
  • Published: Nov 15 2004
  • Pages: 240
  • 228 x 154mm
  • ISBN: 9781843102977
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Press Reviews


    This book would be very helpful for any adult who needs to understand the full impact of loss and death for a child or young person. A good book to use when trying to get others to understand just how devastating loss can be for a child or young person.
  • Occupational Therapy Journal, Vol.11, Spring 2007

    This is a very informative book for students, emerging therapists and competent therapists to have on their bookshelf. It is easily read and very informative.

    It is a compassionate and sensitive exploration of the consequences, immediate and long term, of the loss of parents and other significant persons in the life of a child. Without You: Children and Young People Growing Up With Loss and Its Effects is a down-to-earth and practical guide to understanding and addressing issues of loss and grief in childhood.
  • The Compassionate Friends

    For 25 years, the author worked in a professional capacity with bereaved families in Israel. In this book, she draws on her long practical experience, combining it with her theoretical knowledge to produce a readable book fully of tips and suggestions, aimed at both the lay reader, teachers, counselors, parents and the professional therapist. For those bereaved parents past the early stages but still juggling with their own pain and that of their other children, Without You offers sound and practical advice, without being too theoretical. Also recommended for anyone working with bereaved families.
  • Pastoral Care

    This is a book which has to offer the reader in an educational context, whether in teaching, counselling or special needs roles.