Sudden Death in Childhood

Support for the Bereaved Family


  • Ann Dent, SRN, PhD(Social Policy), Honourary Research Fellow, Bristol University, UK
  • Alison Stewart, RGN, RM, RHV, PhD(Nursing), Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Programme Leader, School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.

To lose a child is not 'appropriate' and the feelings involved become even more difficult to deal with. Professionals are no more exempt from feelings of inadequacy in the face of grief than we are. Personal issues and beliefs complicate matters even further and for fear of intrusion much needed help is often not given. This comprehensive, practical text offers a range of ideas and materials that can assist reflective, research-based clinical practice in this area.
Ann Dent and Alison Stewart have researched and written extensively on family grief and this book is an extremely useful and comprehensive tool for all health professionals, as well as for students undertaking further postgraduate study.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5646-7

Table of Contents

Loss as part of family life
What is bereavement?
The grief of parents
The grief of children
The grief of grandparents
How can we help bevereaved families?
How can health professionals help bereaved families in hospital?
How can professionals help bereaved families in the community?
Support for ourselves