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By Glenda Fredman

ISBN-10: 1849402248

ISBN-13: 9781849402248

This ebook tackles head at the frequently tabooed topic of loss of life. It distils refined scientific paintings into basic language, and describes uncomplicated suggestions for speaking to young children approximately demise. the writer makes refined fabric available to a wider diversity of practitioners than informed therapists.

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I w a s impressed with Sister Lin's knowledge and experience of work with the terminally ill and the bereaved. Also she clearly had a very close, supportive, and respectful relationship with her patient. I therefore asked her w h y she did not discuss these issues with Mrs W herself, since her patient appeared to value, trust, and respect her and had confided in her. She e x p l a i n e d : " I have two children the s a m e age. " It s e e m s that professionals h a v e b e e n e n c o u r a g e d to s u s p e n d , i n f a v o u r of their p r o f e s s i o n a l beliefs, the r i c h v a r i e t y of i d e a s that they m i g h t b r i n g to their r e l a t i o n s h i p s w i t h clients.

Glenda: {grimaces) Is anyone else concerned—like your family? Mr D: Both our parents are elderly. This would have been their first grandson. We can't upset them at their age—my mother is not a well woman, and Peg's mum has the strain of her father's condition. When I first meet with clients I usually begin by clarifying whose idea it was for them to come to see me and who, if anyone, is defining the situation as a "problem" (Palazzoli, Boscolo, Cecchin, & Prata, 1980). With this couple, however, I had immediately launched into the "problem" as defined by the paediatrician, D r K, without clarifying whether this was at all a concern for either Mr or Mrs D.

Dina was adamant that she was going alone and only she would steer the balloon. When Mrs B told me this story, I suggested that she and Don had been talking with Dina about her death; that the family had found a means of communication at the message level that they all under­ stood. This may not have been apparent to the nursing staff, who perhaps were unaware of the special picnic "play" or did not share the relationship that the B family had with each other and therefore did not understand the message of their communications.

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