Goldman is well established as a child's advocate, counselor and
friend. Her many publications, programs as well as personal
interventions have brought endless comfort and care to children and
to their families.
This book is about life and loss, and about children. It recognizes
that loss's tragic impact includes, among many other things, the maze
in which we are "dumped." That "relocation" is tough enough for
adults, but a nightmare for children. Goldman uses story, craft,
feelings to guide children and parents.
Chapter one focuses on children's loss and grief. How does it affect
children and how can we help? There is discussion of loss of
relationships, external objects, losses in the environment, the self,
losses related to skills and abilities, loss related to habits and
loss of the protection of the adult world.
Chapter two explores myths about grief, especially as they involve
children and includes the four psychological tasks of grief work.
The rest of the book includes preparing children to say goodbye,
resources for school personnel, the community grief team, community
resources and other resources for children.
Goldman is a name you will remember, and wisely so.
The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gilbert,
Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care Center