What Do We Tell The Children? Talking to Kids About Death and Dying by Joseph Primo is an essential handbook for grieving families. The author is also an executive director of Good Grief, a counseling program for children. Since reading his grief care book, I have recommended it to many friends. Here’s why.
Author Joseph Primo has experience working with the children of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, talking to surviving parents and children. He has experience working with schools and families after suicide impacts a community. He has his own experiences of grief and shares proven methods leading to healthy grief.
In 2013 three of my close family members died, two in the same week. My children attended two funerals the same week, three in the first four months of the year. I’ve read many books on grief this year and I highly recommend this one.
This book gives perspective on why the church lay counseling and private therapist counseling were not effective methods for my kids. Both failed miserably. This book includes many examples of what works and what doesn’t work with children.
Most adults are transferring their inherited views of death into the minds of their kids, and many of these views are harmful rather than helpful.
If you are a schoolteacher, physician working with kids, therapist, church worker, or volunteer…then it is highly recommended that you read this book. Also recommended for parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles..anyone who is talking to kids about their grief.
Thank you to Joseph Primo for writing such an excellent and helpful resource for families.
Visit http://www.good-grief.org/ for information on helping children with grief.
I received this book free from the Amazon Vine Program. Since reviewing the book, I have purchased several copies for my friends.