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“There is no one book that combines all the information and tools a bereaved parent needs. 

What we have tried to achieve with When Your Child Dies is to write the book
we wished someone had handed to us after our children died.”

          -Randie Clark & Avril Nagel, Authors

When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts is a comprehensive, compassionate, and supportive guide for grief-stricken parents who are struggling with the loss of a child and speaks directly to the issues and challenges that grief-stricken parents face after their child has died.

This book is the first of its kind, tackling complex issues that influence a parent’s grief such as the psycho-emotional injury of trauma, how different kinds of death can complicate the grieving process. It also provides many practical tools for encouraging self-care and healing as well as how to navigate healthy communication and coping skills within family and social circles. The authors also explore the spiritual and worldview changes that accompany child loss and provide valuable ideas for incorporating personal rituals into a bereaved parent’s life. It includes an Appendix which provides information about support groups, helping organizations, and websites that offer further help.


Authors Randie Clark MA, LMHC and Avril Nagel have both experienced the traumatic loss of a child and speak with compassion and empathy directly to the reader, parent-to-parent, providing insightful psychological, emotional, and practical guidance, counsel and support.


When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts is a valuable addition to the resource collections of grief & loss educators, grief counseling organizations, funeral homes, hospitals, and library grief collections.

When Your Child Dies: Tools for Mending Parents Broken Hearts

ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-391-1

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