Aug 09
Pain, Grief & Growth: The Impact of Parental Loss on Children
This show answers the question of what the impact is of losing a parent in childhood. On this show, psychologist and author Dr. Jessica Koblenz draws upon her recently published findings from a study with young adults who discuss their retrospective experiences of losing a parent to consider the important themes and dynamics that create pain and make possible growth.
 
In the back and forth with host Suzanne Phillips, Dr Koblenz offers information that will be valuable for any parent, child, or family member who has suffered such a loss or is close to someone who has. She addresses questions about the adjustment to this loss like - What was missed in childhood? How was the child treated differently or invited to grow-up faster? She discloses the type of support that was most helpful and the challenge and role of the surviving parent.
 
Together with Suzanne Phillips, Dr. Koblenz draws upon theory as she considers the responses of these young adults to therapy after their loss, their eagerness to be with other children who had suffered in a similar way, and to individual ways of holding on to a connection with their deceased parent. This is a uniquely personal and retrospective view of losing a parent in childhood. It will more than inform you.

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