No U-Turn at Mercy Street A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents
Being a parent is always challenging, but nothing can prepare you for the most devastating parenting challenge of all: the death of your child. No U Turn at Mercy Street shares one parent’s very personal journey through the grief of losing her unborn daughter, and the labyrinthine path she followed to find a new way to live. In this honest and touching book, Marriage and Family Therapist Chandrama Anderson shares her personal journal from that most difficult time in her life. And then, from the point of view of a clinical psychotherapist who specializes in working with parents who’ve lost children of all ages, she offers practical steps and specific resources to help you regain your balance, learn to cope, and eventually live beyond survival.
No U-Turn at Mercy Street is an unvarnished look at one mother’s grief journey. For parents coping with the death of a child, this book can assure you that while life will never be the same, it will go on. And for therapists and other grief workers, there is no better book to get you close to how it feels to lose a child. Everything I had hoped would be in this book is here.”
The Language of Grieving guide covers both words that offer comfort, and words, while well intentioned, that may be resented by or stifle the grieving person or make the journey through grief more difficult. Please copy and distribute as you wish.
". . . You did a lovely job on your language of grieving brochure... but I really appreciated it this morning when I got an email about a friend losing her father...and I had it to help me say the right things. What a great gift/tool it is! Thanks!"Susan Schwartz, You Who Branding
Couples Specialty: Thriving As a Couple After Your Child Dies
Thriving as a couple, let alone surviving individually or as a couple may seem out of reach. The goal is to be emotionally present to one another (vs. fixing). In couples counseling you will experiment with behaviors designed to bring you comfort, understanding, and connection. You will find your underlying similarities in grief despite differing styles of grieving and coping, and practice specific tools that create new neural pathways in your brain that promote a healing, thriving coupledom. When a child dies, I provide couples therapy that flows between grief counseling and addressing couple's issues that may have been small "cracks" in your connection prior to the death.
"Your talk about the grief process was great! I appreciated the depth and information you brought . . . your content is first-rate. I can tell you are a wonderful therapist and that your wisdom, experience, and knowledge will be a great help to many people." Kathleen Palmer, Palo Alto Family YMCA
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