Diane Fromme’s current book project, Stepparenting the Grieving Child, is an illuminating guidebook for stepparents exploring life with a child whose parent has died. Whether the child has experienced mother-loss or father-loss, the death of a parent has a permanent effect on a child’s development. When you mix the grieving experience with stepfamily dynamics, you stir up emotional turmoil that no family member expects.
Stepparenting the Grieving Child teaches stepparents how to navigate this complex and unfamiliar territory. The goal? To help children and families heal. This guidebook encourages stepparents first to take care of themselves, and next to understand their child’s grieving. Only then can they create a new family identity. Readers gain insight and ideas from stepparent stories, expert recommendations, and the author’s own personal experience.
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