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Endorsements: Stepparenting the Grieving Child

Stepparenting the Grieving Child by Diane Fromme

Praise for Stepparenting the Grieving Child …

“If you are the stepparent of any child, one grieving a parent’s death or the loss of his or her original family, I urge you to gift yourself with Diane Ingram Fromme’s wonderful book, Stepparenting the Grieving Child. With wisdom born of experience, insight, and education, the author has written an engaging, encouraging, hopeful, and helpful book. It is excellently written and beautifully formatted, easy on both the eyes and heart of the reader. Reading it uplifted me and brought me understanding and solace that, as a stepmom of forty-two years, I was surprised I still needed.”

—Sue Patton Thoele,
Author of The Courage to Be a Stepmom, The Mindful Woman and The Courage to Be Yourself


“All stepfamilies are preceded by loss, but not all loss is the same. Stepparenting a child whose parent has died has unique challenges and needs a unique roadmap, which Stepparenting the Grieving Child provides. Honest, revealing, and compassionately written, this book offers practical insights to support both grieving children and the stepparent who is striving to find their place in the child’s life. Diane Ingram Fromme shares intimately from her own experience and others’ while integrating research-based insights to create a user-friendly roadmap you can follow.”

—Ron L. Deal,
Bestselling Author of The Smart Stepfamily and The Smart Stepmom, Director of FamilyLife Blended, familylife.com/blended


“New stepparents of grieving children face a perfect storm—the effects of trauma from a parent’s death coupled with new family relationships. The landmines are many, the sources of relevant wisdom few. Stepparenting the Grieving Child offers guidance on a topic that’s barely touched upon elsewhere, which is why this book is so important, both for the children, who suffer the most, and for the adults, who hope to ‘do it right.’”

—Mary Ann Emswiler,
Coauthor of Guiding your Child through Grief, Founder of the Symposium  on Children’s Grief


“Diane Ingram Fromme enlarges our awareness of the impact of grief and loss in stepfamilies. She does so against the backdrop of the complicated worlds of child rearing, parenting, maintaining the adults’ relationships, and building healthy stepfamilies. Through real-life examples, Fromme pulls you into a deeper understanding of the challenges that occur when these worlds collide. Reading this book is like being in a supportive and caring grief group for stepparents, facilitated by someone who understands what you’re experiencing, someone who really cares about you and your family. Fromme goes right to the heart of what truly matters about grieving and stepparenting.”

—Earl Hipp,
Author of Help for the Hard Times: Getting Though Loss and Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens


“Stories of loss and hope lift the weight off stepparents’ shoulders while filling their hearts with compassion for a child who longs for a parent forever gone. This is a go-to resource for any person dating, engaged to, or married to someone whose children have experienced the loss of a parent. Diane Ingram Fromme’s words jump off the page and land deep in your soul. You are not alone on this journey!”

—Heather Hetchler,
Author of Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul, Director of Learning2Step.com and Speaker for Sisterhood of Stepmoms Ministry


“Fromme prefaces many chapters by relating a challenging personal family situation. … This moves readers from early childhood through teen years, demonstrating relationships and important insights. Fromme isn’t a mental health professional, but she has endured in the school of hard knocks. Her wealth of practical suggestions can provide support and comfort to stepparents, surviving parents, other family members, and teachers coping with a child’s grief when a parent has died.”

—BlueInk Review


“If you or someone you know is stepparenting a child or children after the death of their biological parent, read this book! Diane Ingram Fromme’s conversational style, combined with practical suggestions and helpful research, provides a resource deeply needed as families navigate a new family structure. I highly recommend it.”

—Donna L. Schuurman, Ed.D., FT
Senior Director of Advocacy & Training Executive Director Emeritus, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families


“Written with clarity and in an agreeable voice … Diane Ingram Fromme’s Stepparenting the Grieving Child offers helpful guidance to stepparents, guardians, and professionals who work with children who are mourning the loss of a parent.”

Foreword Clarion Reviews


“In Stepparenting the Grieving Child, Diane Ingram Fromme brings a wealth of experience, insight, and a lovely compassionate awareness to an important and under-discussed aspect of stepfamily life. This book will provide a lifeline for stepparents who so desperately want to support their grieving stepchildren but have no idea how to do it or where to begin. This is a resource I am grateful to include on my bookshelf and one I’ll be sharing with clients.”

—Jean McBride,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Author of Encouraging Words for New Stepmothers and Talking to Children About Divorce, and Founder of the Colorado Center for Life Changes and divorcehelpforparents.com.


“Having lived and worked in stepfamily land for over 35 years, I highly value Stepparenting the Grieving Child’s personal stories about what works in stepfamilies and what doesn’t. This book also shows the similarities and differences between stepfamilies formed by either divorce or death. Either way, the children are the ones impacted the most. Maturity is crucial on the adults’ part, and Fromme presents a realistic, researched, and resourceful approach toward growing into this mature understanding. Stepparenting the Grieving Child is a good read no matter how a stepfamily is formed.”

—Carri Taylor,
Opportunities Unlimited, Executive Director Producer of two DVD series on stepfamilies and children of divorce www.cgtaylor.com