Below you can find the table of content for the book “Grieving Parents: Surviving Loss as a Couple”
Introduction (Click here to read the Introduction Chapter)
1. I Feel Your Pain
- Your child has died
- The world continues but mine is shattered
- Why? Why her? Why him? Why us? Why me? Why now?
- The unplanned journey of a couple with grief and loss
- Special and unique
- The post-loss person
- Happy and grieving?
- When does it end?
2. Things Will Get Better
- I have been there…
- What I have found…
- My professional background
- Self Acceptance and Understanding
- …And I am still walking this path
3. The Couple Grief Integration Mode
- Navigating this book
- The 5 steps to survive your loss as a couple
- The Couple’s Grief Integration Model
- Step 1 -> ALLOWING
- Step 2 -> AWARENESS
- Step 3 -> ACKNOWLEDGEING
- Step 4 -> ADJUSTING
- Step 5 -> ABSORBING & INTEGRATING
- Final words
4. Understanding Grief
- My grieving experience
- Definitions – Understanding Grief
5. Different Ways of Grieving
- Reactions and Responses to Grief
- Emotional reactions
- Physical reactions
- Cognitive reactions
- Behavioral reactions
- Spiritual reactions
- Different Ways of Grieving
- Intuitive and instrumental grieving
- Male and female grieving
- Cultural differences
- Children and Teens grieving
6. Couples and Grief
- What determines grief?
- Effect on the couple’s relationship
- Grieving as a couple
7. Grief Theory
- What the reader will learn
- Grief models – grief theory household names
- The important thing about all grief theories
- Let’s talk about it
- Feelings and Emotions
- Ask for what you need
- Learning To Talk To Each Other
- Tell Your Story – Acknowledge Your Loss
- Much needed support
- Supportive people around you
- Counseling / Psychological support
- Faith, spiritual or religious support
10. Your Inner Support
- The Inner Game of grief
- Your representation and memory of loss
- Making, changing and creating meaning
- Bring awareness to meaning making
- Bringing awareness to meaning making
- Existential crisis
- Resourceful response to loss
11. Support from within the Relationship
- The couple’s strength
- Helping him or her grieve
12. Supporter for Grieving Parents
- The things not to say or do
- Things to say or do instead
- Wishes of an angel’s mum and dad
- Fire fighter or builder?
13. Questions Need Answers
- Why? Why did our baby/child die? Why did this happen?
- Will we survive this? How will we cope? What to do next?
- Why do people react the way they do? Why don’t they talk to us?
- How can I help him/her grieve?
- Will this happen again? What about our subsequent pregnancy?
- What if my partner is not the biological father/mother?
- What to do with all these questions?
14. You Are Not Alone – Suggestions from Bereaved Parents for Bereaved Parents
- What I would change
- The gems of wisdom
Recommended Reading on Grief Theory
Other Suggested Reading