Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us-Sukie Miller, Doris Ober

  • Title: Finding Hope When a Child Dies: What Other Cultures Can Teach Us
  • Author: Sukie Miller, Doris Ober
  • Released: 2002-08-12
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  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0684865610
  • ISBN13: 978-0684865614
  • ASIN: 0684865610

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From Publishers Weekly As in her previous work (After Death), Miller again looks to other cultures for inspirationAin this case for alternative ways to deal with the intense grief following the death of a child. A psychotherapist and founder of the Institute for the Study of the Afterlife, Miller repeats here to the point of redundancy that Judeo-Christian culture has "no language" for describing this grief. She recommends adopting the rituals of groups such as the Hindus, West African Yorubas, Native Americans and the Spiritists of Brazil to make up for what she perceives as Western inadequacies. Drawing on client case studies, Miller posits, for example, that the Baha'i belief in destiny can serve as an antidote to the tendency of parents to take responsibility for a child's death. Inspired by an Afro-Brazilian tradition, she further suggests that bereaved parents renew their faith by regarding the experience as an initiation that results in a deepened spiritual understanding of the loss. Although Miller's approach may be useful to some, others who question such concepts as communing with the dead and reincarnation will find little solace in it. Agent, Barbara Lowenstein. (Aug.)
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Review Wingate Parkard The Seattle Times A comforting, thoughtful approach to the excruciating questions that grief churns up...the best book on parental grief I have ever seen.


Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. author of Kitchen Table Wisdom Dr. Miller has written a book that will revolutionize our thinking and restore our hearts.


Howard K. Bell, M.Div. executive director of Pathways, a health crisis resource center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Impactful, spiritual, and enlightening. Sukie Miller's personal wisdom, clinical insights, engaging storytelling abilities, and findings from her innovative research are powerfully integrated.
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