When Your Child Is Grieving
God's Hope and Wisdom for the Journey Toward Healing
by Amy Ford
Pub Date 02 Jul 2019
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To Heal Your Child’s Broken Heart, Start with Hope
How can you help your child get through a deeply painful loss—the breakup of a family, the death of a pet, or even the passing of a loved one—especially when you might be dealing with your own grief?
God sees your family’s pain and longs to walk through it with you. It’s one of the reasons He sent His Son, Jesus—to heal our broken hearts. Most important, God wants to give your child hope.
Dr. Amy Ford is a licensed professional counselor, professor, and parent who specializes in complex psychological issues, including trauma and grief. She offers spiritual encouragement from God’s Word and expert advice to address your child’s specific needs. You will gain the wisdom, skills, and practical ideas you need to help your child during this difficult time.
Grieving can be a long and difficult process, especially for children, but with God’s help and the loving support of friends and family, grief can give way to new life. Your child will get through this…and so will you.
“When Your Child Is Grieving provides a helpful balance—recognizing the strength found in our faith while using tools from the mental health community to address this difficult subject. Amy Ford's encouragement, insights, and practical advice give the tools you need to help a child cope with loss. I highly recommend this much-needed resource.”
—Darlene Brock, author of Raising Great Girls and co-host of This Grit and Grace Life Podcast
“As a pastor, mother of three, and professional counselor, I found this book to be an oasis in a desert place. When Your Child Is Grieving vividly illustrates the devastating darkness of grief in a child’s life and shines the light of God’s remarkable power to bring hope and healing. This book is a compassionate and strategic guide for parents of grieving children.”
—Sandra Stubbs, licensed professional counselor and senior pastor
“Dr. Amy Ford has written a book that is both a practical guide to supporting children in grief and a source of inspiration and hope for parents and caregivers. Her words drip with grace and encouragement as she draws from her clinical knowledge and personal experience. I highly recommend this guide for any educator who daily works to support children experiencing grief and loss.”
—Heidi Brown, elementary school principal
“As a director of a nonprofit benefiting orphans, foster children, and children impacted by family separation, I see firsthand how the burden of grief can traumatize children. When Your Child Is Grieving is a relatable, heartfelt resource for caregivers of grieving children. It introduces scientific child-development principles for trauma-informed healing and provides practical guidance and applications to empower those experiencing grief at a young age. The helpful summaries of key points, specific parenting skills, and activities for caregivers to practice with children will promote conversation, growth, and hope. When Your Child Is Grieving is an essential tool for caregivers of grieving children and for young adults who experienced grief at a young age.”
—Tammy Teske, director of programs, SPOON Foundation
“With compassion and kindness, Amy Ford provides the tools parents need to minister effectively to their grieving, brokenhearted children and to provide the comfort, security, and healing those kids need. I was touched by the way Dr. Ford lays a foundation of grace and spiritual guidance for parents who must nurture their children through times of loss. She also provides a clinically sound approach to applying the wisdom you need. You may even discover some gaps in your own childhood development that have followed you into adulthood. Finding hope for more healing in your own life will greatly enhance your ability to help the child you love so dearly.”
—Tim Ravan, president, Global Connectors