It's Okay to Cry Guide through Grief
It's Okay to Cry Guide through Grief was written by Yvonne Butler Clark. It's designed to assist a parent or caregiver in helping a child or adolescent cope with the strong emotional responses to the loss of a loved one through death or separation. The guide is a user-friendly self-help book. Neither historical, empirical, nor clinical studies are the root of this work--experience is.
Yvonne Butler Clark became involved in grief counseling with children and adolescents after she watched her sons, then 14 and 18, cope with the death of their father. She found limited grief support resources for children, and decided to return to school for her master's degree in counseling.
Her focus is on helping parents help their child or children through their grief after the loss of any special person in their life.
Telling the child about the loss of a loved one is the beginning rather than the end of a long process of sharing. How do children experience the death of someone they love? Do they experience the sadness that adults feel? What can children understand about death?
It's Okay to Cry addresses the common questions that facilitators such as parents, pastors, teachers, counselors, and caregivers face when helping children cope with the loss of a loved one. Understanding how children at various cognitive and emotional levels of development preceive death and/or separation will help the facilitator with this task.