Henya Shanun-Klein, Ph.D., FTPsychologist and Thanatologist
Normalization of Parental Bereavement and Vicarious Grieving-Living
Henya Shanun-Klein, Ph.D., FT
The purpose of this article is to broaden the perspective on parental bereavement as a life-long and traumatic experience. The normalization of grief in general and of parental bereavement in particular will be discussed through a presentation of the debate in the professional community and of personal experience as a legitimate source of knowledge. Vicarious Grieving-Living will be offered as a concept relevant to parental bereavement as compared to that of Vicarious Grief. Assumptions toward an expanded model of parental bereavement will be presented.