Primal Loss

Primal Loss

The Now-adult Children of Divorce Speak

Book - 2017
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"Seventy now-adult children of divorce give their candid and often heart-wrenching answers to eight questions (arranged in eight chapters, by question), including: What were the main effects of your parents' divorce on your life? What do you say to those who claim that "children are resilient" and "children are happy when their parents are happy"? What would you like to tell your parents then and now? What do you want adults in our culture to know about divorce? What role has your faith played in your healing? Their simple and poignant responses are difficult to read and yet not without hope. Most of the contributors--women and men, young and old, single and married--have never spoken of the pain and consequences of their parents' divorce until now. They have often never been asked, and they believe that no one really wants to know. Despite vastly different circumstances and details, the similarities in their testimonies are striking; as the reader will discover, the death of a child's family impacts the human heart in universal ways." -- Amazon.ca.
Publisher: Phoenix, Arizona :, LCB Publishing,, [2017]
Description: 313 pages; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780997989311
Branch Call Number: 306.89 Pri
Additional Contributors: Miller, Leila,

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Kyriann
Feb 05, 2018

This is a very good reading for anyone, but especially for those who have been involved in and/or affected by divorce. It is written from a Catholic perspective, but anyone can benefit or heal from it. I am not Christian or religious myself and have found relevant testimonies. The answers given by the 70 adult children of divorce are very poignant, often devastating, but also show hopes for those who have been trough divorce (I'm thinking especially of people whose parents divorce has helped strengthen their determination to have a healthy marriage). I do wish that the answers to each question would be in numerical order instead of being in a random order, but I understand that structuring it this way perhaps helped some interviewees to feel more comfortable in sharing, many of whom have not expressed their feelings of hurt or fear to their parents, and would not want their parents to find out about their testimonies. This book is, I believe, the first one of its kind. Part of it is because of the social stigmas attached to children of divorce, and the expectations that they should simply accept their parents' decisions and carry on without expressing their suffering, because doing so would be "judging"their parents. This book definitely gives us a much-needed different perspective on divorce, and I'm thankful that Leila undertook this task that no one else, to my knowledge, has done before.

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Feb 05, 2018

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