Though there has been much written about dying and bereavement in recent years, the particular stress of terminal illness in childhood - as it affects both the families and the professionals - is only beginning to be better understood. In this book Dorothy Judd, a child psychotherapist who has worked with ill, disabled and dying children and adolescents for many years, places her clinical experience in the context of a full understanding of death, the moral and ethical issues raised by some of the treatments for life-threatening illness, and the current research into new developments in approaches to terminal illness. At the heart of the book is a very moving diary of Judd's work with Robert, a seven-year-old suffering from leukaemia. Judd's account of therapeutic work in the hospital setting, away from the privacy of the consulting room, will be of special interest to mental health professionals. Give Sorrow Words combines great sensitivity to the experience of terminal illness with an astute awareness of the more theoretical debates in this increasingly important area of research.

part I|92 pages


chapter One|14 pages

The death of a child

chapter Two|12 pages

Children’s attitudes to death

chapter Three|8 pages

The dying child’s awareness of death

chapter Four|21 pages

Should we talk to children about death?

chapter Six|19 pages

Support available

part Two|76 pages

Robert, aged 7-and-a-half

chapter Seven|67 pages

Diary of my work with Robert over 3 months

chapter Eight|3 pages


chapter Nine|4 pages

Brief retrospective analysis

part Three|37 pages

Survival or death

chapter Ten|9 pages

Prolonging dying?

chapter Eleven|11 pages

Those who survive

chapter Twelve|15 pages

After the death of a child

chapter |5 pages