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The goldfish went on vacation : a memoir of loss (and learning to tell the truth
Patty Dann
Adult Nonfiction PS3554.A575 Z46 2007

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Summary: Sooner or later, all parents face the question of how to talk to their children about death. What do you say when the goldfish dies? Do you lie about it or tell the truth? What if it's a beloved grandparent who dies? For Patty Dann it was harder still: her husband, still in his forties, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He had one year to live, two at the most. In this spirited and startlingly honest memoir, Dann takes us on her journey with her three-year-old son - a journey that cycles through grief and anger, but also through humor, joy, empowerment, and ultimately acceptance. After diagnosis, Dann struggles with the question of how to help her son face the illness and loss of his father. With the guidance of a wonderful child psychologist and close friends, Dann resolves to tell her son the whole truth about what's happening. She will encourage him to face the decline and loss of his father directly and honestly, with support from her and others who care about him. Written in a series of moving and surprisingly uplifting vignettes, Dann shares the tender moments, buoyant spirit, and key insights that helped her and her child to make it through their ordeal.


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