Death Benefits: How Losing a Parent Can Change an Adult’s Life – for the Better. Jeanne Safer. 2010.
When psychotherapist Jeanne Safer lost her mother, she was determined to turn her loss into an opportunity for insight and growth. Through her own experience, her work with patients, and in-depth interviews, Safer shows that the death of a parent can be a catalyst for change. In this updated paperback edition, Safer includes a helpful resource section, including information on hospice care, rehabilitation programs, and more. Bold, surprising, and compassionate, Death Benefits challenges the idea that loss must simply be endured or overcome.
Four questions Safer poses in the beginning of the book are:
- What did I get from my parents that I want to keep?
- What did I regret not getting?
- What did I get that I want to discard?
- What did I need that my parents couldn’t provide?