Honor Thy Children

Author: Molly Fumia
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 9781609257378
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The inspirational account of a Japanese-American family's triumph in the face of the death of their three children, two from AIDS and a third the victim of a tragic drive-by shooting, Honor Thy Children chronicles the creation, devastation, and remarkable resurrection of the Nakatanis - who journey from unimaginable grief to healing.

Lesbian And Gay Voices

Author: Frances Ann Day
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313311628
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Organizes a list of books by and about gays and lesbians into such categories as picture books, fiction, short stories, nonfiction, biography, and books useful for librarians, educators, and parents.

Star Child

Author: Jennifer Martin
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1532039832
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At age four, author Jennifer Martins son, Kelly, was diagnosed with a rare inherited metabolic disorder, mucopolysaccharidosis, or MPS, which caused multiple complications throughout his life. He lived until the age of twenty-three, when he died of a sudden heart attack. In Star Child, Martin offers a poignant look at her bittersweet healing journey following her sons death. Martins heartfelt expressions in Star Child celebrate Kellys brief life and give grieving parents solace and support, allowing healing to begin. Star Child includes stories and poems that complement my writing. Each story and each poem were specifically chosen to be included because of their beauty, eloquence, grace, and power. The authors and poets featured here offer a sacred communion with their words, hearts, and the deep understanding of loss, pain, and love. Their words and sentiments echo a familiar song to my broken heart. Different stories, different wordsdifferent but, in the end, the same. In the words of Queen Elizabeth II, Grief is the price we pay for love. Jennifer Martin Praise for Star Child Star Child: A Mothers Journey through Grief, by Jennifer Martin, is a beautifully crafted tribute to a young sons life and death, which lands in the heart gently, like a feather from an angels wing. Maria Housden, author, Hannahs Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived Star Child is a beautifully told story. Jennifer Martin has managed to speak of her deep loss without sentimentality. Instead, she creates space for the universal elements of loss and grief to find expression. Through her words, the tearing apart of one mothers heart moves toward a fierce resolve to find the deeper meanings in love and life. In grief, she writes, Something expands and contracts inside of you. It is a wise image. Then she submits her own pain to the expansion. Paula DArcy, founder, Red Bird Foundation; author, Song for Sarah: A Mothers Journey through Grief and Beyond and When Darkness Unfolds as Light

Reconstructing Illness

Author: Anne Hunsaker Hawkins
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557531261
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Serious illness and mortality, those most universal, unavoidable, and frightening of human experiences, are the focus of this pioneering study, which has been hailed as a telling and provocative commentary on our times. As modern medicine has become more scientific and dispassionate, a new literary genre as emerged: pathography, the personal narrative concerning illness, treatment and sometimes death. Hawkins's sensitive reading of numerous pathographies highlights the assumptions, attitudes, and myths that people bring to the medical encounter. One factor emerges again and again in these "case studies": the tendency in contemporary medical practice to focus primarily not on the needs of the individual who is sick but on the condition that we call disease. Recommended for medical practitioners, the clergy, caregivers, students of popular culture, and the general reader, Reconstructing Illness demonstrates that "only when we hear both the doctor's and the patient's voice will we have a medicine that is truly human."

Substance Abuse Issues Among Families In Diverse Populations

Author: Jorge Delva
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317788990
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Enrich your knowledge of substance abuse treatment solutions used in diverse cultures within the United States! This informative volume highlights ways in which substance abuse problems are experienced and addressed by families in diverse populations at the societal, familial, and individual levels. Its scope is broad, providing you with information about the experiences and, in some cases, healing of diverse groups of people in the United States. These include African-American and Latino families, Hawaiian elders, Asian/Pacific Islanders of various sexual persuasions, Al-Anon members, and welfare recipients. What's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. What works for one social/cultural group may not be at all helpful for another. Substance Abuse Issues Among Families in Diverse Populations will inform and enlighten you about the ways that people from various backgrounds respond to treatment and about the culture-specific treatments and interventions that work for them. This unique book examines: mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients, or ”conditional welfare” kinship support in the cultural context of Latino and African-American families how Hawaiian elders contribute in the treatment of Asian and Pacific Islander women for substance abuse, and the time-honored Hawaiian family intervention strategy ”Hooponopono” the results of a study focused on the types and extent of social support that Asian and Pacific Islander males received from their parents after revealing that they were both gay and HIV-positive the results of interviews with Al-Anon members about their experiences in watching their spouses slip into alcoholism the relationship between family involvement and the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programs Social workers, counselors, psychologists, those involved in ethnic studies, and anyone interested in diversity issues in general or substance abuse in particular will find Substance Abuse Issues Among Families in Diverse Populations of great value.

Now That You Know

Author: Betty Fairchild
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156006057
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Addresses the questions and doubts that trouble parents as they learn to acknowledge and accept their child's homosexuality

The Oxford Handbook Of Asian American History

Author: Eiichiro Azuma
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199860467
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After emerging from the tumult of social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the field of Asian American studies has enjoyed rapid and extraordinary growth. Nonetheless, many aspects of Asian American history still remain open to debate. The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History offers the first comprehensive commentary on the state of the field, simultaneously assessing where Asian American studies came from and what the future holds. In this volume, thirty leading scholars offer original essays on a wide range of topics. The chapters trace Asian American history from the beginning of the migration flows toward the Pacific Islands and the American continent to Japanese American incarceration and Asian American participation in World War II, from the experience of exclusion, violence, and racism to the social and political activism of the late twentieth century. The authors explore many of the key aspects of the Asian American experience, including politics, economy, intellectual life, the arts, education, religion, labor, gender, family, urban development, and legal history. The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History demonstrates how the roots of Asian American history are linked to visions of a nation marked by justice and equity and to a deep effort to participate in a global project aimed at liberation. The contributors to this volume attest to the ongoing importance of these ideals, showing how the mass politics, creative expressions, and the imagination that emerged during the 1960s are still relevant today. It is an unprecedentedly detailed portrait of Asian Americans and how they have helped change the face of the United States.

Safe Passage

Author: Molly Fumia
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 9781609255459
Size: 28.10 MB
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The loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences we will ever face. This wise and profound book of reflections for the grieving offers a compassionate companion for those who have lost a loved one. Each page offers new words for contemplation, and the book can be read cover to cover or pages chosen at random to find inspiration to make it through another day. Safe Passage guides the reader through the grief process—from the blackest night to the slow, gentle dawn of acceptance, unexpected wisdom, and new possibilities. This is the ideal gift for those coping with bereavement.

A Piece Of My Heart

Author: Molly Fumia
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 160925242X
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Despite advancements in the care of those who are suffering from the loss of a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, many parents, especially mothers, cannot or will not give themselves permission to mourn. Their feelings are real and complex, yet they are often denied a safe place to live through and ultimately befriend the grieving. A Piece of My Heart is such a friend. The moving story of a mother's loss of her week-old son, it chronicles an amazing journey that began with denial and guilt, found its way through remembrance and reconciliation, and ended in resolution and surprising joy. A beautiful book about the necessity of grieving the loss of unlived lives, it shows readers who are going through similar experiences a shared understanding and wraps them in a warm cloak of support and friendship. Readers will be affirmed in the sacred right of all parents to mourn the loss of their children, however short their lives, and will be shown the path toward eventual healing.