How Sons of All Ages Come to Terms with the Deaths of Their Dads
By Neil Chethik
(Hyperion, Hardcover, 9780786865321, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 2001
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The first of its kind: a compassionate exploration of how men deal with the deaths of their fathers. With Hope Edelman's Motherless Daughters, millions of women found comfort in the experiences of other women who had lost their mothers. But until now, no book has been available to guide men through what can be an equally wrenching and life-changing event. Based on a landmark national survey of 300 men, and in-depth interviews with 70 others, FatherLoss is the first book that focuses specifically on how sons cope with the deaths of their dads. Chethik offers rich portraits of a variety of father-son relationships, and focuses on how the death of a father affects sons differently, depending on when in their lives it occurs. He also explores how such cultural figures as Ernest Hemingway, Dwight Eisenhower, and Michael Jordan were affected by the loss of their fathers. By weaving together the poignant experiences of diverse men and the results of his groundbreaking survey, Chethik offers fresh insight into the unique male grieving process, encouraging men to share an experience too many have been conditioned to endure in silence.
Neil Chethik, a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, specializes in writing about the psychology of men. A professional speaker and workshop leader, he has worked on the staffs of newspapers in Florida and California. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.