I had such a great discussion with Dr. Justin Yopp of the University of North Carolina for this episode. Justin is a clinical psychologist and is co-author of the book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life.”
I really enjoyed our wide-ranging discussion. It was a fascinating mix of practical and academic, and included some great stories from the widowed dads in the book about their experiences. Some of the topics we covered include:
the dual process model of coping and bereavement;
the concept of being a ‘good enough’ parent;
the unique hardships of being a widowed father; and
the research into the needs of widowed parents being conducted at UNC.
By the way, if you’re a widowed mom or dad with kids 18 & under at home, and widowed less than three years, I’d encourage you to answer the survey on their web site…this is such important work and, surprisingly, there is very little research that’s been done on the needs of widowed parents.
I hope you enjoy my discussion with Dr. Justin Yopp.
Links & resources for this episode
The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life, by Donald Rosenstein and Justin Yopp
Overlooked and underserved: Widowed fathers with dependent-age children, journal article in Palliative and Supportive Care, by Dr. Justin Yopp et al, 2015
UNC research survey – for widowed moms & dads with kids 18 & under at home, who have lost spouse / co-parent within the past 3 years
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